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Keep Of Kalessin Begins Writing For New Album

Keep of Kalessin guitarist Obsidian C. has posted an update on his blog about starting the writing for a new album and follow-up to "Reptilian." He comments:

"I have taken some time out to really start focusing on the new Keep Of Kalessin album. For the last few months I've been focusing on other projects, more of which you will hear about later this year and in the coming years as a few of them are quite large undertakings so it won't happen over night.

"But right now I have arrived in Spain for a month of writing and creative flow with main focus on the new Keep Of Kalessin album. I brought my laptop, a soundcard and my guitar and the plan is to start jogging and swimming as well as writing music. I need to get my body and soul back into shape! ;)

"I already have some songs, bits and pieces ready so I need to sit down and be structured about finishing those ideas in the coming days. I always write new guitar riffs and many of them I'm satisfied with, but I always aim to have a good structure in a song which often mean that I actually leave my best riffs out of the album because they never fit into any song.

"It is also a fact that lately I've been kinda worn out regarding metal productions. Normally I easily write 10 riffs a day or a full song in 30 minutes, but lately I've just felt empty. Nothing I've written has been good enough. Understand me correctly, I've written good stuff, but not for Keep.
After the two years of touring since Reptilian was released I think my mind just shut down on this project and only lately has the harddrive started to reboot concerning this band. Maybe it's because I've set the standards for the next album so high that anything I write is not good enough, but inspiration to do another album has started to come back and I'm ready to start pushing the limit once again.

"Today's task is simple though. I need to go out and buy a new external harddrive which I'll install the Native Instruments Komplete 8 pack on with it's 250gb of sounds. I also need a harddrive to store all the audio tracks and new ideas on. Let's call this one the 'Project Drive' which will follow me through the entire production of the new album.

"I also need some new shoes for jogging. ;) So, off shopping then...."

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1. coldiem writes:

Reptilian was a pretty bad-ass record, I can understand how writing something to top or even match it would be tough.

"Normally I easily write 10 riffs a day or a full song in 30 minutes, but lately I've just felt empty. Nothing I've written has been good enough."

I can totally relate to this notion. Similarly, at times I can write entire songs quickly as well (it usually takes me a day but I do all instruments except bass), but I've also spent days just trying to get a couple riffs that I was happy with, let alone arranging them. When the train gets rollin', though, things usually come together pretty quick. Hopefully the same goes for Obsidian C.

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2. DK writes:

dude..... no offense, but EVERYONE who plays an instrument regularly can relate to this. nothing special. there are up's and down's.

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3. coldiem writes:

Well, no offense right back, but that's completely untrue. Not everyone who plays an instrument actually writes music or even has the ability to do so. Of all the musicians I know personally there are only a couple that can actually write songs. Not to mention countless interviews with bands that go something to the effect of "So-and-so writes the music, we just come into the studio and play it."

A lot musicians just play their instrument and that's all they do. They may contribute ideas, but usually don't have a concept of the whole picture that it takes to fully realize an entire song. Most people are just playing follow the leader.

I'm not trying to pretend that I'm special. But if you want to generalize that much, you have to remember that probably 9 out of 10 people who "play an instrument regularly" are just playing other people's music in some way, shape or form. Those people don't experience writer's block.

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