As a guide to the vast array of bands in this universe I present to you an interview with TWISTED MIST. Anders Ekdahl ©2021
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?
-The name “Twisted Mist” has been chosen because we love to experiment, to alternate softer passages and particularly violent moments. Since the beginning, we’ve always wanted to create and compose music with this “tortuous, twisted” sound. But it also evokes something more mysterious, with some spirituality.
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?
-We listen a lot of interpretations of medieval compositions. We can quote for example Guillaume de Machaut or Girault de Borneil among others. In more recent bands, we’re great fans of Wardruna, it’s a real example for us concerning the way to create an ambiance. For metal bands, we have tastes that can range from Sepultura to Hypno5e, including Eluveitie or even Meshuggah… So it’s quite varied.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-The big challenge with Twisted Mist is the mix of genres. We proceed to a fusion of traditional medieval music, highlighting instruments like the lyre or the hurdy-gurdy and using certain methods of composition, with metal music. So there is indeed a fairly heavy work on the arrangements. However, we don’t think differently depending on how we play at a time, or even the tempo.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-We’ve never performed live with Twisted Mist. We’re only two in this project and we’ll need many more others musicians to create on live the ambiance and atmosphere we want to share. Our music being an alternation of soft and melancholy passages and more violent ones, we wouldn’t really know what the reception would be on the audience side. Why not trying this in the future, if conditions permit it.
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?
-Our label Music-Records team helps us to promote “Orbios” and all of our work. Without the label, we probably would never have had this interview with you. We love composing and playing music more than any, but getting some help of passionates and professionals is more than benefit. We don’t think there is any
negative consequences for our music being too readily available to fans. Our main goal is to share our work !
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?
-There is a continuous flow of images, sounds and information on the Internet, especially social media. Today we can see clips and listen to songs from hundreds of bands without the slightest effort… We can see this as an opportunity, but we can indeed note the fact that the fans can feel overwhelmed by music and no longer feel so connected / attached to their favorites bands.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-In my opinion, a good cover should announce by itself what it will be possible to listen to on the album. This can go through different ingredients, typography, colors, imagery … the cover must be able to tell something that is in line with the album, but also with the group in a more general way.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-We are a young group. We are motivated composers and musicians, we will continue like this, but we cannot really say if we are part of the French metal scene. We must continue to move forward and share our music. In France, there are excellent bands, we think in particular of progressive metal bands with very specific universes, like Hypno5e, Gojira, Alcest or Grorr. There is also Igorrr who offers unique work.
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?
-We are not really pessimisticon this point. We are well aware of the change represented by the streaming of music on the internet, but we have grown with this tool. In the 70s, it was really different in order to build a musical culture, and even more difficult to discover some little but amazing bands. When we were younger, we had all the classical, traditional, rock and metal music at our disposal with just a few clicks. The Internet is also a great tool for the label and ourselves to promote our last album, “Orbios”.
What lies in the future?
-We have a music video project for “Orbios”. The goal is, again, to share some ideas, to create something authentic. Apart from the promotion of our last opus, we are thinking a lot about the next album and started differents compositions.