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TM - You Found a new home with the biggest Metal Label In The World Nuclear Blast how did the deal come about and how has the experience been so far?


DO - I got in touch with Gerardo(US label boss) when we played in LA in 2010. He was a huge fan of BRT and we stayed in touch every year since. I sent him our new albums and he really wanted to sign the band. However, it took 10 yearsa nd several albums to finally convince everybody and it was a day of joy for both parts when we signed the deal. This is where we belong and a new chapter has started. Nuclear Blast is professional, knows the game and communicate very well. Just how I like it!


TM - What can fans expect from your new album Imperial Congregation?


DO - The best songs, riffs, leads and production by far. We knew we had something strong going on when composing our 10th album and a top notch production was desired above anything. Ronnie Björnström did the best job ever and has now become our sound-guy live as well. I guess you get the best of everything this time, but also the leads are stellar and much more melodic and longer than before. We’ve stepped up the game and deliver old-school quality death metal with a modern sound.


TM - What was your writing and recording process for your new album?


DO - Freddy recorded the drums by himself in his rehearsal-place for the first time. Other than that, it was the same procedure. Guitars, bass and some vocals were recorded in my home studio. The rest of the vocals in Bolt’s studio. Then we mixed and mastered everything in Sweden.


TM - Who designed your album cover and what is the meaning behind it?

DO - Nuclear Blast recommended Marcelo Vasco right away and he was super chill to work with. He totally got my idea and nailed the cover immediately. Lyrics deal a lot with antio-religion and supporting individualism. Bolt wrote Imperial Congregation early on and I thought it was a great album title as well.


TM - What is your favourite memory from touring, can you share a story?

DO - It’s definitely experiencing the world and meeting all the different people. The 70k Cruise was something very special. How often does 60 well-know bands meet up and drink coco drinks on Haiti!!!


TM - What is your favourite song to play live?

DO - Homicidal Ecstasy is always fun. Maybe some from the new album will be favourites. Our problem now is that we have almost 100 songs to choose between, haha!


TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs, what band would it be, what song would it be and would it be in your style or their style?

DO - That would be Bruno Mars doing a super-funky version of Unleashing Hell!


TM - What is your favourite memory watching someone else perform live, can you tell us a story?

DO - I always enjoy my daughter perform with her band. She’s an artist signed to Universal Music. However, one of my all-time fave groove metal bands, Clawfinger, did this insane outdoor gig 45 minutes away from my hometown. I was 100% sober, but I was ecstatic and the whole crowd was grooving like hell. The major of the city also gave the guitarist $10.000 for his dedication and commitment to rock and metal in his hometown, but he gave it away immediately to the kids playing in local bands. Respect!



TM - What is your favourite festival to play and why?

DO - I still have to say 70k Cruise. The atmosphere and support is just so genuine and intense. People show up even if it’s 5 in the morning to get their doze of metal. Gotta love it!


TM - Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?

DO - Australia is a big dream for us. It’s crazy we’ve never been there. Keep supporting quality Norwegian death metal and I promise we’ll come play for you guys before the world ends. DEATH METAL TO THE PEOPLE!

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