NIGHT CROWNED is a recently discovered Swedish death/black metal band. As I wanted to get to know them a bit better I decided to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
Henric – After a couple of years feeling lost in my music life, I went back to my roots. Started writing the music that really speaks to me and feelt right. I have been listening to Black/Death metal for over 20 years now and even though I have listened to other music, this is my call.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
Henric – I have not listend to other music to write these songs, they all come naturally when I sit down with my guitar. It’s strange really, all other bands I try to write music to fit other peoples thoughts of how it should sound. Here I am totally honest in my writing. But you can off course hear other bands influences in my our music, it would be strange if I wouldn’t be affected and influeced in any way after 20 years of listening to them.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
Henric – Up until now it has been very simple, I have written all songs and lyrics at my place and then the rest of the guys ad their taste and playing to the songs to make it our sound.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
Henric – Today technology makes it easy to release new music, but also harder to stand out. But we are bringing something new and fresh to the genre and we are confident that people will take notice of us. We will release and EP first, and the fully focus on making a complete album.

I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music? Henric – The future for music doesn’t look good today, but I think that this will change.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
Henric – The thing we have heard from most poeople that have heard our music is that it is a fresh sound for the Black/Death genre and our sense of melodies and song structures.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
Henric – When we started the band and didn’t have a full line-up, we got people from the north of Sweden and all the way to USA who wanted to join the band. It off course are very flattering, but it will be hard to keep the line-up stable and it would also be very costly for us. 8. Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on? Henric – Without music I would not be the person I am today. The people I looked up to where all in the black/death bands I listened to when I grew up. I would not have seen almost all countries in Europe, been to Russia, Japan and USA. But if you mean “greater community” as in the meaning of “better than others”, my answer is no.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
Henric – We have not played live yet with this band, but I see it as a must for us. All music we have are written is all thought for a live scenario.

What plans do you have for the future?
Henric – To complete our first EP this summer and get signed so that we can start record our first album as soon as possible. All songs are written already, and then some more… so we are ready! Thanks for the support, stay Dark!

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