Wrathrone_promo_pic2WRATHRONE is a Finnish band that’s new to me but they intrigued me enough to wanting to interview them. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

What is this band really all about?
-Wrathrone is simply and purely about cranking old school death metal with a melodic touch. For us, it’s all about having a good time and enjoying what we do!

Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-From our point of view that’s really difficult to say. Wrathrone hails from Western Finland, from the vicinity of the city of Turku. I think in Finland it really doesn’t matter where you’re from, we have a lot of great metal bands coming all over the country. All in all, I think it’s not the least bit important where you’re from, music prevails!

When you release an album that get pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that?
-It’s always great to get good response, be it reviews or for example the reaction of the crowd in a show. Positive feedback tells you that you’re doing something right and it adds up the motivation, that’s for sure! When tracking down new songs, we don’t think about reviews or stuff like that, we just do the best job we possibly can and we always believe in our material!

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up with really good songs?
-So far, we have done new songs along the way in a very natural way for us. Mainly our guitarists have some riffs and basic guidelines for a new song and then the whole band contributes to the arranging at rehearsals. When there’s a sufficient amount of new songs, we start to prepare the recordings. In our method, if the song isn’t good enough, it just doesn’t survive the process and we move on working with other material.

Do you prefer working digitally or is physical still cooler?
-It’s obvious that these days you pretty much have to offer something in digital format to get the biggest possible coverage and attention. That being said, we still want to release music in physical format also. We see the physical album as a combination of arts, the music, the imagery and the lyrics all together. That unique feel is lost in digital releases.

With a sound that is being described as both this and that by fans how do you view your sound?
-As we feel that categorizing metal or music in general is not all that important, we still feel that our sound and style is quite traditional death metal with the bottom end growling, thundering bass and drum lines added with harmonic yet heavy guitar work. There’s a definite feel and sound that is consistent in our songs, though there is quite a bit variation in them.

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-First of all, we do not carry any specific political or religious message, it’s not for us. Our lyrics mainly deal with the usual dm¬scenery, death, war, suffering and horror, etc. The important thing is to create the right, aggressive and powerful atmosphere with the music and vocals combined.

What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-As I described earlier, I think the artwork of the album is important part of the whole piece of art that is the album. We always try to get the album imagery to reflect the music and themes of the songs. The cover art is many times also the factor that draws attention and makes people new to the band to check the album out.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-During the years Wrathrone’s been active, it has been really rewarding to see how more and more people have heard about us and the shows keep getting better. The band unit itself has gotten a lot tighter and nowadays we really enjoy ourselves on stage, we try our best to reflect that in the audience every time!

What do you see in the future?
-The future of Wrathrone is looking truly bright, ”Born Beneath” coming out in January, a solid string of shows in Finland and some touring in Europe too, a lot of work in progress at the moment, we’ll let you know as things are settled! It definitely will be awesome year for us! Come see the shows and check out the album!

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