In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with TERMINUS. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
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 got the feeling of things being “for real” when we put out the split 7” with Ravensire and got complaints that the track on our side (Centaurean) wasn’t as good as our demo. You’re not a real band until your new stuff is shit.
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-A band our size is not really in a position to be setting sales goals, all you can do on that front is work with the label you think will do the best job for your record out if those who are interested in working with you. “Artistically” speaking, simply to produce better songs and a better final product than your last release.
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?
-Firstly, we don’t play live any more. I wouldn’t say it’s a weird feeling when your audience knows your song – it’s extremely gratifying.
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?
-Not in as coldly cynical a fashion as that. Why did our first album sound as it did and why was it presented as it was? Because that’s how we wanted it to sound and how we wanted to present ourselves. Neither of those has changed and while there will be some natural evolution because you can’t write the same album twice things will remain broadly similar.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Only so far as there are other bands we feel a kinship with such as Ravensire, Argus, Solstice, Twisted Tower Dire, Atlantean Kodex, Herzel etc. but in a lot of cases we have been fans of these bands before we started playing ourselves.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-It’s very easy to repeat yourself, consciously or unconsciously, and there were songs that we had musically finished that we discarded for just such a reason. We pushed a few things consciously to differentiate the material on this album from “The Reaper’s Spiral” without seeming like a complete change of style – the lead guitar work was more baked into the sound from the start, we made the fast tempos faster and the slow ones slower and we let the longer songs breathe a little bit more instead of cutting them to the bone in the arrangements.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-I don’t know what sort of message we would have – don’t listen to shit Heavy Metal, maybe? Down with this sort of thing/Careful Now? Good music inspires me as it always has, both in life and also my own music. It remains one of life’s great joys. Lyrically, high quality Science Fiction in all it forms be it literary or Television and Film.
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?
-I think any notion that a band at our scale is part of the “Record Industry” is fanciful in the extreme. In a word – no.
What is your opinion on digital versus physical?
-Consume music however you wish as long as you pay a fair amount for it. I encourage listeners to buy our records as many times as they wish, preferably at least 10 times on each format. We’re only in the Epic Metal game for the money.
What lies in the future?
-Death and, in all likelihood, chronic arthritis. Possibly a third album, who knows.