ECITON is a band to be checked out. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-We encountered the name in the Guinness Book of Records. Agreed after we read that Eciton ants had eaten a local cop, in South America, because he wanted to protect the city from their migration. Leaves weren’t enough, but having a piece of a cop, that’s the deal.
Also, ants live in a social community where everyone are dependent on one another. Our lyrics, if read, …………………… An anthill is like our society, some are workers some are taking care of the little ones and some are warriors keeping the hill safe. You can’t just throw away one of these groups, the anthill will die. Humans see themselves as intelligent, but we do that every day, exclude hole societies. Not every person in the world is at 100%, but we need everyone to keep our anthill alive. We can’t exclude people just for looking different or we don’t understand what they are saying. I’m sure that an ant worker doesn’t understand what a warrior is doing coz they have a different size maybe color. We are all in the same situation, we want to survive. Currently Corona doesn’t just pick a country, it picks humans.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they colored your music?
-There are three members left in the band who made songs for this album. We all stated to listen to Death Metal in the late 80’s and pass these 30 years many bands have inspire. I can’t say that one or to bands have done the job coz there are so many. Death Metal have developed through time…… a lot and I’m sure it’s different depending on who you ask. At that time was Deicide, Terrorizer, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura, The Exploited (punk), Grave, Hypocrisy, Cadaver and Entombed. A bit later Dying Fetus. That was some bands from the 90’s. There aren’t one band that stands out. I think it was style, tempo and depth I the sound that applied to a primitive mind.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Our song starts with a member having a piece, 2-4 riffs that we play. If the riffs are slow then we go with that and starting to ad other riffs. You get inspired by the sound or tone and then starts to build from there. When I rehearse at home, at some point ill start to make riffs. Ill get inspired from at tone or melody I’m playing. Then I’m playing it in different tempos, maybe because I’m not that good at playing guitar, that’s why I’m singing. I’m sure that Thomas is doing it differently.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-I know that Eciton has the power live that you want from a Death Metal band. Normally we play our song faster live then on CD. All our stuff we are playing in at least 200bpm. Depending on the drummer, we play it faster. Many of our old songs aren’t in that tempo. We want aggression coming from stage both in appearance and music. We aren’t standing still on stage; we want a party.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-It’s important to have a label. The label can help you get in magazines, websites, festivals and other music forums you can’t do yourselves. Death Metal doesn’t give you millions in the bank, if you aren’t in top ten or twenty. So, you need a job to survive. If you have to do all the stuff your label is for you, you can’t live. I haven’t been able to write this interview, if we haven’t had a label. We make the music ourselves, but Wormholedeath has invested time and money in these albums and using all their contacts. We owe Wormholedeath so much and we very proud to be in the family.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-First of all, music is made to be heard. I started the other question out by saying that we aren’t getting millions playing Death Metal. We have been playing this underground music style for many years. We are not doing this to get money, we are all straight out metalheads. The worst thing is we are addicted to it, the best thing – we won’t stop again.
Then again – the problem is that the labels can’t make any money-making CDs, coz people won’t support the label buying hardcopies. That is the biggest problem for bands trying to get a labels attention. The best thing is that no matter where you are in the world you can listen to Eciton with one click on the mouse.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-We know that we have some weird covers, looking at others from the Death Metal scene. Our covers have an history to tell and that is what we think is important. The biggest challenge is to get the message to the listeners, but we are not sure if that mission is accomplished. I can inform you that the first album I made was a coal drawing made by a Danish painter. Unfortunately, the pure guy died two years later.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-You know Danes are so conservative, when talking about art. Our government has made a list of those approved at national level. I can tell you that Death Metal is not on that list. Danes hate everything they don’t understand. The metal scene is categorized as underground and specially Death Metal. I think there is round about 5000 people who listens to death, maybe less.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-We are of cause, in our age, worried of everything new and the disappearing of physical media is one of them. The only positive thing about that is folks starting to buy a lot more vinyl and (now it is goanna be two anyway, sorry about that) most streaming services typical has poor sound, compared to physical medias. That’s a relief, but it is a matter of time before that changes also I’m sure. As I said earlier borders are erased. A guy in Asia, EU or USA can get a hold on our music just by clicking a mouse a few times. That’s not so bad. I, myself hate the digital sound in music, so I prefer the physical media on a stereo, without sounds in the background. Only pure brutality in music.
What lies in the future?
-We should have been to Italy in June to record 11 new songs but due to corona it is postponed to October. The tracks are almost done, only the sharpening of the edges needs to be done. The figure of the album is complete. We are looking so much forward to these next years. We have made music for so long that we can’t wait to present for all you guys. The music has off course developed since 2010 where the album “A Scent of Veracity” and 2020 “Suspension of Disbelief” came out. “Suspension of Disbelief” was finished in 2015, so this next one has some new things and a lot more speed, so the direction is up at this time.
We hope to see a lot of you guys out there. We will come with a tour plan when we have been to Italy. So, watch out the angry Danes are coming and not by ship this time.