Was it the dark winters up north that made you want to play brutal death metal or was there a grander agenda to it? What intentions do you have with your music?
– No, I don´t think that dark winters are a condition to play death metal. It may sound dull but we are simply four guys who have a passion for the music. Our intention is to write and play as good death metal as possible. There is a long tradition of death metal in Sweden where band such as Entombed and Dismember were frontrunners in the big wave during the early nineties. That´s the big reason why death metal bands emerges in Sweden – we have a rich tradition.
I get a Morbid Angel feeling when I listen to your death metal. Where do you draw inspiration from?
– Well, Morbid Angel is one of our main influences along with band such as Death, Deicide and Carcass where MA is the band that leaves the most evident traces in our music. But I would say that the most part of the inspiration at this day comes from within. We are a band with our own sound and we draw inspiration from each other.
I have my personal death metal favourites that I keep returning to (Death, Possessed, Morbid Angel, Entombed etc.). What are the ultimate death metal bands in your opinion?
– To speak for myself I would say, Morbid Angel, Death, Carcass, Deicide, Dismember, Malevolent Creation and such. And the rest of the guys in the band have similar heroes. I guess it´s kind of the archetype bands for people born in the seventies growing up when the first wave hit Scandinavia.
Does it matter if you’re from the smaller towns in the north than had you been from the major city areas in terms of how you develop as musicians/how your music develops? Is there more freedom to develop a personal style?
– I don’t really know if we are a typical band from northern Sweden. It seems like most of the bands all around the country are in to melodic death metal, so from that sense no. I think the passion for our kind of music would have been as strong as now no matter where we came from. I mean, when I was 15-20 it was a lot about black metal where I grew up (and still live). People listened to death metal a lot of course but all the bands played some kind of black metal or music with heavy black metal influences. So if the surrounding would have had a major impact I guess we had been playing black metal today.
There’s a specific aesthetic to death metal. What does a death metal band make in your eyes?
– For me death metal is a musical genre so a band that plays that kind of music makes a death metal band in my view. It’s all about the classic stuff – blast beats, double bass drums, aggressiveness, brutality. Energy and atonality is death metal in my book. Catchy melodies and clean vocals have nothing to do with death metal. That’s for sure.
With the band spread out over three towns how do you maintain a steady song-writing structure? Who is the one that organizes everything?
– For fifteen years ago it would probably had been a problem but not today. We mainly write the music from distance, composing by ourselves at home and then sending the stuff to each other. I don’t really feel that we have a special person organizing everything. To reach a good level of creativity you need a bit of chaos and less structure and boundaries. It sounds pretentious but that’s the way it is.
The title of your demo “His Will Be Done” could be interpreted in many different ways. What is it that you want to say with your lyrics?
– Indeed the title is very much subject to interpretation, but in general it mirrors the fundamental oppression practiced by the Christian religion across the world. The will of their god is absolute, and whoever tries to ignore or oppose it will be cast down to eternal damnation. But as with everything else, even the reign of the most powerful will eventually come to an end, when those once damned will rise to overthrow their oppressor. The general theme of the demo describes the process of rising from being the silently oppressed and shattering the tyranny – Christian or non-Christian.
When you’re a band on demo level what ways are there to spread the word of the band?
– The usual ways. Do gigs, interact with people through Internet. But one great part of it is hard work. You must be active to be heard and if you want to break in the music scene you must have a demand for your music or act. It doesn’t matter how good you are – if people doesn’t care about your music you’re never gonna make it. If “making it” is a goal that is. In general I think that extreme metal is a poor career choice if you want to get rich and famous.
If you were to release an album on your own would there be any advantages to it contra signing with a smaller, pretty unknown label?
– Releasing by yourself gives freedom and control and that’s an advantage you have towards major labels as much as smaller labels. You do it solely for you and no one else. But again, doing it completely on your own means a heck of a lot of effort.
How hard is it to print a demo on your own and then spread it to the right channels? Is there like a directory you can use to help further your cause?
– It is pretty hard because there’s a lot of competition and the right channels like magazines and fanzines doesn’t have unlimited time or resources. The main directory for us is Google – simple as that and then of course you try to use your network of friends in other band who may have connections here and there.