With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to HEATHEN BEAST. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-It’s very important because it sets the tone and subject matter for the music. The name always says a lot about a band. It’s obviously the first thing you know and see.
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 just loved music and specifically heavy metal. The original members of this band were all friends and it was our love and passion for heavy metal, specifically black metal that pushed us to forming this project.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-We started as a black metal band but over time we’ve evolved. Our style has shifted considerably depending on the release. Like our albums which are more political in nature are more grindcore and death metal with a tinge of black metal thrown in. You still hear ‘Heathen Beast’ in the music but it’s definitely different from say our EP ‘Drowning Of The Elephant God’.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-Since we’re a lot of people there are no rules. Sometimes it can be a riff, sometimes it can be a percussion groove or even lyrics. Ideas can come from anywhere and then we start building layers of music to complete a song.
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?
-Life inspires us. Our emotions, our rage, our hate and the actions of humans. Music is just a language. You learn the alphabets and the grammar and then you just say what’s on your mind. For us it’s just that, music is what’s on our minds. We just translate thoughts into sounds.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-It’s a very important aspect and if anyone has been following us there is an asthetic to the artwork from day 1. There is a very similar style across each album with subtle changes. For us it’s about using photos rather than drawing out art because the music is inspired by real life and we want that connect in the artwork as well./
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?
-Maybe for music in general but with metal we still feel that fans value albums. We have taken the route of releasing singles as well before the album so fans can hear what’s coming and new people can discover our music. Digital have definitely changed the way music is bought and consumed and we just have to adapt or die.
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?
-We think as long as bands write music that connects with fans they will support it. Fans that want to support bands will always buy the digital download, they will buy merch, they will come for shows. Fans will always be there and they will always support the bands they love, at least some of them will.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-We are a studio only anonymous band and don’t play live. Our scene is really just online sharing our music. Yes, there is a scene and a place for us. India has a great metal scene and even though we’re not a part of the live performance side of it, we’re there as part of it musically. It’s great to be there!
What does the future hold?
-We can’t say because we make music when we feel it’s needed. So there are no plans for now, just live life and if we’re needed back, we’ll be there.