I remember when CADAVERIA was the vocalist for Opera IX. But that was a long time ago and much has happened since then. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
Cadaveria: Sure! CADAVERIA band was born in 2001. Drummer Marçelo Santos and I founded it after leaving our previous band, so basically this year it is my 25 years anniversary in the Metal scene as a singer. With CADAVERIA we have released five full length albums and a double DVD so far. We recently produced an EP entitled “Mondoscuro”, joining forces with thrash metal legends Necrodeath, with whom we share two band members. Our style mixes black metal, death metal and gothic influences and fans and critics has labeled it horror metal, to stress the dark and sinister atmospheres evoked by our songs. Basically this definition means all and nothing, but we like it ‘cause it leaves us free to play the music we like with no boundaries. We have a personal style and we don’t follow any trend.
How does your latest recording compare to the previous ones?
-If you listen to our latest full album “Silence” you will find CADAVERIA true essence. It is the representation of our soul, of what CADAVERIA are today. The very last release, “Mondoscuro” EP, that came out on September 2, is something totally new for us. It is the union of two evil entities giving birth to a new obscure soul. It features two new tracks “Dominion of Pain” and “Rise Above” composed and played together by CADAVERIA and Necrodeath, two covers (Type O negative “Christian Woman” and The Beatles “Helter Skelter”) and two “exchanges of roles” that see CADAVERIA performing a classic of Necrodeath (“Mater Tenebrarum”) and Necrodeath covering “Spell”, probably our most famous track taken from CADAVERIA debut album “The Shadows’ Madame”. Mondoscuro is not simply a split EP, rather it is a one shot project where the two band cooperated side by side.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
-We recorded Mondoscuro in two different studios, that worked in synchrony. The hardest challenge was to give the EP a homogeneous sound preserving the two bands’ identity. The result is great and we are totally satisfied by this product that is destined to become a rarity, a collectable for all our fans.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-My lyrics mirror my dark soul and my vexed personality, dealing with my experiences, fears, hopes, dreams and nightmares. Everything can inspire me: a book, a movie, a painting, a person I meet. For me to write lyrics is therapeutic, it is a way to exorcise my dramas, to release myself and get awareness of me. “Dominion of Pain” track is an hymn to self confidence, the lyrics deals with the ability to overtake the mediocrity with the strength of my soul and the violence of the truth. “Rise Above” deals with occultism and supernatural experiences, with the possibility to go over the crumbling of reality.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-Music is the substance of every release but the cover artwork is very important to complete the concept properly and to catch people attention. It must be able to distinguish your work among thousands of other records inside a music store. We are totally independent in our choices, usually we start from a draft idea, that could be a drawing or a picture, and then we hire a digital artist in order to modify it in line with our style and imagination. We usually supervise all the steps, since we like to work on our products at 360 degrees. In the band there are two video makers, the drummer and I, so we are used to care about all the aspects of our work, images and videos included. The double DVD karma we release in 2013 contains many backstage shootings that shows how we are directly involved in video production and in the creation of our image.
Where outside of your country have you had success?
-Besides Italy we get great consents from France, Mexico, Brazil, Russia and Belgium.
Is it harder today to get noticed both nationally and internationally than it was 10 or 20 years ago? Is the competition tougher today?
-Yes it is very hard ‘cause there is a lot of offer and few demand. The Internet made everything easy, close and fast and people are losing the value of a record release. Ten or twenty years ago the release of a new album was an event and to get it you had to go to a music store, queuing to buy it or ordering it to get it some days later. Now you just need a click to download it and after one week you already forgot what folder of your pc you stored it in. The process is similar to countries economy crisis, where the gap between poor and rich become so big: nowadays only the big names of heavy metal can survive, you are considered only if you are featured in big music magazines. All the rest is underground and talent is not awarded. In this crazy situation we continue along our path, making the music we like, being independent without caring about music business rules.
What is your local scene like? What status does your band have in the national scene?
-I’m not a lot into my local scene, as I said we go straight on our path. Today everybody can do a record and it seems to me there is less substance and too much form. New bands try to get visibility paying to play concerts. This is totally absurd. Start from the bottom, mark your way, work hard and make the difference. This is my credo.
What is the general population’s opinion on playing music? Is being a musician a respectable choice?
-Oh I don’t know, I don’t care about general population’s opinion. I’m faithful to my soul and this is enough for me. Some people are enough intelligent to catch this and respect my hard work. The rest is boredom.
What does the future hold for you?
-In the last four years CADAVERIA never stopped working. Since the release of Horror Metal album, in 2012 we have played about 60 shows here and there, we have re-mastered and reprinted our debut album The Shadows’ Madame, released a double DVD and the album Silence and now Mondoscuro. I need some rest! We will reprint our second album far Away From Conformity in Spring 2017 re-recording some vocal parts that were lost due to a bad tracks backup, but you will need to wait till 2018 for a new CADAVERIA album. I need to find new inspirations. Next one could be the last album for CADAVERIA, so it must be perfect and unforgettable.