Hi! Tell me about Heavydeath. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
We are a three-piece band from Sweden who play “heavy metal of death and doom”. The band started officially in 2013. The band consists of me (Nicklas Rudolfsson) on guitar/vocals, Johan Bäckman on bass guitar and Daniel Moilanen on drums.
It is not easy to come up with a great new band name nowadays but we tried to find a band name that fits the music we play. The first thing that came up was HEAVYDEATH. Maybe not the best band name but it is what it is.
“In Circles We Die” album was released on November 1st. How does that make you feel as for the second album? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
I think the album is good. Although I have not listened to it so much after mastering was finished.
A sequel that picks up where the debut album ended. We have tried to get a little more variety in the material than the first album. The sound is perhaps a bit clearer too. There are no major changes but we tried not to sound exactly like the debut album.
Tell me more about “In Circles We Die”? Album ideas etc…
Several of the songs live their own lives, so there is no concept behind it all. Then there may be some ideas and topics that come back in here and there. It is up to the listener to interpret the music and the vocals/lyrics in their own way. But briefly, one can say that much revolves around life and death, life’s seasons and reflections on the future.
You have plenty of demos… From your point of view – are they all completely different or you did just recorded demos once you had a time for this?
Yes, we have recorded many demos. Many of them are recorded during lunch breaks so the quality is not always good. It is just demo versions of songs so you get to see it that way. Many of the demo recordings have been released digitally and on cassette. Maybe a bit too many in my opinion. Some we maybe should retained internally as working material for future recordings. But now it is as it is.
Some of the songs from the demo recordings are later re-recorded for albums or EP’s. We do not plan to continue releasing demos in the future.
Daniel, you have joined Katatonia last year. Tell me please, is it OK for you to share the time between Heavydeath and Katatonia? What about gigs? I mean what will you do in case if there will be two the same dates for both bands?
Katatonia is his first priority, so when it collides, as it sometimes does, we solve it by bringing in session musicians. We are booked at a festival in France next summer and then Jonas Blom jump in as session drummer.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Hard to say. Somehow summoned itself. Either I think out new riffs while I’m driving or out in the woods. Sometimes I just take up the guitar and see what it can get out of improvisation.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Heavydeath’s sound except this is doom/death metal?
I find it difficult to define a specific named genre where we fit in. As I said earlier we can say “heavy metal of death and doom”. That should cover what we do. But we do not write songs in a particular genre formula. We write what we want and it will be as it sounds.
Usually we move around in heavier and mid-tempos. But who knows maybe we will experiment with faster tempos in the future. We have no plan or template that we follow.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
We have started rehearsing some old and new songs. But I and Johan have also begun to bounce riffs and ideas between us but we have no formal plan or completely finished songs. There is no rush. We’ll see what happens next year. Will try to book some gigs too.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
It is certainly everything I have listened to over the years since I was young, and discovered hard rock and metal. But I can imagine that there are some traces bands like Hellhammer/Frost, Candlemass, Bathory, old Tiamat… I also still enjoy bands like Coroner, Death, Possessed, Sarcofágo, old Slayer, Morbid Angel, Bolth Thrower, Autopsy, Fields of the Nephilim and many many more. Some “new” bands I recently discovered and listens to is Irkallian Oracle and Bölzer.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Nothing I neither thought or thinking about right now.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
We have no plan or strategy that way. What we can possibly say is a strategy is that I/we want to make music we like and enjoy playing for ourselves. Then it’s obviously very flattering that there are others who like our music and support us. It certainly affect both the inspiration and the desire to play more.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Can only speak for myself. When there is opportunity and time, I like being out in nature. Most of the time I spend with my family (and work). But the music is always present either via insperation to write own music or listening to others.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Yes I think so. Although all my kids do not always like it when dad plays guitar at home and interferes with what they’re doing hahaha.
How’s the metal scene in Sweden right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
Can not say that I have great track of everything that happens. But I often see that there are gigs around. Most record shops in the smaller cities are all gone. When I was young there were 3-4 record stores in the nearest town. Now there are none left. To purchase music in physical format, I have to order via the internet or go to larger cities.
I think there popping up new bands all the time so I still think it is a fairly large and vibrant scene.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Many thanks for the interview!
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