With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to INVICTUS . Interview answered by the whole Band. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Battle Helm Interview Invictus
Nico (Vocals)
Fabi (Bass)
Dave (Drums)
Fabio (Guitar)
Andi (Guitar)

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-It has gone way better than we ever thought it would, to be honest. Releasing a CD, playing some pretty decent shows and actually appealing to some people is nothing we would have even dreamed of back when we started out. We definitely came a long way since then, and right now we coul not imagine anything better.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
It turned out pretty good. We had some struggles during the production process, as we did everything except the mix by ourselves, and as we’re not trained as audio engineers in any way, there definitely were some obstacles to overcome. But we’re really happy with the results soundwise, and we think we have some decent songs on this one.

Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-We definitely laid the foundation with this one, but as usual, there’s always room for improvement. We always will do heavy, fast and melodic music, and we constantly develop or songwriting skills, but our roots are in the Melodic Speed Metal of the 80s and 90s. So you will not see us redoing Load or Reload if you know what I mean, we will take our style and try to develop it in the most organic way possible.

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-We’re neither a political band, nor are we some kind of moral apostles, if you want something like that go listen to Rage Against The Machine. We do have our typical chliche metal songs, but we don’t want to limit ourselves to that. We cover topics like mental issues, inner struggles, one of our latest unreleased songs even deals wiith religious extremism and obscure apocalyptic cults. So to say, lyrics ARE important in terms of delivering some kind of „message“, but we sometimes like to just bang our heads, celebrate the music we all love, and then we don’t want people to deeply think about the lyrics. It’s just fun.

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-Cover art work is extremely important. Many of our favorite records do draw a lot of its appeal from their artwork. And a good artwork instantly tells you what the music is about. Of course, a good artwork cant save a shitty record, but it has the potential to make a good record even better. Can it still sell an album? Maybe, at least for the people who still care about this. Of course you don’t have this huge LP covers anymore, but even on your PC, it looks stupid if there’s just a blank space where the artwork is supposed to be, doesnt it?

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-This probably depends on the infrastructure. Although Germany has a great history of metal bands making it huge, like Scorpions, Accept, the teutonic thrash bands, Helloween etc., I think the circumstances are way better in the US/UK/Scandinavia regarding labels, promoters etc., even though we probably have it way better here than like, India or Africa for example, places that don’t have a tradition of Heavy Metal music.
Regarding the success question: This definitely depends on the viewpoint. Right now we feel successful because we delivered a decent record and we get to play decent live shows, things that, like I said before, we wouldn’t even had dreamed of back in the day. Maybe in a few years, we will laugh about this and what we thougt success was back then, and maybe people even laugh about this right now, but, at least for us, you cant make success dependent on how many records you’ve sold, or how much likes you have on your facebook, its more like, achieving your self-set goals, like, we wanted to do a record, we did one, we did it in a decent way, thats success to us right now.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-Make good music. As simple as that. Great or even „just good“ music will always find ist way into the ears of people. And yes, these digital platforms are blessing and curse as well, but you just have to adopt to it, by only complaining how hard it is you wont get your music heard.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-We actually have a pretty good scene at home, very active, lots of really good bands (check out PROCESSOR – HELIOPOLIS), the most famous would probably be Dust Bolt, the only thing that we could complain about that for our particular style of music, there is no such thing as a real underground, ist mainly thrash/death metal. But we somehow always find our way into the lineups of local shows.

Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-I think ist a pretty normal thing nowadays. Of course, some people are still prejudiced, but I mean, nearly everyone knows the Scorpions or AC/DC, even Metallica or Rammstein, many of the bands that were considered rude, loud, rebellious, maybe even satanic, air now on breakfast TV, so to say, ist pretty acepted by the general public.

What does the future hold for you?
-Were planning to do our first full-length this year or next year, we’re already really deep in the songwriting process. Also we hope to do some more festival shows in the near future. But actually, ist difficult to predict the future, so we just keep on doing our thing, work hard and try to achieve our set goals.

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