We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-Initially we just wanted to compose death metal, and play it all the time. Although we did have some ambitions to play live concerts, but we just wanted to have fun. Today we have a lot fun playing death metal and we also get to perform live. We also wanted to spread the message of our decadent society, religion and our self-promotion. One of our main urges is to advance as much as possible as musicians and writers.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-Copenhagen is also one of the coolest cities in on the planet. Coming from Denmark we are the happiest people on the planet… supposedly.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-All constructive feedback is a nugget of gold, and we use it to improve our understanding of what we do. If our fans can identify our albums, we have done as intended. We want to make our fans feel that we are not an “off the shelf metal”. As we challenge our self every time we compose a new song, we want the listener to be challenged as well.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-As we try to break traditional paradigms of music-making, as in 4/4 beats, we want to let the music tell the story. So making lyrics and instruments tell the same story is our greatest challenge. We play from our hearts, and if our brains and ears like it, we go with it. We tend to be uncompromising, as in if it doesn’t work we trash it almost immediately.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-We don’t share any concrete opinion about a certain type of recording. To us it’s all about what works, and how much it cost. So far we are independent, so the economy play a big role for us. We’ve tried recording both digitally and analogue, with no specific preference.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-It’s a great milestone for us to finally release a full-length album, and to be the audience to our own music. Of course it means a great deal to us what people will think about it, but it is a greater deal that we personally like the final result.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Bob is our songwriter, and to him it means a lot that people will listen to what he has to say. The message is mainly about religion, inner universe and the rotten part of our society.
Ever since I first got into metal the artwork has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does artwork for album covers play in the world of the band?
-To us it’s important that there are a connection between the artwork and the music. But it’s a individual opinion that’s very different from band to band.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-In Denmark we have a great respect for privacy, no matter the degree of fame. But when we meet people at the local scene, we tend to get recognised. Again, it’s still with great respect for privacy.
What do you see in the future?
-We keep doing what we’re doing, challenge ourselves and our listeners. But we plan to become more recognised internationally.