CROM is a short and very easy name to remember. And should you forget it let the music guide you to your memory. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Oh, as a big Conan fan it was very simple for me to form a band called Crom. I also used this name as synonym when I played guitars for the black metal band Dark Fortress. But I think that lots of people know the roots of the name „Crom“, the whole Conan saga and the epic that stands for it.
When somebody new to the band discovers you what is it that you want them to get from listening to the band?
-I think the epic aspects and the variety of the music. For me Crom stands for musical variety!! I love playing fast songs but I also love the ballads on every album I´ve done. I think I never will do a complete album with songs that sound very similar. But of course all the songs will have to fit together.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Of course Bathory!! Without Bathory there wouldn´t be Crom!! But I think that Crom never really sounded too much like Bathory although I tried it in the past. I think Crom developed very well as a independent band. But the using of choirs is of course a Bathory stamped thing.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-To be honest… I´m completely out of the local scene since about ten years now. I can´t tell you much about young bands or what kind of metal is played in my area. I only know the bands that started in the nineties and the beginning of 2000.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Thus Crom is a solo project I cannot feel like a part of something bigger. But during my time at Dark Fortress I also enjoyed to be a part of the scene and to share my time with other metal musicians. The feeling to write songs together and to play it live for real fans is of course something special.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-I´m a big fan of the covers of the belgian artist Kris Verwimp who was doing every Crom cover since the beginning. Generally I love drawed cover artworks. I´m not a big fan of picture covers or photo shop things. I also like very dark covers like the original Burzum covers or the epic covers of Bathory.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Of course I´m a fan of „real“ media like CDs or vinyls. But I don´t think that digital is killing music. The missing willingness of paying for a product is the big problem. It is OK to listen to streams to find new bands. But if you prefer to listen to bad mp3 sounds and you are not willing to buy CDs or vinyls although you like the sound… that´s the end of music!!
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-I think for a good live band there is always a place to play. But Crom is not a big live band. I´ve done only three shows in the history of Crom. But maybe there will be some more in the future.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Maybe call me old fashioned, but I hate this fucking party thing. In my past people went to concerts to watch their favourite bands, to bang heads and of course to drink some beer after the show. But today lots of people go to Wacken or other festivals only to show what clowns they are!! Dancing naked on the camping ground and singing fucking chart songs is not my world.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-I hope that people will like my new album and never stop to listen to good metal stuff!!!