ASSAILANT

For some 30 odd years ago I discovered thrash metal. And still to this day I discover new bands that thrash it out with the best, like ASSAILANT. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

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 want the people to know and listen something fresh and new while maintaining what made the genre great in the past. There are things that have been over played over and over again and there are things that have been forgotten and we want to take these things back.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It wasn’t the easiest thing to do, nor the most difficult. We wanted something to fit our style when we were playing straight thrash metal, and I think it still fits with what we are playing today.

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?
-Since we started until today I could mention Testament, Coroner from Switzerland and Forced Entry from Seattle as the main influences in our strings playing style, vocally speaking I would say Tony Benjamin from Forced Entry, Chuck Billy from Testament and Chuck Schuldiner from Death. In the drums, we´ve been exploring a lot of jazz rhythms but we’ve always been a lot into Demolition Hammer, Exodus and Death drum playing styles.

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?
-We always wanted to play aggressive, fast and technical, at the beginning we may hadn´t have the knowledge but we´ve tried to improve over time. The name came to fit with the aggressive and fast ideas.

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?
-We´ve only released short material, a 5 song demo and a 4 song split but I still feel that it is more important to release a group of songs than just one, let´s say an EP or a Full Length. I would say a single track could be important if you are trying to get the people to know you and you still don´t have the money to afford an album recording. I think the importance of an EP or a Full Length relies in the entire concept as a whole and the ability of an artist to make a group of songs express a message, together.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-We always want the artwork to fit our musical style, especially if it is something really crazy and twisted and of course with elements from our lyrics, it doesn’t really matter if it is explicit or implicit if it reflects what we feel. We have always given freedom to the artists to express how they interpret our songs so their ideas can then be drawn into something good.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-We do promote mainly in social media thanks to its simplicity and the fast way it gets to people. The band was born in the social media era so it’s been our main way to do promotion but we do think we have to take advantage of every way of promotion, from CDs to T-Shirts and gigs as well.

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 do have a lot of friends from other bands, and know people from other bands that have helped us a lot, especially with our latest release and they are always there to support us by buying shirts and CDs which are off course our main income in order to finance future projects. The styles of the bands from here vary greatly and you can see it in the gigs, which will attract people that like different styles so there are not many gigs for only one style of metal, let´s say a gig for thrashers only, those don´t come that often. We’ve still met thrashers, old school heavy metal guys and death metal guys that have liked our music so that is good.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We always want to take our music to different places and play live so the people can get our music from us. We are from a pretty small country that can be traversed from border to border in just one day, and even that, most gigs are in the city so we almost always come back to our home town after gigging. There are times when the gigs don’t happen that often, and there are also periods when we gig pretty often. Either way, it’s always great to gig and meet new people that like and support our music.

What will the future bring?
-Crazier, faster and unexpected songs. And of course, a full length with those ideas in mind.
Thank you for the interview and for your time

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