EREB ALTOR have come a long way since that debut album way back in time. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
How important was it that the band’s name gave out the right kind of vibe when you started?
T: You think it gives the vibe? Its a good thing but not really necessary. Our lyrics have a bit different content so to find out a proper name for it all can be hard. But i think the name is kind of ok if you look at our appearance.
What was it that made you want to do the band?
-One word: Bathory
What is your definition of the metal you play today? How does it differ from when you started?
T: We use to call it Scandinavian Metal. From the beginning it was some kind of Viking Dooom Metal but with the years the music involved extremer elements, like Black Metal etc.
When you work more with emotions in your songs how do you arrange the tracks?
T: Its a long process in our heads, starting with Mats presenting a song for me and keeps going during recording and till ive mixed the album. The right vibe always has to be there, and if it doesnt then the song wont be released.
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
T: Again, alot of Bathory. And if you are a creative mind, what can you do? You have to get it out!
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
T: Artwork is very important! More important than the name of the band in my opinion.
You have to translate the feeling of the music to get the one doing the artwork to feel it.
Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
T: Dont really know what you mean with that, but if youre talking about cd and vinyl copared to mp3 and streaming i prefer cd and vinyl. But the digital part is something you have to deal with these days.
Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
T: I grew up when there was vinyl and tape. I love vinyl! The money you pay gets you a full experience with music and graphics on something you can keep looking at for the rest of your life. Digital can only give you the musical experience.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
T: Yes i think so. The pagan and viking metal scene is pretty big! If we fit in there i do not know yet but of what we have seen so far when it comes to audience and merch sales it look pretty good.
What does the future hold?
T: First up is our appearance on „Thyrfings“ 20th aniversary show in Stockholm. This summer we have some festivals, and in the late summer and autumn the whole euorpe will see more of us.