ICE WAR is a classic heavy metal band from Canada. Interview answered by Jo Capitalicide! Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-Yeah, there’s an underground buzz and a lot of people have been involved in distributing previous releases. Its found its way into all kinds of headbanger’s hands.
Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity??
-This new record features a few new versions of old songs. The best bands had album art continuity: Iron Maiden, Discharge etc. To me, it really helps give the band an identity!
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-Trust me, recording is always hard because honestly, I have no idea what I’m doing! This time I used a few guitars… An old Ibanez RG, 57′ Strat and Flying V mostly. I rocked this through a 60’s Kustom PA and a Vox Night train believe it or not. In the middle of recording I sold that purple RG to Aaron from Annihilator.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-The lyrics deal mostly with injustice. Its a battle cry for the dispossessed, downtrodden, beaten and poor. There’s such an unsung history here in Canada, so i find inspiration in old tales. It really helps understand where we’re at now.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-On all previous releases I’ve done the album art. This time my Father , Jocelyn Galipeau, painted the front cover for this new record based on a draft I made. He’s a pro. I grew up around art ’cause of him. He would paint giant murals, paint signs for every store in town, paint bikes and hot rods, do Van Gough reproductions etc.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-Unless you’re willing to spend 24/7 answering emails and treking back n’ forth to the post office, having a label release music for you is crucial. Underground label people put their heart n’ soul into such thankless hard work.
I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
-While its cheaper for underground bands to be heard these days, those who make it to the top are part of a really slim minority. Music is more than ever manufactured, so there’s little space for true and meaningful art.
Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
-Statistically you got a better chance at success if you’re from America then lets say Burma or fuckin’ Transinistria! I always thought it was funny to hear people in Montreal or New York City complain how their band isn’t going anywhere.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I kind of don’t give a shit. One can’t keep romanticizing the past. Media is an ever changing monster. Personally , I just can;t wait till the record collecting buzz dies down so that I can find Def Dealer,Lääz Rockit or Helloween albums in the bargain bin again. I used to find Ratt or Motely Crue records in the trash and now they’re $25 at record stores.
What does the future hold for you?
-For humanity I can only foresee Mass imprisonment, concentration camps, genocide, endless war and if we’re someone in the military who’s job is to operate a missile silo who’s having a meltdown ’cause his wife left him or ’cause the fuckin’ Pittsburgh Penguins lost a game will loose it and press the button that will annihilate us all!