From the first time I heard HELL:ON I’ve been impressed by their thrashy metal. Read this interview to find out more. Anders Ekdahl ©2014
Is the name important in establishing what kind of metal it is that you play?
-I’m not sure that this is a matter of principle, but it’s just a very important point. The name originally was supposed to go the basic premise, the main semantic load or mood. Perhaps we can say that our name – Hell:on most fully complies with us because it corresponds to our internal needs and most succinctly underscores the essence of the music that we do. At least, we would like to believe it.
Just so we know what we are dealing with could you please give us a short introduction to the new album?
-I am convinced that today is our best work. It is short and a little bit more than 30 minutes, but the album is perceived in the one breath. It is very fast, aggressive and dynamic. From a musical point of view, we see it as a fusion of death metal and thrash. Special attention is given by guest appearance of Andy LaRoque (King Diamond) and Marek Pajak (Vader) – they added their own vision to our whole concept. And this album received very good artwork from Seth Siro Anton.
How do you find your sound? Do you take a whole bunch of influences and mix them together to make it your brew?
-We just play how we feel. Tried to sound very fair. Certainly our sound is something of what we listen to and love passed through the prism of our perception. Perhaps it is a mix and can be called our sound.
Is art work and lay out still as important when more and more people download legally music to their phones or ipads/computers?
-I think it still has meaning. This gives the album its “own” face, its unique spirit. Even downloading files from the Internet, the listener sees some cover image, which also determines its choice in favor of one band or another, etc. And in the end, not all people downloading music from the Internet. Somebody still wants to have a CD and keep it at the shelve.
What are your feelings on this development of digital replacing physical?
-I think it is an inevitable process, you just have to take it in stride and adapt to circumstances. And as I mentioned earlier, there will still be people who need to have a physical disk, with its atmosphere and quality. Look at the situation with vinyl, it has long outlived its time, and yet, people still buy it. And it becomes popular. Maybe something similar will happen with CD
Do you agree that digital is killing the music scene as we know it now?
-Yes, certainly the situation changes significantly. However, as I said, this is an inevitable process and we should try as much as possible to adapt to this. A fight with this process – it is impossible
How important is playing live today? Is there still a live scene to talk about? Do people still go to shows? To me it seems that it is all big tour packages or festivals that are left.
-We think it makes sense to play live. Let the number of people at concerts really reduced, a large number still attends concerts. Small concerts in clubs as opposed to big festivals have their own atmosphere and magic of the place. It all remains and that is good.
How has the internet changed the feeling of community in being a local band playing local shows? Does it still feel that you are a product of your surrounding area?
-I think, even with all this development of the Internet when everything is becoming more and more international, still remains a large component of the national colors when you do something. Maybe not all the time, but mostly. And internet still just a part of band’s activity. And this good) For example, touring is great pleasure that internet will never replace.
I guess that most bands go through one or two lineup changes. How do you as a band contain your sound when one member leaves and a new one arrive?
-First of all, matter who comes and who goes. How significant is this loss and gain. In addition, the changes are not always for the worse. In our case, I believe that the replacement guitarist in 2009 went in our favor. We climbed to the next level of development and began to play and sound much better than before.
What would you like to see the future bring with it?
-We want to continue to release albums, play our favorite music and make tours around the world. Rock and roll all the time!