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Eskil Rask performs “Laihem’s Golden Pits” from the “Access All Worlds” album.
“‘Laihem’s Golden Pits’ is by far the shortest song on the album, but it is still a challenging piece to perform. The song is just howling cosmic chaos from start to finish. Here is a bass playthrough.
“For the gearheads out there: I am using my Chrono 5 from Overload Guitars & Basses, strung with Newtone Strings. The rest of the signal chain is just Line 6 Helix Native. That is all.
“I can’t wait to play this song live – see you people on the road!”
IOTUNN’s prehistory begins in 2009 when guitarist Jesper Gräs wanted to create a 70’s space rock band. After several years of metal he unconsciously felt that he had to start a new adventure – an adventure that led a new band through many phases until the sound of IOTUNN slowly occurred during 2013 and ’14 with metal as the backbone and with no creative restrictions. “The inquisitive search for new musical spheres has been a core energy of Iotunn through the years. At some point a sudden sound emerged and a new kind of freedom of expression came to be which saw us in a whole new creative situation. It all came together in a way beyond words. Feelings, moods, natural scenarios and allegories have been the basis of our way to communicate creativity ever since”, says guitarist Jesper Gräs.
In early 2020 Jesper, Jens Nicolai and Bjørn set for Gothenburg, Sweden, where Fredrik Nordström (In Flames, At the Gates, Dimmu Borgir) mixed and mastered the album at Fredman Studios.
The result is “Access All Worlds”Seven songs driven by creative curiosity and artistic honesty. Seven songs that initiate feelings and reflections. Access All Worlds is an epic; a cosmic and contemplative journey of energetic beauty and ferocity that reflects on human existence set in a storyline following daring space travelers. The music is grounded in roaring, colorful drumming and crushing bass, while the sonic horizon is painted with a vast spectrum of guitar-driven expression, all overarched by narration through diverse vocals. “We wanted to make an epic, strong and atmospheric yet rocking record both musically and lyrically. Jón came with the idea based on space travelers trying to find answers to the apocalypse which reflects many of the impressions, feelings and thoughts human life holds that originates from something vast, mysterious, chaotic and breathtakingly spectacular. Everything just went berserk regarding the album theme. Is everything occurring in the lyrics just a dream? Is the album an allegory for any individual’s chapters in life? Where does the album actually start and end? Stuff like that. We find that the album can be interpreted in various ways. For us, the album is a truly exciting journey and we hope it will be for the listener as well on his or her own terms”, says guitarist Jens Nicolai.