In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with BANEFUL STORM. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-I would pick up where the last one left in theory although I didn’t released anything new since the first EP “invocations” . I’ve started working on new songs and they have the same spirit but it will be different, i don’t want to repeat the same album. Since I’m not influenced by new bands or trends, it doesn’t really affect me in my songwriting process although there is newer bands that i do enjoy a lot like Skeletal Remains and their new album Devouring Mortality or Revocation
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-It has to have some spiritual and occult elements in there. I’m not a fan of gore and violent imagery. Even if I do like 80’s horror movies. I guess it’s more about creating a special out of this world atmosphere with a sense of darkness and of forcefull compelling. No one escapes the power of the unknown (haha).
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?_
-It depends of the structure and rythms of the song as well as the topic. I feel happy about vocals when they add impact and drama to the song, for me it doesn’t have to carry a message or a moral. It’s more about carrying an energy and an ambiance.
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-To each his own, I prefer full length albums with an artwork representing the music vibe. An album is a journey and demands lots of work and dedication. Furthermore you can get bored really quickly by listening to the same songs again and again, it looses its magic. It’s rooted in modern consumerism, one click away… You can make the analogy with books, your not going to buy just a page or a chapter of a Novel, it makes no sense.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-No it never really bothers me.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
– Well technology helps us to discover new things more rapidly but it is hard to find quality stuff in this ocean of information so there is a lot investigation to be done and it can be tiring (haha). I think metal is still a genre to which fans are really loyal and passionate.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-It’s maybe harder to find quality material than back in the day…It’s easy to put a mediocre demo on internet you know… I don’t think it will kill music, when I first self released my demo in this world wide web without any promotion, I wasn’t sure it would reach anybody. As it turns out, many metal heads and people in the industry encouraged my work and that gave me hope and the crave to continue. Internet should only be considered as a communication tool but cannot replace real interactions of course.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
– I can’t say, baneful storm is not a touring band yet but I’d be happy to put a face on my listeners someday.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
– Marshall Wall/ 5000 piece drums/pointy guitars/crazy possessed musicians (haha)
What does the future hold?
-For now a new album in partnership with invictus productions and new band mates.