TOMB OF FINLAND sound like some Finnish vodka brand but it isn’t. to get to know more about the band I had to interview them.2015 Anders Ekdahl

How different is it releasing an album compared to a demo where there were no real pressure?
– Of course there are some differences regarding whole process. Song writing, arrangements, productional quality and visual things etc..
When releasing a demo, you may have some expectations about how public and reviewers will take it, bur not so serious. With official album you must really gather all best songs to fit together in CD or LP format. It’s important that band will give at least 100% of their best power and soul into the album. I think also, that band’s musical and visual style must have good connection. Cover artwork, band photos etc. What comes to promotional value, an official worldwide album release has more potential to increase knowledge about your band than demo release.

What response did you get on your first album? What was the weirdest response you got?
– We have got mainly very good response. Most of the reviews have been very good, supportive, thoughtfull and almost panegyrical. I’m very satisfied about all of them what we have got. Just few reviewers have found problem about our band name or maybe my a bit different musical composition style in Death/Black metal genre. They have given some more critical reviews. But just let them think what they want.
I know that our name sounds a bit weird or crazy, but it was the name of the game when it was chosen. Maybe review in Sweden rock magazine was weirdest what we have got at the moment. (you can found it from our facebook-site :-).

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
– It is not weird, it just feels very enjoyable. When playing live, I feel the power of music and audience in my whole body and soul. It feeds my attitude and ambitions to give my best to audience and make even better songs in future.

Do you feel that you have to follow in the foot steps of the first album for a second when it comes to lyrics and art work for example?
– Yes I feel a bit like that. Maybe it is because of our band name, but there is not any written law about that, so all rights about changes reserved. I can tell that we have already written our second album musically. There will be some interesting variations in some songs. Melancholy and good melodies are still writing our story, but I think somehow we have increased our aggressivity and evilness in some new songs into next level. Lyrically we may stay somewhere between first and just put some even more real agony into them.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a metal band?
– No I don’t. This is just my way to shout and shit out my feelings. Heavy metal has been a part of my life since middle of 1980’s, so this is just the right way for me to operate in this world of eternal misery.

When you have found a sound how hard/easy is it to come up with Songs that fit into the sound?
– It’s not hard, When I start to writing music, I may have some melody in my mind and then put my basic lead sound into my guitar amp and just play it. That is one way, other way is that I sit in my home studio and just jamming alone. Some specific sounds are not ”keys” to open my mind for songwriting. Every time it starts when I have found a good riff or melody when jamming. Sometimes I write songs with acoustic guitar, so whole Death metal songs, riffs or melodies can be composed and arranged like that too.
Of course some riffs are designed for specific sound, then I just try to find good enough sound to fit those riffs. Themes and ideas for lyrics are coming after songs are musically written. That’s my way in songwriting.

What influences/inspires you today?
– Like always : Finnish nature, darkness, agony, bad things and death. Maybe sometimes I get inspired from some movies too. I like to listen much oldschool metal. Quite often I may find myself listening some very different music genres. Finnish schlager is my favourite when talking abut that difference. Mostly those songs are not happy. When there are depressive lyrics and melancholic melodies gathered together. That will be potentional seed for my inspiration about new death metal song. Some of my ideas or influences may be subconscious. It is natural when listening much different kind of music, I may put some ideas to my songs without recognizing where it is coming from.

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
– Has CD sales really increased ? I haven’t heard about that. A lot of labels have died in last 10 years. I think vinyl LP’s are more popular nowadays than Cds, at least in metal and punk gengres. If I compare my experiences with my earlier bands about 15 years ago to nowadays, there is big difference between CD sales and everything.
I’m talking about time when there was not streaming and internet piracy wasn’t big problem yet.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
– I’ m bit oldschoolish guy, so I always prefer physical with all printed booklet material. especially I like vinyl LP’s. I like to sit down and just relax with good music. Of course I listen Cds too, but vinyls are more comfortable in their sound and bigger size of cover artwork looks much better than in CD format. I have converted music to digital format too, but they are just for mobile use.

What lies in the future?
– More funerals, good gigs and killer albums.

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