I don’t remember the last time I stumbled upon a Japanese metal band. All I know is that it has been too long since the last time. Thankfully melodic death metal act NO LIMITED SPIRAL puts an end to it. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
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?
-I think now we’re just under starter’s orders. Members are always ‘fluid’ in recent years, but finally, I feel, the band settled firmly. Through the music, I wanna express what lies deep inside our hearts.
Some stories in our songs originated in myth and fairy tales, and in the story, we added personal translation. Of course we know the way he or she feels is different from person to person. That would be an art should be.
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?
-Never. Because we have never been outside Asia. We’ll may feel that difference when we go to EU or U.S.A…but I don’t feel it now.
Our drummer Keg plays in U.S. a lot, and he said he always feel the difference in people’s behavior comparing with that in Asia.
The importance should be on the music, not nationality.
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?
-Thank you. I’m grateful for the evaluation we got. At the same time, I feel responsibility to make our music much better.
Everything will change, so the present will become the past. You know, what’s new doesn’t always mean what’s better. sensibility of the person is
always changing as our music is.
And so, it’s our new album. As you listen, we evolved into such a fast and melodic band. That’s the answer.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-The most difficult stuff was recording. To write songs and lyrics is not so difficult for me. Once I get into the world of art, melody and lyrics came to my mind without any struggle.
On the other hand, to ‘form’ that idea is so difficult. The idea always lives inside my mind, in other words, the world of chaos. To ‘form’ such an chaos, creative ideas from members are the key. This process with musicianship makes my vague idea to music.
In my free time, I have a good sleep, read good books, watch good movies, appreciate good paintings, and listen a good music.
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?
-Sorry, I have never seen that movie yet. But I think every style has own different merit. For one thing, I have an experience of Analog Recording and I love that. Analog requires musicians to be very mature and sensitive, so it will be so challenging for us extreme metal band. Of course we know Analog has its own unique and atmospheric sound, so I am personally welcome if we have plenty of time, budget and environment. For another, thanks to advances in science, the sound made by Digital recording become more and more ‘real’. And what’s more, it’s a great time-saver. Time-saver means budget-saver.
In this album, we recorded with Digital, but on the other hand, we avoided ‘too digital’ sound. That’s because we put more emphasis on raw aggression.
Anyway, the Important thing is to make good songs with good sound.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-I’m sure this album is my best creation in my life so far. If you love death metal with good melody and fast beat, you’ll love this album.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-For myself, lyrics are as important as melody and beat. The story in this album is all about tragic love. ‘Tragic love’ includes various things: life, death, hatred, sorrow and so on.
Apparently these are kind of love song, but they are in the mythical and abstract world. It sounds comlex, but it’s up to you what messages you get.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-The artwork of this album represents almost everything in this album. In this artwork, you can see the Ocean, decayed idol and marinesnow.
These are the quick example for the story we made.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Yes of course. As I told you before, we have never gone outside Asia, but I’m really looking forward to playing shows in our frontier, like EU and USA. Different countries have different culture and I wonder how people react against our show.
What do you see in the future?
-In the near future, we wanna go to tour for this album overseas. Next, we’ll make new record as soon as we can. I already made some pieces! And next…I have no idea.
I’ll keep making new songs and I wanna play in the show at many countries and bigger stages.
Thanks for reading, see you in hell!