All I know about LETHAL STEEL is that they are Swedish. Apart from that I am blank. But hopefully this interview will correct that. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce us to the band?
-We are Lethal Steel from Sweden, a heavy metal band playing old school heavy metal. The band contains of Leo (drums), Jonte ( guitar ), Johan (guitar), Totte ( bass) and Viktor ( vocals ). We are from Stockholm, Sweden and we’re about to release our first full length album, Legion Of The Night.
What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
-I think the mixture of the genres we listen to has influenced how our style finally sounds, and it was important for us that the end result would sound original and that it would be able to represent us in the band well. Swedish Heavy Metal.
How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Not hard at all. At least not hard if you are satisfied with the music and the lyrics you are making, Then you just have to find the right sound for the songs, and when making this album we had great help from Olof Wikstrand ( Enforcer ) with the production.
Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-Yes I think it’s more obvious to record labels to find and choose among different bands. It’s also easier to get a broather variety of critisism when a lot of people have easier access to the music. When there is a physical copy metal heads tends to buy the albums anyway, myself included.
If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
-Of course, you need to be smart when you promote the music you´re about to release because there´s always a risk that people grow tired of it but also you need to have confidence that the music you’re producing has a higher standard than that.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-It seems like we get a lot of good critisism which is very nice to hear for all of us. Of course you can’t make everyone love the music, especially when making the type of music we make. I don’t think we would call ourselves mainstream.
We live in a world were there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Perhaps this guy in Mexico who really liked our demo when we released it. He was writing for some type of magazine or fanzine and wanted to ask us a couple of questions. It felt pretty strange that someone in Mexico were listening to it at that time. Of course every positive reaction is overwelming but I think I remember him because we were pretty young.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater conmunity playing in a metal band?
-Yeah, I think it’s a connection between most of us listening to this type of music because it’s underground and not a very common thing to do. The result is that you get a big social network with like-minded people pretty much all over the world.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We really love to play live but at the moment we haven’t done that in a while due to the recording of the album and the waiting for the release. Yeah, to play live really gets your music out there and even if people don’t love the music you’re recording, many people like the live music you’re playing. Also people who have not heard you can get a chance to find out about us.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Hopefully a strong number of shows both in Sweden and internationally. And that we will be able to start writing new songs and start working on a new album.