Ashes To Ashes, Alternative rock band, announced the Japanese release of their new album ”Urania” on 10th of January.
Interview with Fredrik Sööberg, guitar player of Alfahanne.
By Carla Morton
Hej Fredrik, how are you?
Hi. Fine and thank you for the interview!
When was Alfahanne born?
The band first started out in 2010 so we have been around for a while now.
You have released the second album entitled ”Blod Eld Alfa” this year. Tell me about it.
Our new album is a natural follow up to our first album. It is a bit darker and more compact. As on our first album we have a handful of guest vocalists contributing. Very happy of course with the album.
Have you got nice reviews for the album?
Yes we have as was the case with our first album. This is really nice and we are happy about that.
Tell me a few words also about your debut album, ”Alfapokalyps”.
It is, as in question 2, hard to say anything concrete when not specified, but well it is our first album. Very raw and with live feeling I think. As on “Blod Eld Alfa” there is a couple of nice guests.
Who mainly writes the music in the band and what are the lyrical themes do you focus on?
We write all music together as a band. We are like a core of energy generating our music. Pehr writes almost all lyrics. Alfahanne is a way to express our feelings towards the human stupidity and wrecking of this world. We are like a mirror of what is going on around us and most often we are surprised that so few can see it. Everything Alfahanne is about a concept in itself…Fuck the world. That is what we are communicating. And I guess that is an Alfapokalyptic philosophy.
Interview about the Avantgarde/Industrial band, Omrade.
By Carla Morton
Hi guys, how things are going?
Arsenic : Hi, things are going very well and especially Omrade. Wonderfull feedbacks on our first album “Edari” with a lot of review and interviews.
Bargnatt : Hi, all is good for us, thank you.
Interview with Andreas “Adde” Sydow, the frontman of the Swedish Rock/Heavy band, Riot Horse.
By Carla Morton
Greetings Andreas, how things are going?
Hey! Everything is amazing here.
You left Darkane and you decided to create a new band, Riot Horse.
Well, actually I was pretty fed up with music when I left Darkane. During the years in Darkane my creative side got somewhat put in hiatus. I’m not bread on Death Metal and I felt kinda lost in that world, not able to contribute much to the making of Darkane’s music. I became more of an instrument in the hands of Peter and Christofer. That took it’s toll both on me and on them and that was the reason for me leaving in the end.
I spent a few years trying to get my creative side going again. Out of the blue I got a call from a friend asking if I would consider manning the microphone in a band called Riot Horse. The band had been struggeling with keeping members in the band since Neil started it and my friend, who was playing the bass at the time, thought I might be a good fit for the band. His instinct turned out to be exactly spot on! This was precisely what I wanted to do and Riot Horse instantly took of in a way I would’ve never imagined.
Let’s talk about releases, which is the debut one?
Riot Horse has only one album released to this date. “This Is Who We Are” was released in May 2014.
Interview about Burn The Ocean, Italian Alternative/Hard Rock band.
By Carla Morton
Hello, how things are going?
Fabio: I’m finally fine!! Recording and releasing this album has been a hell of a ride for us, but finally we made it. Now it’s time to hit some stages and get on the road again. We are finally ready to go outside and promote our new creature!
When was Burn The Ocean formed?
Fabio: BTO was formed in 2014 as a result of my personal attempt to get back to life 2Novembre, the previous band of Emanuele, Davide and Valentina. The band was amazing, they used to play a powerful and very personal alternative rock. We are from the same hometown (Genova) and as a fan I tried to follow them because I really loved their style. They decided to quit their activity and that was simply unacceptable to me because they were an awesome trio, so I pushed the guys to change their name and start something new. To my surprise they accepted with the only condition of having me in the new band. Playing with them is something I really wanted to do because I spent more than 15 years playing exclusively metal and I really wanted to try something new and different… so here we are.
You have released this year the album under the name of “Come Clean”, tell me about it.
Fabio: ”Come Clean” is our first attempt to create something which really could reflect our musical identity. It’s the result of our first year of activity. The key to understand what we are trying to do here is considering that there are two distinct souls in this band : the first is the heritage from 2Novembre, which is currently 3/4 of the band and the second one is bringing in the game my experience in metal music, so it’s basically all about merging two different point of view into one solid reality. The album was produced by me in my Blackwave studio and that gave us the advantage to take our time to do it and experimenting a lot both sonically and in terms of songwriting. Come Clean was released on November 2 by Sliptrick Records.
Do you have other releases?
Fabio: Not for Burn The Ocean, but if you want to truly understand where we come from, maybe you should take a listen to our previous bands which are 2Novembre, Nerve and Ritual Of Rebirth.
What are Burn The Ocean’s influences?
Emanuele: It’s hard to say it precisely, on our paths as artists we all came in contact with different bands and genres. For sure, the strongest influence that we share comes from the Northern American westcoast scenes, from Canada to Los Angeles, obviously passing through Seattle. Someone had his baptism with punk rock, someone else with heavy metal, but in the end we’ve all started loving the Pacific music, as it reached our ears. I think we’re all entangled in it, but we try to be very creative and fresh by playing whatever we like and not setting any limits or boundaries to it. That’s why you should not expect a particular genre from Come Clean, it’s simply something representing ourselves, our taste and musical identity in the most transparent way we could.