Just by checking who it is that PASSION FOR SORROW have signed with you pretty much know two things. What kind of metal it will be and that it will be a kind of metal. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Not really, I always wanted to make music of contrasts and emotions. Passion and Sorrow are strong emotions usually experienced in a very different way. So to connect them in the name sounded like a good fit to me.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of metal you play?
-I can’t say for sure but my inspirations were pretty much Dark Tranquility, Eternal Tears Of Sorrow and Opeth when I was writing the songs for our debut album.

When you play slow metal do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster?
-I think so, playing regular death metal song on half tempo must be boring . On the other hand playing doom metal song fast kills the atmosphere. Both styles has their specifics.

How does your music work in a live environment?
-I think our songs are easy to catch and enjoy. That’s what I use to hear from the audience after gigs . Music is not very complicated, it’s melodic and the tempo is changing up and down arranged with nice classical music samples. I think we are playing one of the more popular metal genres and that’s advantage in live environment. Recently we have even implemented live video projection on stage to extend the experience from our show.

You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
-That’s easy question as we have released just a demo and debut album so far. We are really proud of the debut “Rotting Immortality” which goes worldwide via WormHoleDeath Records.

Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your metal? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with PASSION FOR SORROW?
-Yes, for us inside the band it’s hard as we enjoy making music, not very much doing PR. We are so to say lazy to invest much time for the band promotion. That’s why we are really happy that we have signed contract with WormHoleDeath. They have a lot of experience with this stuff.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-I like all the covers from Colin Marks, for example Luna Mortis – The Absence or The Plasmarifle – When you were sleeping… They have such a great atmosphere, a lot of detail, a lot of different symbols and links to actually the content of the album. And they are damn good professional graphic quality. That exactly I consider as a great cover. I think we have really good front cover on Rotting Immortality as well thanks to Patrizia Cogliati.

Do you feel that you are part of a national metal scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Considering all the reviews we got and statistics from our web sites, I start believing that we are more appreciated on the national scene then the home scene. I would say that the climate in Czech Republic regarding metal is pretty good, especially in Prague. You have metal concerts at least every weekend and there are relatively many clubs with that stuff. As a band you need damn good promo activities besides good material to reach the top of the scene. However too few reach national scene.

What does the future hold?
-I hope we will reach the national scene much more. In March, Rotting Immortality will be released in Japan, so that is a big success. We have been playing a gig in Sweden and next month we are looking forward to play in Germany. We are looking into possibilities to make a video clip. And at the end of the day I am slowly starting preparations to write material for the next album. There’s no time to loose. It’s all very exciting so we are looking forward! Thanks for the interview!

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