Exclusive: Hear SAHG’s new concept album
Classic Rock is proud to host the exclusive album stream for Delusions Of Grandeur, the brilliant new album by Norwegian psych rockers SAHG.
“Delusions Of Grandeur is a concept record about a person, whose delusions of grandeur escalate to the level where they consume him completely,” explains SAHG’s Olav Iversen (vocals, guitar).
“From becoming increasingly psychopathic and dominant, he loses touch with everyone around him and isolates into his own imaginary, psychotic world, where he becomes the almighty ruler of the universe. As he stands on the highest peak of his domain and beholds all that he has conquered, he suddenly slips off the edge and floats away, weightless. Helpless and stripped of all power, he drifts further into the open space, until he disappears into the darkness. It’s an album about how desire for power and property can distort and destroy who we are.”
Forged in Bergen’s creative melting pot in 2004, the Norwegian riff-lords have conquered stages from Wacken to India, and their chart-busting 2006 debut, Sahg I, received universal praise from critics and fans alike, including an 8/10 from Metal Hammer while Classic Rock declared that their 2008 follow-up, Sahg II, ‘teeters on the edge of a modern day classic.’
“There’s no denying our influences,” says Olav Iversen, frontman, guitarist, and co-creator of Sahg’s towering sounds. “Our biggest heroes are the bands that truly defined heavy music. Sabbath and Zeppelin have created some of the darkest atmospheres ever expressed by musicians. In later years, however, we have also taken a lot of influence from modern, progressive metal bands, like Mastodon and Opeth. But the key to making use of your influences isn’t by imitating their work, but by using them to create something new and unique.”
And nowhere is that more evident than on their latest opus, the curiously-titled Delusions Of Grandeur. Otherworldly, mystical, unflinchingly progressive, and unafraid to call upon the powers of doom, Delusions… is nothing less than 48 minutes of impeccable musicianship and flawless delivery. Recorded at Solslottet Studios – aka Castle Of The Sun – under production of Iver Sandøy (Enslaved, Krakow), Sahg’s fourth entry in the annals of wickedness is a doom-infused, heavy rock fireball that’s set to torch speakers around the globe.
“We recorded it live,” says Olav. “We wanted to capture the heat of the moment and the organic vibe of our live performance.”
Inspired by imagery from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey,Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece Metropolis, the eerie aesthetics of sci-fi author Sean Williams’ Astropolis quadrilogy, and Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgård’s explosive autobiography, My Struggle. There’s no denying the depth of thought as well as musicianship that underlies Sahg’s fourth, most ambitious release, from the breathtaking, cinematic dynamics opening salvo Slip Off The Edge Of The Universe to the thundering muscularity of Firechild and the utterly cosmic, 11-minute sojourn of Sleeper’s Gate To The Galaxy…