SHAKMA has a really cool vibe going for them. Old school horror/thrash. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
– We feel an album is a more correct portrayal of the bands vision, after all the demo was there to spark an interest on to show the bands potential. The album is more like a proof that we can walk the walk. Upon releasing an album as opposed to a demo, you are reaching out to a broader audience and therefore you want the audience to perceive to album as good as we feel it is. So there is a pressure, but it is a positive one.
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-Since this is our first album, it’s hard to set any expectations upon its release due to the fact that we really cannot compare it to any previous efforts. The main goal is to produce an album which we can stand behind 100%.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
– We recently had a release party following our debut album, and it was absolutely killer. The crowd was great and we noticed quite a few people sang along to our tunes. Even the humble person in the world would recognize this as an ego boost.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
– We think it is important to maintain some sort of continuity, but we would also like to evolve as a band and make the follow up album even more refined. As for the lyrics and artwork we would like the horror theme to shine through even stronger.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
– Not really. It’s cool to see our band name up there with classic acts like Diamond Head (Heavy Nights vol. 3), Tormentor and Satyricon (Beyond the Gates vol. 7), but we don’t take that “pride” to a personal level other than an achievement in our bands career sharing the bill with such great bands.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
– We’ve actually noticed that we have some patterns which repeats itself here and there, but you’re gonna have to figure that out for yourselves, haha. However if we notice a riff is too similar to another riff in a different song, we of course try to build on it and change it into something more unique. Both guitarists have their own signature traits which combined make something unique.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
– There is a shitload of great bands these days and we’d be lying if we said we’re not influenced by some of the bands that are coming out nowadays and only draw inspiration from the classic old school 80’s acts. We draw our inspiration from both newer and older acts like Slayer, Whiplash, Antichrist, Deathhammer, Midnight, Sabbat, Possessed, Sodom, Kreator and so on. As for the importance of the message coming across, we try to have some sort of theme to our music. We are heavily influenced by horror movies and stuff like that, and try to write songs and lyrics which can represent this influence. The most important thing is making good music, and we are a band primarily focused on making riffs we think are great ourselves.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?*
-The increase in physical format sales is great, and we are grateful for everyone who buys our record. We don’t notice it as much as the labels of course.
What is your opinion on digital versus physical?
-Physical will always be king because it feels like a more complete piece of art, but we are all daily users of the digital format and streaming as well.
What lies in the future?
-We recently got booked to the third installment of the Heavy Nights Festival in Haugesund and the seventh edition of the mighty Beyond the Gates Festival in Bergen. To be booked to Beyond the Gates is quite big for us personally as it is a festival which we’ve been attending annually and LOVED. Other than that we are getting bits and pieces together for new material. Our debut album received a 6/6 in Norways classic metal magazine “Scream Magazine”, and we don’t want our second full length to be sub par to our debut. So that is something that will be in the back of our minds as we write our new material. Stay tuned!