Balkan might not be the greatest place to look for metal bands. It’s more the muzak kind of music that we associate that part of Europe. But WITHIN DESTRUCTION might change that. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
With so many people still living on the Balkan why do we see so few metal bands making it? Is there still skepticism towards bands from Slovenia, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia etc.?
-Countries from this part of Europe were never amongst the European “elite”, there aren’t any bands that would have a worldwide reputation, although we have some larger bands that were working a lot to get to a higher level. We have a lot of good, promising bands, but I think the problem (at least in Slovenia) is that most people in bands look at their band just as a hobby and therefore don’t have enough motivation and will to make it abroad.
What was it that made you want to form a band in the first place?
-We wanted to bring something fresh to our scene. There were barely any bands in our part of Slovenia, and none of this kind. We started as a melodic death metal band, but had a lot of black metal influence from the beginning. Then we started working a lot on speed and technical stuff so we could start making faster, even more brutal songs. We just want to bring something more extreme and repulsive to our scene.
Can we talk of a Slovenian metal scene? What kind of bands are popular and what kind of metal goes down the best?
-People are mostly into thrash and heavy metal and after that comes black and death metal. We have a really strong thrash scene and I find a problem here, because most of the people who listen to thrash are conservative and don’t welcome a bit of different, more fresh approach to making metal music. Black metal scene was great a few years ago, but then it just started sinking a bit and that is a real shame since we have so many good bands. The great thing is that death metal is expanding and we’re getting/got some great new bands.
What is the hardest part of being a metal band in Slovenia? Is it people’s attitudes or is it more along the line of monetary means?
-Well money is important everywhere and the same is here. If you don’t have enough money then you can’t join larger bands on tour as a support band. If a larger band plays a show in Slovenia and they have a free spot for local support bands then there is usually no problem to play there. The problem are the conservative metal heads which I mentioned in the previous question and I am sure that they are all over the world. Other than that people support our bands really good on and off of stage and I am really happy with that.
How tough is it to go on tour in Europe? What is the hardest part getting good gigs around Europe?
-We don’t have a lot of experience with shows abroad but I hope we get more soon. The biggest problem is that it’s a gamble. You spend a lot of money on transport and then if the show doesn’t get a lot of attendances the venue cannot pay you the amount you expected or wanted to get. But as I always say, the biggest payment (for now) is the fact that more people get to know of you.
I find it fascinating how bands end up on the labels they sign to. What was it that made you go for Noisehead?
-We were looking for the proper label for quite some time and got a few opportunities that were looking really good, but after we did some research we found out bad things about labels and we didn’t want to deal with them. We wanted to find a label that is working fair and gives boosts to new bands by their promotion and distribution and that is why we chose Noisehead records.
When you stand there with a finished recording what kind of feelings do you have? How rewarding is it to be done?
-We were relieved that months of hard work were behind us and we finally had something to show to the world. But we knew that this is just the beginning of the complete process of this album and we just reached the first milestone.
When the recording is done is that when the hard work begin? How do you plan on making people know of you guys?
-The whole making of the album was a hard process, but this were the most crucial parts. We had to choose the right label, and the better you choose the better the promotion and distribution of the album is going to be, which leads to more people knowing about us. We are going to continue with the promotion we are making ourselves and our label is going to help.
What would be a success to you and what would be a total failure? What kind of expectations do you have on the album?
-A success would be that this album gets accepted well amongst worldwide metal scene and invokes some new offers for shows abroad. It would give us a good advantage on making future releases and carve our name just a bit deeper on the European death metal board. The failure should be know to all, the album remains unnoticeable, but by the looks of current reviews things will turn out great.
What would you like to see happening in the future?
-Seeing our name on multiple festival and tour flyers and having great shows there!