LORD DYING at Old Nick's Pub
We set out to write a record about life, and it ended up being about death, says Lord Dying guitarist/vocalist Erik Olson about the bands third studio album Mysterium Tremendum.
While the new record centers around death (and you bet your ass its a double-LP concept album), it focuses more on what awaits us on the other side (while also exploring our cultures fear of dying and the struggles with our mortality). The ideas for the concept have been kicking around for some time, but its fitting that theyre only now coming to fruition.
At the core of these Portland, Oregon, heavy metal titans are Olson and guitarist Chris Evans, whove been making music together since fifth grade. They formed Lord Dying before they had a name or a record when another Portland powerhouse Red Fang beckoned them to open some shows for them in 2010. Two records and countless live performancesincluding tours with Voivod and Crowbarfollowed.
Mysterium Tremendum is the record Olson and Evans have wanted to make since the bands inception. Its easily Lord Dyings most musically diverse album, but one that could only be created following the bands jackhammer 2013 debut Summon the Faithless, and 2015s brooding Poisoned Altars. Its more along the lines of what we wanted to do early on, says Evans.
Lord Dying was already beginning to expand its musical paletteincluding moodier interludes and Olsons expanded vocal rangebut Olson says once the decision was made to make a concept record, he and Evans pushed themselves to match the themes musically and vocally. Youll hear it in songs like The End of Experience and the floating Severed Forever, which sees Olson melodically doubling his vocals before returning to his trademark growl. Shorter interludes like Tearing the Fabric of Consciousness and Even the Darkness Went Away are stunning and fragile, like nothing the band has ever done.
Olson and Evans worked tirelessly on the songs together throughout a year-and-a-half, using programmed drum parts, and sending ideas back and forth. As Olson puts it: It was the first time we were able to put things under a microscope. The songs were all but ready by the time they headed to Los Angeles West Valley Recording Studios in August of 2018 with engineer Mike Plotnikoff (Fear Factory, In Flames). L.A.-based bassist Matt Price and drummer Chase Manhattan jumped right in to bring these songs of death to life, and the results are tremendous and seamless.
Mysterium Tremendum is an emotionally satisfying record, lyrically and musically. Its exploration of death goes beyond longing for it to see what lies beyond (Lacerated Psyche is about the death of Evans sister). There are many layers to ityou might even find parallels between the records concept and life itself. Its a journey. And in their quest to pursue death, Lord Dying have themselves found new life.
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EUGENE, OR 97402
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