This is as fresh as it gets. It is not often you get to interview a band that are just about to set out on a musical journey but with AVETORIA that is just what we are about to experience. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Do you feel that you have come as far as you planned for the band now that you have a new album out?
-Since we’ve been together as a band for nine weeks, with the current members, we think that our progress has been great. We already got two booked gigs and a handful potential gigs come autumn. And to be able to go into the studio after less than three months together is both a challenge and a great motivation for us.

How does this new album compare to the previous ones?
-The album that we’re going to record in May will be our debut album as a band.

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-Actually, we got quite a good sound from the start, thanks to good communication and the ability in everyone to work together to reach common grounds
-With that said, we wouldn’t have been able to create our own sound as well as we could without one mans help – Goran Rabar at ABF Helsingborg. He has helped us from the start with everything we needed, from equipment and a place to practice as well as opportunities to play gigs and studio recordings. He is Avetoria’s unofficial manager and he’s a big part of the explanation of how we have come this far in this short amount of time.

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Lyrics are super important to us and our singer has changed them several times during the writing process in order to improve the songs.
The topics tend to revolve around a more evil theme, with the devil and hell for instance, which fits well with the aggressive music that we play.

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-This part we discussed quite a bit before we reached a decision, since the album cover needs to be well done and at the same time be easy to link to the album name. The important part here is not to procrastinate the album cover and think that it can be done after the recordings are finished. These kinds of details are crucial to efficiently release a new album.

Where outside of your country do you feel you have had the best response so far?
-Since we’ve need been together for that long, we haven’t had the chance to play abroad yet. With that said, we got a few potential gigs this autumn that will take place in other countries

Why is it that we do not see more bands from your country making it big internationally?
-Well, swedish bands are actually quite good at creating solid metal music. Just look at Soilwork, In Flames, Arch Enemy and Sabaton – all swedish bands, all active in the metal genre, and all four has reached fame. Sweden is known for metal, and if the musicians keep focusing on this genre, we could very well see a lot more swedish bands making it internationally in the future.

What is your local scene like? What status does does your band have in the national metal scene?
-The local scene in Helsingborg is sadly way too narrow. It is difficult to get people to come to gigs and support the local bands and as a result, there’s not that many places that arranges gigs, apart from the pubs “Open Stage” and such, which is not suited for all kind of bands.

What kind of reaction have you had nationally/internationally so far?
-No reactions so far, we will see if this upcoming album will change that.

What does the future hold for you?
-Well, in the near future there’s a studio recording, two larger gigs in Helsingborg and Malmö. When autumn comes there will be opportunities to play a handful gigs but most importantly the future holds a lot of fun playing the music we love with people we love!

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