The world is full of really cool bands. Hopefully you’ll find new faves reading the interviews I do. Another cool band to check out is ENTRENCH. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-We did not intend that much at all when we started, it was all about writing riffs and getting better at that. And i think we’ve got better with each record we’ve done so.

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-We’re very satisfied with the result even though some of the circumstances around the recording weren’t that optimal. Expectations are hard to meet but this is the closest we’ve been to meet our own.

Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
-Yeah, we try to do something different each time but it ends up sounding like us even if that is not our primarily goal. We try to evolve and do things a bit different for each record but still maintain the core of our sound which is ugly thrash metal.

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Yes it is. It doesn’t have to be “good written” lyrics as long as it means something. I think it should benefit the musical content by adding to what you want to express. If the message comes across then it’s all for the better. The lyrics on the new album “Through the Walls of Flesh” are centered around war in the past, present and future since it’s a quite hot topic in this wicked world of ours. Other topics that we’ve dealt with in the past include mental issues, social injustice, technophobia etc.

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-It’s important that it fits the music presented. I think it can, we’ve always been a DIY type of band and haven’t really cared if it would sell as long as we’re happy with it. We’ve got a lot of shit for our covers but i think they stand out among many others and that’s what’s most important. If it doesn’t stirr any emotion at all it’s better if people hate it. Another new death metal album or whatever in black and white do not tickle my senses anymore at least.

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-No idea, people are prejudicial? Logistics? Success to me would be to feel fully content with an album, everything from production to songwriting to every little note and lyric. Other than that it’s having the support from labels, promoters and the people who buy our albums so that we can continue, no matter how big or small as long as we can what we want with our music with their help.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-Obviously making cool songs that stand out in some way within this mess. It’s tough but i really don’t care, what is good is good no matter what and it’s all subjective. I listen to a lot of music and some bands strikes a chord with you and some don’t, simple as that and if people like what we do that is awesome but we do not have that in mind while writing new songs.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-It’s quite depressing at the moment, there are a few bands but no audience or scenes where you can perform live anyway. It probably helps but you have to get out of your own country to conquer the world i guess.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-It goes by quite unnoticed i think. People who have that attitude hardly gets exposed by it since it is still very much an underground movement.

What does the future hold for you?
-We’ll be touring Europe this fall with Ripper from Chile which will be very cool, they’re one of the best bands around today i believe so we’re honoured to open up for them and got a lot to live up to but it’s all fun!

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