DIE ENTWEIHUNG is a new cool symphonic black metal one man band that I just got to know of. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-Die Entweihung is my personal project, it’s my development as musician, poet, human creature. During 11 years of this project activities, my musical direction changed a lot, if in the beginning it was just some kind of trying to do something in vain of cult Black Metal bands, with raw production (big desire and little knowledge and experience, haha), so my newest albums are more in Melodic Dark Metal style, including many different directions and genres, and for today two last albums are the best for me personally. I grew up as lyrics writer as well, and no plan to stop at all, the show must go on, hahaha! I don’t have any “big” goal about to “conquering the world” or become the second John Lennon, I just want to make my own music, as long as I could, and hopefully to leave some good songs for the metal fans after myself! This is my main music ambition.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-Although I am originally from Belarus, now I am living in Israel, and Israel is not the easy place for living, you know, and of course there’s many people who hate this country and this people; if you’re playing Metal music, and especially Black or something close to Black Metal, it brings to you even more sh*t, as many metalheads are still against “jewish black metal”, as “it’s nonsense, this music can’t be played in Jesus’ homeland”, etc. So yeah, it’s a big difference not only because I live not in the “cool” place, but because I live in one of the most controversial places in the world, I guess…
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-Of course, it’s nice to get some pretty good feedback, no musician will tell you “F*ck that, I don’t care what people say”, I mean, he can say so, but that’s not he will think himself really, hahaha. Usually my albums get some mixed feedback, from super positive reviews to the ultra negative ones and that’s awesome! If all the feedback would be perfect, I’m sure I would be signed by Nuclear Blast for the years, hahahahaha!
To identify albums is not a problem, as I am not AC/DC or Motorhead, all my albums do have a different sound production and the atmosphere (although they are all have some common things for sure!), importance of such thing for the fan depends only on the specific fan, some people prefer the same style and same sound, and some people do like the changes during the years. The first is more habitual, the second won’t let you get bored.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-I guess, the biggest challenge in the creation of every album is to make a GOOD album, it may be sounded different than the previous albums, or the style can be changed, but in the end what’s important – the good songs on the album! And what are the points in this process – every musician decides for yourself, for me the main point in making the song and the album – good catchy melody. Something for what your ear could catch on. Melody is the key to the writing the good song, I think. Melody or guitar riff. If we talk about more lo-fi music, like raw Black Metal, or some underproduced music – I think, the atmosphere of the music can play a big role as well. However for me personally, the melody is on the first place anyway.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-Dave is one of those musicians, which can let himself to put his money into the analogue recording, and yes – he and all his “Fighters” are very professional guys, I’m sure, they could record the whole album with 1-2 record “takes” for every song, as with analogue you can’t re-record the tracks endlessly. What’s the difference between the analogue and digital – I think, most music loving people know that analogue way gives more “natural” sound, and it hasn’t “sharp corners” of the digital recording. As for me, I love both of the ways, both of them have some pros and cons. I will never forget my first impressions after listening my first vinyls with the albums of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple… that was really special sound, like “pour honey into the ears”, hahaha. But with the time I came back to more listening the CDs, there’s too many problems with the vinyl unfortunately, and almost all the modern editions, especially of the later albums are sounding bad on vinyl.
Returning to the start, I never recorded analogue, it’s very expensive these days, and to be honest, I’m not sure, that there’s although one studio in Israel that has a real analogue devices. Computers, computers, computers…
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-Hm, it depends on what you mean here, mixed and mastered album with the opportunity to sit and listen to the whole album OR to sit with the CDs that arrived from the label…Don’t know how are other musicians feeling, but for me the second point is the real happiness… this is when the work on the album is really completed – when I see its physical embodiment and take it in my hands.
Of course, I think and hope that other people will like the album, as I release my stuff not just for me, but for the fans who enjoy this kind of music as well. However it’s not something what I’m thinking about during the writing or recording, firstly I do it all for myself. Oh well, don’t take it seriously guys, you’d better go and order my new CD, hahahahaha!
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-The lyrics are always for me, no matter what the main subject of the lyrics, I try to do my best in the writing (I’m usually really lazy for writing the lyrics although, haha), and if the lyrics from my first albums were more personal, some thoughts about life and death and other basic stuff – I wasn’t really cared if someone will read them or not, the lyrics on the last two albums are directed more into “the essence of our modern world”, I write and sing about the things, happening right now, be it, for example, some local wars or terroristic acts over the European countries, with islamists in the center of it, or our internet addiction, that can be sometimes more violent than physical causing pain; people go with the smartphone 24/7, most of the time even not paying attention what’s going on around them. I do hope that some listeners would like to read my lyrics and think about the way we live nowadays, but, well, I’m almost sure, that nobody will read it, hehe, as for most of the fans the Metal music is just the music, and the lyrics are really behind.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-Absolutely agree with you, it’s especially important to have the intriguing interesting artwork nowadays as today we have a LOT of different music in every genre you’d only wish, and if some 15-20 years ago you would buy the unknown band’s record just because of “cool” cover picture and some nice logo, today the cover picture is the first step just to take a listen. I usually use the simple but clearly showing the meaning of the album title and the lyrical direction art for my album covers, as in my opinion it’s better to have something simple, clear but memorable than something really complex, with lot of the little details. If we would turn ourselves to the old and classical rock and metal covers – most of them are simple – King Crimson’s first album, Metallica’s first albums, Deep Purple In Rock, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin etc. The same was with the best Black Metal albums – take, for example, the first Burzum’s album, that cover is minimalistic and very simple, but it touches you right away! Of course there are some complex greatest artwork like Iron Maiden’s albums ’till 1992 – but there’s something different, there was something simple and clear and together with it – there were many little details, that you could see only with the vinyl probably… So, answering your question, the artwork is VERY important for the band! It’s the “face” of the album!
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Sorry, I don’t play live, so it’s kinda difficult for me to answer it… Maybe do I have to invite all the fans to Israel, and we will check the level of degrees in our alcoholic drinks, hahaha?!
What do you see in the future?
-The next year I am going to continue with “The Worst Is Yet To Come” promotion, by the way there are plans for the tape version release of this album during the first half of 2019, I have a deal with some fine label from South America, currently any specific dates are decided, but I really hope the tapes will be released untill the closest summer. The new songs are in the writing process, the work’s moving slow these days, but I do my best. More experiments to come! Thanks for the interview, it was a pleasure to answer it, non standard questions here and there.. All the best to all of you, as The Worst Is Yet To Come!