As a guide to the vast array of bands in this universe I present to you an interview with SORROW ENTHRONED. Anders Ekdahl ©2021
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The main purpose of Sorrow Enthroned was to expel certain forces and expressions and attempt to transmute them into musical form.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-building a unique sound can be difficult in extreme metal since there are so many bands doing such amazing things that the genre is always pushing forward. This innovation and pushing the boundaries is what metal has always been about, and there is an infinite number of influences to draw from
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-each part of the creative process offers different obstacles, it is all give and take. I think the more relaxed and free the entire process is, the better it is for creativity.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-Yes, I have noticed there is a huge demand to keep up digitally, since it is so easy to release music now. It could be demanding to keep up with, but it offers an unlimited platform to anyone who wants to use it.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-I can see it being a bad thing in that sense for sure, as it almost creates a demand for new music at such a fast pace, it can hamper creativity and make mediocre music more acceptable. However as long as we don’t lose live shows, music should be ok as there is nothing that compares. Especially after being locked down for so long, people may realize the importance of live music and hopefully that will make up for the unstable digital world.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-People seem to like the blending of melodic and brutal elements, I don’t care about making the perfect album, but rather an expression of things on my mind. People seem to resonate with those aspects of the band.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-The internet is a great thing, I live in the US, but most of the fans are overseas and it has opened my eyes to a whole new realm of music I wouldn’t have known about otherwise.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-I have always watched the metal scene from the outside, and it is an honor to see it from the inside, even if its just a small part. It has always been a very close environment and it is like a second family.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-I don’t play live yet, but I see how strong the connection is between the bands and their fans in a live setting.
What plans do you have for the future?
-I am currently working on an EP to hopefully finish summer 2021.