KROSSFYRE is a name that you should remember to check out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-KROSSFYRE played at maximum volume must make you feel like you’re praising Evil while having the worst hangover ever!
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-We discussed some ideas that represented our concept and what this band is about. We finally chose KROSSFYRE cause it fits with the music we had; sounds aggressive and evil as does our music, and is also some sort of homage to Katharsis.
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?
-It’s the listener who has to say how we sound. I don’t think we are any sort of tribute to a specific band, more like to a musical movement and attitude, and trying to have a personal sound within a music that has been played for 30-40 years, if that’s possible. We can sound like Motörhead, Bathory, Celtic Frost or Venom sometimes, but also Vulcano, Nifelheim, Mayhem, Darkthrone or Necrophobic influences are present, with some licks of classic Heavy Metal. There are no specific rules when we write songs, but we feel when a riff is evil enough to fit.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-As I said, we know what this band is about. J.G. and C.S. started the idea of the band with some riffs and drinks in the rehearsal room, and eventually the other 3 guys joined the band, giving strength and making it real, so to say. The surrounding issues came after having some songs ready, because we first focused our time and energy on writing music. A name and logo are important and must fit with your music, but it’s definitely less important than music itself.
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?
-I don’t really agree with that. There are pressings of 500/1000 records selling out in pre-orders that are quickly repressed, and happens even with re-releases. Vinyl factories are almost collapsed with orders and major companies started to have a lot of vinyl buyers again. Some albums are expensive as fuck in the second hand market and there is a lot of speculation. Also, we were a bit worried about finding a good label with an EP, since labels are more interested in full lengths. Can you name any relevant Metal band that releases only 4 minutes songs as singles? Didn’t you notice the last Iron Maiden album is more than 90 minutes long?! People are even paying for having an album on mp3! I think you can discuss the way people consume music or if vinyl is a new fashion within both the mainstream and the underground business, or if there is more interest in taking pictures of albums than actually enjoying them, but it is obvious that the record industry, at least within our kind of music, is healthier now than 10, 15 years ago. Anyway, I hope heroin will come back strongly so all the junkies will sell their records!
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-It is always important and must fit with the music. We are not doing anything new in a musical level, so trying to make an innovative artwork is pointless. That doesn’t mean we don’t care about it. The cover of Burning Torches totally fits with us: Metal, leather, spikes, Death. And by the looks of it the best way of catching people’s attention nowadays in the underground scene is wearing stupid cloaks surrounded by tons of candles, Wikipedia-based ideology and boring three-notes-riffs!
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Krossfyre started as a band a few years ago, so the rules were the same as now. They rewrote a lot of things, obviously, but I’m too young to know it firsthand. Anyway, we have a couple of mandatory websites but we leave all the promotion to Hell Headbangers. They are totally professional, doing it way better than what we could do in 100 years, because they have infinite more experience and means than us. Also, we are a fucking mess.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-You are by definition, since people inside the same underworld knows you. But I think none of us has that as our primary interest. Now I’m speaking for myself, and I think the other guys will agree, but I play music for my own. Of course if somebody likes your music and supports you the chances of recording and playing in better conditions increase, and that’s always welcomed. But fuck the World!!
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We haven’t played yet since we have been busy with our other bands. Also, we still don’t have any previous releases so it is hard to have a call to play somewhere. We are looking forward to playing live, as soon as we have a proper opportunity.
What will the future bring?
-Metal, chaos, hangovers, Dokken on repeat and Death!!!