With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to WAR-HEAD. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
(Eldar)Looking back at our last album I have a great feeling of joy… I mean considering circumstances surrounding our private lives and the entire recording process I am happy that we managed to successfully finish this album at all!
So yeah, definitely tons of happy feelings about this one
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
(Vladimir) The origin of the name seems a bit juvenile, looking at it right now. Warrhead is a tip of the bomb, a small part, but it is responsible for the detonation. That was how we looked at ourselves…..a small band, from a small country, but are doing big damage playing our music on the stage.
Some peope think the name of the band was inspired by a Venom song, but it really isn’t.
If the use of the internet was a bit more widespread at that time, we might of chose another name, as there are/were sooooo many Warheads around. But we knew there were couple of Warheads around, so we are spelling the name of the band as War-Head, which was also a bit inspired by Bolt Thrower and their logo.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
(Dario) Of course it means a lot to us.It is like with any other aspect of life.When you have someone who recognize,appreciate and support what you are doing and effort you have put into it the life seems much easier and nicer then,isn’t it?
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
(Vladimir) Well, the image is really important if you would look at the question from a commercial viewpoint. Metal crowd are so obsessed by it, that I have witnessed people “liking” some band’s music much more than the music of the others based solely on how the band looks like.
So many Metalheads are just fashion victims in my eyes.
Bands that have a uniform image, looking like a gang of some kind is really pleasing to the eyes, and I understand that. The three of us in the band are 3 different individuals though, having a lot in common, but also being totally different personalities, if that would make any sense. We are all Metalheads and it is showing in the way we are looking like, but you can notice the differences. Which is not the ideal situation from the commercil point, but what can we do
I personally don’t have any intentions in making impression on the fans with the way I’m looking like, I am not a model on the catwalk. There is music and there are lyrics written with some depth to it, that is what we are interested in.
Have to say it is the best when a band has a full package of music, lyrics and image put together.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
(Eldar) I really think that the artwork plays important role in reaching out the audience. It really helps get that first impression right, which can be a game changer. Luckily for us, we have a successful cooperation with our artwork designer Dejan Slavuljica who is responsible for artwork on the last album and on Imperium Mundi too. And he can really transform our ideas into an amazing piece of art.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
(Eldar) We are kind of old school people so we are not completely crazy about all the social media stuff. But we do understand that we have to keep up with the current trends in the music world. So we kind of do our best to stay up there with the rest. While we might not be the best in keeping up with the posts and pics, we at least try to get the most important news out and let people know what is happening in our camp. Facebook proved to be a good solution for keeping up with the fans, also YouTube seems to be doing good for us with Terrorizer video having more than 100.000 views.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
(Vladimir) This might seem as a simple question, but it isn’t, really. I am looking at it from at least 2 different viewpoints. We all just love being on the stage, that is the best thing in the world to me, better than sex, drugs and alcohol. The feeling when you play your music to the people and get a great crowd reaction, you can’t explain that feeling and energy with words.
But do I have a need to be a part of some kind of a comunity – no. Is it giving meaning to my life – no.
Are the best people and my dearest friends in this comunity – yes. Do I belong to this comunity – yes. So theres that for you
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
(Dario)It is not about health and illness in my opinion.Times change and it is not the same anymore..,like was 10,20 or 30 years ago for example,when the metal scene was stronger.But I really don’t want to get stuck in 80’s or 90’s and then complain how today’s music is shit and how everything was better before.Today’s kids have almost totally different way of thinking and living as we had when we were kids.So it is more about does metal as a music genre has strength to survive and adjust to this modern age,digitalization,new technologies,and so on…
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
(Vladimir) We are not touring in the last years, unfortunatelly, because of our private lives, but were touring quite a lot in the past, doing tours with bands like Devastation, Tankard, Darkness, Vulcano, Nifelheim, Warbringer, Violator, Grave Desecrator, etc…..
We had played in more than 25 countries. It wasn’t easy getting there, we needed to invest enormous amounts of time and effort to make it happen, doing most of the work ourselves, booking, driving, tour managing, setting the stage up……then partying, sleeping for 2 hours a night for weeks in a row….fun times.
What will the future bring?
(Dario) Considering of the private obligation of some of the band members,we are not living,not only in the same city,but in the same country anymore.So it is much harder than was before to get us all together in the same place and at the same time to do some rehearsals and prepare for the tour or some shows.The question “What future will bring?” is a bit difficult to answer right now I must be honest.This is the longest period without any shows we ever had,and the new album was released a few months ago,so I really hope we will manage somehow to hit the road and do some shows again.