AGGRESSION is a band that I remember from the demo days of the 80s. Answers from Sasquatch. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
I remember you guys from the 80s. How have you managed to maintain the sound of the old days (the way I remember it)?
-It’s the only way we know how to play. I mean we could start a progressive rock band or a nu-metal band but we would suck ass!! One of the reason we might sound like the glorious thrashedeighties is that we have a bank of about 75 songs locked in a vault and all these songs were written back in the days so they have that “vibe”. In the end it comes naturally to us and we love it.
The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
-It’s all about choices and tastes. on our latest release: “Feels Like Punk, Sounds Like Thrash”, we tried to give listeners good solid songs that they can sing-a-long while bashing some skulls in. We try to compose memorable music that sticks to people’s brain. We want to be relevant in 2018, in the realm of heavy metal and we will keep coming at people with music until we become one of their heavy metal library acquisition choices.
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?
-In some parts of the world yes. i would say that the demand is extremely high in Quebec, British Columbia and Germany. In these three regions, people are already asking when the next one is coming out!! 🙂 And we continue building an a following in the Western USA – One fan at a time.
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?
-Yes, that was the plan from the start. Venom “Welcome To Hell” fucked us real bad. We knew from that point on that we would be playing as heavy and fast as we physically could. And that’s that. Our sound is what it is. It’s just what is coming out of our instrument. No magic or witchery!!
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?
-Definitely! The metal community has no boundaries or frontiers and we have musician friends all over the world. Their success is our success. The metal community here in British Columbia is growing rapidly and you can almost smell the glorified era returning full force. We love every minute of it!
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?
-We feel zero restriction when it comes to artwork and what we want. The label gives us “carte blanche”. My personal favorite record cover/artwork of all time is Nazareth “No Mean City” that was done by Rodney Matthews which in itself is a representation of working on an abstract theme, based on a surreal setting that came out amazingly perfect.
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?
-As long as we breathe, there will be music made by these Aggression guys. Regardless of success, sales, attendance. We do it for ourselves hoping others will enjoy. There are more music fans than ever before. Music is not dying, it is thriving. Concerts are sold out everywhere – if it’s good people will show up. The business is changing and the industry is having a tough time reinventing itself however I think they are adjusting better lately.
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?
-Similar to record sales, it is good and bad – the demand is these however the supply is not always up to snuff… There is not much more difference than before – good acts get lot of attendance while bad acts don’t. It is what its always been.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Definitely! We do whatever we can to create chaos, destruction and injuries!! it is so much fun!!
What would you like to see the future bring?
-World heavy metal domination – new bands taking over for Metallica and the big 4 – better albus, well crafted domination – metalheads everywhere!!