Hello and thank you for giving us the opportunity to talk to you.
You're a relatively „new“ band on the metal stage. Could you, please, introduce yourselves to the croatian listeners? How did you decide to start a fresh new death metal band?
Growing up we weren't interested in the death part of music at all, we started out as many others. Listening to Metallica, System Of A Down, Iron Maiden and other old classics. That's obviously what we wanted to play growing up, but as music evolved so did we, basically we started to open our views. Discovering the likes of In Flames, Thy Art Is Murder, Parkway Drive , yeah you name it. We all have a passion for heavy and we all love the melodicness so the genre came quite natural to us. We've kind of labelled us as aggressive melodic metal but the reviews we've gotten from the EP calls us melodic death with a touch of metalcore, even if we don't see the metalcore part it's interesting how people interpret your music.
What has driven you to the death metal genre? Would you say there is much to explore in this type of music or are the best things made years ago? Which bands, in your opinion, have defined death metal and, of course, which musicians have influenced you, both profesionally and personally?
It might be a boring answer but it sort of just happened. As said before, music evolved and so did we. I think the gateway in to melodic death was when we heard the instrumental part of "Bullet Ride" by In Flames and it got us hooked right away, we didn't really fancy the growl to begin with but as time went it kind of grew on us. In the end it's all about energy, you crank up the volume and just feel the rush of it. Whether you're in the car, going for a run or at the gym it excites you and gets you pumped up.
It's silly to think that the best was made years ago, sadly there's a lot of people who want their favourite band to record the same album they did ten years ago, I mean come on? Put yourself in the musicians shoes... You don't want to do the same thing over and over again. These days people are getting more creative, there are more tools to use and people are putting new stuff into their music, it's fascinating. That's what it's all about, revolutionize and make something new and fresh, at the end of the day you don't want anyone telling you that you sound like someone else. It's your own thing that matters.
When it comes to our influences the one we all have in common is obviously In Flames, because that’s how we got in to the whole melo death in the first place. Personally for everyone it’s a bit different, our vocalist Andrew takes huge inspiration from Corey Taylor (Slipknot) and CJ McMahon (Thy Art Is Murder) while our lead guitarist Patrik is a big sucker for Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold) but that’s also what we grew up listening to and it’s hard to let go of your roots. I mean, our bass player Hampus grew up listening to funk, a lot of ideas he’ll come up with will draw inspiration from that. Hell it already has.. When it comes to our rhythm guitarist no one really knows, he doesn’t say much. We’re quite different but that’s probably why it works and it makes every songwriting session interesting, because even if we’ve known each other for years, you can be surprised.
This year is kind of special for you if I may add. You've released EP "A Layered Mind" and very soon you're going to hit the stage in Zagreb with Cannibal Corpse and Carnosus. Please, tell us some more about your EP, lyrical themes and the whole musical vibe.
It's been an exciting year for sure, "A Layered Mind" was our first ever label release and reading all the positive feedback really feels unreal, amazing indeed. We also opened up for In Flames in Belarus in april, it was actually on our way back home we found out we got the slot as support act for Cannibal Corpse. It's not a small thing to open up for the very pioneers of death metal, truth be told: We wouldn't be here if they didn't start with what they did so we're deeply honored to get this opportunity!
We did know in what direction we wanted the EP to go. We wanted it to be simple, heavy and melodic but have a melancholic vibe to it all and I think we did quite well when it comes to that. We already had the structure of the EP in mind, we wanted to start with a bang that is ’’The Path’’ a song that sets the tone of what’s to come. We kept that vibe, kept it heavy for the second song ’’Hellbound’’ as well, only to turn it down for the third song: Horizons. It’s this beautiful song that sets the mood instantly, it starts off calm only to… Well I’m not going to reveal the whole song now am I? No song spoilers here.
We then pick up the pace a bit with ’’The Illusionist’’ only to finish the EP off with a punch to the face that is ’’Cowards & Heroes’’ It’s fast, it’s heavy, it’s melodic and it finishes of the EP in style.
When we started writing the EP we got this whole new look on chords and progressions, we wanted them to be more interesting than before. When you listen to Cowards & Heroes the chorus is really catchy with a basic progression but with the rest of the songs we really caught the melancholy vibe we were looking for.
Lyrically, it’s generally about the human mind and a perspective of us as a society but also as individuals. How we as a society think and act, what we allow to happen and how we let us be controlled without giving it a second thought. It’s also about how we as people can drown in our own self hatred, sorrow or selfishness and how we deal with these things.
Are there any future plans regarding your first album maybe? What can we expect from you and when?
Well, we DO want to write an album and we already know in what direction we want to go, we’ve discussed it’s concept, came up with some ideas for it but nothing is set in stone so we’ll see what happens. Most of all we’re desperate to get out there, see all of you, play and spread our messages to the world. It’s what it’s all about. There are some interesting ideas on the table that have to remain as secrets for now, but we’ll do anything to get out there. We’re hungry.
You've also released a new video for the song "Hellbound". How did the shooting go? How important, in your opinion, are music videos in metal world?
Yeah, we did and it went perfect! We worked together with a company called ’’ES Music’’ two great guys called Erik and Kristofer they also play in a band called ’’Eyes Wide Open’’ also a melodic death metal band, go check them out! They are absolutely fantastic to work with and they’re the sort of guys that want to give you results right away. They actually sent us a draft of the video only like two days after the shooting, people might think: ’’What can you even do in two days?’’ Well that’s what we thought as well but no, we were impressed right away. We changed a few angles and then it was done, perfect!
I’ll say that music videos are important, music is a way of expressing or communicating and lyric wise it’s up to the listener to interpret what it means... That’s what makes it interesting, isn’t it? But with a music video you get to visit the bands mind for a little while, you see what’s going on and how they interpret their own music.
Have you ever been to Croatia? Do you have any messages for croatian listeners? What can we expect in Zagreb?
We’ve never been in Croatia but have actually planned to go there on vacation at some point, it just hasn’t happened yet. Luckily for us we get to go there to play an awesome show so it’s a win-win situation. Our bass player Hampus is actually getting there two days earlier than the rest of us for some vacation, lucky bastard.
A message to the croatian listeners?
Come to the Boogaloo and come early, it’s going to be a fucking good show. We’re there to warm you up for Cannibal Corpse and when they enter the stage you better be warmed up. It’ll be sweaty, a lot of energy and a fucking heavy night. We’ll see you there, welcome to The Unfound!
Thank you so much for this interview, we truly appreciate it!
Enjoy the show!
Thanks again for the interview! We wish you all the best in your future work.