I have to admit that sometimes I don’t remember for what reason I contact certain bands but there has to be something about a band that I find interesting for to even consider contacting them. And since I found SCARBLADE interesting I hope you’ll do so too. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-The inspiration usually comes from different issues the society has to face under different periods. I can describe it as my and the band’s view of the society’s and the world’s evolution. We take place in what happens in the world somehow. That’s how the music can get more powerful and the lyrics meaningful and full of hope that the human kind can fight for a better future and life. When it comes to personal experiences and inner thoughts, that’s when we also get inspired to write songs. The songs or a whole album can have a “darker” sound and symbolic lyrics or deeper texts that lead often to personal statements about life or memories.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-The more you record in a studio, the more experience you get. So when the time comes to record something new and especially an album, you know that you want to have a great work in your hands when it’s finished. This is our debut album and we wanted it to sound massive, more modern and fit the 2016 sound, even if the demo-EP sounded really old school. We worked hard in the studio and tried different thing that would fit each song. We also added elements like a few keyboard melodies on the background which gave a more special feeling in some song parts!
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get?
-Well, there are always people that find themselves into the lyrics or the music and support the whole thing. The opposite can happen also! There are negative reactions too, considering that some people are not familiar with the traditional heavy metal sound anymore or people that prefer other type of lyrics.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands do you indentify with?
-It’s hard to say, or relate your sound to other bands. But bands like Accept, Warlock, Dio, Riot or Judas Priest are surely a huge part of our inspiration or influences in this album.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-We absolutely wanted the female element on the cover artwork. We also wanted to create some tense and contrast by a combination of “warm” and “cold” colors. The element of fire played an important role in this too. Last but not least, we wanted the cover artwork to create an –somehow- epic “atmosphere”. Kostas Tsiakos did an amazing job!
What kind of topics does each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-The theme, if I can say, of this album is the society and how we deal with it or co-exist in it. Though there is no flow between the song texts, I mean that the texts don’t follow a plot or a story and depend on each other; it’s not hard to see that the songs relate somehow to similar subjects and things. What is absolutely different between the songs is that each one of them approaches the subject in a different way…sometimes symbolic words or phrases are used, or a more direct and “straight-in-the-face” way.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-The song titles have to be short, but describe the songs the best way possible. The titles have to give the person that will listen to your songs, an idea of what the song text talks about and what the music sounds like. Sometimes we use key-words from the lyrics as titles or we find another title that will relate to the song and song subject directly.
Is digital a format that fits your music? Is digital killing music?
-In my opinion, digital should exist to make it easier for people who really can’t have access to the music. There are always people who take advantage of it and rarely support the metal scene and industry. This can be negative or positive. Still your music will be heard if you think about it, but it feels like it has turned into a worldwide out-of-control trade bazaar and it’s really sad, when the bands pay huge amounts of money to make their dream come true and suddenly someone downloads and uses the music the way they want. On the other hand, the bands are so many and there is no possibility to manage to buy all the records you want. This I can absolutely understand too. Digital has made good for many bands too, since labels, promoters or important people in the music industry can take a listen to your material. Still it depends on what your goals are and how involved you want to get in this industry.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-Playing gigs keeps a band alive. Creating albums only, for me is nothing considered a band, but a project. A band should be active both ways, though there are periods when the band records and there are no gigs planned. But it can also happen that a band plays live shows and records at the same time. It’s really important though, that you play live when you have things to show and material. Otherwise even the fans can get tired, if you play at the same place often, without new material.
What lies in the future?
-Well, I can reveal that we have already started working on the next album. Since our video clip “Die in the Night” goes pretty well, there are some discussions for a second video clip too! We are currently working on the promotion and the release of our debut album “The Cosmic Wrath” and hope that people will like it! Many shows will follow, so stay tuned and we hope we will come back with many surprises!