CHALICE OF SUFFERING impressed me with their latest recording. So much that I wanted to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
– Actually I do feel that Chalice of Suffering has gone the way I wanted it to. We had some set backs, but that made us what we are today.

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
– I feel that we released a solid record. The release actually came out better than expected. I was extremely happy with that.

Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it
– Yes we do have that sound that intended to have. As things progress, we can improve on certain elements but not destroy what made us.

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
– It is important for me to have the lyrics out there on the release so people can understand where I came from.
– The topics that we deal with are: Depression, Anxiety, Loss, Sorrow, Pain

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
– I do think it is important if you are not one of the huge bands. If it can grab someones attention you would have a better chance of someone listening to your music and then purchase the album.

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
– I personally believe that it all has to do with cost. By the labels to pay for flights to shows/festivals. But, since I live in the US I can only speak from the label side. Since I ran a small label and understood the costs involved.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
– Get a good PR firm to help get the word out to radios, magazines, webzines etc. Also be dedicated and work your butt off and self promote and research where your market is and then focus on that.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
– Our scene here where I live is amazing. So many great local bands with so much talent. It is a crime that some of these bands do not get recognized more. Local bands here that I enjoy are: Witchden, Cold Colours, We Are Legion, Glutton For Punishment, Outside the Murder, Astral Blood and much more.
– I do think it is important for bands to make it out international. I would think that they would want to share their music to everyone.

Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
– It is accepted in my area, but not by everyone. But the thing is, a lot of metal heads here do not care about them or their thoughts about us. We are a tight community and we respect each other like family. The ones that don’t…do not last long or make it here.

What does the future hold for you?
– We are working on our second release and we are very excited about that. Got some of our Celtic elements like in our first release. We also have some amazing guest musicians on this next one and it is exciting. I can not wait for everyone to hear. We do have a new label, but as of now I can not say who it is yet. Keep in touch.

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