Another Italian band that I had no clue about before. So I wanted to know bit about them. Hence this interview with COLD RAVEN. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The band took form in 2013 but it was in an embryonic state. After few line up changeswe entered the studio in May 2014 to record our first album, “Equilibrium And Chaos”. It all came very naturally, we just wanted to play what we wanted.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits and pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-Our sound is the result of the likes and dislikes of each member. The guitars, for example, sound more “clear” than average black metal productions but at the same time are powerful. We’re not using triggers on the drums, so it sounds natural and “old school”. So you have a sound which is elaborated, powerful and classic at the same time.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-We usually come up with guitar and bass parts and then find the right drums patterns. It may sound
easy and sometimes it is, but most of the time is not. Once the drums, bass and guitar parts are
set, we lay down the vocals. It’s very important to enter the studio knowing your parts, even if
some things will be changed during the recording sessions.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-We do home recordings of demos and pre-productions. So we can listen to them and see if there are things that need to be changed. But we never release any of those songs. We recently released for free two cover songs (Obituary’s “Gates To Hell” and Watain’s “Sworn To The Dark”) and they were recorded in a professional studio because we wanted them to have a good quality even if they weren’t Cold Raven original songs. That’s very important for us.

I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-I think you are right. We still remember the days in which a CD was very expansive for a teenager,
we used to copy it on music cassettes and when we had enough money we’d buy it. Later on, CDs could be copied at home, that meant that someone bought an original CD and then burnt some copies for friends, but at least ONE original copy has been sold. Nowadays thousands of people could illegally download an album without spending a cent. That means that no money at all goes to the band (which maybe has spent 5/6.000Û in recording sessions) and to the label, which has printed physical copies of the record. That sucks.
On the other hand, internet is very useful for music. One can watch live videos of a certain band, can download the album and then buy it because he/she likes it, and so on. It depends on people’s colture, they must understand that their favorite bands need money in order to survive.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-“Equilibrium And Chaos” is still doing pretty well and our audience at live shows has been growing since the beginning. One thing that has surprised us lately is that a lot of people liked our Watain cover, it’s available on YouTube and SoundCloud.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-It’s surprising how people from different countries could get along perfectly. We recently toured
Europe with Belphegor, Possessed, Absu, and From Hell, so many people, so many different countries
and we shared a mutual respect and got along very well. Also many people who went to the shows were amazing. It’s also cool to know that Cold Raven t-shirts or CDs are worn or played in various parts of the planet.

Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-I think even listening to Metal makes you part of a community. Brotherhood is very strong, especially in some countries. Playing gets you to know famous bands, and to witness that this sort of brotherhood is still there, between bands, makes us proud to be part of this community. Of course without music (as listeners before, and then also as musicians) we would have miss all of this.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Yes, definitely. Playing live is the real essence of every band. The bands we like the most are those who tear down the places where they play. A concert is a wonderful event, every concert, from the smallest to the biggest (even if we prefer small or medium clubs). We simply love the atmosphere.

What plans do you have for the future?
-We’re currently writing new songs and at the same time we’re playing live. We prefer to do both, instead of avoiding live shows and composing, because we feel is very important to play live.
Thank you for your time!

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