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Asgeir Mickelson Discusses Discusses Lyrics For Borknagar Track "Colossus"

Borknagar recently signed with Century Media and re-recruited vocalist I.C.S. Vortex to the band's lineup. Asgeir Mickelson, who recorded the drums for the band's "Quintessence" album, has now posted a blog online discussing writing the lyrics for the "Colossus" track. You can listen to the track in the player below and read Mickelson's thoughts after the jump.

The song “Colossus” on the Borknagar album “Quintessence” has turned out to be a favourite amongst the fans. ICS Vortex wrote the music and I wrote the lyrics. I remember it took me only 10 minutes to make the drums (some songs just “click” right away) and less than an hour to record them. 40 minutes of the recording was actually a huge discussion in the studio about the drum roll 1:30 into the song… I wanted to do something else (which I can’t remember what was now) but ended up doing what the other guys in the band wanted. Another fun (?) fact is that what I play on the riff from 0:36 is a more progressive version of the drum start on the Spiral Architect song “Conjuring Collapse” (check it here).

“Quintessence” was recorded in Abyss studio in Sweden, January 2000, and I remember sitting alone writing lyrics during daytime in the house we lived in there, while ICS Vortex was recording vocals on the other songs. I had absolutely no clue how the vocal melodies were but kept checking with Vortex if the text were too short or too long, and if I had written enough. The lyrics are about how the universe “starts” with the big bang, expands, then contracts into the big crunch, then starts all over again with the big bang… and it goes on forever (= Colossus).

From about 2:24 in BBC Horizon’s “What Happened Before the Big Bang”-clip they show this theory which they call “bouncing.”

Check out the whole program! I absolutely love science programs like these. The first clip starts here. Obviously scientists have different theories about such immensely difficult questions. According to Lawrence Krauss the universe is flat and thus bouncing can never happen. He talks about this from 25:00 in this clip:

Do yourself a favour and spend the 2 hours watching these clips. I think they are awesome! Oh, and here’s the crap I wrote:

From out of static time has grown Existence formed by substance unknown Prelude to matter, shift of disorder Completion of bonds between chaos and order

The era of seasons, the essence of being The continuous process awakens the living Absorber of every flickering sun Arranging the pieces to vivid perfection

The stream of mortality flows uncontrolled A boundless downward spiral to prospective void Existence takes its toll, extinction unfolds The Colossus falls back from its threshold

The cosmic grip so tight. Heed the celestial call The rise, the voyage, the fall – tangled womb of mortal soil

Universal key of inception, pulled out of the grind The growing seed of creation and time

Complex fusion, the bond of four – the nature’s core Universal ritual, aesthetic beauty adored

The pendulum upholds the carnal deceit Eternal, endless, indefinite

The paradox render and the merge is complete Nothing but the process is infinite

Nothing but the process is infinite Eternal, endless, indefinite

PS: If you want to read something really obscure about this song, go here.

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