Finnish GOREPHILIA are finally back with a new album. Cool death metal the Finnish way. Answers from Jukka- Anders Ekdahl ©2017
We hear about how mainstream metal is in Finland, that even President Obama mentions it but what is the reality like??
– I’m not sure. I’ve lived here all my life, so it’s kind of hard to tell. We had a cough-drop ad that referenced Immortal, that’s something? But no, they don’t play Anal Vomit on the radio or anything.
You have a new album out now. What is this album like sound wise? How does it differ from the previous one?
– It’s a lot clearer than the last album. You can make out the individual instruments pretty well. It’s got a very distinct punch to it. The songs are more refined and carefully crafted, especially the vocal parts.
What is the death metal scene like today with all the different sub-genres? Is there a risk that too many sub-genres will make the genre weak?
– I don’t really care. It should be about creative expression, doing your own thing. Who determines the strength of a genre? Is that even a thing? Also variety is good I think.
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 don’t really remember where the name came from, but the concept was carefully planned out. We knew what kind of stuff we wanted to make and went from there.
I fear 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?
– I think digital has already killed the album format, but that’s only in the mainstream, so it doesn’t really touch us. I’m kinda pissed though that some interesting new artists don’t release anything physical anymore, but that isn’t really the case in Death Metal. Releasing single tracks only could in the best case scenario stop people from doing filler songs for albums, but again, that’s just in the mainstream industry music products, so I’m not that concerned either way.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
– This time we went with a cosmic themed cover, which nicely resonated with the nihilistic themes of the lyrics on the album. I’m starting to think it backfired a bit though, because people are now assuming it’s some sort of scifi death metal now and are dissapointed when it’s actually not. The piece itself is damn beautiful though, and I can’t wait to get the vinyl pressing in my hands. Maybe we’ll do a shirt later too.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
– We used to sell demos at festivals and it was fun. But I don’t think you can really do that with a full-length, because people might cough up 3 euros for some random CD, but 10 euros is a different story. But the social media and or the internet has always been there for us, so not much has changed. We’ve never really kept up any kind of active connection to our “followers”, just mainly release some news though facebook.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
– Couple of years ago I really felt like I was part of a new rising tide of death metal, making history. I came to my senses eventually. Of course we know a lot of guys from other bands and it’s cool to have beers now and then, but it’s not like a family to me or anything. Just good guys doing music in the same vein.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
– We do gigs now and then. Should do a bit more. I think live gigs are kind of a gamble, because for me if I like a band on a record and see them play a gig that I don’t like, I might lose interest in the band altogether. Like the CD sounds shit after that. Sometimes a good gig might open my eyes for albums and bands I didn’t really care about before.
What will the future bring?
– The challenging third album…eventually. And some live shows. Stay tuned and thanks for the interview!