THORIUM is a classic Danish death metal band, if gthere ever was one. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album after such a long break? Why do we see a new THORIUM album now?
-No, there is no pressure to succeed. We just did an album the way we felt it natural. The reason it has taken so long is amongst others, that the line-up of the band has been completely changed. Michael is the only past member of the band.
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-I can only answer for my own part. When I write music for a record I am very critical of my own input, so that for instance out of maybe 10 of my ideas, only 2 go on the record. I guess that a lot of my colleagues around the world will recognize this. Another goal is of course to get published, and get the music spread as far as possible.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-It´s really nice when people get into your material, but we´re not like popbands that have like sing along chorusses. But it´s definately an ego boost when people appreciate the material you write for a record.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-Again, I´m not writing the lyrics, only the music. But that being said, ofcourse I will listen to what the band did previously, and try to maintain some of the sound and feeling in the music I write for a new album. But me being me, a new writer for the band and with a completely new line up there is gonna be a difference from the earlier records.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Yeah, I mean our drummer Perra and I got to know eachother back in the early nineties, when we were both in other bands and got in contact through that. I allso know Michael, JP and Claus from back in the days of the international underground.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-It takes a lot of hard work initially, going from single ideas to complete songs. It´s like I mentioned earlier a sorting out process were only the best ideas go through. But it´s a labour of love I have to say, I´d do this every day all day long if it was possible.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-My major inspirations are the bands from the bay area scene, I love the energy and riff carnage of those early records! Also the early german thrash bands are a major source of inspiration.
That´s what´s inspired me since I started out playing. Since then there´s a lot of the early nineties deathmetal bands from all over the world that made an impact on me.
I don´t think that I have any specifik message in the music that I write, I just need it to be fluent, heavy and enjoyable to listen to.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-It seems a lot of the physical sale that you generate today is at gigs, since a lot of the stores that used to sell cd´s and lp´s are no more.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-I think that we need to embrace digital as a sort of promotion for smaller artists like ourselves. If people hear us and like what they hear in the digital media, there is a chance that they will buy our stuff and go to our concerts. I think the industry has had a really tough time recognizing the potential of the digital media and trying to control it.
What lies in the future?
-We´re gonna see about touring with this new record and also do some festival shows if possible.
I´m also writing new material for the next record, that won’t take 10 years to complete!