SURVIVE

Do not confuse the band with Survivor. This is anything but another “Eye Of The Tiger” even though they come from the land of the rising sun. SURVIVE interview by Anders Ekdahl ©2017

What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-I constantly wish for a metal song that is not caught in any style, and I am making it. Everything that I lived in became inspiration for music, so it might sound like such a new tone and the melody of late Asia that is Japanese. Our album is a sound that all its elements intertwine complicatedly.

How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-Especially the sound of the guitar is awesome in this album. I lay a lot of tracks and it is making a wall of guitar sound. It sounds like a complete orchestra superimposed a lot of sounds. I also used vocals in the same way and spent a lot of time combining them.

When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-Songs can come up anywhere, backstage, moving or anywhere. Regarding lyrics, I write about my inner anger: … absurdity against the world, unstoppable violence in the world, resistance to death, human problem with my interpretation. Looking at the society these times lots of inspiration on such music. Even though music is violent, I’m disappointed with violence in the real world. So I’d like to have such feelings diverge in music.

Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
-My music is basically under the influence of thrash metal, death metal. Sepultura.metallica.carcass.behemoth.kreator. I’ve grown up listening to those bands.

How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-This is the image of the dark side of human society I think. What looks like a mountain is a mass of people and the side that dominates it is a sarcastic reaper. my image may come from a Japanese way of thinking.

Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
-In the last few years the music market has changed a lot. That is exactly the same here in Japan. I do not deny the convenience of downloading. But I do not think that the problem will be only that. Because the process of buying things is very important in life and I think that worthy of that album as a wonderful memory. Downloading becomes consuming music that passes through without thinking anything. I do not think it is good to download any artistic music. Music is entertainment but it should not be consumed.

How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-The title of the song is often a summary of the lyrics I wrote. I will quote it from the main part.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I am thinking horrible things that music is consumed and buried. It shows that artists must always keep working. To become a disposable artist is scarier than anything. I am anxious about the current era because I want to do this work all my life.

How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-I live to play live, I want to continue playing as much as possible. Everything in my life is in this band. So I am hoping to tour a lot in different countries whenever I can.

What lies in the future?
-I think, the future is always full of hope. I hope to spread Japanese metal music from small countries like Japan to all over the world. That is my big dream.

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