TORNADO is to me a classic heavy metal band name. It sets the tone for what to expect. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

How different is it releasing an album compared to a demo where there were no real pressure?
-Hi Anders and thanks for the interview. To be honest, there hasn’t been any pressure at all from our end. We were signed to Listenable after our first demo and at the time, we didn’t even have a full band yet. It was Michiel Rutten (Guitars) and I sitting in my bedroom in Amsterdam and writing the songs which would become our first album

What response did you get on your first album? What was the weirdest response you got?
-The response to the first album was fantastic from a press point of view. The people that have bought it also seemed to dig it as well. The weirdest response is always the same. I am surprised by how many times the word “punk” is mentioned in reviews of Tornado. I don’t have any direct punk influences (my own influences might have) so I have no idea where these people are hearing it from

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 is very weird indeed that someone has taken the time to not only listen to the music that you create, but also spend the time to read and pay attention to what you are writing about. This is why it is very important to me that we take our lyrics very seriously and project subjects that our listening audience should be aware of. Of course there have times where we let our hair down and have a little fun such as in “Diva” from the first album of “T-Minus 10” from the new one “Black President”

Do you feel that you have to follow in the foot steps of the first album for a second when it comes to lyrics and art work for example?
-No, not really as the theme of the lyrical content pretty much stays the same and that could be classified as social conscious I guess. In terms of artwork, I’ve always been a fan of Iron Maiden type covers and if you look closely at the first album cover, there is the Maiden influence all over

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a metal band?
-I said it in the documentary “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” to me, metal is a brotherhood. The true fans of this music, despite the trends that come and go, we are in this for life. This is how a lot of the 80’s bands are still able to have careers.

When you have found a sound how hard/easy is it to come up with aongs that fit into the sound?
-Usually if I am playing guitar and hear something that I like, I try to expand on it, or sometimes I take different riffs and put them together like pieces of a puzzle and hope the end result is a good one

What influences/inspires you today?
-Without sounding like a dickhead, the LACK of good quality thrash metal is what inspires me. Sure there are a lot of current “new thrash” bands, but IMO the quality of the songs are not up to the standards the great before us left behind. We in Tornado are trying to change this
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?
-I can definitely see the change and it is not a good one. I have no idea who these bands are that are selling more records, but that is a lie. As long as people can download music for free, no one is going to sell more records than they used to. It’s just simple mathematics.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Considering that I grew up in the physical universe, I prefer this for sure. Believe me, there is nothing like getting lost in the cover of Iron Maiden’s “Somewhere In Time” and discovering new things that you didn’t see the first time you got lost in that cover. There is a certain magic going out buying a record that you have waited for, get it home, unwrap it and put it on for the first time while looking over the photos/lyrics. “Magic” being the key word there is exactly what is missing in music.

What lies in the future?
-For now we are concentrating on writing our next album “Commitment to Excellence” as well as preparing for some upcoming shows. The main goal for Tornado is to latch on to a good tour package to increase our visibility. Thank you for your interest in our band. For your readers, check us out at the following:

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