CHAPEL OF DISEASE are back with a blast. Check out this really cool band. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. How would you like to describe the progress you have made from the first album, over the second and to this new one?
-Natural. I really couldn’t describe it any different. Back in the days when COD was formed, there was this great mood in the world of metal of getting back to a kind of seriousness the music has lacked of for too many years before. In this atmosphere our first releases were created, wich contained more or less classical old school Death Metal. But as we are open minded music listeners and with improving instrumental skills we dared to try out more influences from outside pure Death Metal. Not forced by hell or high water to be different at all costs, it was just a natural creative process we followed, that led us to “The Mysterious Ways…” and now “…And As We Have Seen…”. And we are looking forward to see where it will lead us in the future.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-Well, I guess no one would believe me If I’d say it isn’t inspired by Morbid Angel, haha. But through this inspiration it carries a spirit that will always be part of our music.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-That’s still kind of unreal. I mean, we ourselves are fans who enjoy visiting concerts, looking forward to new records of our faves and talk about music with other maniacs. But it’s a honor and pleasure to notice how the same maniacs talk about our own music and -in the best case- even like it.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Not this important. We don’t try to create an special image, but I hope we can convey that we take our music serious.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-This again is very important to us. We would never take any cover artwork only because it looks “very metal” or something, in the ideal case the artwork is very well thought and form one unit with the music. For example, in the booklet of our last LP we had this illustrations to every songs lyrics and this concept we continue on “…And As We Have Seen…”. And the cover artwork sums up very good the whole lyrical concept we follow this time.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-In our case I can’t really see a down side to it. But maybe that’s because we’re not this much into this social media thing. We got our homepage where you can get all the informations that are important and we got a Facebook page, on which we share news but that’s it. We don’t have to tell all the world when Laurent takes his yoga-lessons or shit like this. But we appreciate that we can have direct contact to the people and get some feedback. I personally think that this whole social media thing is a good and useful idea in general, but unfortunately too many people are too incompetent to handle it.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Yes, for me personally music is and was ever the most important thing in my life and it’s a great feeling to interact in and with this community of people who are at least as crazy as I am.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-Hm, to be honest, I don’t think too much in a “scene-scheme”, as I don’t see myself as a part of a special scene any more. Like Fenriz said, “I am my own scene” and according to how much great music is created nowadays I would say the whole music-scene is healthier then ever. Sure, I could complain about how cheesy and false this whole mainstream Metal thing is, or the business in general, but as it just doesn’t affect me any more, this would be wasted energy. Energy, I prefer to use for searching for new and exciting music.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We enjoy playing live very much, but we’re not that kind of a touring band as we are all working in fulltime jobs. Sometimes it’s even hard to coordinate a single rehearsal, so not to speak of a complete tour, haha. But it seems like we actually managed to organize a tour for next year, but I cannot tell too much about it yet. But this would be an absolute exception, usually we only play weekend gigs. But I must admit that we don’t play any gigs just for the sake of playing. We prefer to play in line ups where all bands fit together and in the ideal case we ourselves would visit as fans. And we take ourself the right to reject offers that feel inappropriate in our eyes.
We played a handful of gigs in foreign countries so far, but are certainly always hungry for more. Maybe with the new album some more foreign promoters will get attentive, there are still so many places we’d love to play.
What will the future bring?
– More and more great music, that’s all my crystal ball is telling me currently, haha.