Just because you don’t hear from them doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. HYPERION is yet another Swedish band that I have no prior knowledge of. So therefore I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
Erik: I always say that the sound of Hyperion is a big melting pot of many varying musical inspirational sources. Even though people like to put us within certain categories, my personal opinion is that we do not really belong in one particular genre of metal. We utilize whatever musical elements we deem fitting and mix them into our work, thus creating the sound of Hyperion.
The name came to us with surprisingly little effort. That does not make it any less significant, however. It reflects our sound as well as our lyrical themes extremely well. I discovered the name in a book about Greek mythology, but now when I look back at; it had been in my subconscious mind since my early childhood from another source of entertainment.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
Erik: Very well: Hyperion is a 6-piece Melodic Extreme Metal from Sweden. Our primary focus is to create melodic, epic and grandiose music to the best of our abilities, while mixing all other influences we deem fitting into that of our original musical vision. We have released several demos in the past, but our most current release is the full length album “Seraphical Euphony”, which was released in February this year via Black Lion Records. This is an album containing 9 songs that represents us 100 %. The current lineup of Hyperion is:
Harry Lauraéus- Vocals
Erik Molnar – Guitars
Anders Peterson – Drums
Mikael Malm – Guitars
Joel Hagroth – Guitars
Raul Vicente – Bass
What would you say has been the single greatest influence on your sound?
Erik: The general epic and melodic atmosphere of the musical works that we appreciate. I have never really thought of music as entertainment, nor something that you just listen to in the background. At least not when it comes to high quality music that is. Real music to me is supposed to evoke strong emotions. Naturally, it can it can paint all kinds of landscapes inside one’s mind if channeled correctly, but when it comes to writing music for Hyperion, we am very much inspired by the epic and melodic elements of all kinds of genres that we really appreciate. It can be anything from Emperor, Dissection and Mayhem, to the works of Glenn Stafford, Hans Zimmer, Blind Guardian, Ulver or Vangelis. The ultimate goal is to create music that generates a special feeling that takes you away to a different place. We try to create music that moves us the same way the music of our favorite artist’s do, whilst adding our own mix of it into the stew, of course.
What is the scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
Erik: I get this question a lot in by many other interviewers. There is a very active and healthy scene in Stockholm, where we are cited. When I talk to different band members, however, I get the impression that the scene is more intense and alive outside the borders of our country. If you neglect the comparisons, I would say that our scene is very much alive and there are many bands here. There seems to be a lot of gigs every weekend somewhere in the city and even in the middle of the week. This is both positive and negative, as obviously there are a lot of acts that possess zero musical potential.
We do share a common devotion with some acts that we know personally, although I would like to add that at least I feel more akin with a couple of current acts that I don’t know on a personal level. All in all, I would say that I feel that we are a part of a movement, yes, but perhaps not the exact movement that people would generally associate us with.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
Erik: I can only speak for myself on this matter. There are a billion bands out there with a billion different reasons to play the kind of music that they play. As I stated in the previous question, yes I think that we are part of a movement of sort. In the past 1.5 year or so, it seems to me that there are a lot of bands forming and releasing music that share some commonalities with the music that we make. It was not by any means intentional on our part so “jump on the band wagon” if you will, but it was indeed fitting that our debut album was released in the same wave as some current up and coming Extreme Metal acts from all across the globe. This might be the beginning of something far greater general output than it is now, who knows. The future will perhaps be a very interesting time for Extreme Metal.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
Erik: A good album cover in my book reflects the musical as well as the lyrical elements contained within that specific piece of work. It should graphically portray what the artist is trying to get across with his or her music. It should NOT just be a “cool picture” with some meaningless fancy graphics drawn just for the hell of it. A good album cover can come in many shapes and sizes. If the artist feels that birds and bees reflect the music well, then I see no reason why he or she should not include such imagery in the artwork, regardless of the musical genre. While, perhaps birds and flowers may not be the main theme of our artwork, our debut album does contain quite a lot of very typically beautiful landscapes in the middle of the artwork. That might not be all too common when it comes to Extreme Metal.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
Erik: I am one of the few people from my generation that value physical releases of albums made by artists I like. Even though I do not purchase as many CD:s as I used to, I still think it’s much more of a complete experience to have the physical album in your hand. You can read the lyrics, read who has written what song, where the album was recorded and any additional information the artist chooses to include in the booklet, which naturally is very thrilling for an avid music nerd such as myself. I do realize however that we are living in a digitalized era. The means of reaching people through various promotional channels have altered, and so must we if we are to endure.
Basically, I think it’s a double edge sword. People who are actively searching the internet for new music can very easily stumble upon the music that we are making, even though the online web is a vast ocean of bands, all of which are trying to grab the attention of music listeners. I don’t think that the digital music world is killing music, but it is changing very rapidly for sure. There will always be a place for people who want the full experience of an album and thus there will always be a market for such music lovers.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
Erik: Quite an extensive one, I would say. Sweden is as far as I know the country in the world with most metal bands per capita. In our hometown of Stockholm, you can arrange gigs of all shapes and sizes. We are now in the process of contacting local promoters and organizers of shows in other cities in Sweden. Our impression is that there is quite a lot to choose from. I cannot speak for the rest of the world other than what I’ve heard of, but the Extreme Metal world seems to me more viable today than ever before.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
Erik: A live performance holds great significance to us. It is an event of utmost importance where we express the emotions contained within our work. It is also a celebration of some sort, but I would not go as far as to call it a “party”. As of now, we have only performed in our hometown of Stockholm and those events have been nights of grand festivity. It is more about enjoying the music and spending time with the people close to you, who are actively supporting your work, as well as connecting with new people that may happen to begin to acknowledge what you do as genuine.
What would you like to see the future bring?
Erik: I would like the future to bring new music, new shows and general prosperity to the band as well as everybody involved. I would also like to see people attaining something positive out of our music. All in all, I would like to see the future bring more of the good things that life has to offer.
Thanks for the interview!