CORONATUS have been around some time now and kept releasing albums that are of the highest standard. So is this new one too. Interview answered by Mats. Anders Ekdahl ©2013
The last time I interviewed you I didn’t bother asking about the name. Where did you find the word CORONATUS and what does it mean? What has its meaning become to you now?
-It is a Latin word and means something like “the crowned one”. George G suggested this name in the very early days of the band because of the numerous songs with a religious and/or mystical background he wrote in that time. Nowadays we add many other themes and lyrics as well, like fairytales or social relationships between people in general.
Do you feel that you have found your niche in the world of metal? Can we talk about a distinct CORONATUS sound?
-Yes, I think so! There are really a lot of bands in this genre of gothic and symphonic metal with female voices. But we have established our very special way of writing songs and a special sound as well. You cannot mix us up with others. It is a “love-it-or-hate-it” -thing, of course, and we are surely not everybody’s darling! However, we have our own unique fingerprint within this scene.
You have a new album to promote. How does this new album differ/fit in with the rest of your catalogue?
-Well, there are a lot of differences: first, we reduced the number of composers contributing songs to the album. It is mainly George and myself, as well as an instrumental contributed by Ally Storch and an introduction by Pinu’u Remus. Most of the material thus has been written by only two musicians. On former albums up to 6 persons contributed songs in an almost equal number. Second, we returned a little bit more to our roots, means, we added more melodic and symphonic elements, as we did on our first two albums. The hooks have been much more important than on the previous album. On Terra Incognita we had a quiet “technical” approach to the songs. I felt, that this time the time is right to stop this development, since it became too far away from the music that I initially wanted to do. And the third main difference is the orchestral arrangements done by Pinu’u Remus. We wanted to create a bombastic sound and he was the right person to do this! On the other hand, “Recreatio Carminis” fits very well to all of our other albums. Actually, I was surprised a little bit about this fact, since we changed so much…but in the end, the “typical” Coronatus style survived this process. I am wondering what it really is, that causes this fact…
Does it become easier with time to write songs or is it a much more difficult process in that you don’t want to repeat what you’ve already done?
-I only can speak for myself: It is NOT getting easier but with time you gain more and more experience in WHAT is possible. For me, each writing process is a new journey, and it is pure fun! It would be much harder for me to repeat a certain song. If somebody would ask me to write something like this or that song, the result surely would be completely different compared to what was initially planned! Thus, the danger of repeating me in writing songs is almost zero. But each of the composers contributing to a Coronatus album has his own way of writing, that’s clear.
Is promoting the band becoming an easier task as you release new albums or do you feel that you still have to educate people as to who and what CORONATUS is?
-Most of the people, even within the scene, still do not know us! Unfortunately! Coronatus is not famous in any way, at the moment. I ‘m afraid, that we are too much of a niche band to get much more attention without the help of intensive promotion. We have a deal with a quite small record company and financial resources for promotion are scarce. Concerning our own efforts, we have to say, that we cannot spent our complete time into this promotion affairs. We all have our jobs to survive and some of us also have family and children. Thus I can sum up the answer with: No, promotion of a new album is NOT getting easier for us. But there is hope for a change of this state with every album we do, yes!
When you record an album do you want to work with the same people all the time or do you constantly look for people to help improve you?
-This depends on the function of the person. For example, recording with Markus Stock for me is still fitting best! I like the way he gets the best out of us without interfering too much with the compositions and arrangements. Maybe we chose another studio for mixing one day, maybe not. We are very satisfied with the result we gained now for “Recreatio Carminis”, and the choice of the mixing studio would surely cause a very different appearance of the bands’ sound. I am not sure at the moment, if we should try something like this, since everything is running very good. Sometime improvements can also be achieved by guest musicians like Ally or new band members like Pinu’u, that’s true! But we are not planning to do such line-up changes! It simply happens and we do the best out of it. It was pure chance that I met Pinu’u and without this, Recreatio Carminis would have become something completely different, I am sure.
How important is still the way that the band looks on photos and on stage?
-It is important on photos that people can watch our girls in their outfits because than you directly get an impression of the kind of music we play. I think it is a legal tool to express the kind of music you play by the photos the band uses. On stage it is in principle the same. We are not following any dress code. However, people pay for a SHOW. Thus, they should also have something for their eyes!
Not only for their ears. Wearing street clothes on stages means ignoring the fans. This is not good, in my opinion.
When you play live what kind of places do you wish to/ do you play that aren’t typical to your touring agenda?
-We never did play in an old castle or something similar. This would be great!
Would you say that CORONATUS has fulfilled all your dreams?
-Surely not done yet! But on the other hand it is still fulfilling my dreams each time we do a concert or a new album, video and so on. It is a running process. Of course we want to reach higher goals. But we are also proud on what has been achieved up to now, even if we are not that popular! We create our own music and can it to the public and this is the main goal!
What future is there?
-Actually we are working on a new video, we will play some shows and start working on new material as well!