With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to WAN (Sweden). Tsjud – vocals answered to the questions.
Anders Ekdahl ©2019

What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-We don´t feel any pressure from outside. We´re mauling onwards with our filth and aren´t really bothered about what others might expect or think. We do however pressure ourselves to always improve in every aspect.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-Obviously we do our best to reach such a good final result as possible, and hopefully our filth will be well received amongst metalheads. Of course nice if the album sells in decent numbers, but there aren´t really any money involved you know. We´re in this game for the booze, for bitches with backpatches, for Satan, and for the never dying black flame of metal!

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?
-That´s not the least weird. Rather very appreciated I´d say. Too see some bastard in the audience singing along only makes us more stoked.

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-We certainly do. WAN has a concept that includes music, lyrics and art that should be uniformed. Mostly because we wouldn´t want to do anything else. And also of respect to our fans. If you buy one of our releases you should no exactly what to expect from your bleeding speakers. Nothing worse than to have your expectations impaled by some lame ass release.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-No, we´re just four lowlifes who enjoy metal. Although one does meet a lot of great likeminded people thanks to being in a band and being out doing shows.

How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-We compose new material in the same way we always have. Dead drunk and from scratch. It seems to have worked just fine thus far, and no reason to change that.

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-Inspiration is exhumed from our pagan heritage, from the never dried up bottle of booze, and from our never ending hate towards christianity!
And yes, if you want to say something then speak the fuck up! Metal is an excellent way to proclaim whatever cause you might possess.

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?
-It´s noticeable yes. Still, true hardrocking maniacs will always buy the physical album.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Personally I hate all digital crap. But that´s the world we´re living in and one has to accept this fact. But thanks to recently mentioned maniacs I´m convinced that the physical part will forever stand quite strong within the metal scene.

What lies in the future?
-Well, we came home yesterday from a european tour together with Nekrokraft. So two weeks of sleep would be nice. But no rest for the wicked! We have our upcoming 10 year anniversary that require quite a lot of work, so we´ll break our backs over that the nearest future. Keep your filthy ears and eyes open!

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