Germany has given us a hell of a lot of great bands. CRIMSON SWAN could very well be the next great contender. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Giving the child a name is always hard, especially in a genre like ours. Sounding different to the typical funeral and death doom bands, it wasn´t easy and we had lots of ideas. At some point we came to the swan, in which we see a powerful, majestic and mystic creature. In some way graceful, but also dangerous. The swan was and still is the perfect description for our music. How the swan turned red or crimson has something to do with a dream I once had.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
-Well there are bands we always name when it comes to influences. But I think the sound we have is not influenced by anyone outside of the band. ICON and UNLIT have both been produced by us as a community. ICON, which was more sacral and very bound to the orthodox religion as it is practiced in Romania, sounds different to UNLIT. In this case we tried to create a sound like cold lava, unfriendly and eerie. Something to feel uncomfortable with, without making you turning off the CD player. This was very important to know for everybody who was part of this production like Tom Meyer at our preferred mastering studio “Master&Servant”. We refused the gloss of post production and asked for ashes and dust.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-No, not exactly. Although we must confess that it is more exhausting to play slower than the normal stuff. Doom metal is very catchy when it comes to creativity because at some point you find yourself sensing every kind of the standard 120 bpm music as way too fast. Not to mention death, speed or thrash metal. When you reach this stage, your arrangements and ideas perfectly fit to what doom metal is about.
How does your music work in a live environment?
Well this is something you have to ask somebody after enjoying our show. What we can surely say is that we get lots of positive feedback. We try to arrange our music to keep it working on stage.
You have some releases to your name (demos etc.). Which one are you the most proud of?
-Oh, that´s hard to tell. I´m still very proud of ICON. Our new album UNLIT has to prove itself, but I think every artist is proud of his releases.
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Social media has become a very large and important platform. Facebook and Twitter are our preferred channels, but we think about getting our YouTube channel updated and use it as we ´ve done it in the past as “CRIMSON TV”. Besides the internet, live activities are the most efficient way to get in touch with people. That makes us play and visit every festival or concert in our area.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-I think that the cover artwork comes next to the music. Therefore we always put nearly the same effort in our cover as in our music. The artwork is the first impression someone gets, holding your CD in his hands and surely decides if he or she is going to buy it. A great cover is hard to link to something as many factors play a part. One of this factors is that in my opinion the artwork should have a connection to the music. I don´t like to have a cover in my hands, which shows death, perdition and pestilence while the tunes remind me of the Beach Boys.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Yes, in some way Germany is a good country for metal bands. As doom metal gains in importance, there is increasing access to great festivals and gigs. Nevertheless, doom is still a family issue in Germany. The most bands in this genre know each other and stick together.
How do one promote one self the best possible way?
-Oh, please let us know when you have the answer to this question. Promotion is a full time job. Our first release ICON was something we promoted by ourselves. A mix of social media and intense live playing worked out well for us, as ICON is sold out on CD.
What does the future hold?
.We will promote UNLIT and play as many gigs as possible in the next months. There are also ideas to re-release ICON as a limited vinyl edition. In any case we want to let the swan grow and spread its wings wider over Europe and maybe worldwide.