Singled Out: Mekong Delta's Mutant Messiah

04/29/2014
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Today Martin LeMar of Mekong Delta tells us about the song "Mutant Messiah" from their brand new album "In A Mirror Darkly," which is being released in the U.S. today (April 29th). Here is the story:

In the beginning this song was a pain in my ass. As for all of the other songs, that Ralf composed, the direction, the line-ideas as well as the lyrics were clear and stuck in my mind, I had no idea what to do with that unloved, crumpy piece of song. I only had the title that Ralf gave it. So I ignored it. I ignored it so badly that it became an always present shadow over my head. While working with my other bands I was so distracted from any muse, because that song was violently creeping through my consciousness.

Until I even start to dream about it. Then I just started my computer and recorded the first idea for it and...Ralf hated it badly. So it became my nightmare.

In the end I knew that this song will be a bit like my nemesis, my ugliest foe on that album. I discussed the theme with some friends and since we've been also talking about the albums theme in general, it was my buddy Torsten who finally gave me the most appreciated clue. He reminded me that for him the music of Mekong Delta would be the perfect score of a book that both of us read a couple of years ago.

It's called "Hiob's Game" from Tobias O. Meiίner. A German novel about a guy who is playing a very sick game against the devil to save the soul of the world. The world of this book is full of morbid, violent and disgusting scenes and best be described as a book like porn painted by Hieronymus Bosch. So I delved into this again and since this song had become such a demonic nightmare to me, I just let it spin again and again, while imagining the most depraved moments of that book.

In the end of the day the song mutated to one of my absolute favorite Mekong Delta songs ever: my Mutant Messiah.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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