I don’t know what they have done but apparently KILL ALL THE GENTLEMEN is a necessary move. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-When you start something new that you put heart and soul in to I think your expectations are and should always be excessive. The fact that we are a band of close friends playing the music we love and managing to balance it with life in general is so far a great accomplishment in my eyes.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-Your debut album is something you’ve had your whole life to write and dedicate to up until its point of being recorded in the studio. The Loss And The Rapture is definitely something we are all immensely proud of and sounds beautifully brutal! Recorded at Skyhammer Studio in UK by Chris Fielding (Conan). He is a long term engineer of ours now and has always got the best out of us. We have a really good relationship with him and I’m sure we will continue this in the future.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
-I would like to think so yes but at the same time I never like to pigeon hole what we do. The trouble is these days everything has been done before no matter how proud you might be of your art. If I was able to label our sound in to the many sub genres of metal I would say we sound like “if Machine Head were Death Metal”. There was this one dude at a show we played in Bristol a couple of months back who came and introduced himself to us afterwards saying “hey man, that was fucking crazy, that was like Machine Head on crack!” Haha! I will take that as a huge compliment!
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Lyrics are the narrative. They tell the story of whatever journey the music takes you on. People have different perspectives of songs and are very personal to the individual. Sometimes one song can mean something totally different to how another person perceives it. I like to be very metaphorical with my lyrics. We touch on subjects such as life and death, love and hate, war and religion and also day to day life in general. The peaks and troughs.
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?
-I am always excited to see the cover art of any album that is coming out. It creates the mood and atmosphere of how the album will sound. I have grown up being a huge Iron Maiden fan and it’s always exciting to see the new face of Eddie! Before the album is heard even on the digital platform it is still the artwork you are given to feast your eyes upon first.
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?
-Well we are a UK band and I would say for metal the UK scene is equally as hard as anywhere to break! Unless you are in with the right cliques it is very difficult to get on with just talent alone. It would be nice to think you would get opportunities arise based on individual merit but the music business is not as glitz as it may have been once upon a time and at the end of the day money talks. You’ve got to be prepared to put your money where your mouth is as with any business venture. If you don’t believe in yourself then why should anyone else?
Success to me is being able to do something you love and be able to sustain it for as long as possible. Music is and always will be my passion and if one day I can give up my day job and make a living out of it alone then that to me is ultimate success in the music scene! Maybe I should have chose another genre haha!
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?
-This is no easy task! But I think the main thing is to believe in yourself and never give up! If you truly want to be heard you will make people notice. I think the digital platform should maybe be seen more as a positive than a negative factor. It has given everyone a platform to put out their art and get it heard around the globe. You get out what you put in. The best advice I can give is say “yes” the more opportunities you accept the more opportunities that arise. If doors open you just walk through them despite the risks.