SALVATION’S END is a really cool US power metal band that you ought to check out. Answered interview by guitarist TJ Richardson
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?
-With a demo you tend to be more relaxed when it comes to tracking. If there are little mistakes, you can leave them. The pressure comes from not only wanting to write good music that people will like, but having high quality production as well. The thing is that after everything is said and done, you’re happy with your album and believe in it. At the end of the day, that’s what’s most important.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-Our ultimate goal is to get the record to as many people as possible. We try to stay true to who we are as songwriters, so everything we put out has a certain standard of professionalism. We’re very happy with the debut and we plan for the next one to be just as good, if not better.

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?
-Unfortunately we haven’t played live yet with this band. Our first scheduled show is December 7th at a local venue here in Michigan. I got to play overseas with a band I used to be in, called Halloween, and a lot of people were singing along to the songs. It was a very surreal feeling and I hope Salvation’s End can hit the road soon and play for as many people as possible. That way, we can truly experience that with our own music.

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?
-To a certain extent. You want to be consistent as a band, but you don’t want to make the same album over and over again. I like to think of it as being formless when it comes to writing new music. It also helps that Kane and I have similar writing styles, which makes it consistent. Even though it’s new music, it still sounds like Salvation’s End and hopefully it’ll grow the more we write together as a full band. It’s also exciting to see Shane and Lee put their spin on the newer music.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-The metal community overall is amazing. I’ve met so many great people. All of the local bands here are great friends, and we support one another. It’s truly like a family.

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?
-That really depends. The more inspired I am the easier the riffs come out. We have a “just write whatever feels natural” kind of mentality and it helps when writing new music. I keep true to who I am as a musician, so the new music will still sound like Salvation’s End, maybe just a little more mature with each new release.

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-I’ve been really into a group called Nox Arcana lately, which is a gothic classical group (really great stuff), as well as video game scores. Aside from music, I get very inspired by the changing of seasons. I always get inspired around this time of the year. It’s important to have a message in your music; it tends to make it more personal.

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?
-Oh yeah, we’ve sold quite a few hard copies to countries all over the world. It’s great to see CDs coming back. I’ve collected them for years. When I first started playing guitar was when I noticed that CD sales were decreasing. You’ll always have die hard fans, especially in the metal community, who will want to collect CDs.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Digital is nice because you can instantly download it to your phone or computer, but I’m a collector. I like to go out and buy physical CDs. I still have my whole CD collection from years ago.

What lies in the future?
-We hope to play live as much as possible wherever we can to support The Divine Wrath of Existence, and we plan on writing soon for the next couple of releases.

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