NORTHERN GENOCIDE is another Finnish metal band. With 638 metal bands to every million living in Finland you can’t take one step without treading on a metal band. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
– Yes, it was. There are so many bands already out there that it’s difficult to come up with a unique name. We wanted a name that describes us and our music in some way. “Northern” points to our frosty homeland Finland and “Genocide” describes our brutal sound as well as the industrial elements.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
– have always been big fans of both melodic death metal and industrial/electronic metal bands. Our sound derives from various Scandinavian melodic death metal bands and electronic artists.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-We made a couple of slower songs back when we started and even played some of them live. We felt that they didn`t quite fit in our set so we let them go. Most of the new stuff is pretty fast and aggressive too.

How does your music work in a live environment?
– It works well. The audience unfamiliar with our music seems to easily get into the mood for serious headbanging when we start our performance with one of the new more aggressive songs. People also love the simple but catchy melodies which make the music more interesting and easier to remember.

You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
– Our favourite is definitely our latest release “Planet Asylum” EP. The songs are composed well and each one of them has a unique sound and story. We also think that the production quality is great.

Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
– Yes it is. Nowadays with so many bands promoting in social media it’s hard to stand out. Best ways to reach new people is through known media such as blogs, Facebook groups etc. that can reach a lot of people interested in this kind of genres. And actively doing gigs too of course.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-It describes the story or theme of the record and also stands out somehow.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
– Finland is well known for its countless metal bands. One study recently pointed out that Finland has the most heavy metal bands per capita in the world. There are also many huge metal festivals in the summer which tells that people like to listen to the hard stuff even when it’s sunny outside.

What does the future hold?
– We are currently working on our full lenght album that we are planning to release in 2017. We are also doing gigs in Finland and looking to expand beyond the borders as well.

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