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 ARCHAIC DECAPITATOR. Answers provided by the band’s guitarist, Yegor Anders Ekdahl ©2019
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-The direction of this project has changed course several times. When we started out, we were 18-something year old kids that just wanted to play death metal live as much as possible. In that department, I cannot say much has changed. As far as what we want with our music, simply for it to be heard and hopefully enjoyed by as many people as possible.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-It is difficult to say for us considering this band has dissolved/revived multiple times, which has limited our ability to travel outside of the Tri-State area much. What we can say is that the bands that we have performed with in the Northeast U.S. have all maintained the same mentality as far as mutual support and comradery. Particularly memorable performances were alongside Xenosis, Burial in the Sky, In Human Form, Driveby Bukkake, and Scaphism, as well as countless others.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-As far as supporting the album? Gigging as much as possible. As far as writing further music, following-up on a particular record has never been a concern. We have always written music as it comes, nothing is ever forced. Sometimes there could an extended period of time between any new material at all, which is okay because forcing the writing process has never yielded any worthwhile results. I guess you can look at it as a bonus of not being signed or under contract.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-In all honesty, if you asked me what I was thinking when I wrote any particular song, I would not be able to tell you. I occasionally look back on some tracks and wonder how I ever came up with a particular riff or lead and I can never remember. What I can say is that all the songs are a reflection of a particular point in time and emotion. They all carry a specific meaning, so I usually avoid write anything new unless I really have something that I feel is special in mind.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-We have never recorded anything on analog before. Might be interesting though.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-I think the most challenging part about having the masters of your new album on hand is having enough patience to wait and release the record several months down the road. There is a lot of work and diligence involved in releasing a piece of music properly. I, personally, am horrible with keeping my music or riffs to myself when I write it and usually share my progress with a few select friends and individuals. As far the reception, all we can hope for is that people enjoy it. Of course, not everyone will and we look forward to whatever criticism comes our way and we will process it in a constructive manner.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Where the vocals are an instrument like any other, the lyrics are more of a complement to the music. Death metal is not a particularly lyrically-driven genre, however if the words strengthen and solidify the musical content itself then it just makes for an even better record.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-The art is always essential. The more the depiction on the front reflects the content of the album itself the stronger the overall feeling of the album will be to a listener. More often than not if your cover art isn’t captivating or strong, most people will scroll right by your music or post and won’t bother to listen to it unless something catches their eye. I can honestly say I’ve been guilty of this in the past myself.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-We have only been able to play a handful of shows over the last several years due to lineup changes, but overall yes, with each new album there tend to be some new faces in the crowd, which we are always grateful to see.
What do you see in the future?
-As far as the future, the only thing I can confidently say is that we will continue to write and play as much as we can. If an opportunity comes to us and it is feasible and conducive with what we are able to do as far as work and personal life schedules, then maybe things will change. For now, we will continue to write and perform the music we love.
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