DOUBLESTONE

I’ve lived next door to Denmark all my life. If I wanted to see metal bands in the 80s Copenhagen was pretty much the only place to go. So I have a special relation to Danish hardrock/metal but never did I think I would hear a band like DOUBLESTONE. Anders Ekdahl ©2013

When I heard you the first time it seemed like what you do was that most natural Danish thing there ever been. How did you end up with the sound you have?
-Thanks .. We have recorded the tracks live on 1” tape, on an old Tascam reel-to-reel, from the 70s. That make a huge impact on the sound. Furthermore, our instruments and equipment are classic and vintage gear. We all have backgrounds in music with more distortion and effects, but are trying to roll back on the gain knob, and simplify the sound, to focus more on tone, melodies and the dynamics in the gear itself.

What makes a Danish band want to play stoner rock? That too me is as odd as a Swedish grunge band was in the 90s?
-That’s kind of funny, because we actually started as a grunge band, but quickly moved on. Stoner seemed as the natural step for us. We come from very different music styles and stoner kinda sums ‘em all up. Stoner isn’t that big in Denmark, but its growing. And I think it just fits our personalities.
We’re all born and raised in the countryside, and the feeling in stoner music fits perfectly to the state of mind you have, when you are growing up in these settings, with open plains and stormy weather. Besides that, we grew up with bands like Nirvana, Melvins, Soundgarden, etc.

Are there a Danish rock tradition from the 70s that you can draw from? I get the impression that back in the days it was mostly jazzy artsy fartsy rock that was played at the night clubs?
-Denmark had a great psychedelic rock scene in the late 60’s and throughout the 70’s, including Beefeaters, Young Flowers, Steppeulvene and Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe. These bands are iconic and grounded in the danish culture, and eventhough you might not hear it at first, there are definately places and elements in our music, that will lead you in that direction.

How much do you draw inspiration from modern hardrock? Do you draw the line around a certain year?
-When we made the EP, we were very inspired by the Swedish scene, Graveyard, Witchcraft, Horisont, etc., but also the old scene from way back, and the current US scene. There is a lot of great bands out there, but in our opinion, nothing beats Black Sabbath. There’s no real limitations, genres nor year, to our inspirations and in the songwriting. We have a pretty clear idea of where we want to be, but we are constantly evolving. That’s why we won’t limit ourselves, we want to be able to do what we want, when we want it. This is actually our thoughts about alot of things surrounding what we do as a band. That being said, the sound on this EP was heavily inspired by Witch and Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats.

I like the fact that your record is out on vinyl. What is your opinion on this whole digital thing?
-Digital music should be free, it’s impossible for anyone, to control our collective consciousness. The internet is the purest form of mouth-to-mouth, and should be used as such. The internet gives you a lot of opportunities, but people are just lacking to see the benefits, instead of the disadvantages. Free music IS reality, whether you like it or not. The question is, how will you react to it? We agreed, right from the beginning, that the digital version of our EP should be free and available as many places as possible. If people don’t like it, they will delete it. If they like it, they will keep it, and maybe buy the superior product, the vinyl. Under any circumstances, more people are listening to our music now, than if we didn’t give it away for free. We strongly encourage everyone to share our free MP3’s with everyone they know! They are always available at http://www.doublestone.dk. (We would like you to make sure (in a footnote or something like that), that people know that bandcamp only supports 200 free downloads per month. If they try to download our music there, and get a payment promt, they should just download the files directly from our website. We just like to use Bandcamp, because of the possibility for HQ streaming).

What kind of reactions have you had to your latest record?
-We have received very good feedback from all around the world. Various blogs have featured our music, but we also got a lot of praise from people who have bought the record that we have met and talked to. We can definitely feel our fan base growing, especially outside Denmark.

When you play the kind of music that you do what kind of scene is there for it? What kind of reactions do you get from fellow Danes?
-The scene is growing in Denmark, but Copenhagen is the forerunner, and we see a lot of activity on venues and festivals, focusing on rock, both modern, and in the more classic form. That being said, our target is not only Denmark. We have some goals to fulfill in the near future, i.e. getting to experience some touring in other countries than Denmark. We don’t want to be the band that tours Denmark only, for some years, and then stop playing. We want to take it further than either of us have ever been with previous bands.

How important is presentation? Does it matter how a record looks as long as the music is great?
-Presentation, if done right and in sync with the music, can guide the right listener towards your record. Especially vinyl aficionados who love to dig trough crates. This is where you need to grab the right attention, with the right audience. Regarding our artwork, we think, that if you listen to our music, some of the associations you get, is in key with how the record looks and feels. We got a lot of credit for the artwork, done by our very talented friend Johan August Christiansen.

What kind of live scene is there for your kind of music?
-We see more of the bigger bands from overseas, coming to Copenhagen. This is a clear indicator that the scene is growing in Denmark, and that our timing might be just right. We have been lucky enough to land support gigs for Endless Boogie, Sabbath Assembly and Pilgrim this spring.

What are the plans for the future?
-This spring we will play a lot of gigs, try out some new tracks live, and hopefully record our first full length. In the fall, our focus is on touring outside Denmark, so if you want to see us in Sweden, give us a heads-up!”

DARK SALVATION

Liechtenstein might not be the biggest of places to come from but no matter how small a country it is DARK SALVATION want to burst out with their melodeath. Anders Ekdahl ©2013

Let us get the boring bits done with first. Could you please give us a short intro to the band?
-We are Dark Salvation, a melodic death metal Band from Liechtenstein in the heart of the alps. We were founded in 2008 because of the Lack of metal bands in our country and released our second record “Der letzte Weg” one month ago. Everybody who’s exited to listen to diversified and melodic death metal with Swedish influence will definitely be satisfied with our latest record.

How hard was it to come up with a name for the band? Just from looking at the name I get images of everything from power metal to black metal.
-We once sat together to brainstorm about a great band name. I don’t know exactly who came up with it, but we liked it just right from the beginning.

I remember a time when you just had to release an album and people would be interested. How do you best promote a band today in order to get people to listen to you and not chose another band?
-I think the best way to promote yourself, is to play as many gigs as possible. A good live performance is important. There are many bands which sound awesome on their record, but you get disappointed hearing them live.

How important has it been to you that there have been local and national bands to look up to for inspiration?
-We are from Liechtenstein, a country with 36’000 inhabitants. There is no real metal history or even metal band that could have influenced us. Of course there are great bands from other countries which have influenced us, but we try to sound unique.

How much do you look across borders for inspiration? Any particular country that has been more influential in shaping your sound?
-Well, apparently the northern European countries have influenced us a little bit. But we don’t really care which band is from which country in order to get inspiration.

What kind of feelings are rushing through your bodies when you have a new album to promote? How anxiety-filled is it to wait for the reactions to something that you’ve slaved over making?
-It’s hard to describe. You are very happy when you can finally hear the finished record. It is always very interesting how each individual person interprets your cd. We are always really curious about opinions and critics.

What are your feelings on your new record? How pleased are you with it and what do you expect it to do for you as a band?
-We are absolutely satisfied about our new record. We did much more on our own during the recording process, compared to the debut-album. Of course we hope to win many new fans from all over the world with it.

With all the social media I get a feeling that you have to be an instant success or you’ll disappear just as quickly as you rose. Has the social media changed the way you build up a fan base these days?
-I think performing live is still a very important way to build up a fanbase. But of course it is much easier with the social media to keep your fans up to date. Sharing gig-dates, songs, photos or whatever. It is a big advantage nowadays.

What kind of future is there for DARK SALVATION?
-We will see. We still have fun and this is the most impotant thing! I hope we’ll have the opportunity to play a lot of shows in different countries and meet a lot of metalheads in the future. Thank you for the interview! Dear metalheads check out our new record ”Der letzte Weg” you can find our music video on yourube (www.youtoube.com/darksalvationTV)

HERETIC

Do not confuse this HERETIC with any other by the same name. I did to begin with and I only realized my mistake by chance. Not that I regret checking this one out. Read on to find out why. Anders Ekdahl ©2013

You guys seem to be very old school in your approach to metal. When in your opinion was the best metal produced?
-Without a doubt the 80’s. Can’t be any more specific than that.

In the 80s you could shock the establishment by just wearing a cod piece. How easy is it to shock and upset today?
-That’s very subjective to whom you actually try to shock. It’s just a matter of stretching someone’s moral boundaries and going beyond a certain breaking point. It still as easy I guess, one has to be a little more creative these days, hahaha.

What has been the goal for the band from day one?
-To play music and create albums that would please our personal needs of something that we thought was lacking from the current offers of records.

What is true and not true metal? When does something become phony and fake?
-I can only judge my own actions when it comes to this. I don’t have the knowledge or ability to look in to someone else’s mind to see if they are fully committed to their music. So it’s very easy for me to say, when MY heart and soul are not dedicated to the things I do, that’s when something has become fake, and with my very own conscience as the only judge.

What would you say has been your greatest influences both in sound and aesthetics?
-A bunch of Venom records and everything related to the occult, bizarre and perverted.

Your new album looks great. How important is it that the album looks the right way and not just sounds the right way?
-Formerly it has always functioned as an addendum of little importance. For this particular album it’s a completely different story. It’s part of the entire experience and feeling of the concept which I would like to expand in the future.

How does this new one differ from the previous one? How much are you into progression?
-Conceptual and compositional we have finally reached a stage of something worthy of the word progression. Something which came completely unintentional and in a very natural way. Which is the only difference from our previous work.

What kind of reaction did you get on your previous album and how do you plan on better those reactions with this new one?
-From glorification to incineration and not in between!! That’s how we like, and that’s the way we like to keep it. So we just set sail for our own course.

How much do you guys think about market strategies and commercial impact? Is being anti a good way of selling a band’s name?
The only thing of importance, that we actually try to stimulate by various mediums, is making people aware of our existence. All to a certain limit of course .You can’t really be anti in order to sell your band’s name, at least not when it’s deliberate, that would be a contradiction.

Is there a future?
-Let’s hope so, the next album has almost been completely written and I wouldn’t want the world the end without unleashing another piece of shit upon it, hahaha.

KALEVALA

You might guess that with a name like KALEVALA this is a Finnish war metal band. But you could not be further from the truth. Look to the south of Europe and you’ll find the origin of this band. Anders Ekdahl ©2013

Why does anybody want to choose a band name that is so closely related to the Finnish history/folklore?
-Although we appreciate it and we love the beautiful sound of Finnish traditional poetry we’re not so much into Finnish folklore, we choose this name many years ago because Kalevala was close to our way of being “epic” , not warmonger but more shamanistic, and , in a certain way, “domestic”. We also loved the meaning ..”land of the heroes” , we have a particular idea of what being an hero means.

Given the choice of band name do your follow a concept both musically as well as lyrically?
-Not strictly. Are Led Zeppelin songs about airships?

Where do you see yourself fitting in on a worldwide scale of metal?
-At the top, of course.

What have been your greatest inspiration/influences in shaping the sound of the band?
-Celtic traditional music, traditional music in general ..great hard rock and metal bands such as Rainbow, Jehtro Tull, Led Zeppelin…metal bands ..from Iron Maiden to Pantera and eclectic bands like Faith No More, but I think our style has a punk attitude in it.

How pleased are your with your latest recorded works? What is it that you want to achieve with this recording?
-I think the last work, There and back again, has got the right sound for Kalevala. We’re happy about Carlo Izzo , the studio engineer of Moonlight Records. It is the first time we could get what we really wanted, the right mix of energy, power and naturalness. It is very different from folk metal standards, I know, but that’s the way we are, no tricks.

How important is it to you that the band makes it? How dependent are you upon the band turning into a career?
-We want to make music our only job, some of us already did it. We know it’s not easy, we’re doing many sacrifices and we’re ready to do much more. There is only one thing we will never do, we won’t change our music. We love our songs and we respect the people who love our music and come to jump and scream at our live gigs.

Is it important that the art work matches the music and the lyrics? What difference can a bad album cover make from a really great one?
-The artwork is one of the few possibilities for a band to communicate in a different way, it is very important. We collaborate with the same guy since 1998, he grew with us and he knows very well the lyrics and understands the spirit of the band

How do you find the right kind of people to work with? How do you know to trust them with what is probably the most important things in your life?
They have to be creative, elastic and they must be able to survive in very bad conditions!

Is playing live important in today’s digital downloading frenzy? How do you get the computer guys to come out to a gig and leave their computer at home?
-By infecting via Facebook their PCs with formidable viruses

What kind of future do you see for the band?
-We shall become a worldwide known band or we shall end our life rowing on a yawl. We swear it!

KING BONG

OK, you can make all kind of funny jokes based on this bands name but the truth be told KING BONG, despite their name is one hell of a cool band. Anders Ekdahl ©2013

When I first saw your band name I imagined the music would be something along the lines of Primus or The President Of The United States Of America but it wasn’t. What’s up with the band name?
-It was a cold, dark and dreary night when we were all visited by the spirit of the King Himself, in the form of a gigantic, stoned-looking space ape. How could we not start a band named after Him? We aim to bring His voice from the depths of space to poor, tiny planet Earth.

How would you like to characterize your sound? What has been the main inspiration?
-We initially went with the old “influenced by the genres we listen to” scheme: a pinch of ‘70s rock here, a splace of good old heavy metal there, a grain or two of stoner, blues and funk, all contained in a psychedelic mash-up. The more we gain confidence in what we do, the more we like to spice it up even more. We’re keen listeners, and that reflects in the music.

How hard is it to find your place in today’s oversaturated music scene? How do you set yourself apart from all the other bands out there?
-It’s a two-faced predicament: on one side, we find ourselves in a relatively small niche of great listeners and fanatics, people who love going to gigs and still have the time and dedication to discover new acts; on the other, everything is now readily available to everyone, and it’s a constant fight to stay afloat in the mass. We never stop composing and trying to evolve. The King has a thousand voices and speaks of a million things, and it’s always a surprise even for us, to see what comes out of the rehearsing room. It seems to us like the only way to retain a personal sound.

How pleased are you with the outcome of your latest record? What kind of reactions have you had to it so far?
-We are extremely pleased, both with the songs and the sound of the record; we recorded at Moonlight Studios and the result is really close to our live sound. The album has its flaws, and fortunately so, for they urge us to polish and refine what we think is a great work already. Reactions too have been very positive, albeit sadly more so abroad that in our home country; then again, though, we do realize it is not an “easy” record to listen to. It needs the proper moment and mindset to sink in.

How involved are you in the choice of art work and lay out? What should the art work say to the potential buyer?
-We are in strict cooperation with the artist who created the whole layout, in that we gave the general idea and he bent and shaped it around to follow his personal vision. We love it, by the way; it has a beautiful old sci-fi vibe that fits and conveys the spacey sound of the record almost to perfection. We do love all things sci-fi, plus the King Himself comes from outer space, so… Make sure to check out his webiste, he’s got some amazing stuff and would be happy to work with more bands: http://constantpitch.tumblr.com/

How do you market a band today? Is the social media still a great place to spread the word of the band? What are the best social media to use?
-It’s the same as it has always been, we think. You have something to offer to the audience and you have try and reach it through every available channel. Social media are an opportunity to gain more visibility, but they can also become a swamp filled with too much information.

Something I often wonder about is how do you know which social media that are the best to use as a promotional tool? How much time and effort do you put on finding the right social media?
-There isn’t a single social media that is the best, they’re probably more useful when used together. We try to put enough time in them, but we’re at our best when we’re playing, the guys at Moonlight Records are better than us at promotion!

Do you feel that you are a part of a scene? Is it important to feel like you are a part of a scene?
-It’s kind of complicated. There sure are a lot of band that we can be compared to, but due to the intrinsic variety of the genre (if there actually is one we can be classified in) we hardly feel we’re part of any “scene”. What is certain is that we’ve found and shared stages with many great bands, and we do feel a bond with anybody who tries to be heard by playing anti-mainstream music!

What kind of touring/live opportunities are there for a band like yours? How important is touring/playing live to the band?
-Playing live is fundamental, for two reasons: the obvious one is to reach a larger audience, getting new fans and maybe selling a few records after the show. Speaking again about the social media, we believe that a live show is a stronger and more effective way to impact the audience. The second reason is that we are a jam band, we improvise a lot and doing it in the studio is different from doing it on a stage. The vibe of the audience might bring us in different directions, rawer and more aggressive, or placid and contemplative, depending on the night.

What do you expect to happen in the future?
-We’re actually lucky to have started the band the way we did, under inspiration from a whimsical creature such as the King. We aim to create as much music, and with as much variety, as we’ll be able to. If the world will have ears to listen we’ll be there to bring the King’s word to them!

PAGANIZER

PAGANIZER really don’t need an introduction if you’ve followed the death metal scene the last 10 – 15 years. But don’t let that stop you from reading this interview with Rogga. Anders Ekdahl ©2013

Looking at your discography I get a feeling that you are overly productive. How do you find time to do all the things you do?
-Yes it might seem that way haha… I don’t know really, I like to write music and I tend to record most stuff I write too, and not throw away so much stuff. Actually I’m not spending all days and weeks on doing music, but when I sit down to write or record I usually end up with quite a bunch of stuff, and that ends up like an album often too I guess.

Is it important to PAGANIZER to evolve? Is progress a bad word?
-It’s not important to evolve for us, no. but I don’t dislike progress either. I think we have progressed through the years, and then maybe taken a few steps back here and there too. But really, we know what we like to play and try our best and there’s no real need then to throw in new stuff into mix if you ask me. I can do that in other projects if I like too.

How pleased are you with this new album? What did the previous album do and what do you want this new one to do?
-I’m very pleased with it actually. Andreas wrote music this time too and also Dennis, our new bassplayer, wrote a couple of songs. I always feel that the albums come out more interesting when I don’t write everything myself, so I’m very happy with how it all came together. The previous album “Into the catacombs” marked the return of the (almost) old lineup of the band again getting together, and that we again after a few years on ice could do shows and tours. So that was a great thing, that the previous album got our name out there more again, and this new album will hopefully keep doing that work this and next year.

For a band that has been old school even before old school was the new thing how annoying is it to be described as old school?
I don’t think it’s annoying, not too much anyways. People always need labels to put on things, it’s been like that forever. And if its describing us easier for people, then it’s a good enough thing I guess. We never set out to play old school music though, when we started in ´94 it wasn’t old school haha.

What is old school really?
-I don’t know really, I guess it’s just a word to describe bands that doesn’t use too much technical stuff in the music. I mean sure there were technical bands back then too, but I think the term these days describes mostly bands that grew up listening to the early 90s death metal scene, mainly the Scandinavian one. I never come across a band described as old school and then they sound like Pestilence or Obituary, it’s always Entombed or Nihilist or something like that riddled though their sound.

With you being so productive as you are and with you playing in other bands to do you ever get to enjoy the rewards of PAGANIZER?
-Well the rewards for me with Paganizer is that it’s the only band I actually play live and tour with. So that for me is the big paycheck, I get to travel and hang out with my best friends and drink free beer and meet good people. I think that’s just about the coolest thing one could ask for, to get to do ten times a year or so.

Does it ever feel that other people reap the rewards of the band, that you being PAGANIZER and having a reputation does more for the others you work with than it does for you?
-No I don’t feel like that at all. And I don’t feel like I’m a known person at all either, I am surprised when people send mails or messages with all sorts of flattery and good words on my music. It’s a weird thing really, but also cool of corpse.

Having been around a while and playing Swedish death metal have you noticed that there is a renewed interest in bands like Nihilist and the likes?
-Haha yes I have noticed that, I think anyone has. My fave music isn’t the old Swedish bands actually, so I don’t listen to any of the new old school bands, but I come across them all the time of corpse online and in magazines. It’s a rather large resurgence right now, but I’m sure it’ll be something different in a few years as usual.

Why do you think that Swedish death metal has survived for 25 odd years?
-It’s a very good style of music, it has everything from melody to ugliness. I don’t think the sound will ever go away completely, as it’s something rather fantastic really.

What does the future hold for you guys?
-A few minitours and festivals in Europe during spring summer and fall, and after that I guess we will do mostly gigs in Sweden during winter and start work on new album sometime next year.

SATURNUS

There are classic Danish metal bands but they mostly date back to the 80s. If there ever was a 90s classical metal band it should be SATURNUS. Interview answered by Henrik and Thomas A.G. Anders Ekdahl ©2013

Why should anybody care about Saturnus in 2013 that can you bring to the metal fans that no other bands can?
-Well first of all the atmospheric content of the music. There’s no doubt that the experience of listing to the new album lies in the feelings of the music. I (Henrik) think we can bring some of the depressed feelings out in people that other bands can’t. Another aspect is the beautiful solos on Saturn in Ascension and the melodies Rune brings to it.

How do you feel about your debut album today? Do you feel that it is classic Danish metal album?
-We are very proud of the debut album and in Denmark it’s very popular. There’s no doubt the first album is one of the best Saturnus albums.

What was it that influenced Saturnus to begin with? How much of that original influence is
there still left today?
Thomas A.G. My Dying Bride and old Anathema was our biggest inspirations in the beginning, they are not the same inspiration source any more in the same way, but I think you can compare the atmosphere in all the bands. Today our inspirations comes mainly from our self’s.

How would you like to rate your records up to the new one?
Thomas A.G. The first album is always Special, but I like all of them differently, they are all my number one.

Have Saturnus had any kind of impact on the Danish metal scene? Do you feel that you are
the elders of a scene?
-I (Henrik) think we have an influence on other bands who are making the same kind of music. Unfortunately the doom scene isn’t that big in Denmark as eg. Sweden. But we occasionally meet bands who thank us for being their influence. With 20 years behind us we and a couple of other bands in Denmark are definitely the elders as a band on the Danish scene. Keeping a band together for 20 years are not an easy job.

What kind of state is the Danish metal scene in today? How does Saturnus fit in today?
Thomas A.G. Saturnus don’t fit in anywhere in the Danish scene, it has always been like that so we are used to it. I see the Danish scene grooving with talent, so the future for Danish metal looks really promising I think.

You’ve been through a couple of labels during your career. What have you learnt throughout the years that you can use today?
Thomas A.G. I don’t have an answer for that sorry.

How different are your expectations today compared to when you started?
Thomas A.G. They are no different, we are still dreaming and living the dream, I think if you lose the thing that started you it will become a everyday thing then it is time to stop, Saturnus has to be special every day.
I have not changed at all since day one.

What are your intentions with the band these days? How serious do you take it nowadays?
-We take it VERY serious. Our intentions are that we want to bring Saturnus to a higher level. How we do this are up to the fans..hehe… We can only make the best doom music we can and then hope the expectations we have for the records becomes the same as the critics and fans.
Play as many gigs as possible and try to bring the atmospheric doom around the world.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We hope to tour a lot this year and the next. Then a new record of course. Also try to get to the countries where we haven’t been yet where we know our fan base is large. But we have quite a few gigs this year and we have the tour with Vision Bleak in Septemeber/October

THOUSAND YEAR WAR

THOUSAND YEAR WAR is a band that deserves to be noticed. Start with reading this interview and then go and check out their music if you haven’t done so already. Anders Ekdahl ©2013

What have you been up to since the release of your album on Abyss Records?
-Since the release there have been fairly drastic changes to the band itself. I removed the other member kellen from the band, and proceeded to finish the EP Kingdom of America that was in the works. I also stopped working with Abyss Records and decided to self release the ep and relocated to Northern California.

How much of a touring entity has THOUSAND YEAR WAR been so far? How different is the band in a live environment?
It has not been a live entity. TYW will be studio until the right kind of opportunity arises.

You have a new record out now that you release on your own. What prompted this move?
I really got sick of being reliant on finances from a label that were supposed to be provided but not coming through so I decided to rely on myself rather than someone else. I still want a label to do a physical release but I will not be working with Abyss again.

As we live in age of digital releases how have that changed the way of looking at how you release records? Are they still records if they are digital?
I am not a fan of this digital age, and not really excited about how this new ep is just digital right now. It doesn’t seem real in a way. It’s important to have some sort of physical copy to really draw substance from an artistic effort.

I’m a cover art buff. I love the covers of the 80s, the big and bold and where loads of things happen in the details. How important is art work today?
-I am obsessed with covers and logos. Especially artwork non-digital. In metal I believe the cover holds a significant importance to an album. Today it is overlooked as well as the lyrics. Which makes it ostensibly shown how meaningless the artwork is to fans in this digital age. Sad.

Does it matter how a band looks in the promo shoots? Is image a big thing for the band?
-Well, I think many promo shots help give an atmosphere, mystery, and sometimes a message. Perfect example is my promo shot where I am covered in blood holding the American flags. The message is poignant and aggressive, in which I believe our values here are founded in the blood of others.

How does this new recording follow your progression line? Where does it fit in the bigger picture of the band?
-This is kind of like a transitional recording and a statement saying that TYW is here to stay and not just another cookie cutter mdm band. I strive to create art and original compositions full of emotion and a solid lyrical foundation. This recording is going to lead to a more black metal effort on my next full length I am working on. Its also more aggressive and in your face.

When you released your previous album Swedish death metal was often mentioned in the same sentence as the band’s name. What about today? How much Swedish death metal is there in the sound?
-No much. I am really breaking away from that. Personally, I have always enjoyed black metal more than any other genre in metal. Also a big punk fan so I am sort of getting away from the swedish death metal. I know it will lose some peoples interest, as it already has, but I am being true to what I really desire to compose. TYW is also gaining a much different fan base which is fine.

How well received has the band been so far and how does the reactions match your expectations?
-There has been lots of great praise and also some disdain for the sound. This is something I expected. I wasn’t going after a top notch production which has been disappointing for some, but that’s what I wanted; a raw nasty in your face sound!

What does the future hold for the band?
Right now I am working on a full length “Unmarked Grave” which I hope to record this winter . Its going to be a whole new experience as I am writing everything to drums instead of basing it all on the guitars. Having lots of fun playing and writing in this way. The album will have lots of power and of course scathing lyrics. I really appreciate your support from battlehelm on this recording and of course “Tyrants and Men”

THRONE

I am not much of a sludge aficionado but once I come upon it I find myself liking it. Which is waht I did with Italian THRONE. Anders Ekdahl

Where does one get the idea to play sludge/doom/whatever?
-It came naturally, of course we all have a southern metal heart. For sure we don’t belong to any doom scene.

What would you say are your main influences in creating the sound that you have?
-Main influences are around southern sound, like Down, Clutch and Crowbar. When we write fast and powerful licks we get inspired mainly by Superjoint Ritual, Lamb of God and Municipal Waste. We also dig some stoner tunes like Red Fang or Pelican. But we never forgetting about to be ourselves as Throne.

Is there a sludge/doom scene to speak of? Where does the best bands come from?
-If you mean it locally, theres’s no better place as our plains to play gloomy tunes. We come from pianura padana, surrounded by fog almost whole year, near the big river Po. That’s what we are.

To my ears what you play is very British in sound and spirit, very punkish and anarchistic. How much of that whole anarcho thing have you adapted to?
-Do you think so? We never thought about to sound like this. British bands has always been more extreme in everything, so we agree with it. There’s a lot to learn from the ever gigging punk/hardcore lesson.

Do you feel that you are appreciated in Italy? Does people like and understand what you are doing?
-Nope, most of the common people here loves lame music like Vasco Rossi’s shit. So it’s common for us to relate with people that at least knows Black Sabbath ’cause they heard them at the movies soundtracks.

What I find strange is that when I interview Italian bands they all say that the support for metal is bad yet we see more and more bands and labels popping up in Italy. How bad is the support for metal really?
-Ain’t that bad really, but there’s a lot to do about underground culture in metal. There are many underground bands like us with goodwill and talent, as well small hard working venues here and there surviving. This could be the right support, except for this lack in culture by the people we said before.

How pleasing is it to have an album out? How much hard work was it to complete your latest release?
-It was a hard work but for sure pleasant. We all love this life. Recording and mixing took time but we did it with enthusiasm. First time we listened to our work completed, we were high, boozed down in a small cellar, like possessed, enjoying the moment.

What kind of reactions have you had to the album so far? Can you see any particular countries where you do better than others?
-We haven’t toured that much yet, but we are conscious that we are tight enough to succeed, and work it out. So far we had much better feedback from aboard!

What kind of live scene are you part of? Are there still a lot of independent places to play all over Europe?
-We are part of any live scene that is real, so we hope there will be many live clubs around Europe to tour at. We dig any live act where audience and the band can have a direct contact.

What future would you like to see for the band?
-We’d like to live in a future with Throne playing eight days a week.

CONTROL HUMAN DELETE “The Prime Mover”

CONTROL HUMAN DELETE
”The Prime Mover”
(Code666)
Just by reading the band name I get the impression that this is going to be Meshuggah technical metal. Not that I mind. I can take even the most twisted turns as long as it is good. If not I’ll just fade it out and think about more interesting things. And sure, it is technical but perhaps not as twisted as Meshuggah. But you got to have the patience of a God to sit through this. If you suffer from any of the letter diseases you might as well just turn around and start running. But if you fancy Atheist or think that Watchtower were to soft or think that Morbid Angel gone too techno then this is for you. If Fear Factory sounds more like weak factory you should turn to this. This is for us that misses Treponem Pal’s weirdness. This was actually (and I really mean actually) more accessible than I thought at first. Anders Ekdahl