War in Heaven:

  Aatish Raj & Zeeshan Pervez

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War in Heaven

Aatish Raj & Zeeshan Pervez

 

Music: Nadeem F. Paracha

Words & Concept: Nadeem F. Paracha

Production & Mixing: Zeeshan Pervez

Recorded at: Lucifer Opera Studio (Karachi)

Mastered & Produced at: Zeepar Studios (Peshawar)

 

Lyrics:

 

After the war in heaven, this is the spot where Lucifer fell,

After the war in heaven, this is the spot where Lucifer fell.

 

 (Ëmbedded Lyrics)

In my mind I think it,

From life I take it,

In death I give it.

 

Bees are a mystery, stoned are the birds,

God is history, man is blood.

 

 

As the talk goes on, we are getting nowhere,

And that is a pleasure, And if anybody is sleepy, let him go to sleep.

 

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Intro

The basics of the piece were originally conceived and written in 1995 (on a beat-up synthesizer) and was included as a “song” titled “The Aftergod” on the first Atish Raj album, Hard Tar & Black Bile.

 

The theme of the piece was the rising incidents of sectarian violence in Pakistan and the inherent tendency of organized religions to go through violent fragmentation leading to a history of exploitation, war and bloodshed.

 

The creative tool used to communicate all this (apart from the music), was the Biblical concept of “War in Heaven” in which a war between an army of rebelling angels (led by Lucifer) and an army of angels loyal to God (led by the archangel Michael), fight a bloody war in heaven.


 

The basic layout of the composition remained the same as it was in 1995. I then send the piece to Zeeshan Pervaz who painstakingly produced and mastered it in his home studios in Peshawar adding a lush degree of ambiance to the piece’s original industrial make-up.

 

 The final outcome is sounding as socially and aesthetically relevant (if not more), as it did ten years ago. I hope you will agree.

Work on a video for the piece is already underway and, of course, Zeeshan will be the one directing it.

                                                            _ Nadeem F. Paracha.