Archive for May, 2012

Rain – Part 2

Working out what works in Violent Divine has never really been accomplished during rehearsals. Mostly such things are handled through a massive amounts of e-mails and mp3-files. At rehearsals the band more or less put the individual parts together and sort of add the current Violent Divine approach to the final song. Yeah I know it’s a bit academic but wtf… it’s 2012 and who cares about jamming or have the time and strength to put up with endless hours of making noise going nowhere in 99 times out of 100. Well I’m not saying it might not work out that way for Your band. I’m just stating that we simply don’t have the patience for it.

In that spirit, clearly explained above – this is how S.J adds the guitar solo part for Rain – in the convenience of his own bedroom, with his iPhone/iPad/iDon’tGiveAFuck or iWhatever. It allows S.J the time to get the solo exactly how he wants it – without stress or preassure from the rest of the band in the rehearsal environment.

Check out S.J and the magic to-be-guitar-solo of the song Rain. What do You think?

to be continued…

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Rain – Part 1

Since hearing Barrel Of A Gun by Depeche Mode for the first time, I knew i needed to write a song like that, since I truly believe Depeche Mode to be a rock band rather than a synth band – and to me the song reminded me a lot of Black Sabbath. I think my first effort to realize this idea saw the light of day back in 1996 in the band Blueplastic – then by the title “Obedience” – playing around with lyric ideas of the stupid statement that “ignorance is bliss”. There is also a saying that a happy partner in life is a silent partner, so therefore happiness must lie in both obedience and ignorance. Yeah I know I have a twisted mind.

To hear it suck:

Anyway, some songs need to be laid on ice for a few years and in 2011 I did a total remake of both guitar riff and lyrics. This version, that is up for rehearsal with the new line-up any day now, has lyrics that concerns matters of religion, the evil of mankind, as well as the ever present topic of love and betrayal.

Enjoy a small excerpt with programmed drums and bass with Mike handling the guitars: 

To be continued…

Decisions decisions decisions

Running a band isn’t always all fun, games and glam. It’s about getting your hands dirty and sometimes to get your skinny little ass knee deep in shit. Violent Divine will be – as it always has been – a somewhat flawless rock and roll machine – delivering the goods at more than 100 % each and every time we do something. The aim to remain and improve at this level of performance and attitude towards what we do, why we do it and the way we do it, lead to some unfortunate decisionmaking.

The new Violent Divine line-up has been blessed with a really great drummer – Magnus. Unfortunately, playing 3,5 minutes pop-doom-metal songs in the end  proved that our ways of approaching music and performing songs didn’t quite end up. This is of course most unfortunate since Magnus is not only a great musician, but also a very good friend. However the decision had to be made to part ways and search for a new drummer for Violent Divine. Fortunately S.J had a friend in his band Equil – Simon- who was willing and able to take on the unholy task as heartbeater of the Divine.

Therefore, the line-up of Violent Divine is from now on Mike on vocals, S.J on lead guitar, Oscar on bass, and Simon on drums.

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