German power metal. Swedish power metal. American power metal. There are so many to chose from but this time I’ll go for American with SEVEN KINGDOMS. Answers from Camden. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
Camden: Seven Kingdoms was what we ended up calling the band back in the beginning. We had a few choices but ultimately settled on that one. It had a very good, solid ring to it for a power metal band. The logo came next and we have rolled with it ever since.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
Camden: Personally, for me playing guitar (and eventually in a band) was a great distraction for me in my late teens. I raced Motocross up until I was about 17 or 18 and then was sidelined for a year with a head injury During that time I picked up the guitar, joined bands and never really looked back! I guess the adrenaline that you get on stage, it’s almost the same to me.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
Camden: Power Metal. It’s fast, catchy, full of shred, hooks and speed. Our newest album is a great audible representation of what we define as straight up Power Metal.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
Camden: We would basically finish the songs and once we are almost to the point of mastering we decide the order. We usually get pretty close to the final list but sometimes a few last minute changes make a big difference. You try to find a good balance to the flow of the order, that is basically all. How do you want the listener to feel when they listen to it?
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
Camden: Haha, its funny because I kind of feel the opposite. I believe everything has been done in its most basic form, it is only how you evolve past that in one way shape or form. I usually find inspiration from basically anything, as long as it triggers that creative side of your brain. Sometimes I cant just ‘sit down and write a song’. I would say about half the time, it’s the little light bulb moments that happen at random that may even be a great idea for a different song than the one you are working on in that exact moment.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
Camden: Especially with this latest album cycle, graphics and artwork were much more of a focus than in previous records. We have a lot of really cool artwork that went out for the In The Walls EP and the Decennium Album, along with our on tour and online merch stores, we have a lot of really cool artwork available and believe it is very important for a band to offer artwork that is cool and makes people want to buy it!
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
Camden: Honestly though, you really have to take the good with the bad here. The internet has done wonders and also disastrous things for the music industry. Look at Downloading, but then look at Crowdfunding. As for specifically the Power Metal Genre, I think the fans are still buying albums. For pop and much more popular thing, yes I think people are just buying the hits on the radio still but we still have a core that is buying albums, even on vinyl now too! That is what is coming back!
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
Camden: Like I said, you have to take the good with the bad. I believe the music industry is just in an evolution. What is the current way of dealing with things 5 or 10 years from now, will not be how it is right now. For better or worse…. Who knows, haha
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
Camden: Actually yes, there has been a decline of new power metal bands over the years, and I believe that sets us apart actually, as one of the only ‘significantly newer’ power metal band in that genre. Think back 20 years ago when we had a bunch of great power metal coming out and then look at today. The absence of competition I believe is going to benefit us in the future. The key to future success is to be the band that makes other kids want to start power metal bands and continue the legacy of the genre for generations to come.
What does the future hold?
Camden: to be completely honest: Tour, Sleep, New Album, Repeat! Haha But, yes, we have a lot of touring planned, then of course cutting new albums once we have supported Decennium and then really just repeating that process until you can do your own truly successful headlining tours.