In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with ORODRUIN. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

Something I often wonder when I see your band name is how it is supposed to be pronounced. Should it be Oro Druin, or Orod Ruin, where do you put the emphasis?
John: We have always said Oroooooh Druuuuin. I think O-Rod-Ruin may be the true pronunciation!?

When I listen to a band like yours it often hits me how many styles of metal there are out there and why certain bands play the way that they do. Was it a conscious decision to play doom or did it come organically?
John: Doom metal is our home base with Sabbath but we draw from other pools of old metal as well!

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
Mike: It’s something that happens naturally when you listen to a lot of music. We listen to Black Sabbath more than any other band and their influence comes through predominantly.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
John: 100% it feels great when you have a new album out and you feel a part of a bigger doom/metal scene especially in Europe and other parts of the world.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
John: I don’t care about image. Band shirts and jeans is normal I guess? Album graphics are important and inspiring. I think that the cover and layout play an important role in the mystique and telling of a story of a band!

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
Mike: The lyrics are very important. They characterize the music, provide imagery, and often times it’s what people relate to the most. I was influenced by singers/lyricist’s such as Dio, David Byron/Ken Hensley, and Rod Evans.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album
Mike: I heard the other day that sales of Vinyl records had surpassed that of CD’s. So the album is not dead! On the other hand, I just streamed ‘Forsaken’ on Tidal and I’m really happy that our music is becoming accessible to so many more people around the world. A lot has changed since 2003!

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
Mike: I think Analog and Digital formats will always exist. When I sit down to listen to an album, it’s usually on vinyl. But digital streaming is great for discovering new music and it’s less compressed than it was earlier on.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
Mike: In the past, we’ve toured across the US and Eastern Europe for Epicurean Mass. Playing with bands such as Reverend Bizarre, Gates Of Slumber, Mourning Beloveth, The Prophecy, etc… With the new album coming out, I hope that we can promote it on the road with other artists from Cruz Del Sur. We are passionate about the music that we play, that definitely comes through in our live show.

What lies in the future?
Mike: The future for us is somewhat unknown, but right now we are looking forward to our return to Europe at the Hammer Of Doom Festival!

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