Song of the Week 6: Wormhole

The song of the week six is Wormhole, one of the album tracks released as a video single.

Kristian Herkman: At the time, we were remaking the old Arched Fire songs for the album, but we also had the idea to include a new one. In December 2019, I went through my old Guitar Pro tracks and found a few unused, incomplete songs. They sounded pretty monotonous, so I added melodic choruses to them. I cut down on extra riffs, added some new riffs and shuffled the pack. Then I wrote the lyrics and sang the demos. I sent five songs for the band to listen to, one of which called Wings of Chrome became a favorite.

Ari Väntänen: They all were good songs, but I wasn’t sure if the style was right for Arched Fire. Thrown into our heavy speed thrash repertoire, they might have sounded out of place, except for Wings of Steel, which was just about right. But even that one had to wait for its turn, when Kristian came up with a sixth song that was exactly what the album lacked.

Kristian: It was called Wormhole. I recorded a demo, and the band started to communicate back and forth with new ideas. Mika suggested new drum beats, which Assu then put into practice, and Ari came to record the rhythm guitars at my and Mika’s old rehearsal place. As I had hoped, everyone brought their own style to the song, and unnecessary gimmicks were pruned off the arrangement. Janne added his own spices into the song, and we were completely blown away by his guitar tracks.

Eventually, Wormhole began to sound like the band’s song. Lyrically, it’s about being born, about children being the future. In order to prevent the history repeating itself, people have to raise their kids not to make the same old mistakes all over again. That’s the only way to control the future in the long term.

Ari: Wormhole was the second video single off Remote Control. Jussi Hevander did a fantastic video for it.

WORMHOLE

We arrive on the planet of the apes
Lost all the chance to get away
Prejudiced and misogynistic
Destroyers of life so vivid

Still of the night, onward we ride, burst from desire
We set it right, to other side we all aspire

What you give is what you will get
I create you for myself
To bleed on you the knowledge from my head
To make me feel I was not in vain till dead

Still of the night, onward we ride, Burst from desire
We set it right, to other side we all aspire

Wormhole! Ride through! Burst from desire
Wormhole! Ride through! We are the fire
Wormhole! Ride through! Burst from desire
Wormhole! Ride through! We are the fire

Resurrected, recreated, combination of two
Incarnated, we awaited, life to become true
Wormhole! We travel back to save it all
Wormhole! We change the past and become the law

Rebuilt desolate land again
Set hearts alive from oppression
From silent lone serenity
Towards intense lack of boredom, now I see

Still of the night, onward we ride, burst from desire
We set it right, to other side we all aspire

Wormhole! Ride through! Burst from desire
Wormhole! Ride through! We are the fire
Wormhole! Ride through! Burst from desire
Wormhole! Ride through! We are the fire


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