I am a sucker for good old death metal in that 90s vibe. AKEPHALOS brings forth that for me. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Kephalus was the original name and I really didn’t like what it stood for “It’s latin for brain” I changed the name to Akephalos because I felt it related more to my music. In some religions Akephalos is a Headless Angel and in some he is a Demon.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-I would definitely say old school death metal in general with some serious thrash metal influences as well. I’ve always considered myself more of a thrasher. Megadeth and Slayer were the bands that got me into a more brutal scene. I remember saying “Wow, I wish I could play guitar like that!” But I would say I definitely have a Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse vibe to my music as well.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-I mean it all comes down to how much you practice. If you practice something enough you are bound to master it eventually. I write the music and practice it hours on end everyday especially if I have plans to perform live or in the studio.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-I just practice as much as humanly possible and try to inspire my band mates to do the same. We usually don’t play any of the orchestrations live that stuff to me is really only for the studio and for my music the band come first and foremost! I just go onstage give the crowd as much energy as I have to spare! You won’t ever see me play a show where I don’t go all out head banging and screaming at the top of my lungs. It may be childish to some but for me I want to see energy from a live band and that’s just what I give!
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-I think it’s great having a label and being promoted with such great bands at my side! I love being a fan of the bands I can be proud of saying I am on a label with and I think ISP does a great job! I want as many people to be able to hear my music as possible because you never know some may be fans for life! I just hope my music can leave an impression on as many as possible whether they love it or hate it; this is metal!
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-You’re probably right but honestly in my opinion the music scene has never been better. When I was growing up the only way to make it was to get a spot on MTV or the radio but now smaller bands can actually have a shot. With the freedom of online streaming, I personally think its great.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Honestly, I think it is the artist who does the cover not so much the cover itself. I think there are great artists out there who can take any idea and just make it great! I think it should match the theme of the album though. to me that has always been important.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-I don’t really think so. My fanbase is pretty diverse but I would have to say no; hopefully one day though. Well as a country really dominated by christianity there are some who really hate it! But it just makes it that much more appealing to serious metalheads in my book! The more rebellious the better! That’s why a lot of metal has always been so appealing to me.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I think that streaming music has never been easier and with add revenue the more views you get the more money that you make. I think that we should just focus on the here and now as far as the music industry is concerned and deal with that problem when it arises.
What lies in the future?
-Metal is my culture. It’s who I am. I have huge plans for the future but I’m not ready to announce anything just yet.