I just recently discovered THE HERETIC ORDER but this is the kind of band that once you hear them you’ll know that you missed them without knowing it. Questions answered by Lord Ragnar – vocals /guitar Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Our name perfectly goes with the whole topic of the band, the word heretic means a person who holds religious belief’s in conflict with the Roman Catholic Church or any organisesd main stream religion in our case . We are not preaching what people should believe or do, our songs just tell stories, they tell of the occult , historical events ,pagan beliefs or the dark side of humanity , stories that really interest’s me and wake my curiosity. Some of our songs tell of controversial stories such as the Nicaean council , flagellation , the inquisition ,etc
Hence our name explains very well what we are.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-We are a heavy metal band, that’s it, nowadays with so many different sub genres and new style names coming out every month its easy to get carried away, but THO are a Heavy metal band .We wear our influence on our sleeve and don’t hide them, Black Sabbath, Mercyful fate , Maiden , Motorhead , Accept , Priest etc this are bands have influence the THO in a big way , I don’t have any Gods we are all weak humans ha , ha
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-The tempo of the songs is determent by the emotion and feel of the part; I don’t treat any part different composing for me is rollercoaster that takes the song and myself to places I am not expecting , until the song is not finished I don’t know where the song will go it’s a surprise .
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-Very well its what the band is made for, we are a true band live. Recording wise I record a great portion of the instruments gtr / bass etc but live it’s a different beast, the real deal four people making music .
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?
– It’s very important, also it depends on how much work the label is prepared to put into the project; A band cannot do it alone it needs help from the label but a bit of mystery surrounding the band is always good not just been a commercial object in a window display but its clear that the better availability of products the band has the better it will be to spread the word. This business is near impossible nowadays as in making a comfortable living and been able to give 24/7, rather working in a day-to-day job. Having time to put in the band is the ideal situation that helps to maximize your efforts and dedicate your time to the band, so everything helps towards that aim.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-It’s a bad thing for new upcoming bands, music has become cheap commodity, its so easy to pirate music that less people buy the bands music and rather get it for free file sharing etc thus it becomes less valuable and gets discarded easier. Bands nowadays put all their money into recording, production etc and work very hard with no return many new bands fold all the time and the industry keeps relying more on the older bands that already had a lot of work and money put into .So yes people have a shorter time span to dedicate time to really listen and absorb music its become a quick 5 min check something and if it doesn’t hit you quickly discard it and the next.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-An album cover is really important, in our case it reflects the topic / mood of the concept of the album. It connects the music with an image, both our album covers have loads of reference of the songs / topic with images, symbology all around, like conspiracy theorist looking at da vinci paintings. See if you can spot them in our albums ha ha, i remember been really young and listening to maiden whilst examining the vinyl cover and finding different things hidden messages etc loved it.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-No we are on our own, we don’t belong to any specify scene or musical movement in the UK , I don’t know of any bands that do what we do , though Hell has a lot of similar topics to us but we are in a different stage of our career .
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?
-Nothing I can do so why worry in something you I cant change, this platforms ( spotify ,deezer etc ) pay peanuts to bands its sad but it is what it is , like lars form Metallica and countless musician warned ages ago the industry should have done something sooner and we wouldn’t be stuck in this mire nowadays
What lies in the future?
-Well keep working hard and try to get to tour euro for starters, all guns blazing of course .We got BOA ( Bloodstock 2018 ) in a couple of weeks so raise your horns to metal !!!!