SENTENCED - Whisper To Me, O Death Page 4
By Martin Popoff

And why this title for the album, The Cold White Light?

"Well, the concept of light can be a symbol for so many things. We were kind of fascinated by it. It's a symbol of death as it's said that people see this bright light at the moment of death, but it can also be seen as a symbol of life as in 'there is no life where there is no light' and so on. And furthermore, it can be a symbol of hope as in 'the light at the end of the tunnel.' The main thing however is that the title is open enough and fits to the musical and lyrical world of the album. And to call it The Cold White Light instead of just Light (laughs), it's more appropriate for us. It makes it northern and more atmospheric, more melancholy and more mysterious in a way. This melancholy, I'm not so sure it's so much about Finland, the country, but more like the mentality of the people of the nation. There's this basic pessimistic attitude towards everything. There's this melancholy that runs in the blood and affects everything that we do, especially art. And almost every band, every writer, every movie, is filled with this sorrowful atmosphere. And I'm not sure why this is. I can say that the climate of the north is one reason, the extreme winters. But that can't be the only explanation. I don't know if we are raised to be pessimistic and negative towards our own lives. I'm not sure where it comes from, but it is definitely something you can see in most Finnish works of art."

In closing Sami sums up the universal aspect of the album, the complexity of discussing something as big as life itself. "Almost every song deals with human life in some way, just from different points of view. And those aspects are however so far from each other that you can in no way, call the new album a theme album. It's quite the opposite, actually. The theme of the album is to have a lot of themes (laughs)."