I thought I was familiar with TERRA INCOGNITA but upon searching my mind I cannot find any memories of them. So what better way to get to know them than to interview them Anders Ekdahl ©2018
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?
-Our inspiration for creating music can come from many diffrent things…. an old riff that was revisited, sounds from diffrent and strange objects, humming, and so on… thats the beauty of heavy metal. It can come from anywhere, anytime, anyplace, anything.Lyrically, and conceptually, the albums’ theme is inspired by an old book….
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
– Well, for starters, we recruited Bob Katsionis!!! He is a huge part of our sound, which has changed dramatically, with his input and presence. The sound of the first album, was much more moody, atmospheric, progressive. With the entrance of new band members, and producer, all that has escalated to what you hear today on “Fragments of a Ruined Mind”.
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?
– This is a concept album. All the songs are connected, unfolding slowly, and climaxing with the last song…. Its based on a book about a mortal king named Strahd, and how and why he becomes immortal. With many twists and turns in between…So far, the fans love the story line… it has everything, they say…..
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
– The band has gone through many phases with its sound…. lately, we’ve been told that we hit an Iced Earth meets Black Sabbath, with a touch of Sanctuary, and Fates Warning, spot.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
– Well, seeing as though the album has a clear picture of what the concept is, we set out to find/make an album cover that fit our main character, Strahd. We believe we brought him to visual life, with our album cover.
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?
– We agree with your point of view on this matter 100%. If the artwork is weak, then the fans will believe that not much effort was put into the project. When you set out to create an album, it becomes a chain of events. One weak link in the chain, and it will snap…
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
– Song titles for a concept album are really not hard to create. You basically find the focal point of each song, and describe it, in the title.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
– Our worries are the same as yours!!! you said it best, our music, (heavy metal), if we are not very careful, will be dead and buried….and as a band, you cant help wondering if what you’re trying to put out there, is worth doing anymore,,,,,
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
– Thats EXACTLY what we are….anyone who has our albums, and has seen us live, says that our live performances blow away our recording efforts!!! Its why we do, what we do…. its our most important “weapon” to get our music out there for the metal fans.
What lies in the future?
– The future for Terra IncΩgnita is work ,work, work, to get our brand of metal to as many fans as we can,,,,, making albums, and playing live shows!!!!