There are so many Swedish metal bands that it is hard to keep up with them. So when I discovered that ANACHRONAEON already was on album number two I knew that I didn’t want to miss out again. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-Not really, we always work on new stuff so we never really felt the pressure to live up to the previous release, since we always head into a new album before the other is released. Other bands seldom have any impact on our sound generally.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-A red thread is misanthropy. It goes through all our lyrics, though in different shapes and in different shades of black. And yes, Smerdulak has been with us since the very first release, and he does a great job visualising our musical content.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
-It goes in periods. Sometimes they write themselves with help of the music, and other times I can write a whole text without so much having a note of music to support it. And like with the music, sometimes you think you’ve written the perfect lyrics, and then a few years later you find the content juvenile or unfinished. Though they reflect where you were as a person in time I guess, so there’s nothing wrong with it. It is supposed to be that way.
How hard is it to find the right art work? What are you looking for?
-Usually this is the easy part (on our part). I guess you have to ask Smerdulak if he agrees haha. I send him the lyrics or explain the main theme, and he sends a basic sketch, and then we take it from there. We want the cover to represent the dark undertones of the musical theme, mainly lyricswise.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the metal you play?
-Every other review. I guess that we don’t fall well into the hands of people who are very elitist in their ways. People with huge record collections are generally more openminded to our approach. We are too emotional for the death metal puritan, and we are to hard for the melodic puritan. People that bash us for the lyrics are particulary funny, because we get many remarks for the emotional angle (though both positive and negative). But the “tough” death metal bands never gets critizised for their generic lyrics which many times have no other function or deeper artistical value than to connect to the aggressive theme of the music. So, it’s like we get scrutinized harder because our lyrics actually try to paint a wider landscape in addition of just being another layer of the soundscape. On the other hand. I dislike many of the bands that are being hyped today, so maybe I just have a different taste than the general metalhead?
6. Do you feel that you get the recognition you deserve, nationally as well as internationally?
-On one hand no. On the other hand, when it comes to taste and opinion, what can you as an artist really demand? Especially when it also has to do with factors as gig frequenzy, choice of PR-manager, ads etc. We take pride in not paying a dime for commercials etc. And we seldom play live. And there’s an ocean of bands out there, both good and bad. I feel that more people should be able to apprechiate us, but we’re just a small fish in a big pond. You have to find us to catch us, and to be able to tell your friends. I hope you got your answer somewhere in there?
Is the end of physical close by or is there a future for all formats?
-I don’t think physical will ever die completely. But one would be a fool not to realise that media is generally consumed through a computer or a smartphone today. There will always be collectors. That I am sure of.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-Absolutely, and there are less opportunities, unless you wanna pay for a position in a festival line-up. Which we’d never do.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-We have no dresscode or theme live, we kind of are who we are. If we had the money to spend on an intricate stage show things would be different of course.
What does the future hold?
-If I knew that, I’d be a rich man. For us right now there’s studiowork to be done. We are recording some new stuff. With Mattias Balk behind the steering wheel in the studio, you can expect us to sound better than ever before. We have some really cool stuff songwise that we will reveal once they are ready. Maybe the next release will be digital only? Time will tell how we feel like once we’re there.