MASS BURIAL

I know of MASS BURIAL. It took me a while to realize that I have actually heard of them before this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-We never think about that, we just play our music and try to do our best and that´s all. To us, this is not a competition. We do what we do and if people like it then it´s cool if don´t… up to them.

Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-We like this type of music and we don´t want/need to change. We all have more bands where exploring different music but Mass Burial is old school death metal for the music, artwork, lyrics and everything.

How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
-I always write the lyrics and, to be honest, it´s the hardest thing in the process. Maybe it´s harder because I am too lazy for it. I finish all the music and lyrics are always in the end so, once we have 10-15 songs needing 10-15 lyrics it´s a bit stressing because I need to find a dark mood and when you are writing for some days or weeks sometimes you are really fed up of it. But once I start a lyric it´s usually quiet fluid.

I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-In that case they should not even try to play in a band, this is just a loss of money and time and your efforts will never be totally rewarded so, fuck off. This is what I can say to those bands.
Fortunately or unfortunately, we don´t think like that and we compose music to be released in physical formats and covers have always been a part of our lives and now we want to offer a good image as well.

Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-I guess so. Maybe, anybody that doesn´t know us personally may think we are really serious and bad tempered guys but nothing is further from reality. We are serious in our music but then we are very quiet and fun

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?
-It depends on everybody. We play in a band but we also like many bands and we still follow those bands, we buy records and merch, we go to gigs,… Probably this is not as easy for the new generations but I can´t fight against that. Now it´s easier to discover new bands and this is positive, but if you like something you must support it and then you should get their music or whatever because otherwise, that band will have no incoming and in the end they will split up.

Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-As I told you before, now it´s easier discovering new bands. This is good. In the past we had to do tape trading or buying albums in mailorders just believing in a review you read in a magazine or whatever. That was good when you discovered awesome new bands but from time to time you bough rubbish and you didn´t really have too much money as for committing those mistakes.
Now you can listen to the whole album on youtube or wherever but if you do like it go and grab it.

I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-Absolutely. Many people go to festivals just to be drunk/drugged for three days and music is not important at all. Otherwise, why do you buy a ticket for a festival a year before when you still don´t know any or just a few of the bands playing? Then it´s a kind of competition to be the one with more festivals wristbands during the whole year but in fact they have seen only a few bands. And then, when a “small” band is coming on tour you have an audience of 20 people. It´s sad but so it´s life.

If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-I just need a stage big enough to be confortable and don´t be afraid to lose an eye with the neck of my mate´s guitar and a good monitor sound. Monster and pyrotechnics are for Maiden or huge bands.

What does the future hold?
-I hope I win the lottery and I can go to an island to be relaxed.
Regarding to the music, we´ll play as much as possible (call us to play solobscurabitur@hotmail.com) and we´ll keep on playing music, preparing new songs,…
Stay dark!!

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