I think this album has a lot more energy to it. Do you agree?
Haake: Oh, yeah, totally, it does. We wanted a more live-related album and with that came this different attitude and energy to the tracks. The overall vibe we had when we wrote this album and what we wanted with it made that energy stick out.
What does the album title mean?
Itís a play on words between obscene and Zen. Also, "obĒ means "antiĒ in Latin. The artwork suggests that the human species seems to have found its Zen in bloodshed and warfare, and thatís what the title suggests. The three hands [on the cover] make an arc of sixes, which suggests the inherent evil in man. That also ties in with a lot of the lyrical content.
You experimented with programmed drums a couple times recently but went back to live drums for this disc. Is it safe to say the programmed drums are history?
I would never say never. To us, it doesnít really matter what tools you use, itís all about the final outcome. Itís not a matter of how you get to a certain point; itís a matter of what you do when youíre at that point. Itís a matter of the end result. (Nuclear Blast)
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