With a new album comes a new interview. Read what WAN has to say this time around. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What has happened in the WAN camp since the release of “Wan Way To Hell”?
-Back at that time we were reduced to a duo, for half a year or whatever. But around the time of the release we were joined by our new drummer Draegg (pure fucking talent!) Since then we have executed some live gigs, tormenting our inner organs with exaggerated boozing, spawning our next release, and also recruited Skoll as our new bassplayer. So for the last five months we´ve been a complete quartet once again. Ready to fistfuck Jehova!
How do you feel today about that recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-Definitely our strongest and most rigid album up until now. Highly satisfied with the songwriting, the overall product, and the sinister filthy sound.
Do you feel that you by now have found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
-Yes I would say so. Even though we had a clear concept and vision for our sound already from the beginning, I suppose we have progressed. However, we sound like your christian mothers worst nightmare. And that´s the true sound of WAN
We live in a world that is becoming more and more conformist. If you just fart somebody will get offended. Black metal to me should always be on the barricades confronting the norm. What is your opinion on what black metal is?
-Blackmetal is a channel for ones mind. A instrument that you can use to spew all your hate and aggression. To make a stand against christianity and humanity.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-It´s obviously important. I mean, you can´t just sing about fucking table tennis or padded furniture. You must stand behind your words as well as your music.
WAN lyrics deals with anti-christianity, paganism and death. To live and die the metal way!
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-Basically as important as music and lyrics. It´s about getting a final product where all bits and pieces are uniformed in a cogent work of filth.
But I seriously doubt that simply a cover would sell an album. Personally I know damn well what I buy and what it sounds like. If it´s something I´m not familiar with, I won´t buy it. And I reckon that most rockers think alike
What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-Success can mean a lot of things… To sell lots of albums , to stand before a cheering wild crowd , to burn down a church and get away with it… However, we´re not in this for glory, fame or money. We´re nothing but four shameless, pale, drunken maniacs that enjoy playing metal
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Well, not as much as we would like to be. We thrive to be around and meet bands, fans, and all kinds of crazy bastards, and do our shit on stage. Now that we got a full line-up again we´ll definitely try to do a bit more shows. For the moment I believe there are atleast a couple gigs in Sweden and in Finland confirmed.
I´d say touring is the best damn way to spread your word. Any retard can make an album these days, and for some reason even manage to actually have it released by a label. But out on the road is where you should be, spreading your filth face to face with aligned metalheads.
What does the future hold for you?
-We have recently been in the studio, recording five new songs for an upcoming MCD. This will come in some fancy ass digipak and be released sometime this summer.
Apart from that we´ll try to defile as many cities as possible with our distorted live act. And perhaps make a new official video.
We also have some schemes regarding our 10 year anniversary next year. Something exclusive to look out for indeed!