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?
-Hmm, the last album was something completely different but with this album it feels more as if we started as a new whole, with more confidence and more defined music then beforehand. The shows we are playing now are better and tighter as ever, and you can feel that from the crowd when we play the song ‘Blood of the Pelican’.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-No Morvigor’s last album was something completely different than this album. This album is much more mature and heavier then the first one.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
-As of our new album, ‘Tyrant’, it all came together quite nicely. This time Evio Paauw, who wrote the lyrics; he has an exceptional way of writing when it comes to individual sentences and the complete concept as a whole. I think the lyrics suit the song when it is in balance and that its not to much in the background or to much up front.
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?
-That’s a shame in my opinion, I love cd’s and the artwork. I always enjoy looking at the artwork whenever I grab a cd. But, I also understand why people dont buy cd’s anymore because this is a new generation where everything is going trough streaming media, such as spotify. Still I’d love to see bands trying to put together a nice artwork for the whole concept.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-Well, it depends,.. Only as long as the people hear our music it is fine. It’s mostly that it is a tough job describing the music we play and hence from that the people dont know what kind of music we make. After the people heard our music it is easier for them to relate it to other bands. I dont know why but I always get excited when someone comes up to me and says: ‘You know what your music reminded me of?’.
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?
-Hmm, maybe back in the day it was more of a thing to support one band or genre completely? But I still see that friends of mine year after year still go to concerts that they were visiting a long time ago or buying thier cd’s. I love lots of different styles and genre of music, roaming from amospheric black to brutal slam death metal. For myself, whenever there is an awesome band playing worth watching, Amenra, Oathbreaker or even Dying Fetus or Wintersun on the other hand, I try to visit them whenever I can. But I dont feel ‘true’ to one band as all of the bands I listen are enjoyable and I dont want to exclude any bands.
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?
-I dont think it will kill the music as we know, maybe it will change a whole lot, but in the metal music I think the pure essential will stay alive and will keep thriving on. I grew up with buying CD’s in the record shop, and I will probably always buy cd’s whenever I like a band. I do always first check YouTube or bandcamp before I buy CD’s. I do like it that I can find an awesome band from the other side of the world just simply because of an click on a computer.
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? *
-I also see that a lot of the same acts play at all the festivals, I might be wrong but at least thats the impression im getting. Nothing wrong with that, but it sure does give the idea that it would be harder to do a tour with new bands or attend on a festival.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-Dark and mischievous. With the right atmosphere and vibes from the crowd.
What does the future hold?
-Hopefully a lot ofcourse, it would be awesome to do a tour with a couple of big bands for a while. Maybe release some new material. But you will definitely hear from us! Thanks for the interview!