TORMENT OF SOULS

Can you be old school of you formed in 1994? I guess you can as TORMENT OF SOULS are just that. Answered by Thomas Hotz, Guitar. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-We founded in 1994 under the name “Torment”. We renamed due the fact that there was already another band with that name. “Torment of Souls”; that sounded quite cool and still had the original name in it.

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-We play Old School Death Metal. But yet progressive and melodic as well. We are performing with three guitars, which gives us the possibility for a kind of atmospheric sound in melodic parts and as well neck breaking on the other hand when it comes to power riffs.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-We are combining various styles of death metal in our music. Every one of us has his favorite type of death metal, and over the years our influences might have slightly changed. But I can say for sure, that the core influences are lying in the 90’s death metal, for example from bands like Amon Amarth, Dismember, Hypocrisy, Kataklysm.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-There is a pretty good death metal scene in our area. Of course, having a local scene is important for a band to develop. At least it was in the 1990s. If you were a Nobody, where would you perform if not somewhere local to start from? Maybe it has become less important nowadays, where there is social media, which is for sure a huge stepping stone for new bands.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-The most important thing for me playing in a band is having fun with my friends and fellow bandmates. It is absolutely great being on stage and seeing the crowd go wild on your songs!

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Well, the image of birds and bees being an album cover is just a question of their appearance . Basically guts and gore is always a good match in death metal, right? Looking back at our album releases, it is as well zombies, creatures from hell, butchery accessories.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I personally don’t think that digital is actually killing music; it is just a different kind of media. I guess it is similar to the discussion 30 years ago whether CD was killing music versus the vinyl record. Looking at the people around me, it appears to be more a matter of personal preference. But I think many people still like to hold something in their hand, a booklet, which you don’t have with a mere download.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-The scene in death metal – or metal in general – is really good, and the live support from the fans is amazing. There are also a growing number of young metal fans, basically teenies. And that is really incentive for a band to see these kids rock their asses off like we did once when we were young 

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?>
-A Torment of Souls gig is always a party, for us as well as for our fans. Being in touch with the audience is essential for every live performance.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We are looking forward to recording a new album end of this year. So currently our concentration lies in writing new songs. On the other hand, we also are booked to play on several events this year. So it might become a quite busy year for us.

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