WITCHES OF DOOM is an Italian hardrock/doom/goth metal band Anders Ekdahl ©2018

When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-First of all thanks to you and all your readers….Well we’ve never think about what s goin on at the time of a new release, we just proceed following our own rules…our music it’s a melting pot of different influences that span from goth to stonerand doom metal….so we definetely pick up from the previous album..at the end of the day we got such a vast array of inlfuences that we don’ t need to discover what’s trendy at the minute….although we love to listen to new music from other bands….

Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-Yes we got our own trademark..that s basically the witch on the artwork of our cds…as you can notice on Obey our first offering we got drawn a Witch that resembles the 30s film diva Gloria Swanson, while on Deadlights we got a naked witch entwined with Alesiter Crowley hands….so yeah we follow a pattern there.

How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
-Well we know that the lyrics are fine when they match the atmosphere and sound of the specifc song….it has to sound right to our ears first…

I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-We reckon that download is not necessarly a bad thing all togheter…it can give you the chance to have access to brand new bands like us for instance…on the other hand the kids have to get the message that a band to survive and record the second album needs money…therefore you cannot just download for free every single song otherwise you’ll get just the big names out there and kill the small ones….and the undeground scene will end tomorrow I guess…I’m owner of a Spotify library account but if Ilike a band I’ll definetely buy their album to support them!

Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-Yes many times it happened that some people though we were just a pure doom metal band playing slow riffs…while we are much more than that…we play a sort of crossover of doom and other stuff that we love listening to….

I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-Like I’ ve explained in the previous question above there are good and bad things about it….overall the good ones are much more than the bad …

Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-No I reckon the market will mould to the new reality…nowadays most of the bands are costantly on tour to make a living out of it…recording an album is just an excuse to go on tour and sell your merch….

I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-No I think it’s the opposite…these days a lot of bands sell their slots to get enough money to support all the expanese they ve got on tour…so every band can go on tour even with big names as long as they pay for their slot….

If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-Exactly like Kiss back in the 70’s….Loud and Big!!!

What does the future hold?
-Soon we’ll be back in the studio in order to record our third album…hopefully it will be out by the end of the year…stay tuned and check out our facebook page for the news!!!

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