It might be getting tiresome but here is another Finnish band. But when they are as good as they are they are all worth checking out. Juuso from THE HYPOTHESIS is answering my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-The Hypothesis is a 5-piece modern melodic death metal act from darkest and deadliest winterlands of Finland.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-As I remember it was not so hard to come up with the name. The idea was that the name would leave enough space for
imagination and would not limit musical boundaries too much.

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-So many bands, different styles of music and guitar heroes have inspired me for this type of playing. One more heavier influence
could be mentioned; Dimebag and Pantera.

What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-I think the real feeling is still with the actual physical copy for example when you open the package and grab the booklet in your hand you actually feel the product. There’s nothing like that with digital downloads, atleast not yet.

Is digital killing the album format?
-The physical album format is not dying, but the digital format has been taken over the markets over the last years. There’s always fans who will buy albums in my opinion.

What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-The cover wants to give you an epic and dark feeling. Our art guy, Jonne and our manager Ari had their hands on the cover and the rest of the band approved. We were really satisfied with the final results.

Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion
-The same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
I think social media is a great way for doing free promotion for your band and even break through if you do pull from right strings but there’s always downside too. I think one downside is that theres a massive surplus in the world when it comes to metal bands.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-We are definitely part of the scene!

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-In my opinion touring is still the best way of spreading the word. Our bassist Neissu had his neck surgery during this summer so we had to take a break from doing shows. He is now recovering and we start touring again during fall.

What will the future bring?
-New material definitely, heavier, faster and darker material. We will hit the studio pretty soon alongside doing bunch of shows.

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