With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SECUTOR. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-Our guitarist Fömb had seen a documentary about gladiators and thought that Secutor would be a good name for a metal band. The name had a significant influence on our lyrical direction. I think it’s important not to have a bulky name, but of course everybody has to decide for himself.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-When we first went into the studio we had no idea what the sound should be like. It just turned out like it did and we think it’s a good fit for us. It’s rough, natural and dirty – like the band. As for the heroes – every band member has his own. But that mix is what defines our sound and makes it kind of unique.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Of course. Music is more powerful when all instruments pull in the same direction. The right arrangement at the right place can make all the difference.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-Most of our songs are written with the stage in mind and even those, we initially thought to be only for the record, like Bleed for Me, turned out to be really good and beloved live pieces. We probably sound best in small to medium sized stages but since we never got the opportunity to play on a big stage it is hard to say. We would be keen to put it to the test!
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-You will always find something that could’ve been done better or differently. Here and there some minor mistakes nobody but ourselves hears, something that could be arranged differently or the sound of an instrument. There is nothing we can change about it now so we don’t worry too much and rather try to make it better on the next record.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Currently it runs mainly through platforms like Spotify, Facebook and our Labels ACFM-Records and Diabolic-Might-Records and, of course, various underground magazines. After all the best ally for us was always the stage.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great? >
-First of all should it look amazing. In the best case it would have a meaning or message you can spot immediatly and another one, subtly hidden.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-Yes and Yes, absolutely! In Germany we have a huge underground-scene, yet it is impossible to go to a festival and not seeing someone you know, you have a common friend with or at least have seen before. Because of this there is a lot word-of-mouth going on, which is quite important for small Bands like us.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-In Koblenz we are lucky to have one of the german Metal-strongholds right outside our door, so we haven’t seen much of a change yet. But through acquaintances from other regions we heard that the live-scene slowly abates. In my opinion the main reason is a surplus. Nowadays we got more possibilities to get a location, equipment and crew, furthermore there are a lot more bands than 30 years ago. Times are changing and so is the scene . Back then you had to leave the house to buy a record, now, in times of mp3, downloads and Amazon all you need is your phone. It is hard to not become lazy.
What does the future hold?
-Since we parted ways with our Vocalist our main focus is to find someone for the job. Aside from that we continue the songwriting for our next album and of course the release of the “Masters of the Underground” live DVD with Steelpreacher and Dragonsfire in early May.