UNLEASHED need no introduction. Back with a new album these Swedes rip as usual. Answers from Anders. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You guys are one of few old school Swedish death metal bands that have survived What is the trick to you still being here today?
-Well I cant say if there’s any trick to it really. I know in our case we’ve had a common goal since day one, and i think that helps alot. You’re not gonna get anyone goin off wanting to change style or mixing in different things, which will cause tension etc.
So, a clear focus and common goal.
What was it that made Swedish death metal so totally explode unto the metal scene in the late 80s/early 90s?.
-Well I think it was alot to do with timing actually. You had this undreground of death metal coming up from the states and you had a bunch of young kids here that totally got into that and wanted to create their own version so it just went from there.
What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
-Well we’ve been doing it for so long now so its probably alot different to what it once was.
But at the time, of course it was a fantastic feeling of course. And a big adventure as well.
I mean i was thrown out on my first tour when i was 17, and my first US tour at 18 i believe. Obviuosly not the normal way to grow up haha
I might have gotten this totally wrong but isn’t there some sort or concept behind the new album “The Hunt For White Christ”? What can you tell us about this new album?
-The story of Odalheim is about the Midgard Warriors and their fight against the main enemy “White Christ”. The last album “Dawn of the Nine” ended with the song where the Midgard Warriors led by the son of Thor returns to Folkland shores after a successful quest to take back Svithiod and the Nordic region from White Christs rule of terror. Now, as this happens, a few scattered surviving armies of White Christ took the opportunity to attack villages on the South. These villages were naturally inhabited mostly with unarmed women, children and old people. Needless to say they were slaughtered, dismembered, raped and ultimately burned. When the Midgard Warriors arrive at the village it is all too late. This exact moment is what you see in the cover art work. The Midgard Warriors realizes that something must be done, and quickly. If White Christ can do this…what will happen next? They raise the runic letter G over the village for Blot to the dead and for victory in the coming war. And as a symbol of the ultimate act of man – to give without expecting something in return. The Midgard Warriors stand ready to give their life for family and kin. And so the hunt begins,,,The Hunt For White Christ.
How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
-Haha well im not certain we’ve done a *make it* song…this is still death metal here…
But either way, im not sure you can know this for sure until its almost done. Something you write can turn out differently once recorded etc.
But for us at least, we try to focus on making the whole album strong as a whiole and maybe not focus on individual songs to stand out so to speak.
Or rather, have all songs stand out then if possible.
As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-Well basically analog is something that has been recorded and put onto tape in its original form.
Digital is when the analog signal is sampled and turned into numbers stored digitally.
Very basically explained i guess.
The pros for digital are very obvious as you can more or less do anything with it. I mean you can technically record a whole album without touching an instrument.
And thats also the cons of it…alot of feeling, vibe and musicianship will then be lost as far as i think.
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
-Well its great of course. The whole point of playing live is the interaction with the crowd and vice versa.
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-They are important id say. personally i listen to alot of bands where maybe the lyrics are not very important or even interesting, and thats fine with me. The music is of course the main thing.
That said, if the lyrics have meaning and matter, and create an interest, it does make the whole thing better in the end.
I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
-The new times now are of course changing a lot of things. So in a way you might be right.
However an album cover still exists online as well, on spotify or when people download things.
And a cover is basically the first impression one gets. That’s still the same as when you were out looking for records for example. So i think not much changed there, artwork is still important.
And lest not forget, the metal fans are still quite loyal and still buy physical products more than most others. Its just such a big part of the whole feeling and feeling i think.
What does the future hold?
-First off we await now the response for the album which of course is very interesting.Then we will keep booking shows and getting out there to play which is of course the main thing we do. Lots of festivals are now being booked and hopefully some tours are in the pipeline as well.’