You gotta be old if you remember the name MIGHTIEST because they’ve existed like forever but it is only now that they release their debut album. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-In fact I myself do not know what “kind of metal” we do play…neither do I care. Thus the name seems to represent exactly what we aim for. The listener can decide for himself what he thinks about our music without wrong expectations.
The name has been there since we were founded some 23 years ago. Of course it represents our music very well and it transports what we want it to. Our music is of the MIGHTIEST breed Heavy Metal can deliver. No need for classifications, genres…to me that is just a pathetic attempt for outsiders to classify something that can not be grabbed, because it lies beyond the boundaries of human perception.
You’ve release your debut album after having existed for a very long time. What was it that took you so long?
-Obvious question there. Hard to tell though…there is no explanation. It just took us so long.
As you know MIGHTIEST never broke off and reunited as all these false plastic bands do everyday. We have a completely different, dead serious approach to our band. We are not “professional” in any way. We do not care about festivals, schedules, expectations. The music comes out and is recorded when it has to. SINISTERRA made the call and we followed. Any time I listen to the record and compare it to half-assed productions of some professional bands that release albums once a year just to keep on touring, I must say: We are right!
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
The great nothingness out there.
Sorry to disappoint you, but I will not and cannot write down any band names here. Of course that does not mean that we do not love Heavy Metal ourselves. We do listen to lots of Metal, ancient or contemporary. There are great bands out there.
Yet these bands don’t have any influence on our music or lyrics whatsoever.
Lyrically I can say my biggest influence are our songs. When the time is right I sit down late at night, play the music that Ral delivers and let the atmosphere take over. This is how I pen my songs. Sometimes I even wonder how I came up with the words when I wake up the next day.
How different is the sound of your metal today compared to when you first started?
-Probably no different at all. We still play songs from our first Demo live. Some of the songs on SINISTERRA have been penned 10 or 15 years ago. As I told you before we are not within the boundaries of any genre, we don’t follow any trends or new ideas.
Thus maybe the music changes with us as persons but I think MIGHTIEST sound the same as in 1994 and will sound the same in 2040…we sound like MIGHTIEST.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Maybe I don’t get the question. If you ask for some kind of a scene, I frankly say: NO. We are not and do not want to be part of any scene.
Don’t get me wrong there are likeminded bands out there which I respect a lot. And we do like to share the stage and a beer with them. Yet we do not feel that we are within the boundaries of some futile scene which tells us how our music has to sound or how we have to dress. We do this the MIGHTIEST-way.
If you were talking about MIGHTIEST being larger than four individual: YES
When the four of us create our music there is something that lies beyond us as persons. Call it what you will…I do not give a rat’s ass what it is, I know it is there. That is also the reason why we decided not to write our full names on the albums. It’s no secret who we are, we just felt it was wrong to write our names on the record, cause SINISTERRA is so much more than just me as a person singing.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Come on! Have a look at our artwork! It is just stunning! Paolo Girardi is an individual you hardly meet these days. I contacted him some two years ago. Everything just worked out as I expected it. I told him about the band, the album, the songs, our ideas. He asked me questions and understood our intentions very well. Though I never met him in person I know he is a likeminded fellow who immediately got the idea of this dark world we created with SINISTERRA.
More power to him!
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I am probably too old for this discussion. I can see why one listens to music on his computer and “collects” digital music. It’s easy and cheap. But easy and cheap is not the Metal-way in my opinion.
Then again. I will turn 40 next year and I grew up buying and listening (mind you, not collecting) to actual records. Which means that as soon as I got 20 Deutschmarks I would run into the local record-store and buy the latest Iron Maiden or Slayer album. Playing it for weeks, reading the lyrics, looking at the artwork, checking the thankslist…caring about the album. These are the records that are still my favourite ones these days.
Maybe you can see why I can not join this discussion. I can’t see how you can think you “have” an album when it’s just a folder on your computer.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-As stated before…I do not care about a scene. We can play live…we are currently getting prepared for our first shows since probably 2004. There are some things that we are planning, yet nothing we can tell at this moment.
Mind you any time we do play live it will be something special. We will never be your local band to play every pub friday and saturday.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Playing live for us is the essence of it all. We love playing live and of course we do deliever. I would not call it a party, because I am sick of Party-”Heavy Metal” and ridiculous tourist-festivals. As I said before…we mean what we do in a very grave way. Yet it is a great feeling being on stage and performing. We can not wait to bring SINISTERRA to life.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-As you probably mean the musical future of MIGHTIEST and not the downfall of this dark planet I would say. More MIGHTIEST music, more MIGHTIEST live appearances and nonethless a SINISTERRA.