1) Hey guys thanks for taking the time to chat with us here ... Tell us a bit on how you came up with the name of the band?
Hello and thanks for having us! It was our former singer Tobias who came up with the name, the band changed the name every time we would perform and then he came up with IMPERIAL DOMAIN, and we thought it was perfect and the name represents the band and the music very well.
2) The band was first formed back in 1994 give us a brief explanation on how the band was formed.
We were classmates who wanted to put a band together. Philip was the only one who could handle the guitar just a bit. Philip was also the ”singer” and Tobias said to him: ”It sounds like shit... I can sing instead...” This line up recorded the first demo ”The Final Chapter” in 1995. Just after that, we changed a couple of members, then Peter and Alvaro came along. And in august of 96 we did the ”In the ashes of the fallen” demo and received great reviews witch resulted in a record deal.
3) Your first two albums received great reviews, the band then took a Hiatus in 2005...what led to the Hiatus....
Lazyness... well, its just kind of faded away. No specific reason. Everybody went on with different bands and projects. The motivation disappeared.
4) The band started back up in 2014 ...what lead to the reformation after an almost decade ?
We have to give the honor to Alvaro and Peter who came up with the idea to start the band again. Peter had talked to Philip numerous times over the years and then we bumped into each other at a metal festival and Alvaro said ”stop fooling around, lets start NOW!” and a week later ”True Face Of War” was written.
5) During the dormant 9 years did you guys all keep in touch a lot?
Not really, Tobias, Peter and Philip kept in touch quite a bit. Alvaro was occupied with different projects and run into the guys from time to time.
6) This new album The Deluge is out Aug 10th 2018 when did the writing process begin or it?
As mentioned before, we started the writing right away when we decided to start up again. Peter had tons of ideas and the motivation was 100%, so the writing process went really fast.
7) How did the recording of this new album differ from “In the Ashes of the fallen” and The Ordeal”?
The big difference is that we have our own recording studio so we didn’t need to rush things and concentrate on doing great songs. And we paid attention to details. That lead us to refined our sound.
8) How did you come up with the album title “The Deluge” and artwork?
We thought the title ”The Deluge” would suitable for the title track and that it would be something to inspire the artwork for the album. We contacted Pete Alander at Bandmill to do our logo and artwork for the record. He came up with a lot of amazing ideas. He is a great guy to work with. He also did the artwork for ”The True Face of War” single.
9) What track is your favorite to play live ?
Hard to say, but the first song from ́In the Ashes of the Fallen ́, ”Like Fire in the Night" is quite fun... and ”True Face of War” , ”The Deluge” and ”Future is Lost”.
10) Sadly you lost your singer Tobias Heidman who passed away back in 2014 just after reforming are any of the tracks on the new album written by him? Are any written for him?
No, he was not involved in the writing process. He had lost his interest in music in general. He was focused on other stuff and didn’t want to join the band again. We began recording new songs in the hope his interest would reignite when he heard them, but sadly he passed away not long after that. Yes, ”Withdrawn From Life” is written to his honor. He was a great guy and we miss him. The whole album is dedicated to him.
11) You brought in Andreas Oman as the new singer...his delivery on vocals on this new album goes very well with all 8 tracks......did you give him any direction on how you wanted him to do the VOX or did you just let him do his thing?
The only thing we told him to do was to growl as much as he could... Then we let him do his thing and he does it extremely well!
12) Its well known that a lot of hazing occurs when a band member suddenly passes and a new member replaces him/her ...was there any hazing done to Andreas?
No, we are to old for that kind of stuff... we welcome him with open arms.
13) Do you think pineapple should go on pizza?
Absolutely NOT, but rather pineapple instead of bananas... Our former member Erik Wargloo loves fruits on meals, thats why he was kicked out of the band... hahaha!
14) Lastly if a zombie apocalypse hit the world ..who in the band would get bit? And why?
Peter, he is the only one who would be immun against bites and do just fine.