Swedish steel used to be world known and still is. So is Swedish metal. NOX VORAGO is the latest Swedish band to be interviewed. 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?
-The vision today compared to what it was back when we started has not changed that much, just evolved. Our main goal is still to try to create something that we feel incorporates every element of the philosophy, history, legends and phenomena that inspires and challenges us to do what we do.

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?
-Not that I’ve noticed, no. I guess it all depends on where you are on the globe. I‘d say Sweden is quite a cool place, actually.

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?
-The follow up would be to take that album out on the road and play it live for all of our fans. In our case we’ve worked extensively on having live shows that complements the album, so that our fans get to experience it both aurally and visually, which we feel adds yet another dimension to the overall experience.

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-We write all of our music together. The hardest part would probably be to keep the vibe and feel that you want to achieve with the album throughout the writing process.

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’ve stuck to the digital realm for the most part, however we have used some analog elements in the various processes when making Al Chem and strived to get a very organic and dynamic sound to the album in general. The discussion regarding analog versus digital I’ll leave for the wise to debate.

What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-It’s a good feeling to have the album that we’ve worked on for a long time finally finished in the palm of our hands. It’s kind of like finishing a chapter and looking forward with anticipation to what’s to come next. It’s of course interesting for us to see what kind of reactions we get as well.

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Lyrics for us is very important, and played a big role in how the finished album turned out. They cover a lot of different subjects regarding mysticism, history and philosophy, to name a few key elements. Whether they purvey a certain message or not I would say is all in the eye of the beholder.

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?
-The artworks play a big part for us, and all of them are custom made by our frontman, through Uduun Art. If you or the readers has our physical album, you’ll find that each song, apart from the lyrics has its own artwork in the booklet as well.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Absolutely. It’s always great to return to a city and see some faces you’ve seen before, along with a bunch of new ones.

What do you see in the future?
-We see a bright future and will continue to work to bring Nox Vorago further out in the world of metal music.

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