OSSUARY INSANE is one of these names that you stumble upon every once or twice on your journey through the metal underground. I haven’t checked them out before now but I wasn’t disappointed. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? Thank you, sincerely, for the interview!
-Regarding the band name itself, back when we first chose the title there was very few other bands named “Ossuary.” From ’91 to around ’95 we were just called Ossuary. In late ’95 we decided on the addition of “Insane” to the title. From ’96 onward we are Ossuary Insane, of course. The word Ossuary was not a particularly hard word to come up with being that we were obsessed with the ultimate infernal grandeur and morbid beauty of the Sedlec Ossuary in Czech Republic located beneath the church of all saints cemetery in Kuntná Hora. This is from which we took the word Ossuary. If you look it up in google images you will fully understand why we chose such a word to represent our music furthermore adding the word Insane just further clarifies how insanely amazing the brilliant art of the bones and skulls of the Sedlec Ossuary indeed is! Therefore, Ossuary Insane it is. The name means precisely that to us. A dark art of rare, schismatic beauty that is nonconformist in nature. This is what our band and music provide for us. An escape route from the blindingly mundane of societal norms into the freedom of expression of the not so politically correct and tolerant in both thought and musical expression
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-We’re still finding our sound to this day. Everything we have officially and unofficially released all sound different from the previous recordings. However, our “house gods” as you put it, are of the old school worship. Scandinavian death metal from the early 90’s and original thrash via Teutonic metal (Kreator/Destruction) to west coast American metal (Metallica/Testament.) Now, those are just influences, of course. I wouldn’t directly compare our bands music to any one particular band, style or sound, naturally. With that said, I certainly do feel compelled to say we are “old school metal” to the bone. Mid 80’s to early 90’s Death/Thrash.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-No. not at all. There is absolutely zero planning of any kind when writing and composing our music either alone just creating riffs in a bedroom or together as a band practicing in a rehearsal room! It’s all improvisational to a point. We just pick up the guitar and the killer jams just come to life. There is a certain manipulation of the riffs once we have the skeleton of the song figured out, of course, but that’s just to compose the track into something that can be enjoyed as a song versus just a jam session. I have yet to ever think of a riff and then grab the guitar and play what was in my head. For me, everything comes out of thin air. Out of the clear blue sky as the saying goes! It’s all perfectly natural in its birth. We never set out to write either just a thrash metal track or just a death metal track. Likewise we never decide on how much of either is included in a track. We are mere extensions, messengers of the music that is always within us for as long as I can recall anyway! From back when I was 4 years old and hearing AC/DC Dirty Deeds… album for the first time until today, the lust and love of rock and roll has always been there in one form or another and shall always remain even after death through the music we leave behind.
How does your music work in a live environment?
-We’ve played live only a handful of times, however, it was a positive experience and had we continued as a live act I honestly believe we would have matured into a great live band without any gimmicks, makeup or disguises! We went out as a raw, unrefined band and we jammed from the heart every time we played live! Whether it was 10 people or 100, we ripped shit up to our hearts content, without question. We jammed with the exact same honesty that our music is scripted with. No bullshit filler. No bullshit, period. Aggressive metal with zero compromise! Always with the “take it or leave it” attitude that all killer bands have. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny it’s utterly merciless in its riffing and composition.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online?
-Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans? In my opinion it’s integral to have some kind of backing at the very least a small independent label to help spread the word and music! Especially in today’s scenario with the internet and there seemingly being more bands than fans nowadays! There’s just so goddamn much out there that if you aren’t already established prior to the worldwide web, it’s a goddamn motherfucker to get your face distinguished from the rest. It’s not easy, to say the least. Really, just as it was previous to the internet, one must simply separate themselves through the very music they create. To rise above the shit pile of redundant mediocrity be wholeheartedly honest in your writing and creativity. Be true to your art form.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-On one level I agree with you. Certainly, it does seem that the cultish adoration of certain bands is much less likely to occur now like it did prior to the Internet. There is most certainly truth to that, sadly. There’s simply so much material and all of it free instantaneously that standing tall above all else is much more complicated and much less realistic than before, of course. There is a few positive aspects to absolutely everything being available at all times. The one real negative is, as you mentioned already, there’s just not that rabid, loyal, die-hard fanbase that is formulated over years of listening and following specific bands etc. Of course, it can and has happened, but not to the extent of pre-internet. We’ll obviously have to see if it rebounds at all? One amazing and fantastic thing that actually rebirth itself and come back to worldwide accolades is the triumphant return of vinyl records! I’m fucking ecstatic about it, myself! And to be perfectly honest, if there’s anything that can bring back that magical feeling of pre-internet music/band worship its vinyl, without a doubt! It puts the band and the music directly back into your physical hands and you have the lyric sheet with the photos and typically a poster and the big, vibrant artwork to stare at while indulging in the music on beautiful wax either traditional black or colored vinyl! It’s all there! The entire incredible experience! Once again, if there’s anything that can save our precious, heartfelt, life changing, needle dropping music experiences, its, without question, vinyl records coming back to thunderous applause. At least that’s how I feel about it!
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-That’s an interesting question. It’s all a matter of personal taste, of course. It can be something as amazingly detailed as Dan Seagrave/Matthias Frisk artwork or something as simple as a black and white contrast cover or even a black on black like Metallica’s black album. I am of the opinion that a cover, whatever it may be, should at least have a link to the music or the lyrics in some way, shape or form. Everything should be for the purpose of a cohesive package. Everything should be tied into what it is there to represent. Meaning it shouldn’t just be some random weird cover just to draw attention to it. However, that’s just my personal opinion.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-In a certain way, perhaps, I guess I do feel linked to a more international scene since extreme metal is basically global for the most part and our name has been around since the mid 90’s. I haven’t the slightest clue what the climate is in my local scene as of the last 20 years! I imagine it’s pretty much the same as it was back then. A small scene.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I, too, have my music primarily on the iPad and MP3 player etc. of course it’s much easier to handle and you can fit tons of music onto just a tiny touchscreen iPod! It’s immensely convenient. Whether or not music will be dead and buried because of it, I don’t think so. Music is an integral part to culture and humanity as a whole. Killing music is killing individuality and the means to pass on stories and histories and knowledge etc. music is just one part of the over all vitality that is the human experience and unless it’s the end for human existence I don’t see music dying separately from its creators. I sure hope it continues to thrive and be an enlightening bastion of the human expression! Killing off music would be a major step in the wrong direction. Allowing that as a path to be available would be even more damning in its prospective nightmare. Our worries as a band are the same as our worries as human beings. Since everything ties in there is nothing that doesn’t effect the band in both positive and negative ways. I must say, your “fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried” is a great fear of mine! That would be a disaster unparalleled for future generations.
What does the future hold?
-Well, good sir, I’m only named “Prophet” after my youthful interest in Nostradamus so I, myself, am not an actual Prophet! Hahaha…wish I could offer you a more definitive and meaningful answer as to the outlook for humanity, however, it is not so! I’ll have to wait and see just like you, my friend. Thank you graciously for your interest in a Ossuary a Insane and the interview as well! I’m grateful for it, indeed. Take care and continue to spread the word and deeds of music whenever and wherever you can!!!