Swedish atmospheric death metal. Does that sound appetizing? The IN REVERENCE might just be what the doctor ordered. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-The bandname ‘In Reverence’ was actually suggested by our drummer Oscar as an inspiration from the song ‘In Reverence of’ by the band Impending Doom. It’s an old remnant of our deathcore roots. We chose to keep it because it reflects a kind of vibe that really describes the feeling we are trying to put out in our music. In Reverence of the evil that corrupts everything and how it always will be a part of existence. Sort of like a Yin and Yang theme but with more emphasis on the dark and evil side. The name has with time grown to become more and more important to this band in order to give out the right kind of vibe. It also adds to the atmospheric touch that we are trying to implement instrumentally.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-When Filip and Oscar came together back in 2010 to create what was then going to become In Reverence, they had in mind that they wanted to make a project that explored the depths of brutality and evil within the metal music genre. So this is what has become what connects us within the band. We are all drawn to this urge to make brutal and evil music and so it has become the main purpose of this band. To make brutal and evil music was our united call and has always been what drives In Reverence forward.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-I would say that the subgenre that we belong to the most would be death metal. However, we are a band with deathcore roots and this has had its influence on us in many ways. This is where we got our atmospheric touch from.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-For this record we chose to arrange the songs chronologically according to a storyline. The songs are all connected to each other and follow a red line that tells the step-by-step story of a human induced mass extinction. They all have a different story to tell but build chronologically on each other. It’s also arranged so that the records begins with a more softer song like ‘Jahiliah’ and to get more and more intense with ‘Gods Of Dehumanization’, ‘Prometheus’, The Selected Breed’ and ‘The Sixth Bloodletting’ to eventually calm down with songs like ‘Gift Of Disintegration’ and ‘Life Rejuvenate’. It’s not sure that it will be the same during the next album but time will tell.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-We find a lot of our inspiration from death metal bands like Decapitated, Aborted, Hate, Behemoth and many more. But we also have a lot of black metal influences from bands like Dark Funeral, Gorgoroth and Dimmu Borgir, just to name a few. Combined with some of our old deathcore influences like the album “The New Era Of Corruption” with the mighty band Whitechapel also points to the direction in which we are trying to head towards musically. But we get a lot of other inspiration from the difficulties and hard experiences of life that we have been through. This is where we get most of our lyrical inspiration from and how we construct different themes for our songs.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-I would say that it is a very important aspect for us. Not only does artwork for the band have to reflect the feel that we are trying to implement musically, but it also has to have some sort of connection with the theme of the songs. This also has to combine with our will to let the artist for our artwork to work free and to put his own feel and touch into the art. It’s a sort of balance that we sometimes find hard to keep, but nonetheless is something very important to us. The most important part is that there is a lot of feeling behind the process. We were very lucky to have Billy Lundevall with us for the artwork for ‘The Selected Breed’. We had a very good connection with him and told him about the theme behind the album. He caught it up and made the artwork combined with a lot of ideas that he had thought of by himself. It made this artwork something really special for us.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-We would really prefer that the listener listened to the whole album of course just to catch the complete storyline and feeling behind this process that we worked very hard on. But the way we constructed each songs for this album was so that the listener would be able to listen to the songs separately from the album as well. I wouldn’t say that digital is killing our album. It’s just another way that modern day society has found to consume music. We constructed this album to be able to fit in the demands from the modern day music consumers as well.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-We personally strongly support downloading music because we mainly come from a generation that easily and comfortably discovered this type of heavy music via downloading and streaming from the internet. Usually we look at downloading and streaming of music through a very positive light. But the risk of this is of course that the music consumer would not take the time to listen to the whole album and it maybe also removes some of that old feel that used to be in the 70’s and 80’s where you had to buy a physical copy of music to be able to hear what the artist created.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-Yes, I think there is. The death metal/extreme metal scene is very much alive even if it still is almost exclusively an underground scene. But the scene is growing and developing constantly. It’s always exciting to see what new bands come up with and we are happy to be able to contribute to watering this seed of extreme metal that will grow into a beautiful tree in the future.
What does the future hold?
-Good question! Hopefully many gigs and tours in many different countries. Many more albums, EP’s and singles. We look very much forward to take this band as far as it can go.