I am ashamed to say it but I have consciously steered away from ATLANTEAN KODEX not thinking they were up my alley. Boy was I wrong about that. But that has been corrected now. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You are being heralded as some sort of forerunners for true metal. Was that something you had in mind when the band came into creation? What was it that influenced/inspired you?
»Yes, when we started around 2005 we had the feeling that a lot of metal was caught in a trap of highly artificial studio productions, fake drums and overblown sounds. We felt that it severly lacked life and passion.
Other than that Quorthon had died shortly before and Manowar were going down the drain. We wanted to write music to fill the immense gap left behind by those two. Besides Manowar and Bathory our inspiration
in these early days were bands like Solstice, Manilla Road, early Fates Warning or Warlord, classic Lovecraftian horror and J.R.R. Tolkien.«
Your new album is a 14 track long, two CD history to promote now. Is there a concept behind The Annihilation of Bavaria?
»No, it’s a live album. The only concept was to create an atmospheric setting and show to go with our performance.«
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
»Recording and releasing new songs is the easiest part. Writing them I find quite hard though.«
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop
and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
»No, I don’t really see that problem in the case of Atlantean Kodex. We’re not in a situation which forces us to „stay on top“, we have no pressure whatsoever to release new songs or to stay
a hot topic of conversation. Although from time to time a split EP or a smaller release is fun, for us, it is the full album that counts. It’s what separates boys from men.«
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
»Tough question. For one I’m sure there will always be the desire for creating new music and listening to new music. The question is under which circumstances it will be produced, distributed and consumed.
Regarding the ‚mainstream‘ music industry, I think new releases will become a by-product to sell more tickets for live shows and more merchandise. Music will be no more than advertisement for a new tour.
Eventually, I’m pretty sure, that they will give new songs and albums away for free, just to get the product out there and to create a hype for the artist’s live shows and merchandise good. On a more underground
level I don’t think a lot of things will change, because there’s not really a pressure to sell lots and lots of albums. The system is quite stable as it is at the moment, because everyone has realised by now that living from
the music is impossible anyway. This keeps things relaxed in a way, but also creative and passionate.«
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
»I’m always a bit speechless when I see fans with tattoos of our logo or our artworks. They’re taking a decision to wear our art on their skin for the rest of their life.
This is really incredible, the passion behind doing this is really moving.«
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
»I think, the most exotic contact so far was a guy from Iran. It’s close to impossible to get official metal releases there, actually it might even prove dangerous to listen to metal in Iran.
He somehow found us via Youtube and got really engaged with our lyrics and our atmospheric sound and asked me where he could safely buy our albums. Of course I sent him
a package with all our stuff. I hope he has received it by now. Haven’t heard back from him since.«
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
»No, not really. I was part of the scene long before Atlantean Kodex. Writing songs and being on-stage is just a different aspect of supporting the scene. To me the most interesting thing the music brought with it What the music brought with it are rare „behind-the-scenes“ insights. For instance you get insights into how magazines are working, how record-companies and big festivals are organized and making money. It’s this sort of knowledge that really came with the success of our albums. Other that, being able to travel all over Europe to meet new people and learn from the different cultural experiences is an amazing thing.«
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
»Depends on how good you are on stage. For Atlantean Kodex I would say yes. I think since Keep It True 2014 things sort of exploded for us. We had a really magical moment there with the whole crowd chanting our songs. I think al lot of people heard about that and are now trying to come to our shows as well. But in the end the most important thing still is releasing great studio albums. If you manage to put a great album out there, the people will come to your shows automatically.«
What plans do you have for the future?
»The next big thing we’re working on is our third album. Hopefully we will all live to see it’s release.«