“What is the concept, if any; behind Ecstasy Of God? There are several interesting song titles like “The Beheaded Coachman” and “Tragedy Of The Clerics.” I’m also curious to the meaning behind “Saturnian Satellites.”
Pretty early during the whole songwriting process we realized that our lyrics were already taking a clear direction. Everything was aiming to deconstruct the “gods” in people’s minds, their motivations, attitudes, goals, hopes, wishes, perceptions and of course, their religions. We thought that gods would be a perfect metaphor for the human need to hide behind a rigid wall of unchangeable beliefs and opinions. A “god” can give you warmth and shelter, but he’ll always take a bit of your sanity, too. Such an “ecstasy of god” is the loose concept for our album and every song on it gives you one example for this state of mind. “The Beheaded Coachman” is about the human wish to be part of a higher universal plan, while “Tragedy Of The Clerics” makes a little fun of the poverty based aesthetics in Christian religion; and finally “Saturnian Satellites” is about the god and planet Saturn representing the perishable beauty of the universe.
Since we’re on the concept of God, at least as far in the album’s title; what are your thoughts on the subject of religion and spirituality? Do you think that these things are truly valid and exist from person to person, or do you see them as mere constructs, created by society to achieve some type of order?
To some extent it’s both. People use religion to satisfy their own needs, which makes every spiritual thought also an inter-subjective thought. Human needs are always the same and that’s why most religions look so similar, if you blind out the details: They pass on all the responsibility to higher powers and punish you for what is seen as wrong and reward you for what is seen as right. They explain your existence, giving some sense and content to your life and what is most important and they tell you what happens after your death. We don’t want to solve the question, whether one of these constructs is true or not. Maybe they’re all pretty close to the truth, maybe none of them are. The only thing that seems wrong to us is this stubborn resistance against different interpretations of the world. People are not only ignorant fundamentalists in questions of religion, but in all the questions of their lives.”