“This isn’t a concept album, but Ragnarok is the next part of the concept," says Mansoor. "The tuning is interesting. We have one eight-string tuning on the album, which is Ji. My attitude is, I don’t want to use an eight-string unless I’m going to use all eight strings; otherwise, I’ll just detune a seven-string, which is what I did for Ragnarok. But what I do here is drop the seventh string, which is usually an A flat, and I put that to F#, I believe. You can get some dirty-sounding chords with this.
“It’s a kind of Jekyll and Hyde-type song. It’s mean and ugly in the beginning and really beautiful in the end. It repeats a lot of themes, and it’s a progression of the story. It’s cool.”