British black metal is much more than just Cradle Of Filth. TERRA is proof of there being a whole different world of black metal to be explored. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-I’ve not really been paying too much attention, though those who have seen us play new stuff live seem pretty hyped about it.
Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity??
-It’s something that just kind of happens naturally, I usually start writing the new album as soon as all my parts are done, so I don’t normally have to focus too much on it. Whatever happens happens.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-I think we’ve managed to hone our sound live to the point where we hardly had to tweak it at all, we just crank valve amps as loud as possible and hit record. We’ve managed to all acquire some fantastic gear over the years, the bass was a Mesa 400+ and the guitars were an old Triple recto and a 70’s sunn Model T.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-They’re usually the last thing I write, they have to fit the mood of the song. They’re generally quite personal so I don’t like to share them, instead I prefer people impose their own meaning on the songs, with that being said Mors Secunda is a concept album so there is a common theme running throughout.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-I’ve always been a big fan of album art, it was the thing that made me pick up a record when I’d go looking for random bands, I’ve found some of my favourite bands this way, I love sitting down and absorbing the visuals of an album whilst listening to it. We were very lucky to find and work with Vama Marga on the artwork for this album as he listened to an early demo for the album and what we were aiming for and created this fantastic oil painting that I feel is a great representation of the album, I’ve got it hanging up in my music room at home.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-Other than the gravitas being signed to a good label can have it also helps from a promotional aspect as well, as much as I’d love to dedicate all my time to the band and promoting it I simply don’t have the time so it’s great having a label behind you that believes in your vision and is willing to put in the legwork to get it out there. Of course having so much music out there readily available can be an issue, maybe to some it’s too disposable these days. But if it helps people find something new that they then go out and buy then it’s certainly worth it.
I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
-I don’t really think anyone outside of the Metallica’s of the world most metal bands were selling millions of records, especially not in our particular niche sub genre, it’s just given people more choice and spread out peoples listening habits, in terms of illegal downloads though it’s always happened in some form or another be it tape trading, copying CDs or recording off the radio. You could argue that it’s easier these days but if someone isn’t willing to pay for something they’ll find a way to acquire it somehow.
Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
-I can’t imagine it does, but then I’m hilariously out of touch with a lot of this kind of thing, to me a band is big if I’m into their music. They could be from down the road or America if I like them they’re big, if not i don’t really pay them that much attention. Perhaps not the right answer but to me it’s all relative.
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?
-I think there’s always a threat to ‘traditional’ media, but the resurgence of vinyl has shown us that there’s still a place for physical media, it’s just up to the powers that be to adapt with the times. My bigger worry is that live venues, at least in the UK, are diminishing and altogether disappearing. There used to be loads of small venues when I was growing up in my town, now there’s one. These places are where younger bands cut their teeth, we need to nurture and encourage up and coming bands otherwise all we’ll be left with is ageing bands doing comeback tours.
What does the future hold for you?
-Hopefully some shows outside of the UK, we’re yet to pop that cherry, but we’re just happy any time we get to play live and crank up our amps.