From that very first TNT album to MECALIMB’s latest album I have had some really cool Norwegian hardrock/metal nights. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Well. We are not sure how it is for other bands out there. But band names can origin from so many things. In our case it´s a misspelling of the two words Mechanical and Limb. So with a bit of creativity, you got a new name/word, Mecalimb
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-Mecalimb is a Norwegian melodic and groovy death metal band. Mecalimb was formed in 2005 by Ole Olsen. The band it self has been trough some line-up changes over the years, but the current crew is really working great together, so we hope this is the last change. We have kicked out 3 albums and on EP so far. But stay tuned, we are working on new stuff as we speak. If you want to know even more, head over to our Facebook page for more information about all members and what´s going on. And of course, like our Facebook page and remember to follow.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-Well. It all depends on the situation really. Often Ole Olsen or Tom Angel starts a preproduction with some riffs and ideas, or even a whole song. Then we test it out at the rehearsals and get the opinion from the rest. If it works, and we believe it may be a great song, Robert Arntsen starts to write the lyrics. Marius Pettersen starts to adapt and work on the drums, and Dag Kopperud on the bass lines. Sometimes we have an idea for the lyrics for the song also. But it´s often something we just start to work on, and test out the results. Some songs may work, and some we just take some cool riffs from and put it on another song. So it´s all about creativity rally, and see what comes out of it.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Well. If music is a movement, the answer is yes! Indeed! But I think for us, it´s our love and passion for music, playing it, and share it with the world, preferably from a stage that´s the real movement. How often haven´t people been told to “cut your hair and get a day job”. So, I guess we kind of are a part of a worldwide movement when it comes to have fun, and embrace what you love musically.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff?
-How important is the graphic side of the band? As for every band, the promo part is essential. It can tell so much about what kind of music you play, and what the audience can expect. I doubt you will find many Black Metal bands in 70s disco outfit on the promo shots. Haha.. Also, if you have a great promoter, you will get noticed. And here comes the graphic part. A good shoot, and a great photographer can do so much to tell a story about a band, without overdoing it with tons of photoshoping. If the songs and the pictures are good, the promoter will have no difficulty to get the artist/band noticed.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Most of the lyrics in Mecalimb are inspired by situations from the past, like war. But also from situations in the present. Like politics. And even from just pure fantasy. Gore and death is always kind of the red line in all death metal bands, aren’t they? Lyrics are important of course. They have to have some impact on the audience, but also have some meaning for us.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Well. That´s just a sad fact. Digital is for sure killing the albums. But luckily, there are still great people out there buying CDs, LPs and so on. Actually, in the metal community, we see a spike on people buying more and more LP records. A really interesting trend going on for sure.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-Hmm.. That is really a great question. Who knows what format the future brings, but for now, it´s seems like digital is the winner this days. A bit sad really, because often the sound quality feels a bit to compressed. And you can´t open up a mp3 and look at the art inside, like on LP and CD. But maybe some day, there will be a format where you can listen and look at the record like a E-book?
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-Well. We have had a great first European tour last year. We think we did a good job, but it´s always room to become even better when it comes stage performance. And with more gigs and tours, we hope this will improve. When it comes to the live experience, we hear all the time that we are tighter then a hanged mans rope, with wall of sound. No mercy. Kind of a blushing feedback, but it´s quotations. So we think we are ok. Nah.. let´s be a bit “over the top”. We are awesome.. hahah!
What lies in the future?
-First. A new record. Second. More tours and gigs. When? Only time will tell. Both parts costs allot of money. So.. head over to https://www.facebook.com/Mecalimbofficial and get the news and information there. And buy the CD and the shirt! Cheers, and thanks for a great interview.