HERETIC LEGION is a new to me Swedish death metal band. Read what they have to say for themselves in this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-We want to convey our raw passion and the thrill we experience from playing and performing the music that we share and love. We want to make sure that everyone who sees and hear us can lose them self in the music and be, right there, in the moment with us.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-The name came quite natural to us, as we have chosen to create a symbiosis of the new and old Swedish death-metal sound, an unholy mixture in the eyes of many, thus we can consider ourselves as “heretics”. And with our music, we would like to rally the people around us, and become: The Heretic Legion!
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-We all started from different musical foundations. We have roots in many diverse musical genres like death-, black-, thrash-, groove-, and power-metal and even classical rock and jazz. But we can all strongly agree that Swedish death metal, and its sound, has a special place in all our hearts. Our sound has evolved through the shared passion of the common denominator, METAL, in all of its forms.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-To name a few bands that has inspired us: Bloodbath, Entombed. Hypocrisy, Vomitory, Fit for an autopsy, Aeon, Facebreaker and Behemoth.
The band came together very spontaneously, the scenario played out as following: Daniel and Linus sat down one late night at the pub, fantasizing about starting up a death-metal band when a common friend told them;
“Hey, I know a guy who likes Metal and plays guitar, his name is Rasmus. Do you want to speak with him?”
Right then and there they called him up and said;
“You play Metal, huh? Be at our rehearsal room this next weekend and let’s play!”
Things just clicked between the three of us, and from there on, the band were born. Though the band was not yet completed until later when we found our bassist, Benjamin, through a local band.
The name and sound evolved very naturally over time by simply playing and showing our different views to songwriting and brainstorming ideas together.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-It gives a closer connection with the audience when you can present something more frequently and giving them the chance to be part of the writing process and updating with the state of the band. All of that is easily conveyed to the audience via the digital realm. And it might just be that the album format is beginning to be a thing of the past. People nowadays like continuity, the ease and availability of the digital format. The times are simply changing, and the music scene with it. So “killing” is a strong word for it, more like an adaptation to a more modern age.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-A unique and eye-catching artwork always works in your favor, with strong colors and a clear motive. It has to evoke some kind of feeling that leaves you wanting more. The first impression through a single glance is vital!
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Social media has taken a leading role in promoting and building your fan base in almost every way. Things need to be more accessible for people to not lose interest, especially for newer bands trying to establish themselves. A constant flow of content is the strongest tool for reaching new listeners and viewers through all forms of internet media. So in many ways it’s still similar to the old way of handing out your homemade EPs and demos through the tape trading community, hoping for the right person to get a hold of it. Nowadays the content is instead spread across the different platforms on the internet.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-The Metal community to start with is one of the most inviting, accepting and friendly places to be a part of, and it feels great to be able to make so many friends simply through the music we make and share. To be on stage and feel the energy exchange between musician and listener is a truly unique and surreal feeling. After many hours of work and dedication making the music you love and to be able to share and inspire people around us is amazing!
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Touring and playing live is some of those things we look forward to the most and we would really like to do a whole lot more off that! It’s still the best way to make an impact on new listeners and potentially new fans. It’s through live experiences people will be able to get the chance to know what Heretic Legion is really all about.
We ARE a live-band and there is where we truly shine.
Most likely a lot of touring, maybe even a record contract deal in the future! All we know is that we will continue doing what we love. Make new even heavier, more refined songs and share our passion for music with the rest of the world.
What will the future bring?
-We predict the future holds a lot of great things in store for us. We will be carrying the torch of metal high and let its radiance gather all our brethren from across the world, welcoming them into the ranks of our ever-growing Legion!