ANGUISH

To me ANGUISH is a Finnish death metal band. But not this lot. They are a Swedish doom band on their third album now. And I know nothing about them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-If you have no light left in life, just pure darknes, we will fit you. Or If you like your Doom Metal in the vein of Candlemass or Trouble but with a twisted touch, mixed with Celtic frost and Mayhem. And if you cast aside those who think doom is about Fuzzy guitars and drug related lyrics.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-In 2007, Me and the former guitarist Jacob discussed the greatness of band such as Black Sabbath, Nemesis, Pentagram and more.
And decided to write our own songs. When the first song was done, we named it Dawn of Doom. To fullfill our plans, we needed someone to handle the Drums and another one to sing. But before that we needed a fitting band name which suited the song we had composed, we bought beer and started to play old vinyls and listend to every word the sang. In “Under the Oak”- Candlemass we heard Längqvist sing
“Deep was my anguish in for these words”. Since that night, Anguish has been with me every day and every night.

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?
-As mentioned above. That was the in the beginning, “Day of Retribution” by Nemesis, was the record which gave J. Dee the singing style inspiration, death. Not clean, nor growl. Just pure anguish. Today most bands with the right spiritual feelings gives us inspiration, whatever it is Doom, death, black metal or classics. The moon, the woods, the unknown, haunted places is other examples.

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?< -Doom metal is all about anguish pain and death. So when I write music it has to sound like someone who's been throwed down the well with the intation to die and the screams for help has no meaning to anyone. Or someone who has stumbled in circles for nights in the deep woods somewhere in nowhere. --- 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? -I do not see any good in it, if you angle it in that direction. But I'm not worried that this is the case either.Because vinyl are as big now as it was 30 years ago. People gave away or throwed their vinyl collections 20 years ago, with no idea that they burned thousands of cash if they had saved it and put it on the second hand market today. To release a digital track or two one month before the physical release is a great thing to spread the word that something is happening. But if people prefer low-fi mp3s over high quality analog formats is their own problems, they are however too few to crack the physical releases. --- What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people's attention? -We never do the artwork before the lyrics are done. They go hand in hand, and has always been about her and her followers. Her head has been on the somewhere on the art, from the first demo to this latest full-length. If the lyric theme change one day, she will probably not appear either. --- Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? -Before this social media hype, we were as many other bands promoting our music and ideas through Myspace. And when the demo "Dawn of Doom" was recorded. I was selling it via postorder or at festival camps with the words " If you ever wondered how Candlemass would have sounded with Attlia on vocals, you should buy this tape to get an answer". I sold alot! haha! Facebook and youtube has made our promoting alot easier for sure, it is a great new thing! --- When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander? -We is more of an outcast, we rarely speak to other bands, has always rehearsed and existed in the upplandic forest far from the city lights. But of course, when people speak doom, or type doom history, we often got mentioned. I just got the book "Doom Metal Lexicanium" where over 300 bands are spoken of, and we are in it, so one can say that we are a part of the scene. --- How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band? -To see us perform is a rare thing. We have been around for 10 years now, and has played live seven times in total. There is no conscious choice, but we rarely got offers, and sometimes when we got the question to play live, it has been a chaotic time for the band so we had to say no. I hope that in 2018 and 2019 we will play more often then we have done since our existence. It do is a great way to spred the word of the band, it is on the gigs the most people found new bands, including myself. --- What will the future bring? -26 January is the release of our third full-length "Magna est vis Siugnah" and it will make people shiver of discomfort, according our plans. And hopefully more live shows will follow thorught out europe. More pain, necrodoom and demons will follow. --- https://youtu.be/jeAcIGwDGhw

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