CAULDRON

From what I remember CAULDRON were off to a great start with their debut album but what happenend then now that they are on their 4th album. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

When you change labels do you do it because you think that the new one will take you further or do you do it because you’re deal wasn’t renewed? What do you expect from High Roller?
-I think we did it out of necessity. We could have done another record with Earache but we weren’t happy with how they handled Tomorrow’s Lost so I think it was in both our best interests to move on. We have come not to expect much but we believe that High Roller are honest and sincere, and enthusiastic about the band which says a lot. We feel at home with them.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It was easy, I was just having a brain storm session at work, this was before Goat Horn even broke up; I was preparing a back up plan. I wanted something simple like Carcass, and something that if you heard it enough times in association with the band you wouldn’t think of the original meaning anymore. Cauldron was simple, it represented something dark and heavy and it wasn’t a word you used everyday so perfect!

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of metal you play? What inspires you today
-A lot of the early L.A Metal Blade Metal Massacre stuff was essential for me. Along with the classic like Sabbath and Priest of course. Lot’s of German stuff like Scorps, Gravestone and Stormwitch. Also the NWOBHM like Angel Witch, Venom and Raven as well… Lots of stuff! Of course I’ve discovered new stuff since then but for the most part its still the same stuff that still inspires me today.

I guess everybody feels that their new album will excel the previous one. But what is it about this new one that will put you higher on the metal chart?
-Well, assuming it does, I suppose it would be the tightening of our craft. Again, I think our songwriting and musicianship, as well as production have improved but it still sounds very much like Cauldron.

Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-It’s hard for me to say, I would think so but I can only tell you what I hear. I still buy albums and want to listen to and own physical copy of something that I like. I enjoy it more that way, sitting in front of the record player, checking out the sleeve artwork and liner notes while I’m listening to a record… But then again, I’m starting to get old so what the fuck do I know!

What part does art work and lay out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention
-I think it plays a big part, for us at least. Tomorrow’s Lost was quite busy so for this one we wanted to have a simple yet striking cover, something that catches your eye when flipping through a record bin and hopefully something that makes you stop and check it out. I’ve always been in favour of simple packaging; I try to stay away from all that 180 gram double gatefold LP crap because as a record collector I just don’t have enough room on my shelf for every band to pretend they’re Kiss.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Touring, word of mouth, paper ads etc?
-I think social media has changed the way you promote in a sense but I suppose it still counts as word of mouth? Print still plays a part for sure too, at least for us. I think the internet if anything has forced bands to have to tour more because its one of the only revenue sources left, and the main way to sell merchandise. At least I think, that’s my opinion but I’m surely not an expert!

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Yes, for the most part I suppose.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We like to do at least one European and one North American tour per album cycle, that’s sort of our minimum. I’m sure we’d do more if there were more fair offers. Yes, I think its a great way, probably most essential part of spreading the word.
What will the future bring?
-Couple of concerts, gigs, whatever you want to call it. Once we feel we’ve done our part to promote In Ruin, we will return to the recording studio.

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