ANCIENT CURSE might sound like a more extreme metal band name but this is in fact along the lines of classic power metal. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
We live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
-There are actually a lot of metal bands that are globally successful. We naturally try to find our place in it and we`ll also be independent. I think that we are characterized by a musical versatility because we incorporate various influences from Thrash Metal to Rock in our music. These circumstances ultimately lead to our own style.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Since we have been making music together for around 33 years, I can no longer tell you exactly … Fact is, Pepe eventually came up with his idea “Ancient” – that sounded very cool ….
During this time our song “Chosen Injury” was created, which deals with the content of the pharaohs of the Egyptian antiquity. In this context, we came across “Ancient Curse”. I think the name fits very well with our music, surrounded by secrets, it refers to myths and mysteries of times long past, which is reflected in our sound!
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-We were totally enthusiastic at the time and, incidentally, still we are of the Bay Area Thrashbands of the 80s like Testament, Forbidden, Exodus, Violence, Heathen, Blind Illusion and of course Metallica. But bands like Accept, Maiden, The Scorpions and Fates Warning have also inspired us and still do today! Meanwhile, we are also inspired by bands such as Killswitch Engage, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Soen, Pain of Salvation, Eclipse, The Night Flight Orchestra to Toto and Marillion. You see a wide range of inspiration … I could name so many bands again, we are kind of music nerds …. 😉
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-Well, I think there are a lot of fans out there who care about holding something haptic from their favorite bands, flipping through booklets, looking at covers and putting on the disc. It is a slowing down process and I think it leads to an intensive examination of the music. Take a look at the young fans at the big festivals, grown up in digital reality with cell phones and smartphones, they have a great passion for collecting CDs and vinyl. We certainly shouldn’t neglect the streaming services, but CD and vinyl have regained relevance in recent years. I mean, CDs and vinyl are very important in our music section!
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I do not believe that. I think recordings will continue to play a big role in Punk, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Certainly this no longer has any meaning in other music genres and has long since shifted to streaming services. we are not worried, especially since many consumers like you and a lot of people I know use streaming services only as a supplement …
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-Actually a very big role! With the new album title “The New Prophecy” – mediated in the song “The Prophecy” – we tell the story of the “Resurrection” of Ancient Curse. We broke up in 1999 and in 2013 we met again full of energy and new, creative ideas to conquer the world … 🙂
… Now it was still 7 years before we launched our long player, but it was worth it!
What I want to say is that the cover, the album title and the overall concept represent our music with great force.
Our drummer Matthias nailed it with the overall design of the cover. This is our message: once petrified and solidified, our energy is to be expected more than ever !!
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-The worldwide web with its social media possibilities is of course optimal for the marketing of a band today; But it is just as important to draw attention to yourself locally and to play as much live as possible. That is impossible in the corona crisis, but as soon as it starts again, we burn on gigs to support our album !!
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Of course we are part of our metal scene here in northern Germany. Our goal is to be nationally and internationally successful with our new album “The New Prophecy”.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-I think you only really get to know a band when you experience them alive. it is important for us to bring the energy of our songs on stage and to interact with the fans! Touring can actually be agreed with our jobs and families first, then that would be a wonderful option !!
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully peace, freedom and cohesion continue in our latitudes but also for the world. It is an exciting time for us now, because with Pure Steel Records we have found a partner with whom we want to get started. Therefore, we have confidence and rocking like there`s no tomorrow ….. 😉
Thanks very much for the Interview!!