Bit by bit I build my library of metal. My latest addition is INNERGUILT. A band that I discovered looking for other bands on FB. As I liked what I heard I wanted to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-As a start, we would like to thank you Anders for your time, and for choosing InnerGuilt for this interview, Serge and Sako here.
Well we labeled our music as Thrash/Death Metal once, and that doesn’t actually represent the music we play now days. We’re about fusion of different Metal styles and feels.
So, we play Metal, with groove, heavy, speed, and progressive elements, translated in a modern way. To get the best impression, search for some InnerGuilt songs peeps, you won’t be disappointing.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to fit your music?
-What made the name a bit easier is knowing our music and our theme. But at the same time we didn’t want to settle for a regular cliché name.
We wanted the band’s name to truly have a meaning in one’s daily thoughts and acts, something we all carry! Spontaneously, the name fits our style and vice versa.
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?
-One band changed our whole gaze into music, and that band is PANTERA! We don’t know what this band is made of man… Their music, feels, production, sound, stage performance, members, the style itself, is a wonder!
Of course we can’t deny that other bands like Sepultura, Slayer, Exodus, Snot, Death, Morbid Angel, Bolt Thrower, Dissection, Symphony X, At The Gates were main influences as well..
We still are updated and listen to almost every Metal album that gets released, and bands like Job for a Cowboy, Carnifex, Dying Fetus, The Zenith Passage and Thy Art Is Murder are great influences now days!
When you formed the band, did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play? Or did you do so from the point having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-Well actually Sako and me used to play in a Symphonic Black Metal band, that kicked ass by the way! But we always knew that it was not our thing. So we formed InnerGuilt, knowing the style that we want to play, already having some materials done, picked the band’s name, recorded the single “Burden Of Guilt” and hit road! Then came our debut album “Slanderous Society”, “Through Narrow Corridors” and now we’re on our second album. As in the second answer, name and sound combo get along spontaneously!
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?
-Yes almost everything about people listening to music has changed. Hard copies are rarely sold now days because of the internet. To us it has it’s goods and bads. You won’t be making money, but your music will be heard in no time! And that depends on really what you want from music. At the end, we know that time have changed, it’s 2017, we’re not in the 80’s anymore. Plus music is a form of art, who cares what you sell or how much money you make!
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Actually it’s really important to have a decent art work, that represents your ideas and message! It could be anything, but the way that represents you, is what matters the most. I think simple ideas and colors catch people’s attention the most.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-It has changed a lot, i think it made it much easier if you want to. You can still rely on the same ways though.
8- When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
* When you bond with the dudes next to you, playing the stuff that you wrote together, that alone makes you feel alive. Part of a scene, yes of course! The global Metal scene, which we are proud to be a part of. It’s a scene where every race unite, for one cause, and that’s a pleasure to us man. Bigger, grander, nope!
9- How much of a touring band are you? Is touring /gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
* Due to lack of commitment of the members, it has been a bit hard for us to tour. We only toured once so far, and that was Nepal. We played outside of the country many times though, shared the stage with big bands as well. Got a tour coming up in Europe, we are definitely looking forward to that. Touring, gigging, always writing new material, are the ultimate way to spread InnerGuilt’s word.
10- What will the future bring?
* More songs and more albums
*Hopefully a BALLSY drummer with face melting built-in GROOVE machine in the guts that can help our team to get on the tour bus somewhere on this planet…Sweden? (:
Music is what makes all the difference in our circumstances…