It’s almost hard to admit that such a small release could be a conceptual medium to a range of knowledge and ideas that go far beyond the music itself. With Wardenclyffe, you will stand before two music themes with catchy riffs and appealing doomy moments, with lyrics related to the Omega Point, the concept of singularity, and the power of science that insidiously threatens to transcend the power of mankind. These ideas are not new, but academic and frontman Jacob Nordangård (aka The Mad Doctor) explores them in a scientific way and transposes some of that acquired knowledge into his art. That just gives us a clue that the themes are inspiring by themselves and the author feels that he can channel much more energy by approaching art in a holistic way. That’s because, besides music, Wardenclyffe present themselves with a so-called Tesla Staff, made by the scrap-artist Henrik Lunde-Björk, the creation of a videoclip for the main theme “The Omega Point”, the limited edition book that comes with the EP entitled An Inconvenient Journey, and a first issue of the Bulletin of the Mad Doctor, all of which encompass that very idea of the art as catharsis – not just of emotions or feelings – but also of knowledge and ideas about science and religion, being that in its construction or deconstruction. Phew! That’s a lot to process before the release of the next album Temple of Solomon, but the journey is worth it, because you’ll learn a lot, especially about the Omega Point and the alluring personality that is Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, while still enjoying your metal music.
The Omega Point CD is available at the band’s Bandcamp with the book An Inconvenient Journey, both released in 2015.32 It’s also available at Ván Records webpage the CD + book version or the 7” limited to 100 copies.
1. The Omega Point
Jacob Nordangård – Vocals, guitar
Ola Blomkvist – Guitar
Robert Karlsson – Lead guitar
Micael Zetterberg – Drums
Emil Åström – Bass
Text by Vetrarnótt