Heavy metal is like a drug that you cannot escape. Not that I really want to. There are worse drugs to be addicted to. SEVENTH CALLING is my latest craving. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Can you please tell all our readers about the history and discography of SEVENTH CALLING?
-I sure can. Seventh Calling officially got on the map in 2007 with our debut album and over the years I have had different musicians work with me on albums and touring. The discography so far for Seventh Calling is: MONUMENTS-2007, EPIDEMIC-2010 and now BATTLE CALL. In between the releases there have been several demo EPs and things of that sort that were never released other than digital.

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Basically our hope is that people understand instantly when they hear Seventh Calling that they are listening to a ‘Heavy Metal’ band. Not grindcore, or powermetal or other type of genre.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It wasn’t too hard at all actually. At the time when the name was picked it was out of several names in a sort of ‘draw of the straw’. Seventh Calling was the name that fit perfectly with the style of material that the group performs.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Originally bands like Judas Priest, Metal Church, Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate, Vicious Rumors, and so on were the main influences. And oddly enough today? These bands are still our influences.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-We knew right away the style and direction of the group before we had settled on the name and had some material already written prior to the name as well. So it was sort of fitting the name together with our style.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I know that as songs can be purchased as singles on Itunes and so on it does happen alot that people will not purchase the entire album only a particular song. So I would say that in a way it does help for someone to be able to get whatever song they want, but it also hurts the album sales as a whole when this is happening.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Yes I would say that artwork on albums is important. Not only do you want your music to be good, but you also want the packaging to be good also. Artwork that matches the music on the album and also let’s the fan know right away the style of music is very important I feel.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-It helps with a much larger group of fans to be able to have easy access to band info such as albums, touring, appearances and that sort. So I would say yes, the media use has made it alot different than in the past.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-It does make it feel that way when you are playing and getting your live show out to fans. And also by meeting up with other groups that are working like you are. You realize how powerful the scene of just music in general really is.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We love to travel and perform. It is really the way to get your group to the fans. First hand in their faces. The net is great for promoting your band and for fans to find you online. However, online does not tell the tale of what the band is like in person live. I feel this is the best way to promote your group. Live performance.

What will the future bring?
-We shall see! It seems as heavy metal is making a huge movement as of late and we love to write in this style so hopefully the future will bring more music and touring from the Seventh Calling machine!

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