I find it fascinating how you can come up with so many variations of a limited amount of chords but ANOMALIE are proof that it is still possible to be unique. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-It’s of course the first impression you can get of a band so it is very essential to find the right name for a new band and some band names are quite mysterious while others are pretty clear, but of course not every artists stays the same over the years so it happens, like in our case, that only the name won’t reveal a lot about the band’s identity!
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-At the time of Anomalie’s establishment I was active in two other bands already, but I wrote a lot of material that was not meant to be performed with those kind of bands so at a certain point I started to gather some of those unused songs under the project name Anomalie without recording the stuff. Two or three years passed by until I got the chance to use the home studio of a good friend for free to experience how the songs are coming together in a fully produced version, which is what became my debut record „Between the Light“ later on. I did everything on my own back then, so there was no need to search for other people to join me. That changed with the decision to enter a better, professional studio for the recordings of „Refugium“ and to turn Anomalie into a live-band, but it was rather easy to gather the right guys as I played with all of them in other bands before!
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-I don’t think it is my job to find the right words to describe my sound. Of course it’s some kind of amalgamation of Black Metal and several other influences with a high focus on atmosphere and a wide range of dynamics, but I don’t give a shit how it is called in the end.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-It depends on the first idea. I just follow my intentions and there are many different sources of inspiration out there so sometimes my surroundings just turn into some kind of melody in my head which I try to capture until I have the time to sit down with a guitar to work out some details around it before it starts to grow step by step. It also happened that a certain beat came to my mind first and the guitar arrangements have been done on top of that or some melodies are even written on the piano, so there are many ways to start writing a song, but by far not every idea ends up on a record in the end!
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-To live your life with open eyes and an open mind and to travel the world meeting interesting people is a never ending source of creation! You don’t have to reinvent the wheel at any price as long as your art is 100% authentic and honest. Nowadays the uniqueness of a record isn’t a construction of never heard chords or tunes, but the combination of details and the high intensity of a special atmosphere!
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-The visual aspect of Anomalie is a very important part of the band. I want to offer a full package of art reaching as many senses as possible! The artwork of the record has a very special position in the graphical concept of the band of course, so every single detail you can see is there for a special reason!
I think it is easy to see that the general idea of the cover is some kind of dreamcatcher, which stands for the portal between different layers of reality. The antlers of the deer are building a circle related to the cycles of life and death, the alpha and the omega. Of course it was also not by accident that you have to face a total number of seven visions. The number is a well known symbol for the unity of the body and the soul, the physical and the metaphysical world, the visible and the unseen!
Alex a.k.a. Irrwisch did an outstanding job once again as it was not easy to take care of all the symbolism that represent the content of the record properly.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-The metal-scene is definitely one of the very few remaining communities that keep listening to full records very frequently, so I think we are not in the same boat with nowadays pop acts who are only selling single radio hits anymore. But of course besides the vinyl boom, the digital market is constantly growing and it is important to keep that in mind if you want to reach somebody out there!
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-I don’t think that purchasing music on a digital way automatically means that those people are only listening to single tracks these days, so I’m clearly not afraid of the digital age. It has a lot of pros and cons, like everything else and we are artists in the year 2017 so we have to deal with the current situation and I don’t see the point of crying around that everything was better in the past.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-Of course there is. But luckily we are a band attracting the attention of very different kind of people, which is the reason why you can find for instance fans of both Old School and more modern Black Metal, Doom Metal, Occult Rock or even Post Rockers at our shows. As long as somebody feels connected to our music, I don’t mind where our listeners come from and what other stuff they listen to!
What does the future hold?
-We are currently working on some shows until the end of the year, a tour in December and some other dates will be announced very soon before we will enter the studio in early 2018 again to record a 4 song EP!