CRITICAL SOLUTION is a Norwegian thrash metal band. Yeah, I know but not everything Norwegian is not black metal. There are people that like other styles of metal too. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
We are Critical Solution from Norway. We play Horror Thrash! Two albums, Two EP’s and a new album currently being recorded in SonicTrain Studios Varberg, Sweden with producer Andy LaRocque.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Obviusly not very hard haha! The name comes from Garden Of Eden which is a Guns N’ Roses song. We started out as a GN’R cover band, and the name just stuck. No looking back now.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of prog/rock/metal you play? What inspires you today?
-To many bands to mention, but i could mention King Diamond, Testament, Maiden, Death, Uriah Heep etc
What came first; the band name or the sound? How did you settle on a sound?
-The name came first. All the way back in 2005. The sound and “finding ourselves” moment came in about 2011, when things got serious. We still develop though so for each record i think we evolve.
Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I dont believe in releasing single tracks at all. Maby for a online single ofcourse, but to just go and record 1 or 2 tracks and put it on facebook is certanly not something i would do. I dont think Digital is killing the album, no. It depends on people i think. I myself cant wait to get a hold on a Album when a favourite release it. I love the whole package, opening up the album, reading the booklet, analyze the artwork and so on. Stuff like Spotify is good, you can have people check you out in the matter of 5 seconds, if they like it, awesome they may buy your cd, or if they dont, well they dont.
What part does art work and lay out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-We use the amazing Guatemalan artist Mario Lopez which is totally insane at painting artworks. We shoot him an idea and then he comes back and blows us away, everytime! You can catch people’s attention with a great cover, and that is of course something we have in mind when we go through ideas for the artwork.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Touring, word of mouth, paper ads etc?
-Only for the better I guess. Facebook is great to keep in touch with fans etc. I still think though that you have to be oldschool to get somewhere,you know, word of mouth, touring and so on.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally
-I do kind of feel we are a small part in a very big scene. starting to get our name out there. It may be a long way, but it is totally worth it.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We did a full European tour in November/December of 2013 with Marduk and Grave. It was a rad experience! Then we supported Diamond Head in Norway in 2014 and a small tour with W.A.S.P in Norway and Sweden last year. Touring is the thing to do. so much fun and awesome experiences! So will we be back on the road, yes absolutely!
What will the future bring?
-Finish our coming album, and hopefully release it this year. Also hope to get a tour or atleast some shows by the end of the year!