From what I have heard of GRAVESHADOW’s debut album this is a band with a promising future. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-The name took a lot of time but I don’t feel it was difficult to come up with, just lots of ideas were thrown out for consideration We wanted something that would express the dark elements of our sound and rolled off the tongue easily. To me it means that the shadow of death is always upon us. Whether it’s your own mortality or the memory of lost loved one, it’s always over us.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
-Heavy guitar work, beautiful keyboard melodies and soaring vocals. Those three things I would say are foundation of our sound.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster snd vice versa?
-It was certainly a bit of an adjustment for some of us, myself included. With a primarily thrash/punk background playing slow was a little foreign to me. Our drummer Roman though is a genius when it comes to putting the slower passages in the songs in a way that flows very easily. At this point it’s all natural to shift from the driving heavy parts into the slower more delicate passages.

How does your music work in a live environment?
-Well, I like to think very well! We always seem to get a very warm reception when we play live, and we’ve played to a multitude of different audiences. Punk, Doom, Thrash, Alternative, doesn’t matter. There are so many different elements in our music that I think it appeals to a wide berth of people and bridges the various genre gaps very well.

You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
-So far we’re at two. Our EP and our debut album “Nocturnal Resurrection”. I’m the most proud of the album. Not to short change the work that the EP took but the album was done in a very short time and very quickly. We had just finished writing “Winter’s Come to Call” when we started the recording process and had only rehearsed it a handful of times. Being able to do that and get the performance from everyone that we got on that track was a testament to everyone’s work ethic. I’m very excited for that to come out stateside.

Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Anyone in a band right now knows the struggles of getting their music out there, for us it’s no different. There are so many talented bands out there, it’s hard to keep track of all of them. We’re very fortunate to have the loyal fan base that we do, it’s absolutely helped us get where we are today. We try to stay on top of all our social media accounts, occasionally run ads for larger shows and releases as well just word of mouth. It’s vital that you are part of your scene, it’s the best way to get the word out and network with fellow musicians.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-I’m a sucker for artwork. I like a lot of vibrant color, something that really catches the eye. Band name and album name need to be easy to read and not get lost in translation. Some of my favorite covers are Kamelot’s cover for the Epica album, Iron Maiden’s Brave New World and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Oh, and it has to relate to the album in some way!

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-We’re a new band, and the national scene is absolutely what we want to break into. For the underground I think there’s a strong, budding national scene, but that’s just my impression. We’ve gotten to share the stage with bands like A Sound of Thunder, Edge of Paradise, Wilderun and Unleash the Archers, it’s awesome to see these incredible bands going out on tour and putting in a lot of hard work for their passion. It’s an honor that we had the opportunity to play with them and really see that doing this is still possible. I feel like the attitude toward metal is changing in a very positive manner, I see more and more people everyday discovering awesome new heavy metal.

How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-You gotta get out there and talk to people about it. With the over saturation of social media and something new coming out every damn day you need to make sure that people put a face to the name. No one is above supporting their local scene, it’s where we all start and it’s the only way anyone gets to the national and professional level of music. Don’t be shy!

What does the future hold?
-We’re currently underway writing for the next album, and I’ve gotta say, I’m very excited for the new material. A little more intricate, more guitar harmonies and some really great driving, kick you in the teeth riffs! We’re definitely going a little more symphonic with this next batch but the doom and thrash elements are always going to be there! We’re looking to expand outside of the Sacramento, Bay Area and LA regions next year and have some irons in the fire that I’m very excited about. It’s looking good and we can’t way to share more news with everyone as we’re able to!

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