WEAPÖNIZER

Some band names set the tone for what you can expect. Voivod did so for me in the 80s and WEAPÖNIZER do so in the 10s. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-It already feels old to me at this point, honestly: It took nearly a year from when we started the recording until it was actually released. Due mainly to the number of guests musicians appearing on it, schedule conflicts and having the album mixed and mastered elsewhere. Large parts of the album were completed easily, on the spot, while other small things really held up the process.
There is a guest guitar solo or vocal on nearly every track. We were very fortunate to have talented friends from Gravehill, Necrosic, Steel Bearing Hand, Nekrofilth etc play with us on this one!
The band is pleased with the way it all came together and I’m glad we took the time to make sure it was done right.

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?
-The name just came to me one day around 2008 while driving and the band was formed shortly after. There were a few other names I was kicking around at the time, but I think Weapönizer was the most dangerous and sexy sounding.
It really means nothing specific. I’ve heard some claim it means that we’re pro-gun, violent womanizers.
…and yes, this was before the TV show, toys etc of the same name came along.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-I’d continue doing what I’m doing regardless. It does provide extra motivation to continue on though. To improve along the same style and path, knowing that there are other fuckers out there listening and following our work.

To me this whole post apocalyptic war metal thing started with VoiVod. How important is image to stand out from the rest? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Many of our songs are about war and/or post-apocalyptic themes. It wasn’t a premeditated way to stand out, heavy metal bands have been using those subjects consistently since the very start. While I’m not the lyricist, to me it’s the most real thing to write about.
I don’t think it’s nearly as common now as other more typical subjects like gore, fantasy, the occult or even weed, while other bands are always trying to differentiate themselves in some un-metal and gimmicky ways…

Back when I got into metal in the 80s a great front cover could make or break if I bought an album. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-I agree. The cover shouldn’t be so important to the music, but seeing the artwork has a big influence on how the music and songs feel to me. Guitar tones seem to have a green sound when the cover is green.

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?
-Aside from the obvious benefits, I think in a way, yes. It removes a lot of the mystery that used to make underground metal what it was. Say you’ve just heard some evil-sounding band you think you like, within minutes you can probably find out the singer is married and works in IT, that the guitar player is younger than you and you can watch the band’s first agonizing show, that can take away a lot of the “mystique”. Of course metal is all so easily researched now by the fashionable and one-uppers too.

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?
-Definitely. With so many politics and militant sub genre divisions splinting off in “metal” today, it can also feel very isolated though as well.

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?
-I think the scene is bigger and “healthier” than I can ever remember…but maybe that’s just because there are more people now. Clearly though, it’s suffering from internal hemorrhaging, bloat, suffocation under its own size, self parody, in-fighting and over merchandising…
Metal has survived to be too vast, historic, too deeply rooted to ever die fully though. It changes, gets diluted, then moves back toward the traditional.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
We don’t tour a great amount currently, but I’d say we play as much away from our city as in it. I find it’s easy to get gigs on the road and the shows are usually great. People almost always appreciate groups from further away.

What will the future bring?
-The grinning face of death. More records.

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