BEFOULED

Norwegian death metal on a French label. That is BEFOULED in nut shell. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-It started as a side project, but became my main project with our first vocalist Jørgen. The purpose was to make an old school sounding tracks, which inspired us in the early 90´s era. Jørgen decided to leave Befouled a year after, to pursue other interests. Today is Befouled a to man’s project. Fredrik makes lyrics and vocals. I make all music and plays all instruments in studio.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-It was never our intention to make our own sound. We wanted it to sound like early Entombed, Grave and Dismember but in the new millennium. After hearing the recordings, it kind of sounded new with modern drum sound and mix leveling. We use the HM-2 Boss pedal with all knobs on full to get the killer chainsaw guitar sound from the early days. We asked Tomas Skogsberg from Sunlight studio in Sweden to post mix and master the album. He used his analog equipment like when he mixed Entombed Left Hand Path back in the days.
He founded the guitar sound with Uffe in Entombed, so thanks guys!!!

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-I don’t think the recording process is the hardest part to do anymore. I just use my ears and turn the knobs. Coming up with good riffs, rhythm, vocal lines and making the right horror atmosphere is hard!

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?
-Hmmm…maybe. I think that consumers expect a release every year from their bands. Back in the days some band gave out one album every fifth year. After streaming became the main source of music, the artist must go on tour with a new album every year to survive. So yes, the technology makes it easier to record, but give more pressure on the artist to come up with new materials. Befouled has never given out a single in hard format yet. Only one ep and a full length. I don’t know what will happen in the future. Time will show.

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?
-I got no crystal ball, but I think that musicians will never lay down the axe. We maybe not see big stars like Metallica and AC/DC keep on going 40 years on stage.
I think the new big bands only will last some few years because there is so much competition this days.
Albums is only promotions for the artist, but not for the death / black metal community. I stream music myself, and buy the albums I like. That’s how it works for me today.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-The response has been huge for our first full length album “Refuse to Rot”, thanks to our record label Great Dane Records. They have spread it all over the world. The average in magazines are 7/10, which is quite a lot for it to be our first full length album. I think the self-titled song “Refuse to Rot” and our performance on the biggest indoor metal festival “Inferno”, got us the most attention.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-It must be the meeting with a really old Japanese lady, who come to Inferno Metal Festival every year all the way from Japan. She can’t speak English, but I talk to her through a translater. She wanted our CD, and she was given one of course. And of course, underground radio stations, magazines with dedicated people behind them. That’s incredible \m/

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?
-That needs more than a few sentences to answer. I don’t think the band alone makes me feel greater. It´s the metal community over all. The band brought me many new friends in the music industry and gives me the opportunity to share my inner horrors with you guys. What the music itself gives me, is much bigger and greater experiences like going to festivals and concerts, hang out and drink beer with good friends.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We love to perform live, and hope to perform live even more. It helps us to meet new people, that may not have heard about Befouled before. Some people say we are better live, and that’s great.

What plans do you have for the future?
-Perform more live, make new songs and hopefully put out our album on vinyl! We’ll see.
Thank for this great interview and your interest in Befouled.
We will follow Battle Helm forever!
Thanks.
Henning.

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