I kinda feel that the Swedish metal scene has kinda stagnated as of lately. We don’t see that many new, cool bands debuting. But some do pop up , like IN MY EMBRACE. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-In My Embrace as a name comes from life itself. Your life is in your embrace. Of course things happen which you can’t control but you can control how you’ll deal with it (doing that by yourself or with help from family/friends or experts in some profession). Other things in life you can control, or at least think you do, as nothing is certain in life. You can’t and should not control another person or try to. But the point is that life is what you make of it, how you deal with it and how you choose to live during the circumstances you either been given or the plans you have to get to that point you want to reach. Giving up or striving forward, your choice. With that said, life isn’t easy, a lot of people have really tuff situations around the world. And a lot of people go through and experience things we can’t even imagine. The name is about continuing your fight to live your life no matter what.

There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-We play what we ourselves like to play, that’s about it.

What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-Our state of mind and daily life.

How important is it to have a message as a band?
-It depends about what you have built your band around for sort of imagery. We let our music and lyrics speak for itself. We don’t want to get stuck in an image or message, we prefer to be free doing our thing.

Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-For us it’s not important! But again, have you started with an image, a scenery or a message, that will be your role to play again and again. We prefer to be free from that.

How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-Hasn’t that always been important? If it’s a band you never have heard of, it’s probably the cover art that makes you check them out and give them a listen.

What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-You never get to be prophet in your home town, isn’t that what people say? For us it’s totally true anyways. Time will tell if it changes.

How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-That’s cool and highly appreciated! We rather have support from places around the world than only in our home towns.

Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-Yeah, we think so. You see posters, flyers both digital and around town. People see them and checks the band out. Hopefully they also come to the shows. It’s a good way to meet people, get new contacts and to grow as a band.

What does the future have in its womb?
-We are writing new material and have a couple of songs more or less finished. More are to be done and the future will show how it goes. We hope to have something new out in one way or another during the summer 2017. Thanks for the interview!

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