WOUND COLLECTOR is an interesting entity. Check them out for yourself and make up your own mind. Answers by Peter – vocals & sax. 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?
-Well, I honestly try to achieve several steps forward by every recording we make, otherwise it would be a chance we missed out. Releasing a new record is like showing your teeth to the scene and your dedication to the fans. We sure hope that this recording will mark our place in the current death metal scene.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-“Eternal Bloodcult” is only the first full album we have released as Wound Collector. All of us have been active in several metal acts and myself as a saxophonist I’ve also recorded a lot in the contemporary classical, free jazz, and pop/rock music. For Wound Collector the lyrical theme is always forgotten or neglected parts of history. We don’t aim to be the next Nile but we keep our eyes very open to worldwide history through all ages. Obviously since we’re a death metal band we focus on pain, death, hopelesness, the little value given to human life and other negative aspects.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
-On this album all music and lyrics are by my hand. The music always comes first and once the song is completed I start playing with words and ideas to see what fits rhythmically or suits best the atmosphere of the riffs and melodies. Whenever I feel some words or sentences work fine, I start figuring out the actual story. That means digging into history books, websites and magazines and creating my own personal view on the facts.
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?
-In many ways we’re all old school as well since we’re all above 30 years old. I’m currently 38 now. As a kid I used to adore the artwork and the details and I feel that many metal fans still appreciate this too. We wanted to give that same experience to our listeners so that holding the booklet becomes a part of the listening ritual. We wanted the artwork to be narrative, dark and brutal but not too revealing to the rest of the songs. Threadbare Artwork from Belgium did an amazing job on the artwork for “Eternal Bloodcult” which we are very proud off. They did the likes of Saille, Fractured Insanity and many other Belgian acts.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-You know, in our day jobs Guy (guitars) and I are teachers so we do get misinterpretated regularly. However students and parents are quite interested once they’ve seen the video clip or once they get the technical difficulties in both the instrumental and the vocal parts. I don’t wear my most shocking shirts when I go to work, but I’m always in metal outfit and my tattoos are not necessarily covered. Nowadays with those fucking hipsters and all people are more aware of personality and individuality, or atleast that’s how I feel it.
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?
-The easy access makes a lot of music easier to spread. Like currently I’m listening to the latest Gutslit from India, if it weren’t for social media I would never have discovered this amazing quartet from the other side of the globe. People get more choice and sometimes they get saturated. Then it’s up to you as a musician to do something that distingiushes you from the rest, in our case it’s the full time use of the tenor saxophone. You like it or you hate it, but atleast you have seen or heared about it!
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?
-I feel for both interpretations of the current development. The good thing is that you can spread your music very easy and for instance we get feedback from Scandinavia, Germany, and many other countries in Europe. That wouldn’t have been possible for us in the tape trading era, which by the way I adored as well. When we put up our first video for “Divine Music, Unholy Flesh” we had 1600 views in 2 weeks without anyone really knowing us, so that shows this works!
At the other hand I do feel that people get whatever music they want so easily and most of the time for free, so bands are not earning any money for their music. Ofcourse you can still sell shirts and other merchandise but the fact that you can download everything for free is not helping in that way. Then again people will be intrigued faster because of this and come visit your shows and buy merchandise. You know, if people want the metal business to persist, they should just buy the actual album or pay for their downloads, it’s that simple.
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?
-This is a though question because I’ve toured mostly in the classical contemporary scene and the pop/rock scene so that’s an entirely different world. What I petty a bit in the metal world is that the accomodations are rather poor most of the time, but the response you get from the audience is uncomparible to other tours I’ve done so far! What I do feel is that organisors are not very interested in a new band or an act that does something different. It’s hard to get shows for a band like ours, however the audiences reaction is always very cool. I guess that social media will help us out here, haha!
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-Actually we all love most honest shows with direct contact. You know, look at what bands like Suffocation, Nile, hate Eternal or Cannibal Corpse do live, that’s just how it’s supposed to be. Although we all love showcases like Fleshgod Apocalypse I don’t really see us doing this kind of show. Let it be brutal, honest, and in-your-face.
What does the future hold?
-We are working with a booking agency to get some more shows in mostly Belgium and the Netherlands and we want to promote this new album as much as we can. We don’t have any tours scheduled but we do hope that “Eternal Bloodcult” will get us to many stages.