AFTER OBLIVION is death metal. That is all that has to be said really. Read this interview with Adnan Hatic (vocals, guitars) and listen to the album and you’ll get the general idea. Anders Ekdahl ©2013
Do you feel that you are at the edge of the European metal community coming from a place not known for its metal scene?
-Hi there. Well, yes, you can say that. Everyone would take a band that has a German instead of Bosnian prefix more seriously. People are used to that, but there is a chance for a change, not only for us, but for all the bands coming from Eastern Europe and some other territories where
metal is popular but where there are no big sounding band names. Something similar happened in Poland in the last 10 years.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a greater thing?
-I was thinking that way before, but not now. I have been in bands for a long long time so that has become a part of me. I now think of it as a of way to go out and hang out with other like minded people.
Death metal is not a single genre anymore. How did you find your place in the death metal universe?
Truth is that there is so much diversity in death metal nowadays, but anyone who has ever listened to the music can find something in common for all the bands. Not sure where our place is, but I believe that we are doing fine in tech death subgenere…
When you form a band with what intention do you do so?
-I always wanted to play in a band, since I was 10 or so and over the years, playing in different bands, this idea grew and I knew exactly what I wanted when I was starting After Oblivion. I believe that I am capable of creating similar music to the one that I grew up with and that I still love to listen.
When I got into metal in the 80s it was hard for a band to find a label. How hard is it today to find a label that fits your needs?
-Besides having far more labels to apply to, it is also much easier and faster to find info about each label and to contact them. I was not involved in that before, I remember some fan clubs and things
like that, but I believe that it was a long process sending letters.
What is it like being a band in this day and age? Has the whole digital/download scene changed the way you act as a band?
-In essence, everything will always be the same. The only thing changed is the way people are consuming music. Also, you can easily find new bands and get their music, but that has also a downside, because you have a lot to choose from and still limited time, so I believe that there are no such strong connections between the fan and a specific release as there were before.
What kind of feelings run through your bodies knowing that you will have an album in your hands?
-It is really nice to see the fruit of your work finalized. Then you know that your effort pays off and it gives you strength to continue doing it.
How tough is it to find gigs when you don’t have a record to show for?
-It is not that hard to organize a concert. I am also doing it in my town and doing so I meet a lot of people from all over the world and got good contacts. The tricky thing is how to get money, even the basic fee to cover your expenses, because there are so many concerts everywhere and the audience is quite picky.
What place does playing live have in today’s way of promoting your band?
-It is really important to have regular concerts. To keep the buzz and meet new people, because people like to connect faces and stories with the sound, and no better chance for that than at a gig. Also, that is where we sell most of our CDs and T shirts.
What will the future bring for After Oblivion?
-Well, we are planing to record a few new songs in next month or so. Just waiting for the right moment. After that probably some short tours and, if we manage, to get ourselves to some festivals. In long terms, we plan to record a new full length album and spread our music to the wider audience.