PROFEZIA is a black metal conglomerate that I haven’t checked out until now. Read what they have to say for themselves. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-There’s no pressure at all, just excitement. To hold the record in my hands when it’s finally released is a big issue, like the end of a big job when the goal is reached… composition, rehearsals, recording, mixing, mastering, meeting with different musicians and everything else we went through, so it’s a kind of end for that chapter, that period of my life.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-Don’t have any big goal actually, it’s obvious to say that if people like the work than I feel rewarded but that’s actually not the point why I’m making music. Playing for me is more like a need, something I just must do it, taking out my creativity and digging into my inner self….

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-We’ve never played live with Profezia, but it happened with Abhor, another band of mine, especially with some older classics. Well, it’s really cool, it makes you feel the power, the energy and the intensity music can have.

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-We will for sure start from the last album as a basis but you never know where we might end, I like to follow instinct for the composition and include different elements like violins or vocal layers and most important I don’t want to create albums that are clone of each other. Next album will have its own identity.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-We are an unconventional band, I mean lots of great musicians involved but not really stable line-up, tight rehearsal or gigs around, it’s more like a bunch of friends ending up with some material once in a while!

How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-Well music composition has always been a natural process to me; If I am in the right mood than riffs come out naturally, on the other hand if the time is not proper I can stay hours with guitars in my hand, without having written any guitar line…so I’d better do something else

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-I am a metal freak, starting from classic ‘80s metal till nowadays bands, this is what I daily listen to and what I will listen to till the end. Influences come obviously from classic albums and bands. Not real message in our music as everybody is feel to read and makes his own interpretation among the lines. I consider music like a medicine for the human soul.

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-That’s all handled by the label, so I have no real sense how the record sales are. Anyway I am still buying everything I enjoy, both vinyl, cd or tapes.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Real music is just on physical format, you must touch the product, feel it in your hand, browse the booklet and enjoy music in a proper stereo. Computer, mobiles or other digital devices are too quick to savor a good album, they’re just flat and without taste.

What lies in the future?
-Chaos and despair.777.

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