Monday, December 10, 2012

Terrortory Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We’re about to finish the material for an upcoming recording that’ll most likely end up as a digital EP-release early 2013. We are also on the lookout for people to help us get our thumbs out of our asses and get out and play live! That about sums it up.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the newer material?

You can definitely tell it’s Terrortory playing. We still stand on a base of melodic yet aggressive death metal and the development we’ve seen is more in the songwriting-departement than when it comes to the sound itself. That aside, we have two new band members that are likely to add their touch to the new material. Tommy (Nilsson, drums) is a real intense drummer and Emil (Ceder, guitar) has a keen ear for melodies and harmonies.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

On the upcoming release, entitled “City of Ghosts”, we discuss de-populization, small town mentality and what that might bring, albeit in an extreme fashion. It’s based on real life observations taken a bit further, and it goes really well with the music. Johan is writing the lyrics in collaboration with our friend Martin Nygren who sang in Skellefteå progressive metal band Kharma Cosmic back in the days.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

Haha, isn’t it obvious? The bands name is a blunt pun sprung from our adolescent minds back when we started out in 2000-2001! It might seem a bit too blunt to some people, but they seem to remember it so we’re happy with it!

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

When it comes to live performances I’d say we’re actually in a growing phase right now. We’ve always been a good live band, if you ask me, but every show we’ve played since Tommy and Emil joined the band has been better than the prior. As stated earlier, Tommy is an intense drummer and it’s been quite contagious..!

6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?

We’ve come to realize that we aren’t able to pull any touring off by ourselves; since we have day jobs we just don’t have the time and energy required to plan and book a tour. Hopefully we’ll find someone who believes in us and can help get our asses in a tour bus, but finding the right person or organization requires time and effort as well. We’ll just have to wait and see, but we really hope to get on the roads as soon as possible.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?

Overall it’s been good! We seem to attract an audience about our own age, and since we consider ourselves cranky old idlers we think our fans are to! But the last couple of months our fanbase has become a whole lot more international than before and I don’t really see it stopping.

8. What is going on with the other musical projects these days?

Johan is involved in a dirty old rock band called Starship Monolit that’s in a rebuild phase at the moment, involving some band member changes and songwriting.
Tommy is recording a country album with his other band The Grand 95 and enjoying his own drum work on Dråpsnatts latest album “Skelepht”, released a while back.
Stefan is sitting at home recording diabolic music and hones his skills playing in a cover band.
Emil is writing and pre-producing an upcoming recording with his other band Sentient (power/prog/heavy metal-ish).
Olov is truly dedicated though, he’s all Terrortory!

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

I have no idea. Right now we’re focused on “City of Ghosts”, but beyond that Emil will probably have a bigger part to play when it comes to songwriting. It’s really hard to predict - we’ll do what turns out awesome I guess!

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Everyone has a fairly unique record collection, and I think the only common denominators are Opeth and possibly At the Gates. But noone gets cranky listening to bands like Scar Symmetry, Gojira, Dark Tranquillity or Dimmu Borgir.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Emil is really in to getting hurt, breaking bones and getting bit by snakes and stuff like that. There’s always something with him. Olov is up for anything with the word “Zombie” in it. But we all love video games. Emil has a collection of over 100 NES-games!

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview/

Thanks for the attention! Keep your eyes peeled early 2013 for our EP “City of Ghosts” and if anyone want to help us get on the road - get in touch! Check out or website at for more updates!

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