I like the Finns AXEGRESSOR. They have a sound that titillates and intrigue me. Answers from our guitarist Seba Forma and vocalist Johnny Nuclear Winter. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
Seba Forma: This is our fifth release, but we have not released a demo yet so I don’t know. Of course everyone of us has done some demos at some point of our lives. To be honest, I don’t think it really matters whether it is a demo or an album, because it gets public after that. Personally there’s no pressure, but I am curious how it’s gonna be reviewed.
Johnny Nuclear Winter: I consider the Axecution MCD/EP a demo since it was a self-financed release after all. Just a side-note, ho ho!
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
JNW: Personally the purpose of new songs and an album is to have a reason to go out, play gigs and tour in places we maybe haven’t been before. Even better if we’re joined by people with similar ambitions in regards of people in the audience, club promoters, fellow bands etc.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
SF: Maybe it is not weird, but I am glad if someone knows at least some songs and even likes them. We are very happy to write our own stuff, making music is one of the best feelings in the world.
JNW: My ego gets zillion orgasms each time… 🙂 Of course it’s nice to meet new people who share the same taste in music and are willing to participate in the live show to make it a great experience for us and the audience. Mostly this has happened in the gigs abroad where people are maybe a bit more open and enthusiastic towards live shows than an average grumpy Finn.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
JNW: Yes and no. The lyrics tend to have similar themes and expressions from album to album and the artwork has actually always been done by a same guy, but there’s no particular pattern in how and why the songs and albums turn out the way they have been completed.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
SF: Well, maybe not but I am rather a player than a listener. We are bunch of regular guys with day jobs, we are making music seriously but we are not anything special.
JNW: Of course it gives some conversations a different turn and tone when you meet a person who also plays in metal band or listens to similar music that you do. No matter which country they are from. I probably feel more connected to a death metal freak from Singapore than some of my kin who I’m connected with blood but nothing else.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
SF: It is hard at first, but when you just let things flow and do not think it too much it is easier. Some of the ‘Bannerless’ riffs were at begin like ‘we cannot take this riff or this song is too soft for us’, but we got over with it. Right now we are really making music to ourselves, we want to develop further and become better musicians and songs will have new elements and nuances. This is what I hope at least.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
JNW: From frustration, hate, nihilistic views of life. From the fact that people are fucked. From the vision of a mushroom cloud liberating us all from this misery. And from the slight glimpse of hope that something could be done before that happens. My only “message” is that you are the sole master of your only life, don’t fuck it up. At least not too much.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in? What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
JNW: Sure. Our debut mcd sold out in 1000 copies which is impossible these days anymore unless boosted with a lot of effort. But in the end it’s about the music and how the listener reacts to it. If you want, you can support bands in many other ways than just buying an album in physical format.
What lies in the future?
JNW: Bleak, cold death and nothingness forever after.