With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to ARCHANGEL A D. answers from Edward Vera Jr.– Co-founder/Drummer Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-I actually wasn’t the one who came up with the name. The one who made it up, or found it, was our original rhythm guitarist Matthew Karr. I think he had gotten a flier from his church with the name “Archangel” written on it alongside a picture of the Archangel fighting a demon. As far as settling on the name, it was hard for me agree on it but I eventually did.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?*
-I usually say “We play thrash metal music, or music like Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer”. If someone has no idea who these bands are (I’ve encountered a few), I’d say that we just play really fast and really heavy.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-I honestly didn’t know what kind of sound I wanted for the band until I started playing with Justin, our lead singer. In my opinion, he has such a unique and great voice and I still wonder in awe on how his voice is perfect for a thrash metal band. As far as my own “drum sound”, Nick Menza, a former drummer for Megadeth, has been my single greatest influence. From the day I just started to learn how to play the drums until today where I am still mastering the art of switching from one foot to two feet, Menza has always shown me how to really push myself to the edge. May he rest in peace.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-The scene in my area, or the Rio Grande Valley, in my opinion, is great! There are always shows going on in Downtown McAllen or at The Hop Shop in Harlingen where audiences gather to speculate the great talent our area’s music scene has to offer. I will say, however, that the majority of bands here are either metal core bands or punk rock bands. There is nothing wrong with this, it’s just that there are only a few thrash metal bands here and I think the genre is very underrated in my area. This will, for sure, change soon.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Being a part of Archangel A.D. is definitely more than just being a part of a band. Besides also being a part of the music scene in the Rio Grande Valley, I also, in a way, represent thrash metal. I often hear some people say that my band plays “dad music” and that our music is “for old people” but I just think we play some badass music with some cool fuckin’ riffs! There are also not that many thrash metal bands in my area so it’s important for my band and I to represent something that’s a great part of music history.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-For me, a great album cover includes an artwork of some type that includes a variety of colors. It would also have to be consistent with the theme of the album. Although our EP, “Warband”, doesn’t include any colors other than black and white, it has some great artwork that accurately represents what it’s all about: Swords N’ Shit!!!
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Although physical copies of music are far superior than digital, digital is still a great way to listen to music and I think it has helped transform the music industry for the better, not for the worst. I do, of course, always encourage people (if they are listening to music digitally) to buy their music or to use a paid streaming services because I believe artists should be supported in any way they can be.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-There’s a great live scene for bands like Archangel A.D. One special aspect of thrash metal bands is that the audience can vary from people in their 20’s who love to mosh and just be straight up thrashers, to 40/50-year-olds who like to relive the music of their youth.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-When I play live, I see it more of a party. When we play our first song, “Unto the Evil”, you can see our audience slowly head-banging, feeling our introduction to our show. Next, when we play “Blightning”, they’re fully emerged into what Archangel A.D. stands for, and the party is in full in effect. By the time we play our last original, “Metal Horde”, you can occasionally see some moshing and thrashing bodies, but you will most definitely see people having a ball.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-I’d love to see the future re-introduce thrash metal to the world. I’d also love to see more of a diversity of artists within music communities. Being able to see bands of all types of genres as well as DJs and rappers and a variety of different artists come from the same area would be a definitive chance for the world to recognize these talents. I have a strong feeling the future has what I so dearly would love to see from it.