There used to be a time when the one man band syndrome was quite common. BATHYUM is one of these bands. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

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?
Wyvern – With every new song I always feel like I need to start a new. I never want to release the same song twice (figuratively speaking) as I like each song to be unique in sound and structure. As I have only released one album so far, I can’ really compare the process to an “album to album” basis, but I will learn from the first album when I start writing the next one.

Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistically same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
Wyvern – I try my best to be unique with each recording, in sound and lyrical theme. The only thing I would say I keep the same from song to song is that it should have the same dark “black metal” atmosphere. If I were to ever to make a concept album then this would probably be the only exception where I would keep a similar lyrical theme.

How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
Wyvern – Lyrics just come naturally most of the time. If I have a certain subject that I want to write about, I’ll brainstorm a few ideas and take it from there. Sometimes I will start with lyrics then add music and sometimes I’ll do the music then add the lyrics. I try to approach each song differently.

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?
Wyvern – In the metal community, I have noticed most people prefer to have a “physical” copy of the music so presumably they’d prefer a good album cover. With my album, I tried to make the cover as visually appealing as possible. With the amount of new music coming out these days from unknown bands, you really need to make the cover stand out as this will usually be the first thing the potential fan will see.

Do you ever feel that you get misinterpreted because of the music you play?
Wyvern – Not at all. Most people who have listened to the music have already been “exposed” to similar music/lyrical themes so they know what to expect.

I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band are 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?
Wyvern – I think that if someone truly does like the music then they will stay “true” to it regardless. With the ease of access to music these days, there could be someone hundreds of miles away from me who listens to my music quite regularly, but I will never know!

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?
Wyvern – I feel like it’s a very good thing. There are parts of the world that would not have been able to access certain types of music if it weren’t for the internet. I read a comparison a while back that stated something along the lines of “Tape trading is still alive in the digital age, but instead of trading tapes through post, we send Youtube links through email/messengers”. If music is easier to access then more people will hear it. I can’t see how this is a bad thing at all!

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?
Wyvern – As Bathyum is strictly a studio only project (for now), I cannot comment on any touring experience.

If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
Wyvern – I would go all out, create something truly unique. Theatrics, darkness, blood, imagery, the works. A wise green man once said that live music shouldn’t just be a sonic experience; it should always incorporate a visual aspect too.

What does the future hold?
Wyvern – More music, more physical releases. I have been playing about with a few new ideas for future material that I hope to start demoing in the next few months. Without giving away too much, I will keep a similar atmosphere to “Rituals of the Damned” but incorporating new ideas, potentially far from the standard “Black Metal” sound. Hopefully production values will be better to give a more “polished” sound too.

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