Tuesday, May 18, 2010
UNLEASHED released their 10. album “As Yggdrasil Trembles” this days and again it is a step in new land ...a bit at least. With every album they came up with some kind of progression. And the new one distinguished a lot from the last 2 cd´s. But let´s see what drummer Anders think about!
Congratulations to a new terrific album. What means it to you, is it just another one in the row of good Death Meatl releases or have you any special feelings about it?“
Thanks, great to hear! Of course every release is special and not just another album. This one is our 10th so thats a bit special I guess. But we are extremely happy with how it turned out in any case.
“As Yggdrasil Trembles” sounds more “filigreed”, with a lot of metal solos and
classical metal arrangements, without losing your raw way of Death Metal. The Black Metal arrangements of the last 2 cd´s are almost gone. What made you go that way?
Well I do think it does have a certain black element still. But it may well vary from album to album as they are all written over time and things may take different directions slightly. But as long as there's still the Unleashed Death Metal in the base of it it is the way it should be.
Viking themes mixed with modern ones and personal stuff, fits that together, do you feel connected with your ancients beyond all stereotypes?
Of course there is a connection, it's our past and our history. We write lyrics we feel for and that will never change, regardless of any trends. Just like the music.
Precisely “Courage Today...” seems to be one of that linking. Tell me something about it!
Well its basically a call to arms for all of us who stand for metal music and our way of life.
As a German, who saw your first tours over here in Germany in the early 90's I have to ask this: “Wir kapitulieren niemals” deals with some German sentences. Is this a slap on the back for your German fans?
Sure, thats one way to put it. Although its more than a slap on the back we feel. It's a tribute to our always loyal german fans who have been with us for so long.Bbut in extention it's an equal tribute to all our warriors worldwide.
Lyrically I could read that someone has pissed you off extremely! Could you explain it?
Well the lyrics speak for themselves and who ever feels targeted may well be the intended mark.
“Master Of The Ancient Art” sticks out of the other songs. That could be as well a Motörhead song. This is unbelievablely heavy! Tell me more about it!
Thats a song I like very much! Its got a very cool vibe to it. It is done a bit differently than usual, which shows there's room for progression and other influences without losing the basic sound of the band.
What are your intentions with the DEATH cover. Will you show that UNLEASHED can handle more progressive tunes or were DEATH just a terrific band?
It's a song we've played live on occasion for a while now and we felt it would be cool to record it. It's our tribute to a great band and inspiration, and of course to the memory of the almighty Chuck Schuldiner!
Yggdrasil trembles now, without question. Do you think mankind stands on the edge of destruction? Are we ready for the end and a new dawn? Is that what you wanna say with
It's definitely one way of interpreting it. The times we're in pretty much answers that question. The bigger question is what will come next...
Today you think about climate warming, you take up the cudgels for straight Christians and you use passages from the Torah. How important is it nowadays to make your fans use their brains. And is it something that you missed in the past?
We're not a preaching band in any way. And how deep one wants to go with the lyrics is each ones choice. But if it does get anyone thinking it's a good thing.
As a Swedish band who arose in the early days of Death Metal you don't use the typical “Sunlight “sound. The sound that made Scandinavian Death Metal famous. Do you do it with purpose or is it just something happened.
We wanted to establish our own sound and go our own way, sure. But the main reason was that we didnt think that sound would really fit what we were doing.
In a time when Death Metal was young, we were delighted about something new, something raw and brutal. Death/Black was close together. Nowadays every band lands in its own drawer. The scene is full of ignorance and aggression. Can you explain that ridiculous development?
It is true the times have changed. But thats inevitable I guess. It's so big with so many bands that it hard to keep things close it seems. And the idea of labeling everything into so many different categories is a bit rediculous I think. But at the same time I still feel there is alot of comradery and union within most of the different styles.
Do you miss the old times? Or do you work with the same energy, the same attitude?
Of course one sometimes likes to reminisce about the old days. Nostalgia is a strong thing. But there's no reason to live in the past, and for sure we feel we have both the same energy and attitude as then. Or more even!
UNLEASHED are close to their fans at every show I saw. Is it just part of a perfect entertaining or does it mean more to you. I remember a drinking horn at your shows in Berlin (Neue Welt), is this still alive?
Yeah thats the way we always did it and always will. We want to incorporate the people at the shows. We would not be there without them and thats important to remember. And yes, the horn is still alive and there at every show.
Thanks a lot for your time, last spot is yours!
Thanks alot for the great interview! Hope to see you all at festivals and shows throughout the year and onwards! Join the battalion! Cheers!
Anders / http://www.unleashed.se/yggdrasil/