As a guide to the vast array of bands in this universe I present to you an interview with RELEASE THE BLACKNESS. Anders Ekdahl ©2021
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-The name of the band changed a few times in the early days, since we called it ‘Blackness’ but was already in use so we decided to go with ‘Release The Blackness’, named after the lyrics of our first ever written song. For us this name means to let our instinct and true selves free, and it fits perfectly with our mindset of playing/writing whatever we like without compromising.
What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
-First of all our incredible passion for music: we all love music more than anything else so the idea of making a living out of it has always been our biggest dream. Another important reason is that music (and metal especially) is the perfect way of letting out our inner demons in a very positive and productive way.
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?
-It happens mostly unconsciously to be honest. We all grew up listening to a lot of different bands so the things we loved about them made their way in our musical personalities somehow. We still listen to a lot of music and continue to be inspired from different things, even not metal at all, that we like to fuse with our own style.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Maybe for someone it feels like that, but we come from small towns in southern Italy and that made us feel always like outsiders. Only a few years after we founded the band we managed to reach out to the metal scene of our region. Of course with internet today we all are a big community and the reach you can get is mind-blowing compared to 20 years ago, but sometimes this connection can be a bit overwhelming and people may become oversensitive about something that is completely subjective.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-In today’s age – unfortunately – aesthetics and graphics seem to be more important than music itself for a band. We try to keep up with the industries’ standards without losing our identity, but sometimes it’s frustrating to see something truly original go under the radars because it doesn’t match what everyone else does.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-The most influential part is our everyday life and what happens in the world that we feel touched by. On the new album we focused on a lot of introspective and personal subjects, but we presented it in a way in which everyone can relate or interpret differently. Another important topic for us is the climate crisis we’re living so we wanted to bring a bit of attention on the matter.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-For sure not. Albums are something we’re mostly attached to because we grew up with them, but the future lies in singles and at most EPs. Albums are a big commitment and a hard task for a band nowadays. Digital is both a big help and big curse for new bands, since it makes the chance of getting recognition very high compared to the past, but at the same time there are thousands of bands that fight for that spot and this makes it very difficult for everyone. In the future we will definitely try out something different, especially now that we have already released our first full-length.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-Digital will be the only, true way of consuming music in the future but we think that physical will still be relevant for a long time since there will always be people that enjoy having a material cd or vinyl they can touch and collect. Digital is for the casual listener, physical for the people who love music.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-With the release of our new album Tragedy we were planning a couple of tours that unfortunately couldn’t happen because of Covid-19. We love playing live more than anything else band-related so we truly can’t wait to be back on stage to let all this repressed energy explode, it will be insane!
What lies in the future?
-We’re promoting our newest release Tragedy and as soon as it will be possibile we’ll be back on the road, hopefully reaching out to new places and new people.