FALLEN ORDER

Back in the late 80s/early 90s I used to order a fanzine from New Zealand. And ever since then I’ve had an eye for New Zealand bands. FALLEN ORDER is another cool New Zealand band. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Yeah, some reviewers in the past thought we were a black metal band before hearing us, due to the name for some reason! Ben was the one that came up with the name and I think it came quite easily to him. It had to do with Satan being cast out of heaven and forming the ‘Fallen Order’.

Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-The band formed in 2005 in Wellington, New Zealand. Ben and Tooley are the only original members left, Nick, myself and Kieran joined over the next few years and it’s been the same line up now for about 6 years. For the first 2 years the band had a different vocal style and a more modern sound, but for the past 8 years we have steered towards a more traditional heavy metal sound.

What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-In regards to the music I’d say Iron Maiden for Ben and for the lyrics/vocals Manowar for me.

What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-There is a relatively strong underground metal scene here in New Zealand, but it leans towards the more heavier side of metal, death, black etc. When we started gigging and playing ‘traditional’ metal or heavy metal we were the only band of that style in the whole country almost, apart from a few cover bands there was no other serious bands going. Fortunately over the last 5 years there have been a handful of heavy and power metal bands that have started up, who we gig with regularly which helps to create a scene of our own.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Not at this stage in this country, hopefully the new album can gain some mainstream media here in New Zealand. Then we might have some kids hearing it, being inspired and starting up their own heavy metal bands. But as I said it is a small scene for our type of metal here in NZ, we are very isolated from Europe, which is where many metal festivals that focus on traditional metal are held. But hopefully our scene grows and we see some sort of movement in regards to classic heavy metal or power metal bands.

When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-I have always been a huge fan of album artwork, it may not be as crucial as it once was due to the digital market. But I still think it plays a big part, especially in metal. Personally a great album cover has to be detailed just like a painting. You should be able to stare at it and continue to find new things and new details that tell a story, just as the music should. Manowar’s Triumph of Steel by Ken Kelly is one of my favorite album covers.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I don’t think it’s killing music, it’s definitely making it easier for people to hear your music, but it’s also making it harder for bands to make money off of their music, unless you are generating thousands of digital sales every month you are not going to be making much money from them. We are lucky in a sense due to our style of music a lot our fans are the collectible types, having the physical CD is what they want. Some people are fully against digital and will only buy a physical product. Hence why at the same time as digital sales becoming popular in mainstream music. CD’s, vinyls and tapes are still staying strong in the underground metal scene. Only time will tell how much effect it will effectually have on us.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-For metal bands there are venues up and down the country that are available for booking shows and plenty of bands to play with. But for bands like us the scene is very small and as I said there are only a handful of other bands who play a similar genre to us in the whole country. For example at our EP release show in our home town we had 100 people at the venue and that’s a good turn out! Turn outs can be quite low here regardless of how much promotion you do, as we not only have a small population but also a small scene. Hopefully with the new album we can build on this.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We take playing live seriously, we are not one’s to get drunk or high before jumping up on stage and playing a show or anything like that. People are paying money to see us preform so we have to give them a great show in return. But at the same time we love getting up there and playing live to people so it does become a bit of a party, a gathering of like minded friends.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-I would like this new album to gain some big label interest so we can get our music out in Europe more strongly and hopefully get the chance to get out there to play some shows. Also I’d like the melodic heavy metal scene to grow here in New Zealand, see more bands starting up and also more people coming out to shows.

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