The Violent Sleep of Reason
|The Violent Sleep of Reason|
|Released||7 October 2016|
|Recorded||Puk Recording Studios, Gjerlev, Denmark|
|Tue Madsen, Meshuggah|
The Violent Sleep of Reason is the eighth full-length album by Swedish
The album's title was loosely inspired by
"It was a hard one in the sense that you don't immediately have a visual to the title The Violent Sleep of Reason – how do you portray that?
"So when discussing this with Keerych Luminokaya, who also did the artwork for our 25th anniversary box set along with the artwork for
Koloss, we just let him loose on that idea and how to portray that.
"What you're seeing on the artwork is basically a human being that's been in stasis for a long time. The vines were the original idea – they're growing into him. But it's a body that's been asleep for so long that it's been taken over by something else."
In an attempt to depart from the production on previous albums like Koloss and
"If you put it all together using computers then you often have to fix problems after the fact. I've gone back to records where I've not known every drum part. And once you do that you can start with drums and then just add layers of guitars and then bass and it all sounds perfect.
ObZenand Koloss are great albums but, to me, they are a little too perfect. It didn't really capture what we sounded like honestly.
"But where we recorded live you get to hear the push and pull, one person might be a little ahead and the other might be a little behind. If you kill that, you can kill the energy."