This week I am doing a Inverse Records interview special. If you haven’t checked out the quality metal this Finnish label brings us now is the time. I present to you FINAL VOID, Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-Of course the band name has to resemble the band and the music but it still has to be compact and easy to remember for maximum impact. We think that we have succeeded in this.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-We have always had the urge to play music and finding the right people is extremely hard. We definitely got lucky because after our first drummer left, the band basically died for a few months because we did not find a replacement. A lot later the day came when our current drummer kept spamming us with messages asking if we were still looking for a drummer, and we decided to give it one more try and it paid off.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-First, one of us makes a song, then both of our guitarists and our bass player do a thing we call “Triangle practise” where they learn the song and make the first arrangements to the new song. As soon as the lyrics are done, we give it the final touch, all of us together.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-We all have different musical tastes that are combined in the music that we want to do.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-It’s fairly important. We have our own private graphic designer who knows our style of art and what we want to accomplish and he does a really good job.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-It definitely has affected mainstream music, everything is overly monetized and most of them don’t even make albums anymore. Single after single and of course music videos of every song. However, metalheads seems to honor the more original ways of releasing music. If they really like the album, they’ll buy it.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-The metal scene seems to be getting stronger and stronger again and streaming services and digital downloads will make it easier to find the music that you like, so no we are not killing metal.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-We have our music in a spot where you need to listen to it a few times before it kicks in.
What does the future hold?
-We aim to start doing gigs later this year. Next year we’ll deliver a new double single, a music video and a new album. Release dates and what happens after that is too early to reveal now, so stay tuned.