"obZen" as written by and Fredrik/kidman Thordendal....
A state of perfection, immersed in filth
Equilibrium obtained
Pure in devotion to all things unwell
This sweet Zen of our ill condition sustained

A new belief-system salvation found in vomit and blood
Where deprivation, lies, corruption, war and pain is god

Harmony found in the sickly, the vile
Unflinching eyes, joyous and gleaming
Intense in their need to watch things die

A new belief-system
Salvation found in vomit and blood
Where deprivation, lies,
Corruption, war and pain is god

Decay, disgrace, disgust, our state of Zen

The grime of contempt and degeneration,
Sticky, foul and pungent
The sediment of our creation
We flourish in this blood-red soil

Lyrics submitted by nufy8

"Obzen" as written by Jens Kidman Fredrik Thordendal

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    General CommentDescribes mankind as a pestilence on earth for its selfish well-being and it's unyielding commitment to consumption. Greed seems to be the main theme yet lumps everyone who breathes into the same category. There's probably a buddhist ideal that says humanity can live with much less by simply 'being' or living as is. I think this is the underlying motive for the song, saying that our current ideals can only be maintained through blood. Were literally working ourselves to death and killing anyone who gets in the way.
    Necronicon September 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell, i heard the interpretation before I've heard the song and read the lyrics, so it's pretty hard to come up with an interpretation of my own.

    By the way, you haven't posted any interpretation.
    Mind coming up with one?
    DreamingInTheÆtheron April 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe protaganists mind was rewired by the evil god (an entity both god and hell (or void) in itself) and he is now a drone yet again, like the rest of humanity. Combustion has been forgotten.
    GinkoSanon January 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is talking about how humanity has found it's zen in the obscure and obscene => ObZen!
    Fredrik Thordendal stated this in an interview.
    DreamingInTheÆtheron March 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, that's Fredrik's interpretion. Now you mind coming up with one that's your own?
    +}-136-{+on March 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI might be kicking in an open door now but i guess this song har the same theme as Tools Vicarious. And to say that is has a certain meaning might be a little far fetched.. to me it's rather a reflection on the state of the world.
    infinidimmon April 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIll try to give it a proper, full interpretation cuz this song deserves credits.

    All people no matter how pretty or ugly have same needs and feelings, but some experience it in a wicked way.
    For example rapers, mass-murderers, or people who torture etc. find their need of ecstacy and output of adrenaline in their own sick way.

    Put in simple, its the psychopath or wacko way of thinking, feeling perfect when doing things that we may find insane.
    Thundermaneon April 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis track is a summary of the whole idea of the album. The other tracks are each examining aspects of this.
    DaFaceon April 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this is about humanity's addiction to violence, pain, and obscenities. It seems that these things evoke strong emotional and mental reactions in people, and there is a high associated with viewing it, almost like curing a feeling of persistent boredom.
    Kargon January 18, 2015   Link

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