Interview with Finn Zierler, Beyond Twilight (March 13, 2005)

Is the lyrical concept a continuation of the story you started with ”The Devil’s Hall Of Fame”? Last time you started by login into ”Sector 29031972”, which happens to be your birthsday – right? This time you log into Section X – what does X represent … the unknown, the dark side or …?
Finn -
You’ve done your research well haha. Logging into Section X means logging into the whole concept – the story, the yet unknown, the darkness.

Could you give us an insight into the lyrically concept on this album?
Finn - Yes here is the storybook:
A very wise man has mapped the human brain. He discovers that humans only use one third of the brains capacity. He not only unlocks its secrets but also how to transfer a persons thoughts, dreams and visions to the unused portion of the brain.

He proceeds to create a clone of himself. He is able to control it through the use of a drug of his own invention. The clone is addicted to the drug and will die unless it receives it regularly. Through his experiments, the man transfers the contents of Einsteins brain into the clones brain. The knowledge of the clone is now a compilation of two individuals. The man can experience the knowledge of the clone in virtual reality via a machine in his lab. All the wisdom of the clone can now be transferred back to himself. What he doesn't know is that because of the experiment, his own brain develops exactly at the same rate and in 99% the same manner as that of the clone.

He becomes obsessed by his thirst for knowledge and embarks upon stealing parts of the minds of prominent people. He can transform himself into being the greatest musician in the world, the best politician, anything - a superhuman with incredible powers who can control the world. Soon he discovers that both his and the clones powers and skills are rising. A gigantic power struggle emerges between himself and the clone.

He acquires a taste for evil, which he sees as the purest and most beautiful thing in the world. It festers inside him - he becomes sinister, affected and evil. While doping the clone, his lust for power and superiority dominates him. He begins taking over peoples bodies, controlling their minds to manipulate them like puppets - he can experience their lives and knowledge through or with them. Hearing through their ears, seeing through their eyes until he leaves them - then they drop dead. He becomes obsessed by his skills and begins exploring female sexuality - overtaking bodies of women. Eventually he returns to life as a man.

He finally meets his soul mate where he finds the 6th key of life in sadomasochism - the perfection of love, sexuality and perversion.

Realizing that his clone has become too powerful a threat, he devises a plot to eliminate it. In a séance (disguised in the body of a woman), he seduces and murders the clone. Instantly his life begins to crumble away, he drowns in oceans of terrible pain, travelling through the forecourts of Hell. He realizes too late that humans can not exist without a soul. He dies the most painful death any human being has ever been exposed to. At last he falls into the nothingness ...

You have once more chosen to isolate you to write to songs, is Denmark simply too happy a place for you to be able to ”get into the right mode”?
Finn - No not at all. I was writing in Denmark in 2 of the 3 stages. When I was locked up in a dark room and when I was writing under water.

Tommy Hansen has once more been at the helm, and like always he’s done a marvellous job soundwise. You have always worked with him, so I guess you both know what to expect from each others. And with you now living ”just down the road” from the studio must have been nice as well – but have you ever considered using someone else for the mix, or maybe record somewhere else than Jailhouse Studio?
Finn -
Tommy is indeed a great producer. We do actually record different places. This time we recorded in 3 different studios. The keys was recorded in my studio and later taken to Jailhouse studios. The lead guitar in Jailhouse studio. The bass and rhythm guitars in Jacob Hansen’s studio, the drums and vocals at Tommy’s studio. I think this has a big impact on the total sound of the album.

On the first Beyond Twilight album you were blessed to work with one of the best vocalists in the metal scene – Jorn Lande. But he sadly left to join Masterplan. How hard was it to left in the dark without a vocalist, and why did it take so long to find a replacement? And what were you looking for in a new vocalist?
Finn - Well actually Jorn didn’t leave. It happened quite naturally.
He is involved in everything from hard rock to eurovision pop metal – not our cup of tea really. No hard feelings – his way of exposing himself is just not fitting Beyond Twilight. We are total opposites on that matter – Beyond Twilight believe in art, being true to the art and in the making of art. So you see there was nothing to discuss really it just turned out that way without any discussion. Obviously finding a replacement with the same qualities took some time. I was through over 280 tapes, cd’s, auditions, having vocalists going in and out of studios etc. before I through my manager got a demo with Kelly and was blown away. What I was looking for was a vocalist with a range from low, midrange to high pitch who had the skills of acting and the ability of singing the extreme and difficult techniques that Section X demanded.

Kelly Sundown Carpenter is the new vocalist on this album, and he does a great job on this album - fill us in ...
Finn - Kelly is one of a kind. I think he was the right choice and he is indeed an outstanding vocalist. I couldn’t imagine any other singer than Kelly on Section X.

The album will be released on your birthday – which also happens by mine (eerie) - was that intentional?
Finn - Congratulations -:). Only a couple of days left to the 29th now. Yes it was intentional – everything on this album is thought out to the smallest detail. The date 2903 is mentioned in the intro on both BT albums – lots of mystery is connected to this date and it is of course more than just my birthday.

Any famous last words?
Finn - A massive thanks to the fans without whom we would be nothing. It’s been 4 years since the last release. Personally I’ve been through a couple of terrible traffic accidents which set us back for a while. And without the encouragement and enthutiasm from the fanbase which has just grown during the years Section X wouldn’t have been reality. We are really honoured that you have kept inspiring us. You mean everything to us. Also I want to thank you for the interview and for your interest -:)


Do check out this brilliant new metal release from Beyond Twilight - In my humble opinion one of the best albums of the year!

Beyond Twilight - Section X

Album out on Massacre Records.

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