DOC : The first word that I think of is diversity. The songs differ a lot from each other yet still have the same core as ”Across” have. We have grown as songwriters and for this album we had so many riffs and a lot of melodies to incorporate. This album has our slowest, fastest, heaviest and most melodic song yet, we didn´t want to put up any boundries while writing this album. A good riff is a good riff!
THE HORDE : What are some of your musical influences?
DOC : Well as a band I would say Candlemass of course, mid-era Black Sabbath and King Diamond. But we all listen to a lot of different sorts of metal and as individuals and we all bring those influences in to the mix when we are writing music. I think this is a good thing, if we all listened to all the same types of music our songs would probably all sound the same and be pretty static. Me besides doom I love bands like Nevermore, Queensrÿche, Cannibal Corpse and so on... it´s a huge mix.
THE HORDE : Where do you draw from for your epic story telling with your music?
DOC : Basically from anything, what inspires us for the moment. But lyrically it´s a lot of the times the feeling you get from the atmosphere of the song. We more or less all the time write the riffs and melodies first, Zeb will just sing random words over it. When you listen to it at that stage you can almost feel what the lyrics should be about. Like with ”Upon a Pale Horse”, the song is so dark and really apocalyptic that we knew that it had to be about the end of the world.
THE HORDE : Who did the art work for the new album ?
DOC : A great young artist named Amanda Jonsson, she also did the artwork for ”Across the Dark River”.
THE HORDE : The new album was recorded at Deep Blue Studios in your hometown of Nykoping, Sweden how was it in comparison to previous studio time you have had?
DOC : I would say less pressure. Recording with Andy Larocque was of course amazing, he is an amazing dude and excellent professional, but we had long trips to the studio. Recording from ”home” we could spend more time just chilling and record a couple of hours and then go home to eat and didn´t feel like ”we have to be done with these guitars today”. I don´t know if this is the perfect way either, working this way things take more time than they need to at times as well. But the album turned out great in my opinion.
THE HORDE : the album features several guest appearances, such as backing vocals by Sorcerer's Anders Engberg and a speech by Alan Averill of Primordial. How did you get Anders and Alan on board for the guest spots and what was it like working with both of these great artists?
DOC : Yeah, they are great artists and we really appreciate that they wanted to work with us!
With Anders, we recorded the vocals in Stonetower Studios studios with Conny Welén who is a friend of Anders. So we asked him and as a fellow Metal Blade artist he said: Sure!
With Alan he actually is our A&R at Metal Blade so we have a lot of contact with him, we wanted the speech to of course be in fluent english, and he has such a dramatic and storytelling voice that we felt that we had to ask him. He said: of course!, he recorded it and sent it to us and it turned out great.
We really can´t thank them enough.
THE HORDE : How has the experience been signing up and working with Metal Blade records?
DOC : Amazing! They are really supportive of us and all the people I have been in contact with have been great. If we need anything or have questions they help us out, so we couldn´t be happier and it´s such an honor to be part of such an historic and influential record label.
THE HORDE : What kind of sound were you aiming for on this new album and did it meet your expectations?
DOC : We wanted it to be a bit darker and heavier. And I really believe that the sound fits the songs perfectly! So hats off to Nicko Dimarino at Deep Blue Studios!
THE HORDE : Are there plans in the works for touring, when this album comes out, and if so will you be coming to North America?
DOC : Yes there are future plans, but not for the US I am afraid. We would really love to play in the US though, I talked to Zeb about that just the other day.
Perhaps some one reads this and wants to book us ? Just contact Doomstar Bookings and we can see what we can do, it would be great!
THE HORDE : Doom metal has really grown in the last few years, what are your thoughts on its growth?
DOC : It´s really good! Doom have always been such a small subgenre of metal and I don´t think it will ever be as big as some other subgenres, but it´s good that it´s growing. Doom have a lot of diehard followers and here in europe there are a lot of really cool doom-festivals. As it grows more great bands will get the opportunity to get out there and play in front of these people, so it´s a ”Win-win”situation. More bands get to play their music, and more people get to hear great music!
THE HORDE : What are the future plans for the band and where do you see yourself in the future?
DOC : It´s hard to say, we take each day as it comes. Hopefully we can get out there and play more, we will soon start writing new songs. So we will keep on writing and playing music and see where we end up.
THE HORDE : How has playing music affected your life? Negatives? Positives?
DOC : It´s more or less all positives! I get to do what I love which is to play music, I love to be on stage, you meet alot of amazing people and see a lot of cool places. Through music I have made a lot of friends for life. And if I am really pissed off or have a shitty day I get my aggression out on the drums and can just play and forget about everything which is good. The only negative for me, which a lot of drummers know is that our wallets most of the time is empty, haha. Drums are expensive but worth every penny!
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