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In a recent interview made by Czech monthly magazine Spark, Arch Enemy singer Alissa White-Gluz explained how they wrote lyrics on their recent album. She said:

“I actually have to be in a bad mood for it. The most common time I write lyrics is the middle of the night. I actually wrote a poem last night at, like, 5:30 a.m, because I’m super jet-lagged. Sometimes, the inspiration strikes.

I really like writing poetry and lyrics because it’s one thing where I give up control. I don’t feel like I need to be in control of it. I just sort of let it happen, and then I know when it’s done.

I know when it’s finished. With painting, for example, sometimes you can keep putting another paint stroke on there, and you don’t know exactly when the last stroke is going to happen, but I feel like when I write lyrics, I just know — I just feel it. Even if it’s just lyrics without a song yet.

I like to write lyrics when I feel it, and because of that, I like to keep a log of lyrics all the time. I don’t know if it comes time to record an album, am I going to be able to write a whole bunch of lyrics? I don’t know; maybe I’m not going to have the right feelings for that. I always make sure to grab the opportunity when inspiration strikes and roll with it that way.”

Click here to entire interview via Blabbermouth.