BLACK MASS is a US thrash/black metal band that have just released a new album. Answers to the interview questions from Alex. Anders Ekdahl ©2018 <!–more–>

What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-In the beginning we were young kids thinking of the “rebirth of thrash” now we’re older and more cynical writing about the miseries of the world. Our perspective is a bit more bleak than it used to be. 

Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big? That you had to come from a certain place to be sure to make it.
-It helps to live in the North East United States because we’ve got a lot of major cities to play within a shorter driving distance than on parts of the West Coast and Midwest. Other than that, the Internet seems to make the biggest difference these days.

What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
-It feels pretty awesome, definite sense of accomplishment. We’ve had the privilege of playing in a number of countries outside the U.S. but we’ve got a lot of work to do and a lot of places still yet to see. 

What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-Constructive criticism is always welcome. It helps us see what we may have done right and what we’ve done wrong but other than that we don’t care and just try to do what feels natural. A lot of people have said the new album is a bit darker than the last. While it was not an intentional goal when we set out to write this album we definitely agree with that point of feedback. 

How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
-We don’t really set out to write songs we think will be “hits” we just write songs that we think are worthy of making it on the album. We think we know what songs will be the hits with every release and it’s almost always the ones we least expected that become fan favorites. 

As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-Analog can be more difficult to record as there is much less room for error. You can’t edit things on an analog recording as easily as digital but you get a much fuller/warmer sound than a digital recording. With digital you can easily edit and manipulate recordings which can help save you time and money in the studio. Overall we prefer analog for the sound quality and simply prepare ourselves to play the songs in the studio with the same quality as we would in a live setting.

What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
-It’s awesome. Not something we’ve grown to expect so we’re very appreciative when we meet new people who are into our music or have heard of us before coming to a show. 

How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-Lyrics are important but we try not to get too preachy with it while aiming to write something that fits the song idea or style appropriately.

I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
-Artwork is definitely important to us. Everything we put into the final product from the music to artwork, lyrics, and packaging, etc is all meant to be done with the same level of quality. For many, the album cover is the first thing someone sees about your band before hearing your music so it’s good to strike a proper first impression. We hope that someone might purchase the album in a store or online based on the artwork quality even if they’ve never heard it yet. I know we’ve all done that a lot growing up. 

What does the future hold?
-We will be doing a batch of tours in support of our latest album “Warlust” which comes out February 15th 2019 via Iron Shield Records/Timeworn Records. We’ve also got a ton of new material written and hope to get back into the studio sometime later this year. Cheers!

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