In sports SUDDEN DEATH is quite common. In music, not so much until now. Check out this band. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Sudden Death exist since almost more than 20 years and certainly many things we had to learn and many mistakes have been made but we always went on and on until today; now we have one of the best line ups we could wish for, a great desire to create and to grow up and a lot of new ideas. We want to proceed in this direction so we can say that we have no regrets.

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-The responses were very positive, we are satisfied about the improvements that have been from the previous releases to the new EP and we think that the next album will be even better.

Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-Yes, for sure. We found our musical identity and we’ll implement it with more and more new ideas.

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-In most of our lyrics, topics are discussed in a “splatter” way like the classic style of death metal lyrics. In past, Sudden Death treated events taken from horror movies or books but in the last EP we wanted to talk about real events and topics based on news stories like the attacks occurred on November 13th 2015 in Paris, the facts of the Italian torturer-murderer “Er Canaro” and other black news events.

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-I think that the importance of music should not be excluded from the importance of artworks and the other way around.

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-Here is very complicated find persons who collaborate with organizers of those areas. Most of the time it’s, if you don’t have qualities as an organizer yourself, it’s possible only by going on tour with bands of those places. About the success, one of my dreams to realize is to visit all the continents with my music and transform music in a full-time work. Very hard but not impossible.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-As in everything also in music you have to make investments and sacrifice yourself facing the compromises; never give up and achieve one goal after another. If you want to do serious things be serious.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-It’s essential to earn a good reputation in my country as it’s important in all the other places. Here in Italy we say: “ogni mondo è paese” and it means that every place is part of the same world. About my local scene, I think that the art in general is very underrated here. Often people prefer to follow the momentary and fashionable icons but I always feel ready to face this situation and to gain my place in the world with sweat and passion.

Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-As I mentioned earlier, here the metal music is underestimated but I always trust in the new generations and in the fact that Italy has a great artistic heritage and a lot of metal and no-metal bands that that can give so much to the world of music

What does the future hold for you?
-I have no idea how things will go, the important is to play and sing as long as we have the strength to do it!

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