Mikael Holst comments on each song on the album Into The Enchanted Chamber
Of The Werewolf - This is the opening track for the entire album
which has a pretty lengthy intro so that it works pretty much as both
an intro to the song and to the album itself. The song itself is a pretty
standard power/speed tune with the double kick attack kept to maximum
throughout. The story behind the lyrics is pretty much stolen from the
Spanish werewolf flick Curse of the Devil. Its about
a man who gets into a conflict with a gypsy tribe and has a cursed placed
upon him. I was so fascinated by the werewolf myth that I decided to explore
it further on yet another song on the album, its not to hard to
guess which one that is ?. I can also tell you that there will be a third
werewolf song on the second album.
Of Black Magic - On one night each year the witches gather on Blåkulla
to fornicate with the devil. Like it is with most of our songs, the title
speaks for itself. We tried to do it more theatrical with a traditional
heavy metal feeling but still keep it packed with folk music and catchy
The Enchanted Chamber - This is a mid tempo metal song with pretty
heavy orchestrations and backing vocal arrangements. There are also real
violin leads on it that makes it standout a bit more than the rest of
the tracks; they were performed by a friend of ours, Nina Christensen.
The song is about a religious suicide sect who prays upon the fears that
people have in order to gain control over them. This is all set in a not
to distant future were pollution and wars are rapidly destroying the world.
The cover of the album is also based on this story that Mattias Norén
at Progart.com did beautifully.
Devil - This song is pure 80s metal that starts with a very
interesting violin theme. The goal was to do it very theatrical and to
tell the story from the devils point of view, but without resorting
to spoken narration. We have gotten a lot of questions concerning the
lyrics for this one, if you listen to the song you will probably understand
Red Rose - This tune would best be described as a speed ballad!
Its one of the faster songs on the album but also one of the most
melodic. A story about a man who has lost his wife, but he never got the
chance to say goodbye. So she returns from the other side as a ghost and
give him that chance. One of the few songs of ours that doesnt contain
any slimy creatures or evil.
Minor Intermezzo - A short instrumental track done completely with
Of The Werewolf - I guess the title speaks for itself but maybe
we should have called it Return of the Werewolf and Little Red Riding
Hood instead? This is without a doubt the most aggressive track
on the album and perhaps the vocals are a bit to raw (almost death metal
on some parts) but it works very well in the concept of the song. The
music is a bit more progressive than what we usually do, and also with
more complex arrangements. This is one of my personal favourites.
- This is the ballad! Need I say more?
Gates Of Hell - This song has the catchiest chorus of them all.
Its a pure party song with typical metal lyrics and riffs. We even threw
in like a fire, burning higher that doesnt really have
anything to do with the song. This is pure fun with all the necessary
To The Gallows - Tells the story of a convicted man from his prison
cell to his execution and beyond. This is full folk-metal overdrive, from
beginning to end. It was written for the sole purpose as a soundtrack
to beer-drinking. We even incorporated the old traditional Green
Sleeves as an outro for good measure. This is also one of my favourite
Dark Side Forest - An instrumental short track with some vocals
at the end.
Voyage - This is the 14 minutes long final song of the album. It
took us almost six months to write and record the demo version for it
and we worked really hard to get all the different parts to work together.
This was also the most time consuming and difficult song to record in
the studio. The story in very broad strokes is about a vampire who is
searching for her lost love. She boards a vessel heading for America and
kills all the passengers andits crew. I feel this song is a perfect ending
for the album because it sums up all the elements of the entire album
into one long song.
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