GRAVE PLAGUE is a cool sounding death metal unit that need your support. Read this interview, check out the music and then get in touch with the band. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-It was pretty important to us. We came up with a lot of names prior to this that just didn’t feel right or ones that a couple of us would like and one guy would hate. GRAVE PLAGUE was the first one that rang true to all of us. Even though it’s a bit kitschy and cliché, we feel like it represents us perfectly and you know exactly what you are getting.
What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Anthony really pushed me to do it to be honsest. It was until I started writing the songs that it all clicked for me. We really stumbled on something special here – all these songs just started pouring out from me like they were stored somewhere deep in the confines of my sub conscience and meant to be exorcised!
What is your definition of the music you play?
-Filthy Uncompromising Death Metal
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-I don’t know yet haha. I haven’t gotten that far. But from past experience, for sure you do! You want a nice balanced record, one that doesn’t drag or blow it’s load to quickly. Balance is the key.
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Honestly shit just flows out most of the time. I’ve listened to this music for over 25 years now, so it’s just embedded in my brain. I’ll hear a riff in my head, lay that down and build from there. Or sometimes I’ll just sit down with the guitar, plug in and play around for a while and I’ll stumble on something cool that turns into something else.
I could hear a tune completely unrelated to metal that I hear a rhythm or chord progression that I like that may stick with me all day or whatever…and that helps get me going in a direction sometimes. It’s always different…you never know where the inspiration may come from on a given day.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-This is of HUGE importance to me and the guys in the band. Back in the day, before internet and what not, I can’t tell you how many records I purchased, that I never heard previously, based on the cover art alone. Thats how you bought records and found new shit back in the day. It’s extremely important that the artworks speaks to us.
As far as concepts for the art, I typically let the artist do his/her thing. I may have some inspiration or an overall vibe to pass along to them, but for the most part, if I’ve asked someone to create art for us, I am already a fan of their work, so I put all my trust into them….and it hasn’t failed me yet.
Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
-I guess I’d like to know more of what you are referring to …recording digital vs. analog, or putting out digital media vs. physical media.
I’m of the age group that by the time I was starting to record music, we had 4 tracks and these giant digital studio hardware available, but Protools was already starting to be used etc. So I missed a golden age of recording to tape. Even though there were some guys around that still did it, and still do it actually, it’s typically just cheaper and more convenient to do it digitally. I actually track everything on my own at my house. I only start sending things out when its ready for a mix etc. It’s just convenience and money really, otherwise I’d love to be in a real studio and have that experience.
As far a media goes, physical is just so much cooler, from the creation of all the pieces (music, artwork) to putting the layout together – you really get a sense of ownership being a part of that process. And it’s so much more rewarding at the end of the day, once all that work is completed, to be able to hold a copy of what you worked so hard on.
Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
-The possibilities are pretty endless if recording digital. I mean I record on a laptop for shitsake. You can pretty much do anything.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-There is for sure a scene. The “Old School Death Metal” train is in full force, and I wish we would’ve done this a little earlier as this was all just coincidence and timing. This is something we were gonna do regardless of what was going on currently in the metal community. You have sooooo many bands that have that HM-2 Swedish death metal sound these days, it’s gotten quite generic. There are a few great bands that do it their own way, but there are a lot of clones, literally ripping off old Entombed riffs and calling them their own. While we are guilty of having that HM-2 sound on this demo EP, we were really going for more of an American sound overall, which I think will become more evident when people hear the full length.
While we pay homage to all the legends that influenced us to do what we do, we also try to do it our own way and bring a little freshness in the writing. Hopefully people will agree and we won’t get lumped into the garbage bin of generic upstarts.
What does the future hold?
– Right now, expect a full length album by the end of the year and we’ll take it from there.