The Addication – “The Addication”

The Addication – “The Addication” (Inverse Records)

Hailing from Finland, The Addication blend chopping thrash a la Puppets or Justice era Metallica with heavy doses of cool warbling melodies in an amazing concoction guaranteed to fire up the frozen wastelands of their homeland! Kenny Jones’s vocals alternate to the beat ranging from soulful to almost trippy to raw rock out as the rhythm section threatens to run amok like a mad moose – that is until the tight n heavy guitars of Hector Jimenez and founder Hank J. Newman kick in with those unbelievably catchy modern melodies like on the irresistible ‘From The Ashes’, ‘My Testament’ and ‘Last Seconds On Earth’. With this in mind The Addication possess some definite stand out qualities that should see this excellent self titled debut garner them more support and real recognition.

Mystery Blue – “Conquer The World”

Mystery Blue – “Conquer The World” (Road Show Productions)

Sacre bleu! Mystery Blue are a French HM band from the same era as bands like H-Bomb and Satan Jokers who toured with the likes of Motorhead, Saxon and Def Leppard on the Continent in the 80s. Despite their meteoric rise they succumbed to the all too familiar internal squabbles resulting in a 6 year dormancy. Reactivated by founder guitarist Frenzy Philippon, they have slowly built up their following in the true metal market. Still very much with an 80s HM sound but now with a female vocalist in Nathalie Geyer, Mystery Blue continue in the same dogged style with high end femme vocals, crunching metallic guitars, suave melodies and driving rhythms including double bass drum runs on songs like ‘Cruel Obsession’, ‘Ticket To Hell’ and ‘Guardian Angel’. As one of the originals, the strength of Mystery Blue is that their material still sounds fresh and energetic having been enthusiastically played with a vigor and panache that few bands could equal after all these years!

ALLTHENIKO

ALLTHENIKO is one of the stranger moniker that I’ve come upon. But you shouldn’t judge the band by its name. So give them a chance and they might end up your new fave. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

I gotta say that your band name is one of the strangest I’ve come upon lately. What made you choose it?
-First of all I would like to thank you for the space offered to us and greetings to all Swedish readers, fans of metal music! Well, we’re aware that seeing for the first time the name Alltheniko doesn’t suggest a metal band and to tell the truth: it’s even a name that can be a little ugly haha! for sure … 10 years ago, when we started playing together we never imagined that the project would be so long-lasting, so we performed for the first time under the monicker Alltheniko, which is a play on words sounding like “Oldenico”, a small village near our town Vercelli (in the north-west of Italy), then we haven’t changed it because has become dear to us!

You are now on your 4th album. Do you feel that the bands evolutionary curve has been what you expected it to be? Have you come as far as you thought you would by album 4?
-We have worked relentlessly, recording four albums in five years, this is because we feel the need to continually develop new ideas and progress in an artistic and compositional sense, with this album we approached more to a purely communicative and emotional side, the most we can offer.we are conscious of having matured, but I think that a band should never be fully satisfied with what it has done previously, otherwise it would be inevitable for the evolutionary curve to stop, and I hope you share this thought so we are sure about,with no doubt, we’re able to give something more of ourselves to our beloved Heavy Metal!

What is it that makes you leave one label to sign with a new one? What are your feelings on the job that has been done for your previous albums?
-It was natural to test us and know that beyond the Italian borders, our musical proposal had actually been accepted. We now know, and we are satisfied with our choice, and with the good work done by Pure Steel records (our new label). Certainly we remain affectionate to all our previous work, as each of them photographs a particular moment of our lives, but without looking back and regretting for something more that maybe could have been done or not. For a band is much better to think about the present and the future!

How hard is it to find a style of metal that suits you? How do you pick your influences?
Our influences are mostly traditional European and overseas heavy metal, both “schools” have characteristics we adore, we mixed what we liked, we did it ours, and created something recognizable and well defined! In fact, many people think that, both on stage and in studio albums, Alltheniko sounds like Alltheniko, don’t look like any-one else and we are very proud of this!

What is the album title Back in 2066 all about? How much of a concept album is this new one?
-We decided to create a kind of “fil rouge” that connects all the songs in a single work (“Three Head Mutant Chronicles”), which tells the story of a three-headed mutant born from the fusion of three individuals (called D, L, J), by a mad scientist (Doctor Niko), all set in a not too distant future (2066).
lyrics, although are of pure fantasy, inevitably refer to issues in current society, and what it would happen in the future if you continue to persist in actions and bad choices.

What part does the art work play? How much time do you spend on thinking up the right kind of concept for the art work?
-As a band we take care of all aspects including album artwork, as well as audio and video production (… We are a Self-Made Band hehe!) So we think that the cover image fully reflects us. in this case the idea was born during the songs creation, while for the previous albums, covers were always made later.

How important is touring to Alltheniko? How do you go about getting on the right kind of tours?
-Live touring is at the end the real reason for which we exist! However, we don’t have a management behind and all we organize is mainly the result of our direct contact! but we feel lucky because in recent years we had great opportunities, and we knew really extraordinary people that let us move around Europe! Hem … I take this opportunity to invite Swedish organizers and promoters to contact us because We would be glad to play in Sweden and meet you personally!

How much promotion do you have to do yourself these days to not get lost in the competition from all new and hungry bands?
-We do not feel to fight with other bands, but we are following an independent course and rising slowly but steadily if the strength of our music lies in its simplicity, the message will be equally simple and we do not need other! Certainly the musical offering is varied and nearly endless today, in fact the promotional action of our new label has been of much help, but we also try to do our best to be present in all aspects of the release of a new album!

What ways are the best ways to keep the band’s name alive and present?
-Well, Alltheniko has the peculiarity of never having made changes in the line-up, and we are the same people who founded the band in 2002! So I do not know if it is worth for all bands what I will say: but for me union, respect and mutual trust as well as passion for music are the ingredients that make a band “stainless” in time, no doubt!

What future is there for Alltheniko?
-We’ll follow and support our “Back in 2066” for a while, we will do some live shows within our borders during winter season but we look forward to European summer festivals and open-airs.
Meanwhile, enjoy “Back in 2066”, listen to it on a real hi-fi (instead of on your computer) or in your car and let you carry away by dear old school!

ASYLUM PYRE

French metal hASYLUM PYRE has always tickled my fancy. Nothing new about that in 2012. Whenever a French band comes my way I pay extra careful attention to them. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

OK let us start with a short introduction of the band Asylum Pyre?
Asylum Pyre : So, we are Asylum Pyre from France. The band exists since 2007 and we play Melodic Metal with many influences in Power, prog, heavy, ambient or Speed Metal. We are 6 in the band:
Chaos Heidi as main and female vocalist
Johann Cadot as guitarist and male vocalist
Herve Schiltz as a guitarist
Tony Decaillon on Keyboards
Julien Peuch is our Bassist but he is currently replaced by Olivier Louis-Servais as Julien has just become a father!
Finally on drums we are currently working with 2 session drummers (Vincent Kreyder, who has recorded the album, and Jean-Pierre Lecarpentier)
We released a first Album “Natural Instinct?” in 2009, which has received many good reviews worldwide. We try to write songs that have different parts and that give emotion through atmospheres and melodies. For further information about us go and check our website: www.asylumpyre.com or our facebook page (www.facebook.com/asylumpyre)!

I don’t really care what gender the members are but do you feel that lately there’s been a bigger interest for female-fronted metal bands ?
Asylum Pyre : We don’t really know… If this can bring us more listeners, that’s good news! But we just hope it won’t discourage others… You know, concerning the female vocals scene, sometimes, just because you have a female singer, you are immediately put into a little box and we are a bit tired of this. We play metal and have a female singer behind the microphone, that’s all. We don’t want to sound like Nightwish or Within Temptation even if we like their music.
Imagine something lost in the middle between Helloween and Pain of Salvation with varied female vocals…
Chaos Heidi : As a female singer I would say bands like Nightwish, Within Temptation, Epica and so on brought something new a few years ago and with them followed a passionate trend, particularly in symphonic metal style, which is lately sometimes criticized and denigrated because there’s many female-fronted bands and some of them are accused not to be creative at all! People kind of react like this: “oh please, a female-fronted band, AGAIN??” But I’ve never heard anybody saying “oh please, a man-fronted band, again?”. So I would say there’s more or less interest for female-fronted bands depending on the kind of music that plays the band, not exclusively due to the fact the singer is a woman!

What is the hardest part getting started as a band?
Johann : I’m not very experienced for Asylum Pyre is my first and only band. But I would say, finding the right people with some common tastes in music, common goals… and working in a good atmosphere … And never give up!
Chaos Heidi : To make good quality music! That’s a good start! Be sincere with the music you play and then try to meet your audience. Quality and sincerity is the very beginning for me. You may have good or bad luck, meet the right people or not, be on the right place or not, be appreciated by people or not… all of this can have an influence on your career, but in the first place you must have something to say.

How do you know that you’ve found the right kind of label to sign with?
Asylum Pyre : Time will tell! (Laugh) It’s a great honor for us to be signed on a Label like Massacre Records who has been in the metal world for more than 20 years now! They offer us the possibility to be known and have our album released worldwide. So we are happy with that and things are going very well with them so far!

When you are in the studio recording what is the hardest part? How do you know when to stop and to get on to the next?
Chaos Heidi : The hardest part is when you can’t stand anymore listening to the same chorus for the 100th time!! Hehe. Sometimes it’s hard to make up your mind between a take and another, so you have to listen to it dozens of times and it really can drive you insane! More seriously I really had fun recording the vocals in the studio, so nothing really seemed to be hard or unpleasant. In fact I am really looking forward to go on recording again!
Johann : I quite agree with Heidi. In addition, when you want to make everything professionally it takes a lot of time. And time passes too fast! That’s quite stressful.
But when you are in the studio and you can hear that something good is happening and songs sound better than you’ve ever imagined, you want more and more! It’s the lack of time that makes you stop!

How competitive is your local/national scene? Do you feel that there is a camaraderie between the bands?
Chaos Heidi : As nobody asks people to choose between 2 bands, so there should be a place for every band! I’m sure there’s sometimes jealousy and those kind of feelings between some bands, but it’s not leading anywhere! Actually we can easily find bands to play with and things are very pleasant! We sometimes share tips, advices, network or addresses… Some bands are more supportive than others, but in general I can’t say there’s a unhealthy competition between the bands, it’s more emulation, I think.

How do you find your niche in this universe that we call metal? How do you make your mark?
Johann : As previously said, we are in the middle of many styles. I think that our mark is to be able to mix them with coherence so as to create our own identity. Our songs are rich and tell stories. There’s always an evolution within a same song. We want each part to be the best, melodic and with the right atmosphere that fits with the lyrics.
Be catchy but not easy or simple is the equation we want to solve!

What is the hardest in promoting your band today with all the social media and their ?likes?? How do you know if it is real admiration and not just virtual?
Johann : Whatever you do, the hardest part is to find money or earn a little with what is left after illegal download and the increasing amount of bands.
Everyone who plays a bit of an instrument is able to start a band today… It brings confusion everywhere.
But social medias are very useful for us and a great way to promote our music worldwide. Is this admiration or virtuality… I think it’s all the same than for people… Something around 50/50 !
Chaos Heidi : All those social medias on the Internet could make people think it makes things easier for the bands, but I’m not sure it really is… I think it’s really hard to get known because people are assailed by requests by plenty of bands every day, from very beginners to bigger bands! How could they make a choice? Social medias are a useful tool, of course, but bands need support from people or organizations that have credibility and a good network like labels, medias, promoters, booking agencies and so on to really have the possibility to reach many people.

What kind of touring opportunities are there for a band these days? Is it just festivals and package tours?
Chaos Heidi : Well I think it depends on the band! I think as we’re still newcomers we have to work hard for touring. Great opportunities unfortunately don’t drop down from heaven! Presently we book our shows ourselves. Festivals are most of times great opportunities but the more the festival is big the more it’s hard to get booked on it! In a first phase, we’re booking shows in our own country, in France, and our point is to meet the largest audience possible by playing in different kind of areas and venues in the country. Then we’ll also apply on festivals and venues in other countries and we hope everything is gonna work out! If a booker is interested in working with us, feel free to contact us!!

What kind of future do you see for the band?
Johann : In near future good shows where we can share our music with as many people as possible! And have fun with them in France, in Europe and maybe further. And other albums! We are already working on it… And the first songs let us hope for the best! But maybe we can talk about it in a next interview after the shows… but I already thank you for this one!
Chaos Heidi : The best, possibly? We would like to make a 3rd album, go on growing, attracting more and more fans, playing gigs not only in France but in other countries in Europe.

FALLBRAWL

FALLBRAWL came as a very positive surprise to me. Never did I think that I’d be that moved by a hardcore band but this one did that to me. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

Isn’t 4 years between albums a long time for any band? Why such a long period between albums?
-Yeah sure. First we played a lot and had no time to write any new stuff and when we wanted to hit the studio we could not afford the money. But be sure that the next release comes in time!!

Is there an identification factor to the look of you logo? Should people be able to tell what kind of music you play just from looking at the logo?
-We are quite simple with that. A friend made it, we liked it and never changed it.

How do you feel that your progression chart has evolved since you started all those years ago?
-We are happy with what we have but always try to get to another level. It is great that we could share the stage with big bands we look up to but still we love to play with friends in the smallest clubs. There is also a change in the way of music we play but we always want to keep the roots

Hardcore is not enough to describe music these days. Where does your music fit in on the scale that is HC?
-Actually we don’t care. We do not try to be something we are just doing. We often hear that we are a beatdown band but i do not think that we sound like a typical “beatdown band”. We always try to be “in your face” no matter which elements we use.

When you started the band what bands did you look up to? How much do you look to other bands for inspiration these days?
-It was that we were all into this whole “mosh thing” and looked up to bands like “shattered realm” but had respect to all bands who are running this shit for years like “agnostic front”. We do all listen to a lot of metal stuff and hip hop and are looking up to all our friends in the scene: look my way, nasty, surge of fury. Inspiration is the unity in the scene and the hate against society.

When you tour how much of it is DIY? How important is DIY in today’s HC scene?
-Nowadays Mad is booking all our shows but we are still sleeping on floors driving ourselves for 10 hours. Organize everything and so on. If you are doing hardcore and do not see it as DIY you are lost and won’t have fun in doing it.

Is there an ultimate play length for a HC album? Should it not be longer than 30 minutes to be great?
-As I said before… “in your face” everything else is not interesting. I heard 4 demo tracks which have blown my head and 1hour LPs where I felt asleep so time does not mean anything.

Is there a difference in the German HC-scene depending on where in Germany you live?
-We have friends all over germany but sure it is different. In some parts hardcore is dead but u still have cities where are a lot of shows. It is not only about hardcore. Sure it is different if you are in
Ruhrpott, Munich or Berlin and of course you feel the different mentalities in HC too.

What kind of HC scene is there these days in Germany?
-The German HC scene became stronger and stronger in the last few years. You can see it all over Germany. If Beatdown, Oldschool or whatever.. Kids are digging a lot nowadays. It is mixed up quite often but it works out. I think Germany just got the strongest scene in Europe right now.

What future do you see for Fallbrawl?
-We wanna keep on moving in the future, wanna work harder and release a new cd soon. We wanna tour the world and play a million shows to reach more and more people if possible. We won’t back down!

LED ASTRAY

LED ASTRAY came as a new band to me even though they have a history that dates back in time. For that reason alone I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

When you release albums with 4 year apart does it feel like you are starting anew?
-In a kind of it’s true. We had 3 changes in the band since the first release and have now the feeling to be complete, somehow it is like a new thing/ start with amazing opportunities.

I know death metal really well but I’m not too sure about grind. What is grind to you?
-On one hand, grind is sort of fast played crust punk, but we don’t see us as a grindcore band. We love the elements of grind and try to integrate them in our music. However we are more a modern death metal band with influences of grind and hardcore

When you write songs what kind of process do you go through?
-Our guitar player Manuel is mostly creating the ideas of a song at home and sending the material to the others, before we rehearse and jam it instrumental. Later on, the singers bring in the lyrics. (you have to understand that it is sometimes not easy for us to rehearse, if some members live a couple of 100 km away from each other, because of work)

Do you have a lyrical concept that you follow? What kind of lyrics do you write?
-A bit maybe. We write lyrics about our all day society issues, like racism, the mass media culture or war. The band always tries to express a statement, that’s important to us.

I’ve been into the German death/grind scene for a long time. Do you feel that there is a scene to speak of?
-We formed out of the hardcore scene, that is where our roots are based from. This scene is mostly tolerant, even you have straight edge, vegan life style and anti racism. It’s about moral values and unity in the scene. So far we are not so familiar with a true grindcore scene but as you notice, the stereotype genres get more mixed up by the time.

What kind of scene do you feel that you are a part of?
-As I mention, we come from the hardcore and modern metal scene. We are not the kind of band who runs around with spike wristbands or get wasted with booze all day, we don’t like that.

Do you feel that there?s an aesthetic that you have to abide to when you play death/grind?
-Not so much. We just do what we feel and what we like to do. We don’t want to fit in a specific stereotype.

How important is the art work in selling you as a trustworthy, “true”, band?
-It is important to us, that our music, our doing reflecting us as human being. Of course we want to express that in our cover art work, shirts and acting on stage. We do our own thing, go our own way and we want to be handled serious.

What is that you are led astray from? How hard is it to find a band that works?
-The band name ”Led astray” comes from a song of the band “as hope dies” which influence us much. To make music, means for us to outlet and express our feelings/thinking about things, no matter what, good or bad things.

What future do you see for the band?
-We already achieved a lot, more than we thought of and we looking forward whatever comes up. Of course we hope that we get more popular, that people like our album and like to see us live.

STICK IT OUT

STICK IT OUT is another new Italian acquaintance that I feel I will keep for a long time. I kinda like the idea of an Italian The Hellacopters doing the rounds which was enough for me to want to interview the band?

You mention a Scandinavian rock influences to your sound. What is it that is so great about Scandinavian rock?
Tripp: I think that Scandinavian rock brought some new influences in the classic rock n roll style that came from the late seventies and the eighties. The sound is very composite, rough and fresh, mixing punk attitude and glam style.
Andy: Yes, because rock’n’roll nowadays has lost some of that dirty and punk attitude that we love, and all the rock scene is full of too much clean and pop-oriented bands. I always preferred the attitude of bands like Hellacopters, Gluecifer or Backyard Babies because they still preserve that raw sound, that’s all

What other influences do you have?
Andy:We have influences coming from so many different styles. I’ve grown up listening classic punk rock and metal band, and I also deeply love all the grunge and alternative scene from Seattle. For sure all guys in the band love the classic sound of stooges, mc5 or more modern like social distortion and foo fighters, but anyway I’m really proud that Stick It Out music isn’t a mere reproduction of this or that band, but we have our signature sound.
Tripp: Everybody in the band comes from a different rock background and obviously everyone has its own influences but we try to mix them together to find our personal trademark. We sound like some punk rock band with alternative melodies.

You’ve shared a stage with a lot of Swedish acts. What kind of relationship do you have to Swedish rock/punk?
Tripp: We supported Backyard Babies, Crucified Barbara, Bullet and other bands on the road. We always had a great time with all of them. We look forward to play with them again!!
Andy: Yes, simply happened that we shared the stage with mostly of the Swedish band that came to play in Italy in the past years!! They’re pretty different from us, but there was always big respect and a lot of fun in the backstage

When you mix punk with rock how do you avoid ending up another tiresome punk rock band?
Andy: I think that in our music you can find many different elements, not only coming from punk rock. We worked really hard on the vocals arrangement , because we all want to print our melodies in your head! We’ve spent so much time to make our songs pretty raw and aggressive, but keeping the melody as main aspect in our sound and we’re very happy about the final result.

What is the hardest part in writing songs? How do you avoid repeating yourself?
Andy: Everyone in the band has taken part in the writing process and the fact that everyone brings fresh ideas and his personal influences help us to be not repetitive. I must admit that for us it’s pretty simple to go in studio and write something, and nowadays we can use all this technology to help us fixing ideas.We have our project studio that for us is a second home and I think we’ve spent more time there in the past year, writing and arranging ‘Today’s Dump’ that in my apartment!!
Tripp: The hardest work is not to write a good song. Everybody is a good musician in our band and everybody has a good background of experiences. I think that the hardest part is to create something that is very new, something that sounds like us, something that is unique.

What in your opinion does a perfect song have to have? How long should it be to be ideal?
Andy: I’ve always loved the short and straight in your face song. I just need a good guitar riffing, some good vocal melodies and harmonies, and a solid and destructive rhythm section!
Tripp: A good song?? A great impact, some blasting verse and an anthemic chorus!! Ok, I’m kiddin’…..A good song it’s a good song. I mean, we don’t care too much about timing and stuff like that. I think that we have a great song when everybody is diggin’ what we are playin’.

How important are the lyrics? Do you have anybody that you look up to lyrically that serves as an inspiration?
Andy: Personally I’ve always thought that lyrics are as important as the music. I think that you cannot just take a pen a write down some stupid lyrics that fit the music, but you must wait the right moment, the right inspiration. Usually I just write about what I see around me and the feelings born from that, and I like to keep the topic a little out of focus, so that everyone can give his own interpretation.
Tripp: Everyone usually writes the lyrics alone about some stuff happened personally in his lives, but on the last record we wrote two or three songs together about some people that make us very pissed off. It was very fun and we enjoyed a great time together.

The kind of music that you play is best served live. Do you agree? What kind of live scene is there for your music?
Tripp: I’m totally agree with this statement. Rock music should be played only live!! We try to play more live shows as possible but sometimes the situation is so bad here in Italy.
Andy: Right, we like to take our van and live on the road, with all the problems that this life can create. There’s nothing better than see a bunch of guys under the stage shaking their heads and singing our songs and the raw attitude of our music has its natural meaning in the live performance.

Do you do covers? If so what does a great cover have to have to make it differ from the original?
Andy: We always play a couple of covers at our shows and in the past we have even recorded an ep with music from all the bands that we love and have influenced us. For sure we like to change them a little and we play them in the Stick It Out way, especially when we take music from bands pretty different from us…we have even covered Michael Jackson ‘Billie Jean’ in the past and we’ve found particularly good to put heavy distorted guitars on a pop song!

What future is there for Stick It Out?
Andy: Ahah we already imagine us on some tropical beach drinking champagne with some bikini girls! Seriously, now we are busy promoting our new ‘Today’s Dump’ playing in live club, at festivals, acoustic showcase, radio, and making interviews…it’s pretty intensive! We’re also planning to shoot 1 or 2 videoclips.
Our main goal is to make the most people listen our songs, not only rock’n’roll fans! Finally we hope to see you at some our shows, ’cause we’re sure that’s the best situation to discover Stick It Out music!

TYSTNADEN

I thought that TYSTNADEN were off to a promising start when they released their debut album but then all went quiet while I was waiting for the second album. Now it is time for the third and I wanted to know what happened, hence this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

Your band name is to me a classic Swedish prog band name, yet your music is naything but Swedish prog. How did an Italian band end up with a Swedish word as its band name?
Laura: Our story begins in 1998, we have been influenced a lot by the Swedish death metal scene, I’m thinking about bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquillity and similar… So, with a Swedish name as moniker, we just wanted to pay a sort of tribute to those lands and to the music we loved so much. Then, there is the meaning of that word: Music is nothing without silence…

I gotta say that I thought it all started well for you with the debut album. There was somewhat of a hype surrounding you. I waited for a second album but heard nothing from you until now that I discover that you are about to release your third album. What happened along the way?
L: Well, in 2007 we recorded the second album, named In Our Eye. I don’t know exactly what happened… The album has been released in 2008 by an American label, but we experienced lots of troubles in distribution and promotion… I think that In Our Eye is a sort of “cursed album”. It contains some great songs but… wrapped by a dark and blue atmospheres, reflecting our mood in the composition of that time.

If you look back at the albums you?ve released and compare them to this new one is there a coherent red line running through them? Does it feel like you marked your territory sound wise?
L: I see a coherent red line among our works. But I see certainly a maturation. There are big differences among our three full lenght albums but I think there is a path you can feel if you listen to them. We’ve never thought to change our style.. We only did a walk together, and what you can hear is this walk, a journey.

What is the hardest part of being an Italian metal band?
L: It’s just… being an Italian metal band! 🙂 In Italy a metal band is considered a band of niche, there are very few venues in which you can play and there are many prejudices by the “normal” listeners. I always take as example our Lacuna Coil: they become famous in the USA and after (but more after) in Italy. But Lacuna are a real band playing together from years. I ‘ve been to one of their live shows in Italy some years ago, before their success in America: there were 200 persons.. Gosh! Incredible. And they kicked some serious ass during that show!! After the success in America then Italy realized we have a great band.. Incredible, isn’t it?!?

How tough is it to find a label that believe and want to see you through a development curve instead of trying to cash in quickly?
L: Very very very tough. Believe me. But I think this is conditioned by the current state of music in the whole world. I think everyone… has to eat! And trying to do it with music becomes everyday more difficult…

You’ve been around a bit now. Do you feel that people attention span has shortened and it is more about ?here now ? gone tomorrow?, that people don?t follow a band like they used to?
L: Good question! I wish i coud have a good answer too… Honestly, i agree when you say that “people attention span has shortened and it is more about ‘here now'”, but i think that it’s something more related to pop music than to heavy metal music… Or at least, i hope so… I mean, how many bands in the last 10 years have been like comets, becoming popular for a very short amount of time then vanished… But again, it seems to me that it’s a phenomenon more related to pop music… and when i say pop, of course i’m not refferring to the Pop music with the capital P, i’m just thinking about some junk-music that affects the most of the radios at these days for a while….

How much damage has the digital download done to the album as a way to listen to music? Has it even affected the album in any way?
L: I think there is an unstoppable changing… The digital download damage in the manner in which you cannot face the news. It’s improbably to continue to suggest an outworn format. In a few years this will be completely given up.

What do you think of digital download? Will it kill the physical format?
L: well… I’ve already answered cause these two questions are linked together in my opinion 🙂

Do you plan the track listing in a certain way? How do you know where each song fits on the album?
L: Ah! The track list is a real problem in every album!!! ‘Cause you plan the track list in a certain way and then after the recordings and the mixing many songs sound a little bit differently from the preproduction…but beyond personal tastes we use some little criteria to do the tracklist… And then we follow the suggestions of a third person not involved emotionally (Luigi Stefanini at New Sin Studios, our second “father” now after the third album!!)

What would an ideal future bring to Tystnaden?
L: Fame?!? Ok, i’m just kidding… We would like to reach as many people as possible with our music. I would like to reach the mind and touch the heart of the people with the songs of this album, I would like people all over the world tell me that I brought chills to them.. Am i asking too much?!? 🙂

BY THE PATIENT “Premonitions”

BY THE PATIENT
“Premonitions”
(Deathbound)
Lately I’ve come upon more Danish bands than I’ve done in the last two decades. I like it. It means that the Danish metal scene isn’t as dead as it might have seen. In my youth Denmark was the closest pale to go if you wanted to see any great metal bands since most tours stopped in Copenhagen. Most new Danish bands that I’ve heard have all been death metal. By The Patient are no different. I can hear an At The Gates reference in their sound. That I like. At The Gates is one of the best Swedish bands to ever have existed. Anything that slightly reminds me of them gets the thump up. By The Patient are slower and heavier than most death metal bands with making them death doom. This was a positive surprise. Anders Ekdahl

KERION “Cloudriders PT1”

KERION
“Cloudriders Pt1”
(Metalodic)
It is with great anticipation that I approach albums by bands that I know nothing about. You’ll never know when that special band will appear. If you don’t dare to take the chance you’ll never know what you could get. So I’ll take on Kerion with the greatest of anticipation. I can’t help getting Rhapsody vibes when I listen to this album. Not that I mind. I like Rhapsody (or whatever name they go under today). I like the greater than life approach to things. This is symphonic metal and as with any other symphonic metal band it follows a formula. When done well it can be the greatest thing since sliced bread. When done wrong it’s like Chinese water torture. Kerion do most things well. I like this. Anders Ekdahl