Don’t do as I did and confuse the band name with power metal. Because FIRESWORD are black metal. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-HOPEFULLY THAT THE “SEE” THE SAME IMAGES AND AMBIENTS THAT HAVE INSPIRED US TO MAKE THIS MUSIC. THEN IT´LL BE A FULL CIRCLE.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-IT TOOK A TIME…SINCE THE START IN 1999, THE MUSIC MATURED FAST AND IN 2000 IT GOT DEVELOPED MORE OR LESS AS IT IS NOW, AND THEN WE ADOPTED THIS NAME. QUITE CLEAR FOR US: MITHOLOGICAL MAGICAL LIGHTBRINGER WEAPON.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-MUSICALLY WE CAME FROM HEAVY AND THRASH, SO THE “MAINSTREAM” BLACK METAL WAS THE ONE THAT SUITED OUR TASTES BEST, ONCE IT EVOLVED SINCE THE ORIGINAL HARSCH AND GRIM STYLE.
Bands we like (even though it´s too pretentious to be compared to) : Belphegor, Dark Funeral, Dimmu Borgir, Vader, Cradle Of Filth, Nevermore, Witchery, Borknagar, Keep Of Kalessin, Abyssos, Old Man´s Child, Darkenhöld, Inferitvm…
AND INSPIRATION COMES NOWADAYS AS ALWAYS MOSTLY FROM “IMAGES” AND CONCEPTS… SORCERY, MIDDLE AGE, CERTAIN LANDSCAPES, CASTLES, HISTORY, WITCHCRAFT…
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-I REALIZED THAT THE LAST SONGS I WROTE FOR THE THRASH BAND I HAD, WEREN´T PURELY THRASH ANYMORE. THEN INTENTIONALLY I TRIED TO DIG INTO THE DARK SIDE OF METAL SERIOUSLY AND A FIRST DEMO OF MIXED STYLES (DOOM, POWER AND FOLK) WAS RECORDED WITH OUR FIRST BAND NAME, INSEKKTON. FOR THE SECOND SERIES OF SONGS, THE BLACKENED THRASH BLEND WAS READY, AND SO THE NAME CHANGE AS WELL.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-IT MIGHT BE POSITIVE BECAUSE PROMOTING EVERY SONG, MAYBE ONCE A MONTH, YOU´RE ALWAYS THERE, BUT WE WON´T DO THAT BECAUSE WE CAN NOT CLING THE WHOLE DAY IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER DOING PROMOTION. THAT´D TAKE TIME FROM MUSIC. WHAT WE ARE CONSIDERING IS TO MAYBE CHANGE THE FULL LENGTH FORMAT TO 5 SONGS EP FORMAT. THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD WAY, EVEN THOUGH THE EXPENSES OF MASTERING, PHYSICAL COPIES, SHIRTS, ETC IS THE SAME AS THE ONES YOU HAVE FOR A FULL LENGTH, BUT PERHAPS EVERY YEAR, NOT ONCE EVERY TWO YEARS, SO THE COSTS ARE DOUBLE. WE´LL SEE. OUR DECISION WILL SURELY DEPEND ON THE SONGS AND HOW THEY TIE EACH OTHER.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-I CAN´T SAY WHAT PEOPLE LIKE MOST FROM US VISUALLY… FOR EXAMPLE, WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU SAW OUR MATERIAL ? FOR US IS VERY IMPORTANT. OUR MESSAGE IS A WHOLE PACK. FIRST CAME THE MUSIC, BUT THE IMAGE AND ARTWORK NEEDS TO FIT AS A MUST.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-ABSOLUTELY ! THE METHODS HAVE CHANGED BUT ONE THING REMAINS: YOU HAVE TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME. THE GOOD THING IS THAT IF YOU´RE LUCKY (OR SMART, DUNNO…), IT´S A SNOWBALL THAT CAN GET BIGGER WITH LITTLE FURTHER EFFORT.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-I SADLY DON´T THINK THAT. MUSIC IS AN INDIVIDUAL EXPRESSION AND WORK, YOU´RE YOUR BEST FAN AND AS A MUSICIAN YOU´LL NEVER FEEL YOU´VE GOT THE ATTENTION YOUR ART DESERVES, BUT THAT´S FAIR ENOUGH, WE ALL PLAY WITH THE SAME RULES ! BESIDES THAT, THERE´S OUR SECRET “FEAR”: THAT PEOPLE COULD FIND WE´RE NOT “TRUE” BECAUSE WE DON´T HATE EVERYTHING, NOR THINK THAT THE WORLD SUCKS. WE ARE ALCHEMISTS AND ARCHERS, NO NIHILISTIC GUYS.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-FIRESWORD IS A STUDIO BAND AT THE MOMENT. OUR MUSIC IS LIKE A PAINTING, WITH LAYERS AND TOUCHES HERE AND THERE… A LIVE BAND IS MORE SPONTANEOUS AND PERHAPS CARELESS WITH DETAILS. WE PLAY IN OTHER BANDS, SO THE LIVE THING IS COVERED THERE.
What will the future bring?
-MORE MUSIC, MORE ALBUMS. HOPEFULLY BETTER EVERY TIME !
THANKS A LOT FOR THE ATTENTION OF ASKING AND READING THIS INTERVIEW. YOU CAN FIND US EVERYWHERE (SPOTIFY, BANDCAMP, SOUNDCLOUD, YOUTUBE, ETC)
BLACKENED THRASHING ALCHEMY AND ARCHERY !