With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to CARNAL FORGE. Answers from Jari. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
JARI: Not really. I just love Carcass album Heartwork and think that the song CF is one of the best ones on that album. We just thought that the name would be a perfect match to what we would do. I guess that when you here the name you cant think about nothing else besides metal
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
JARI: There are so many good bands out there. If had to pick a few I would say Slayer, Testament, Forbidden, Carcass and so on. I think that you can find influences in CF from all those bands. The rawness of Slayer and carcass, The melodies from Forbidden and Testament. In the end we just try to make music that sounds good to us.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
JARI: Not really. The hard thing about playing and making a slow song is to not make it boring. Its easier to get away with a riff that’s not 100% cool when writing fast songs. Then again we wouldent record something that we don’t like 100%
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work How does your music work in a live environment?
JARI: I would actually say that its better live. We always try to make music that will sound great live. CF has never been a band that writs songs that wouldn’t be possible to play live. I expect when I go to a show with a band that I like that they can perform the song as good as on a album. So why would I demand anything less from my self.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
JARI: I guess that you could do it your selves. But then again you gain a lot of help from a label when it comes to media exposure. You have to be pretty well connected to get the attention from media.
Now days there are so many bands popping up everyday and I think that to make your selves herd a label is of great help. The downside of things is that because of the online plattforms people expects you to put out something new 24/7 and its not always easy to please the crowd.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is 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?
JARI: Hard to say. CF has such a loyal fanbase that its amazing. Then again I think that the reason for that is that we been a part of the industry for so long. As I stated earlier I think that its much harder for band to break it because of the easy access to music now days. Its really easy to drown just because the market is just so crowded.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
JARI: For me is much about the color of a cover. I really like it when a cover says what type of music you cold expect from the album. I like a bit darker covers with some sinister artwork
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
JARI: The climate in Sweden is insane. There are so many good bands here. Its really hard to make your band really big in Sweden because of that. I think that CF has always been much bigger outside of Sweden, and that’s ok.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
JARI: I agree. Its getting harder and harder all the time to actually sell CDs. I the future I think that everything will be digital. I really love the album format and would like it to stay, but everything points in a different direction.
What lies in the future?
JARI: Hopefully get out on the road as much as possible supporting the album.