CIRCLE OF SILENCE

I really love German power metal so when the opportunity to interview CIRCLE OF SILENCE I jumped on the chance. Questions answered by Björn Boehm (Bass). Anders Ekdahl ©2018

You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Well, it was not that hard as you think. Back than when we created the name we were in school and on one day i wrote down some names that sounded interesting to me. This was back in 2002 or 2003. Later on we took one of those names and we still stick with it. So sorry to disappoint you but there is no deeper meaning in the name Circle Of Silence. 🙂

The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
-Because it’s a killer album! But seriously, I think we have a very cool package of artwork, song quality and production. We invested a lot of time and money in this album so it would be very kind of you people if you would check it out.

Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-Some people were really looking forward to the new album. We got messages from some fans that they cannot wait to hear the new stuff. From time to time we were asked when the new album will be done and released. When you’re still in the songwriting process and you get messages like these it can be very encouraging to deliver the best album possible. So thanks to all the people out there who have never forgotten that we exist during our little break.

When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play?
-How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
We never had a clear vision for Circle Of Silence in mind. We startet creating music similar to the stuff we were listening at that time and that was a mix of Children Of Bodom, Gamma Ray, In Flames and Grave Digger maybe. Our style is still evolving but I think with our 2013 record “The Rise Of Resistance” we found a consistent sound that defines us. But as I said before we still try new things so who knows how the next 2 albums will sound like.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-I really don’t know how to answer this question. Let me try it this way. We have a festival here in our hometown with just local bands playing every year. It’s a bit like a once in a year family meeting if you know what I mean. It feels special to me to be part of this because everyone is respected within this community. Maybe that’s the best term to describe it. It is a community of people with the same passion. Even if you see some members of other bands just once a year it feels a bit like that we are all connected through the bands. I hope you know what I mean.

When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-I don’t think there are restrictions in terms of the look and feel of the album but there are expectations out there to deliver something within style of your genre. I personally like artworks that grab your attention when you look at it for the first time. In my early days in metal I discovered bands because of their amazing art works. That would never have happened with a generic photoshop / band picture cover.

I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I don’t think it will kill the music. We will see even more releases of smaller bands. I believe in the far future we will see the dying of the album format. With digital releases you don’t need to produce an album of 10 songs to release new music. You can create a song and just upload it to the download and streaming platforms. There is no need to wait until you have finished the whole album. The near future will see the medium CD become something for collectors like vinyl LPs. Would not be shocking to me if one of our next albums won’t be released on CD. I have to admit that I don’t have a CD player in my car or at home. I just listen to digital music or vinyl records.

Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
-I think the big stadium tours of metal bands will die when the last of the old bands like Iron Maiden or Guns And Roses will retire. I don’t see any of the newer headlining bands from festivals like Wacken go on a stadium tour. Playing live for us is on whole different level. We play small festivals, bars or clubs.
Maybe someday we can afford it a tour as support of a bigger band. That would be awesome.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-I think it’s more of a fun thing. We go on stage and try to have as much fun as possible.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We hope we can realize it to go on tour on some day. Touring is not a cheap hobby and you need to organize the timetable of 5 guys which can also be a heavy task. But who knows maybe one day we can realize it. Besides touring it would be really cool to play some big summer festivals like Summer Breeze or Wacken.

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