EWIGKEIT is a bnad that I know from back when Neat Records started a side label for extreme metal. Then I lost touch with them until now. Answers by James! Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days
-Yes, I would be happy if at 16 I had known what I would have achieved with music when I was 39.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-Yes, I am very happy with it. I hope you like it too, and then review it on your site.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-Yes, I am already recording new material to follow on from the latest Ewigkeit release.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-I use the lyrics to explore themes that interest me. The last album is about altered states of consciousness and death.
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?
-Cover artwork is very important in the age of Facebook, as it attracts attention. Max Winter is a great artist.
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 metal bands ‘break big’ anymore. The last truly commercially successful wave of was ‘nu-metal’ 97-05. The last truly artistically successful wave was Norwegian Black Metal 90-95. There are two types success ; a) commercial and b) artistic. They are not mutually exclusive, but they mostly are. I strive for the latter, not the former.
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?
-Whatever you do, you won’t stand out – we have already had murders and terrorism of a kind with Black Metal. I’m not sure how much more desperate for attention to their music that artists can get. Flying planes into buildings ? To most people, music is instantly downloaded, heard and disregarded. Music is a dying art form rarely appreciated for it’s actual content or quality. Most people are largely interested in the fashion and image that go with it. Including most people reading this.
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?
-The ‘local’ scene near me is active with mostly trend-hoppers and posers looking for fame and notoriety. It has always been this way. Good luck to them in what they want to achieve.
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?
-In the UK, Rock and Metal are seen as a packaged commodity. Black Sabbath is on car adverts, Judas Priest on Insurance adverts and Motorhead on Perfume adverts. Metal is seen as, and defacto is, a commodity. Metal has largely lost it’s true ‘outsider’ rebelliousness that it once had. The last breath of that was Norwegian Black Metal.
What does the future hold for you?
I am currently working on new releases for In The Woods, Ewigkeit, Old Forest, Svartelder, Jaldaboath, Orcrypt and The Bombs of Enduring Freedom. None of are likely to be commercially successful, but they will all continue to be artistically successful.