Jan Thore Grefstad comments on each song on the album Forever Endeavour
Of Salvation - Since this is sort of a concept album, this song
begins the story. On this song the main character of this story has been
experimenting with some kind of occult meditation that brings him into
some kind of coma. He has been reading some books about a passage that
will bring him into another world and that he will receive powers beyond
his imagination. So this is basically the beginning of this mans' journey
to become god (so he believes anyway).
The Silence - Here the main character has awoken in this nightmare
like world, and have problems to believe that this is all for real , but
anyway he thinks he is in another world but in the real life he is in
a hospital comatized.His family is trying to reach out for him hoping
to wake him up but he can't hear them. His friend have tried to get him
to stop his fascination in the occult but without luck. And so his journey
Of Time - This was the first song I wrote lyrics to but we found
out that we had to put it as a third. So you might say that this is the
beginning of the story (a little jump back in time). On this song the
carracter is struggling with voices inside his head, telling him what
to do.He thinks that he is special and that he posesses certain powers
(what he really needs is a psychiatrist). He wishes that he could leave
the real world and leave all troubles behind.
Masquerade - This song continues Edge Of Time. Here he has been
told to join a cult in order to satisfy his curiosity about the occult
and he is struggling with the demons in his head. The cult have manipulated
him into thinking that the only way out is to read this sacred book, and
that he is the chosen one.
Sacrifice - Now we are back where he is in a coma. His wife is
sitting by his bed talking to him, telling him to wake up (the voice of
his wife is sung beautyfully by my wife Adriana). Somewhere in his head
he can hear her in the distance. The voice is far away, but he feels that
she is close. By the way.. he thinks that his body is dead and that he
has passed into his next life. He does not know that he is in a coma.
- This song and Forever Endeavour was funny to make because we
thought that these songs was to regular and to typical , so we made a
little swap. And I play all keyboards on these two. We took the verses
on forever and put them on surreality and found out that it could work
, and the verses on surreality on forever. We was happy with it so there
it is. Now he is confronted with his demons, all the bad things he has
done in his life. But he is just laughing of it all and this is only making
him more angry and determined to go deeper into his transformation to
become something else than a ordinary man ( hope you understand this).
Anyway, suddently he wakes up.
Endeavour - He wakes up to find his wife sitting there beside him,
and he is happy to see her. Now he is afraid to fall asleep because he
is not sure if this is what he want. He decides that he will finish what
he started and when he comes home he sits down takes an overdose of pills
, reads the book and finds himself back in this underworld.
Life - This is a hard one to tell you about. He is basically thinking
about the possibility to have a normal life but he knows it is to late.
This is a song that we thought would be a B side or something but we were
happy with it and this song was 80% mine and I wanted it on the cd, beause
I thought it was good enough.
- Here the wife is trying everything to save his life but realizes
in the end that all is lost. I must say I really like this song. It has
a good wibe to it , and Lars made the melodies and I think he is an amazing
Of Damnation - This wraps it up. He meets a demon (or a god). The
demon forces him to kneel before him and to become a slave for the rest
of eternity. It is then he realises that he is in Hell. The demon gives
him powers to rule the world and to make everyone on earth slaves. Of
course all his family and friends thought he was insane, well maybe he
was, but is this more crazy than most religions. Anyway he wakes up one
week later in the morgue. Live and kicking.
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