I’m not gonna go on about how great the Swedish death metal of the late 80s/early 90s was because that you all know. All I’m going to say is that Swedish death metal of the 10s is just as great. Interview with Anders Biazzi and Gustav Myrin of BLOOD MORTIZED. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
In being a part of the Swedish death metal scene does that bring with it a certain expectation that you feel you need to live up to?
Anders – No we do our thing , we play what we like to play and don’t have no expectations to live up to , the only thing is to do a great fucking album like (The Key to a Black Heart)
Gustav – yeah, Lots of great bands has spawn from sweden, but we dont feel no pressure, only excitment for being a part of it.
It might just be me but I was pretty surprised when I first heard of you guys and noticed that you’d been at it for some time. Why didn’t I know more of you before the Bestial EP (which I bought on tape)?
Anders – I don’t know, I think it’s pretty hard now this days to come out to people in a big scale whit this kind of music if you don’t have good adds. We have had some problems whit labels and stuff, our first label Vrykoblast got bankrupt and fucked us, so our first album did not get any advertising. But our new labels Chaos Records and FDA Rekotz do good adds so hopefully we going to be more out there this time
Gustav – !
You’ve released a couple of records now. Do you notice that you get more coverage because you’re Swedish or because you release quality records?
Anders – A little of both I think, the Swedish DM is in right now and we make killer quality music hahaha so yes we get noticed
Gustav – well Swedish DM is a beautiful thing!! The quality is for Others to decide.
I have no idea what it is like to wait for people’s reaction to something you’ve produced musically. What kind of emotions runs through your head when you have to meet the public’s reactions?
Anders – I think the reviews are the coolest to read, okay it sucks when they are bad
But what can you do? Right! , but when they are good you get like a rush to pick up your guitar and make some more good music. If you only had gotten bad reviews I´d put the guitar in the closet
Gustav – it’s always a rush if someone like what you do, and even bigger rush if someone DON’T like what you do. It’s a win win situation hehehehe.
When you released records on smaller labels in far away countries how much of the promotion side do you have to handle yourself? What does it mean to have somebody professional handling the promotion?
Anders – We have really good promotion but we like to do some our self also , like whit you Anders , sending the album to reviewers that’s given us good reviews in the past I think that’s a cool thing to do , and you get some out faster hahaha as I say I really like reviews
Gustav – we try to get our music to as many people as possible. The record labels ”Chaos records” and ”FDA Rekotz” help us with that and we help them to help ourselves.
How pleased are you with this new album? How much of a progression is it? Do you even think in those terms about your music?
Anders – I’m really pleased with this album , it’s a mile stone in my career and it’s a big progression from the first album . The EP was like a teaser for this album .We really worked hard on this album some of the songs was written like 3 years ago and some now. So you can say it took 3 years on and off hahahah
Gustav – very pleased AND proud!!
Something I always wonder is where bands get their inspiration from. Where do you find enough stuff to actually write an album full of songs?
Anders – It’s hard to explain , you have good days and bad days . Be shore to look up the good days , then the riffs will flow like wine hahaha it’s that simple . If you have a bad day put on some music and get some inspiration that works some time , and it don’t have to be Death Metal
Gustav – Horror movies! And that’s the truth!
When you are a death metal band releasing records what kind of expectations do you have on sale figures and stuff like that?
Anders – The expectations is not big from my side, I only want some for myself and for some friends, records don’t sell that good I think, clothes sell better in this business
Gustav – It’s gonna sell gold hahahaha no no no, no expectations at all, hopefully someone will buy it.
What do you want to get out of releasing records, playing live and being in a band in general?
Anders – Playing some gigs and be a little famous I think, play live is the ultimate rush. So yes bring it on!
Gustav – Playing live!!!
I miss the times when you ordered fanzines from all corners of the World. How has the internet changed the way you promote you band today? Is it just enough to post your music online and sit back reaping the benefits/accolades?
Anders – Its really easy now to promote your band than before the net, but it’s not just to post your music online and sit back reaping the benefits/accolades, for some bands maybe, but you have to work hard for it , you never heard about us before you got the EP hahaha , so it’s not that easy
Gustav – I also miss the paper fanzines, but with the net we reach everybody very fast.