Apart from Rising being an album title by Rainbow what made you go for it as the band’s moniker?
-We wanted something that indicated some kind of force or primal, which also our lyrics tend to focus on. As always it wasn’t easy to find a name, but luckily Henrik came up with this one, but he was actually not inspired by the Rainbow album. Being a huge Rainbow fan myself, I was a bit uncertain if it would come off as a too obvious connection for some, but it sounded cool and the meaning was there, so we went for it.
What is it about slow and heavy metal that is so appealing?
-I guess you just have to listen to the track “Black Sabbath” to find out. Within the frame of heaviness, you can write crushing, huge, direct and epic and do it melodic or dissonant. Heavy metal music is what we love.
How hard is it to find your niche in an already overcrowded metal scene? Where do you see Rising fir in?
-Doing our thing. I think we combine the heaviness with melody and song writing in a way that makes it our own. If people like it, it’s cool. Besides this we have no intention of fitting in.
Does playing slow demand a greater musicianship as to just playing fast? What is the greatest challenge in playing slow?
-I think every pace demands presence, passion and musicality, slow or fast. I don’t see us as a particularly slow band, we have both slow, mid tempo and fast songs and riffs.
Denmark is a small country population wise. How hard is it to find like minded individuals that share the same goal and ambitions?
-For our kind of music it’s not easy. Most metal musicians in Denmark are into thrash and death metal – music I like, but are not interested in playing these days. But we were lucky enough to trace down each other – individuals, who had the urge to seek out the possibilities in other areas.
How does a Danish band end up a German label? How do you feel that you fit on the label’s rooster?
-A lot of Danish bands get signed on labels abroad these days. Luckily, because there’s really not more than a few Danish labels to get signed on. The internet has done a lot for underground bands I guess, but in my view it’s nothing unusual, as the metal scene has always been tapetrading, sending out demos, checking out foreign bands and so on. But actually we’re a pretty unusual name on this specific label, Exile on Mainstream, as we’re the first “real” metal band on there. Normally they working with doom/stoner/noise rock-bands, but they dug our stuff and we liked there style, so there you go.
Denmark used to have a great metal scene in the 80s but contrary to the Swedish it just seemed to die out in the 90s/00s. Any explanation to this?
-There was a lot of bands in the Danish scene in especially beginning of the 90’s being a part of the whole death metal thing. Also great bands like Invocator, early Illdisposed and Iniquity, and there’s was quite a scene with lots of people attending the shows. But as death metal kind of withered, the metal scene did too – the musicians got stuck in brutal death metal, and the audiences didn’t care, there was too little diversity. But I guess something happened in the mid 00’s with bands like HateSphere, Volbeat, Mercenary etc. getting their acts together, touring and getting signed. The scene is much more vital now, even though it doesn’t appeal so much to me personally. The Danish hardcore/punk scene though is awesome, one of the best in Europe.
Has the climate to be a band in Denmark changed over the years? I’ve always thought of Denmark as a more liberal band climate kind of country, a country more inclined to encourage than discourage bands to keep going.
-Yeah, as said, a new generation of bands has arrived, and they’re in general more focused and good players. That shift happening was long overdue. I guess we’ve had the conditions for a thriving music life, but it’s always been haulting behind in comparison as to for example Sweden. I think it’s pretty cool now, but a lot could still be done – I think Sweden has done a lot of good things for music on a governmental level, like in the music schools, which Denmark could learn a lot from. In Denmark there isn’t the same respect about music and culture as in Sweden, and that’s sad. I hope to see a mentality change there. Until then, we just rock out.
How much of a touring entity is Rising? Is it worth leaving a job to go out tour knowing that you’ll make near to nothing on it and having to look for a new job when you get home? What is it about touring that makes people leave the security behind?
-We’re very much a touring band, and we go out as much as possible. We’re all aware about the sacrifice of a normal job situation, but then again, we really don’t want a normal job situation. We tour, and then we go home to a not so stabile jobs, and then we tour again, when it’s possible. It’s all right, because really we live to write, record and play this music live. It’s just the good old joy of kicking out the jams, can’t live without it.
With an album that’s been out some time now and with a festival summer approaching what plans do you have for Rising?
-We have a 2½ weeks long European tour coming up now, covering a lot of countries. After that we have 4 Swedish shows – Linköping, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö in May/April, Not so many Danish metal bands get to tour in Sweden – I guess you have your own good amount of metal bands, – so we’re REALLY looking forward to that. Also we’re playing Hultsfred in June and hopefully a couple of Danish and German festivals over the summer. That’s pretty much the touring plans right now. Besides this, we’re writing new songs for the next album, and that we will do through whole of 2012. It’s gonna be lovely.