úterý 27. června 2017

Few questions – interview with doom metal band from Sweden - DWOOM.


Few questions – interview with doom metal band from Sweden - DWOOM.
Answered David.
Ave, can you introduce your band to our readers? – When was it founded and what style of music do you play , etc.?
I’m David Nilsson, second guitarist of DWOOM. We’re and epic doom metal band from Skellefteå, north Sweden. The first idea for the band was sprung somewhere around 2009 or 2010 when me and bassist Viktor Klingstedt got home to the apartment where we lived at the time after an afterparty and got the idea that we should start a doom metal project inspired by the bands from the 80’ties and 90’ties, on the side of our main band FERAL where we play death metal. We were huge fans of the retro-rock revival that was happening then, but had started to grow tired of the new bands popping up and we wanted to do something that was clearly doom METAL and not rock. The problem was to find a vocalist, as we didn’t want to use growls and none of us could sing. We got in touch with Gustav Lund from BLISTER BRIGADE rather immediately when he got off the stage after having played a show in our hometown with the band he was fronting at the time, and luckily he was into doing it even if he didn’t know either me or Viktor at that point. It took us several years to get some material done, as our main bands and life in general demanded most of our time. Later we needed a strong lead guitarist and Markus Lindahl, also from FERAL, was a natural choice for us as he is very much into doom and a great guy as well as a great guitar player.
Where and under what conditions were you recording the demo? Who was in charge of sound, production and mastering?
This being a demo release it had to be done with as low budget as possible. All instruments were recorded in FERAL’s home-studio, Pagan Hell Studios, and that is no problem because we have high quality stuff and all that. However, it was then mixed by me to save us some money and I had to learn a lot of new stuff that I hadn’t been thinking about before when it comes to sound production. But I came out on the other end as a slightly better engineer, and that’s always good. I think I could to a better job now with that which I have learned, but we’ll have to see next time. Petter Nilsson at Sonner Produktion did the mastering, really putting the final and most important touches to it, and it’s thanks to him that the sound is as massive as it is on the final product.
How many copies were released and which medium was used for this new edition (CD, digital, vinyl, cassette)?
The demo will be out on June 30th through Swedish label BLOODSOAKED RECORDS on a limited edition cassette of 100 copies. It’s a real high quality product and comes in a boxed set including an embroidered patch and a mini poster printed on gold layer paper. It’s also available for streaming and download already on the labels bandcamp-site, but on the 30th it will also be available on all digital platforms like Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, etc.
Who is the author of the lyrics and how were they created and about what do the lyrics deal with?
The lyrics have all been written by me. We aren’t locked into a particular lyrical theme, or maybe a theme will be more visible when we have released the album that we are currently working on. But at this point we are free to write about whatever we like. Opening track “Fallen Again” deals with the angst you might feel waking up in the morning after drinking too much when you’ve promised yourself that you wouldn’t let that happen again, “Pale Mare” is about the plague and “Empty Temples” is about the pointlessness of gods and that all religions are no more than superstition and are bound to fall eventually, like all have done in the past.
Who created the logo of the band, and who took care of the graphics and the website? What about you and social networks? Do you consider these things important?
Our logo was also done by me actually. I’m just an amateur when it comes to this kind of graphical stuff, but sometimes I get lucky and do things right. I am really happy about how the logo turned out. The art for the demo itself was done my Mathilda Almgren who is very talented and comes from the same part of Sweden as we do. I believe it was an existing piece of art she had done a couple of years earlier and as soon as I saw it I thought that it would make excellent cover art. So I contacted her when the demo was about to be finished about using it and she delivered the materials very professionally. As for social networking, we at the moment only use Facebook and that will probably be enough for a long time. I do however think it is very important! Most bands these days don’t even have a website of their own and only rely on social media, I think it is because people want all their stuff centralized. They want ALL of their band-related news on Facebook or whatever, instead of having to surf on to several separate sites. It’s also easier for the bands to post small updates on social media, like what’s going on at the moment or a picture of what they are doing in the rehearsalroom etc.
Which label did you choose for releasing your album and why this label? Are you satisfied by how your label represents you and takes care of you?
We contacted BLOODSOAKED RECORDS immediately when the demo was about to be finished because we had worked with them before on a release with FERAL and we know that Joachim who runs the label a great guys. He gets things done, and never promises anything that he can’t deliver and has that kind of fire that you need to be able to do this kind of stuff. So far we are very happy and Joachim has a lot of great ideas, as well as the ability to come through with them.
Which bands do you idolize and where do you get your inspiration?
Obviously CANDLEMASS are the first ones that come to mind, but I am also very inspired by the Tony Martin-era of BLACK SABBATH personally. I love the albums “Headless Cross” and “Tyr”, they are probably among the album I have listened the most to in my entire life. Also MANOWAR’s early material that hint at doom metal, songs like “The Secret of Steel” and “Guyana”. But other than those more obvious inspirations when it comes to DWOOM there are bands like RUNEMAGICK and when it comes to our productions we have taken more hints from Swedish death metal bands like DISMEMBER and ENTOMBED.
Did you send your record to some Labels - which are the labels? How was the response?
We didn’t send to any others than BLOODSOAKED, as mentioned above. They were the only ones we felt like we would really like to work with, and that they would be up for the challenge. I think we are the only band of this particular genre that they have released, and they probably appreciate the variety in the end. They were a bit hesitant to begin with, initially he didn’t receive the mastered tracks, but once Petter had finished the master and we had explained what our plan was for the band they were onboard. They have put out a lot of death metal and crust punk before, but there is no denying how heavy DWOOM is.
How many gigs have you played? Which type of gigs do you prefer, whether it's (clubs or festivals) and which of your performances would you consider as the best?
We have not played any shows at the moment, and currently don’t plan to. Of course we have the idea in the back of our heads and I don’t think it impossible for us to arrange a live line-up and pull it off, but everything has to be right for it to happen. The hardest challenge might be to find someone to play the organ, as I would be handling the rhythm guitar in live situations. But that is a “problem” for the future.


What about your plans for the future? What do you want to achieve with the band?
Our main goal right now is to get a good spread of the demo. The tracks on the demo was initially just part of a much larger recording of the pre-productions for our debut album, but we were so satisfied with the results that we decided to release a couple of the tracks. We have something like 10+ tracks written at the moment and more are in the works as well. Labels these days rarely pick up a band that they have never heard of before, so hopefully this demo will help create enough of a buzz to help us land a label to release the full length album in the future. Either way we will continue to create doom of the most crushing kind.
How and where can your fans contact you? Can you provide some contact information?
We are always happy to receive messages and comments from our fans at our facebook-page: www.facebook.com/dwoom
Other than that we can be reached on dwoommusic@gmail.com
Thanx for the interview.

Thank you a lot as well! Doom on!
DWOOM online:
Youtube: Dwoom Official

BLOODSOAKED RECORDS online: