In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with ANGEL OF DAMNATION.Answered by Avenger. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-We don’t really „have to“ but sure „want to“ introduce our music to new listeners who never heard us before. Well I want them to be able to understand that when talking about „heathen witchcraft“ the album turned out as we intended it to be. I heard comments like the sound is outdated or the guitars are too thin or similar things. We wanted it to be like that. Luckily most people get it and see it how we intended to do it, it’s a doom metal album in a way they don’t get done anymore these days so we did an album we want to listen to ourselves in the first place and not to please everybody.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-In 2002 i think i wrote the music for 2 Songs which turned out to be our first 7“ so I thought for a fitting name to present the music just later when everything got a certain shape. There went quite some thought into the name but Angel of Damnation just felt right… it’s Sounds obscure, spiritual, recognizable as the name of a doom band and a bit cliche, just how I like it.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Im influenced by everything i listen to or anything that inspires me. But the bands I somewhat focus on with the sound of AOD are candlemass, pentagram and Black Sabbath! This has not changed since day one and is therefore still the case today !
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-The musical direction came first ! Obviously it got sharpened into a more mature Form over the years but the name was chosen to fit the sound not vice versa !
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-That’s an interesting topic. I totally agree with you when it comes to pop music where singles always where more important than the actual album which consisted of filler tracks in most cases anyway. The nowadays more and more popular streaming playlists fit well with the listening behaviour which was always with that kind of audience. I think listening behaviour is a bit genre related as a certain genre speaks to a certain kind of people with similar lifestyle etc…For example in electronic music compilation albums and samplers have fare more importance than the actual featured artists. In terms of metal releases I don’t see that coming. Metal maniacs are stubborn bastards which don’t like new things and hardly get used to them. Also the whole experience of listening to a whole album from start to finish as well as interacting with the cover artwork, reading liner notes, credits and lyrics is something which has a tradition in metal music. I don’t see an advantage for metal bands releasing single tracks only aside from the one or two songs in advance prior to an album.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Well, I think it must visually suit the music. Of course this leaves a lot of room for interpretation but metal aesthetics are somewhat set in stone to what fits to which style. In our case I can just give a similar answer as I did before that we just use what we like to see ourselves in relation to an album like this.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-With AOD we run the social media thing on a very low profile. We just have a Facebook page where we just post when there is something we think is interesting enough to make it public. But to answer your question it’s definitely the case that there are bands that know how to use social media in a way that their name spreads more far, but I think it’s also a more suitable tool for a band like municipal waste for example than for a band like ours. But since we all play in other bands and we are primarily musicians and metal fans and no actors or clowns I also simply refuse to be a part of that circus.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-To some extend as a band you are also part of a „scene“ if you want or not. But something bigger ? I don’t think so. It’s just a band as there are thousands of others and we are well aware of that so we don’t feel bigger than others.
How much of a touring band are you?
-Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
Not at all. We play a live show here and there when we get an offer and it fits the schedule of our other bands but a whole tour is out of question for AOD. I started answering this interview while I was riding on a 16 hour helltrip from Colombia to Ecuador with my main band Nocturnal. We just completed a 7 day tour there. So yes, it still makes a difference. Not as much anymore than in the pre internet days as we just mentioned before there are more ways to make your band known nowadays, but this is still the ultimate thing you want to do to prove your band to be worthy! To yourself and to the people!
What will the future bring?
-Certain death !