I am as you know a sucker for cool band names and HELVETESTROMB is one hell of a cool name. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-It is extremely hard to come up with a name. I mean, can’t name a band Sodom or Destruction these days now can you? But we arrived at a perfect name in the end which describes our music and lyrical themes: Helvetestromb, which is Hell Tornado in Swedish. It’s important to get the name right, because who the hell would want a name that sucks?
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-Bathory, early 90s norwegian black metal, 80s thrash like Sodom and Slayer, and d-beat punk and hardcore like Discharge, the Swedish “kängpunk” and Anti-Cimex. Different artists mean different things to all of us, but on a crazy-ass note, both me and Anal Desekrator are huge fans of Katla, the original singer of Finntroll. He was totally fucking awesome, and his lyrics killed everything, as did his voice. I don’t think anyone of us have like a guitar or bass or drum hero. But we all know Jimi Hendrix is the shit.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-We don’t even know what arranging is supposed to mean, we just play the songs like “this is some good shit, Hail Satan!”.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-If there’s any music that’ll do good in live environments, and I’m serious about this, it would be our stuff. Our shit makes for a lot of Satanic energy; a frontal leather-clad assault on the audience, who can do whatever the fack they want to our music: headbang, wave fists, dig, mosh. Or actually, they can not just stand still listening. It’s impossible. Big stages, small stages, they all work when infused by the powers from Hell!
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-What? No that shit is 100% satisfaction for us. Motörhead went in the studio drunk as fuck and produced some crazy shit that lasts, and modern bands get all sentimental for missing a string on a 20 seconds long solo? Fucking hell.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be 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?
We’re just about to take the step to get people aware of our shit, and the label helps with that alot. Next step is to begin touring the wastelands of Europe, but its always the same shit: contacts, contacts, contacts. Fuck, if you know a good metal bar in your town, you’re welcome to present us!
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-A great front cover awakens strong feelings. As long as they do that, they are great. Doesnt matter what the actual image is or the colour. Everyone make their own shit, but nevertheless, people think following trends is a good idea. It’s not, it’s shitty as a fucking legion of anuses. Thus, for us it is safe to say, that all that photoshopped crap modern metalbands put into their album covers sucks goddamned horse balls.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-There is a national scene on the international scale, and a local scene on the national scale, believe it or not. For us, we’re established in the Stockholm region and gig with similar bands. But then there’s like the Gothenburg scene with bands from there and so on. But we’re Swedish, and people from other lands will distinctively feel that we are from that national metal culture for sure, with heavily influences from the “kängpunk” scene and the old school 80s black metal with Bathory spearheading the way for the following norwegian black metal bands.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-The live scene is definately succumbing slowly to the virtual world. We rarely see young punks or metalheads anymore, so I guess there’s something to that. But holy shit the ones that attends rocks the motherfucking shit out of everything! Especially the punks and veteran metal dudes and girls.
What does the future hold?
-It holds more of Satan, leather, beer and evil dinosaurs.