With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to TORMENT OF SOULS. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-The band was first founded under the name “Torment”. After we released our first album, we figured out that there were already other bands with the same name. So we decided to find a new name for our band: “Torment Of Souls”
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
Since our band was founded in 1994, our style was -and still is- mainly influenced by bands from that time. At that time there weren’t quite as many sub-genres as there are now. Today I would still describe our style as Old School melodic death metal.
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-It is hard to point out a “single greatest influence”. We are six people in our band and very one has his own favorite band or style. When we write new songs, mostly one of us comes along with an idea, which is then finalized together.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
-In my opinion it is more important for a band to play good music rather than having a message.
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-I would say yes. People will recognize you as what you stand for. For Torment Of Souls it would possibly be Party, Beer and Guts&Gore
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-Even though nowadays the trend is going more and more to online streaming instead of buying “real” albums, it is still important to have a good album cover to draw people’s attention. I mean, the album cover is the first thing people see from a band they don’t already know.
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-We can be very proud of our local scene. There are so many fans who have been supporting us from the beginning. Thanks to all of you!
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-That is indeed really great, if you get a request from somewhere you didn’t even think of the possibility to ever perform there.
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-Yes of course it is. We very often get positive response from many people who never heard of us, seeing us live for the first time.
What does the future have in its womb?
-Right now we are in the progress of writing new songs for a new album which we are planning to release by end of this year.