With a new album dropping January 25th I felt it was time to start the build up with this interview with Italian MALAMORTE. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Malamorte was another way to call pest (plague). For that in the old logo were represented doctors plague.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-I’m an old man bro, so all the best metal bands of my era: Mercyful Fate, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Megadeth, Kreator, Savatage, Metal Church, Helloween and so on.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-I think it’s much harder to compose a slow song, you are more exposed, you can not fool the listener. When I write and record a slow song, I try to immerse myself totally in the atmosphere and make the most of the feelings I’m feeling. But I think is the same for the faster songs. If you are a singer you must be able to express the different souls of each song. I hate singers who only do the job and that’s it, without expressiveness and charisma.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-I still can’t answer, because I’ve never done live with the Malamorte. But talking about my long live experience, I can tell you that I’m always very careful because everything goes perfectly. I want people to get excited and feel involved
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-Many people underestimate the importance of a label. The labels, those that work well, must advertise the product, make sure that as many people as possible become aware of it. Have a good distribution. I’m not a fan of digital music and I think I’ll never be. But we also have to adapt, as well as the series and the movies that come out in streaming on Netlfix
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-Let’s say that listeners have become more inattentive, now everything goes fast. In the past, when you were buying an album, you listened to it carefully, track by track. It was a journey. Also because there were a lot less bands and not everyone could record an album like now. There are still loyal fans, those who want, cd, vinyl, cassette and anything from a band, but they are definitely much diminished. Just because the music has become a meat grinder, come out thousands of albums every day and people don’t have time to stop and listen to everyone. It’s all very confusing.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-The cover, before the music, must represent the album. It must have the ability to summarize the content of the album. When an artist manages to do this it is already one more point for the success of the whole album.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-There are many excellent bands, many overvalued and many undervalued. But it has never created a real scene, too many envy, little collaboration.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I will continue to make music as long as I want, then if it will be for me, for a few people, digital or not, we’ll see.
What lies in the future?
-I’m thinking to do some shows and I’m already working on the next album, I have many ideas and I don’t want lost.