Here we have yet another Finnish band. There seem to be a never ending supply of new bands. Not that I complain. We can’t get enough of great metal bands like SHADECROWN, can we? Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Could you please introduce yourself to those of us in the dark?
Saku: We are Shadecrown, melodic death/thrash/doom metal band from Finland. The band was founded in 2012 and now we have released our debut album “Agonia.”

I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
Saku: Well.. many years ago my friends played guitar and drums and I didn’t want to be a bass player so I chose keyboards. Then I just practiced some simple melodies and founded my first band. It was so much fun playing in a band that I’m still doing it.

When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun, instead of just putting out all the money?
Saku: We have just released our debut album so we are putting out all the money, haha! But yeah it would be so awesome to do this for a living but for now we have to keep our other jobs as well.

When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
Saku: Music is very important part of my life. It has given me so much and helped me through difficult times. It never feels like a waste of time.

No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
Saku: I think people should respect all forms of art. Music is one of them. And if you don’t like it don’t listen to it.

Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?
Saku: Yeah a little bit, but it is what it is.

How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
Saku: Very important of course. It’s not easy but at least we try. Musically Shadecrown is quite unpredictable band because we combine many genres of metal such as melodic doom and thrash metal. And I personally think that this kind of mixing just makes music much more interesting.

Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
Saku: My source of inspiration is life itself. Our songs usually tells about loneliness, sorrow, human frailty and drinking booze.

Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
Saku: We prefer to play our songs live.

How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
Saku: We tour as much as possible. That’s what we love to do. What memories do we take with us… smartphones.

What does the future hold?
Saku: New album and gigs. And hopefully someday we can do this for a living.

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