In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with CARNOSUS. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
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?
-The name CARNOSUS loosely means “abounding in flesh” or if you ask us, “fleshy” or “meaty”. In Swedish you can use the word “köttigt” (meaty) to describe something brutal or music when it’s fast and heavy and has a great sense of … well, meat. So that’s the reason for the name and we think it suits our sound pretty well!
Who would you say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-We all gather influences from different directions – thrash, death, black and progressive metal – but the main influences on our sound are bands like Revocation, At the Gates, Entombed, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bloodbath, Unleashed… The list goes on and on.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-In slower songs we try to highlight the heavy and more groovy elements of our sound. The guitars and drums take a step back in technicality and the vocals get a more central role. With faster tunes there’s a lot more going on, which usually means that more riffs are involed. These songs are a bit more tricky to arrange to keep transistions fluid and coherent.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-Our material is sometimes pretty difficult to pull off but we obviously want to deliver a good sound when playing live, so we practice a lot and make sure
to be able to perform our music cleanly even while headbanging and moving around. We want to give the crowd a good show aswell as a good audial experience and it works fine!
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?*
-While digital distribution is obviously the most used form of exposure nowadays, many still want to have the music in a physical format. Releasing physical copies of an album can get pretty expensive, so it’s good to have a label to back things up if you want to release physical stuff. Some labels also work more actively together with promoters and book shows. It’s still cool to do in a DIY-fashion, but a label can help with certain things.
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?
-Some true fans will always be around (we have a few already which we are very greatful for!) but it’s true that the easy access to music makes fewer people buy your records and support you as a band. However, it may be more common to actually buy downloads nowadays with sites such as bandcamp and to stream from legitimate sources such as iTunes and Spotify. Even if the streams don’t give much to the artist it’s still better then just downloading pirated stuff which the main source of music a few years ago.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-What makes a cover art good depends on many things, but generally it should have a clear connection to the music and also have
some fine details that you may miss at first glance but discover when giving the art more close attention. And of course tremendous amounts of brutality and/or epicness.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
Metal is huge in Sweden, but mainly huge in the sense that we have a lot of bands. Many people listen to metal aswell but it’s less
common that they attend shows. At least when it comes to underground bands, which is a bit sad because supporting underground bands is the best way to keep the scene thriving!
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?
-CD’s may be more “out” than ever but this is compensated for by the rise of vinyl and cassettes. People go crazy for a cool vinyl color variant or limited casette, us included. So that’s great for helping bringing physical music back and to get people to pay for music again. But of course most people stream their music and that’s fine! Those people will hopefully buy merchandise at some pont which supports the bands aswell but we’re just happy people are listening at all. Ultra-easy access to music might hit hard on bands but as long as people listen to a band, they might want to experience that band in a live environment and attend shows which is always positive.
What lies in the future?
-The future holds a label-release of our freshly recorded album DOGMA OF THE DECEASED (labels, hit us up), more shows and tours aswell as writing new material for the future.