Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Anachronaeon Interview

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

Yeah, right now we’re having the annual summer break. We’ll get together again this fall to focus on work in the studio with some new material. So far we have about five new songs, and I’ll be working on the writing for a complete album soon. We also aim to do a couple of gigs this fall/winter if things fall our way.

2.In February you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I would say it’s more of everything, compared to the previous one. The melodies are more melodic, the speed is speedier, but what differs is that we’re sneaked in some progressive elements that may or may not have been so evident in the previous releases. Then speaking about raw production values, this one does sound better overall, and sound more the way we want Anachronaeon to sound like. We have always recorded everything ourselves and you pick up things along the way and learn more about sound engineering and stuff. I can promise you that the next album will sound even better production wise, since Balk (bass) is a sound engineer. Andreas and I were, and are just glad amateurs that learned more with each album made.

3.The band usually releases an album an average of every 2 to 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?

The most part of the gaps are depending on the release speed of the label and cover art creation. We also have taken our time to let this line-up set. We all have our given parts of the functioning of Anachronaeon, which is great. I focus on writing material, Balk and Andreas handle the recording, and Kenneth makes sure that we don’t sit in the sofas too long (the new drill sergeant) and he’s also really fast at learning my wicked guitar-licks.
We are also not as rushed as before with new material now. When you are a two-man-band all you can really do is record, since none of our songs are written with just one guitar in mind to do them justice. It is also more important than ever to do a great album rather than just doing an album. There’s a flood of music out there, and the world doesn’t need another mediocre album.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new album?

Mostly Anachronaeon-lyrics are about dark views on humanity and this world as a whole. Through different creative perspectives. Or… dark views. You can just call them realistic. ;) In this particular album it’s about creative obsession. It’s about an artist who has forsaken his social/family-life for the benefit of his art.

5.Originally the band was called 'Eternally Devoured' then 'Human Failure and now 'Anachronaeon?

Yeah. Although only the first demo was released as “Human Failure”. By the second demo we changed name and released it under the Anachronaeon-banner, even though “Human Failure” was printed on the cover.

6.Originally the band was a duo but know has a full line up, what was the decision behind adding in more members?

We always wanted to be able to resurrect our songs in a live form, otherwise it is just like “all right, one more song recorded, put it in the archives and forget it”. But since good band-members don’t grow on trees around here, we did our thing until we moved out of Andreas computer-room to a real rehearsal space. From there things went kind of quickly. Balk has always been around in the shadows of the band, I never knew that he wanted to be a part of this before. When we announced that we needed a bassist he volunteered, which was both surprising and not. We found Kenneth on the internet. Internet dating is surely a success hahaha!

7.Has the band done any live shows yet with the new lineup?

Yes! We supported Godhate last fall, which was our first show together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7qfoLmnGZs

It was also our first gig in ten years.

8.Currently the band is signed to 'Stygian Crypt Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Stygian Crypt is a small label/distro which put out small quantities CD:s. We’ve been with them since we got our first contract. Considering the dying age of physical format they seem to be doing all right. We have nothing to complain about except for the slow pace between sent in master to release day.

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

I think we have a couple of fans out there. Facebook-numbers mean nothing but we have over 2000 likes (without ever paying for an ad), and we get good reviews. Also when we did our live show we had more fans  before the stage than Godhate did, which is saying something considering they are far more experienced than we are. Though we are still a very small band in an ocean of bands.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Well Andreas is having a project with his brother, and I on the other hand have done session vocals on Hyling’s new album called “Decimate the human race”. Other than that, if you are referring to Eyecult (our BM-project) it is put on ice. Anachronaeon is what I focus on 100%.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

It is hard to say, but it will depend which mood I’m in when I’m in writing mode. I have always been a sucker for melody and energy in music, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I have a foot in both fantasy/folk-music as well as in extreme hyper blasting metal and progressive metal. With that span, I can do pretty much everything creatively. Right now I listen a lot to “The Legion” (Swedish BM), the new Arcturus album (which may be the album of the year), everything by Psychotic Waltz, Summoning, and Lost Soul.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I’m a craft beer-geek, and I love scanning the bar for new beers that I haven’t tasted before. If you are an untapped-user you can hook me up. I’m FoamyDeathMetalBeard over there. I am also a mobile tech geek, Android is the shit of course. Rooting, flashing, customizing, it’s all awesome!

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Play our stuff to your friends!
Tattoo our logo on your chest and send us the pic!
Join us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/anachronaeon We will never be in your face thirty times per day unlike some other annoying bands.
Or just enjoy our music.

Thanks for the interview!

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