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“ There are so many bands right now that are struggling to keep their heads above water .
It wasn ’ t always easy , but we worked our asses off to be in this position to live from past tours .”
Since there was no one in the studio did you feel you have to draw more from yourself emotionally as a vocalist ?
SIMONE : No , not really because vocals is always the last thing to be recorded . We ’ re never all together in the recording process , only in the beginning when we are writing and when we do the acoustic recordings . This time it was extra draining because of the mental pressure that was going on In the world and things were shifting and we can ’ t control it . Some nights I couldn ’ t sleep well and became extremely fatigued . I had to take a break because I was exhausted from all the stress of tours being cancelled , bands going bankrupt and thoughts of the future . I ’ m a thinker , made an over-thinker sometimes .
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In a former interview you stated about the change over to using live instruments as in an orchestra , and fewer reliance on programming . How has that affected your approach to these new songs ?
SIMONE : This time we worked with a full orchestra from Prague . We used to work with a violinist or a flutist but never a full scale orchestra . It ’ s not so expensive as it is in other places . We ARE a symphonic metal band and of course we use some samples , but using a real orchestra you get the little imperfections which sound more organic . We ’ ve done live shows with them and I enjoyed it immensely . It is just not feasible to tour with a full orchestra financially . It definitely adds a bigger value to our music .
What is the meaning of the song “ Code of Life ” on the new record .
SIMONE : The lyrics are about genetic modification , genome editing that kind of throws a light on all sides of it , the good and the bad . Code of life stands for our DNA , our human code and how we shouldn ’ t toy with that too much . I was watching a documentary on natural selection and I found
“My threshold for thinking something is great may be higher than others. ” - Anders Odden ed What does Dirk bring to Cadaver’s style? ANDERS: Well he for sure influences the writing based on his technical ability. If there is anything a drummer can do it’s whether something is fast or groovy. He has a unique talent at beginning groovy and fast and it’s not an easy thing to do. I have had the hon- or of playing with a lot of great drummers and musicians and he’s a combo of fast and groovy. It’s like if I had Frost from Satyricon and the groove of the Celtic drummer, that is what I would have to compare it to, and al- most impossible to combine. He is also in one of the biggest metal bands, Megadeth. When he is on tour with Megadeth, I have found a guy in Norway named Buron to fill in, and he’s one of the best in his generation. He uses this learning stuff as training because he is pushing his own level. It’s him and another guy who played with Leprous. These are re- ally the only 2 guys in Norway that do this. I’m really lucky to have them. I know from his work he is trying to do what Dirk does to copy him, and the good part about that is that he can think on the fly so I really look forward to it saying “ like wow” ! It’s hard and challenging it’s going to be really interesting to work on the new album once we have demos done. I think this is more experi- mental and sinister, but it will be keeping the music moving in a new direction, which is where it should go. I don’t want it to be nostalgic and I want it to be organic and dirty Can people expect something like Necrosis or Hallucinating and Anxiety as a whole? ANDERS: If “Hallucinating” was recorded in a proper studio and had proper rehearsing on the second half of the album then YES. We were 17 and 18 year old kids at the time of that album and it was impossible to do. These albums sit with me as like something that could have been written between the first 2 albums if we had that vision. There was some conflict on what the vision of the band should be I think. I have taken everything back to the original, for instance the original logo was basically me drawing the letters out with black death in mind. You finished this album in 2019 before the pandemic, it now seems like a prophetic theme? ANDERS: I have had health struggles and we wrote back and forth and when my last world tour ended with Satyricon in 2018, I was go- ing down to make all of the demos for the new album. I had bought the tickets and everything. I had gotten a case of vertigo and had to change my diet and start working out. I lost a lot of weight in a month of song- writing. I had 10 songs done but I felt like it still needed more, so I went back and wrote 4 more and went to LA in April 2019 to record them. COMING 2021 NIGHTWISH Photo Credit: Hannah Verbeuren Page 51