THEOTOXIN

Not being that familiar with THEOTOXIN I wanted to know more about them. Hence this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2020

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?
F: Hail! For me it was important that a name has some meaning and isn’t just a „cool“ word. Theos means God in old greek and toxin is self-explanatory I think. It means that the wrong beliefs can poison the peoples minds or lead them to horrible deeds. Don’t get me wrong, I think believing in something isn’t that bad but you should not bother other people with it, or worse, harm them.

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?
F: If you mean inspiration… My influences and also my inspiration is my personal life, not other bands in particular. But of course there are bands which embossed me in the early days like Darkthrone, Marduk, old Dark Funeral, etc. but I´m talking about the 90s here not the new wave of bands.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
F: No not really, I don’t have any boundaries when I start songwriting.

Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
F: Our shows are very violent and intense, and I think that’s the way a Black Metal show should be. This music should be violent and dangerous. Nowadays you have a lot of those wannabe bullshit which calls itself Black Metal or Death Metal. Not that we are unkind when you meet us off stage but everyone has his own personality which leads to this live performances. Authenticity very important.

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?
F: I don’t think that we will become millionaires from creating this kind of music, so it’s absolutely ok for us that our music is available on those platforms. Having a Label is very important to us, especially when its a beast like AOP Records, cause these dudes know what they are doing. We get 100% support from them, and that’s way more than other companies would do.

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?
F: In my opinion there are no negative aspects at all.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
F: It should describe and give you a glimpse of the atmosphere which is on the album. It’s not necessary to have a massive portrait or a painting, sometimes less is more.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
F: Not really, we have a scene and sure we are a part of it but that’s all. Our scene is small but quite loyal. It’s still the underground and should be supported , no matter what.

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?
F: As I said, there won’t be the „big money“ for anyone who plays extreme music like this, and so it’s fine with us. Live shows won’t be replaced by those streaming bullshit, and that’s were a band can sell their merchandise and Cds to earn some money.

What lies in the future?
F: A lot of shows and some things we can’t reveal yet, but we are very excited about it. Also take your time when you listen to our new output „Fragment : Erhabenheit“ cause it will offer you a lot when you open for it.

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