Lizette “Lizzy” Didriksson – Vocals (NEW)
Chris Melin - Guitars
Jon Mortensen - Guitars
Agust Ahlberg - Basguitar
Axel Janossy - Drums
GENRE: Melodic Metal
RECORD LABEL: Pure Legend Records
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HOW DID YOUR FANS RESPOND TO YOUR NEW SONG?
We’ve had a great response from the album last year and fans have said to have a lot of different favourites on it. But we caught the ear of many new fans with “Death by Fire” as it combines our roots of heavy metal with our more progressive and death sides.
HOW DO YOUR FANS DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC?
Oh! I have heard a bunch of ways to describe us. Usually it’s that we’re interesting as well as good song writers. At the same time we’re a bit in no man’s land these days due to everything being so back to the roots. On one hand the Heavy Metal community is back to the 1980’s roots of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, even muscle rock has had a big revival, and on the other hand you have the death metal community that have become more exclusive to the pure death sound and not very fond of the melodic death metal genre any more. But we make due in between with our melodic metal with some elements of both sub-genres.
WHAT’S YOUR CRAZIEST FAN STORY?
We have a great deal of great and crazy fans with whom we party still when we come to their town but well, on tour down in Europe we had a bunch of girls and dudes jumping on the tour bus as we were too drunk too really notice. We awoke in another country with new people on the bus we didn’t really know at first haha but we became good friends on the ride to the next venue. Still in contact with them.
As we’re not super humongous and famous, people tend to notice the band name on our shirts and vests . Me (Jon) and Agust went to a show with Amon Amarth, Behemoth and Grand Magus and a guy noticed our vests and said “I saw that band in my town last week, they fuckin’ killed it. Best band in Sweden right now”. I always cringe a bit about telling people “hey I’m in that band” so we just let him continue speaking about us “fans to fans” so to speak haha
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT WITH YOUR FANS?
It must be the interaction you have performing and you get to the place of some kind of symbiosis with the audience. Everything clicks just right. The music sounds great, you play perfect, perform perfect and the fans go bat-shit-crazy. You know the feeling of having almost out of body sex with everyone haha
HOW HAS YOUR MUSIC CHANGED FROM WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED?
At first, we pointed in all directions, we wanted to do quite different things. Power Metal combined with Metallica so to say. It didn’t sound good enough so we worked hard to find that silver lining where we would find ourselves. We had songs sounding AOR and songs sounding like pure Death. Now we actually feel like we have our own sound even though some critics still think we spread over the sub-genres too much.
IF YOU COULD PICK ANY MUSIC FESTIVAL TO PERFORM AT (IN THE WORLD), WHAT MUSIC FESTIVAL WOULD YOU PICK AND WHY?
Hellfest, Copenhell or Wacken Open Air would be great to play. You meet a lot of great musicians, known and unknown and can bond and build alliances for the future. But also the minor festivals around east Europe where you get to be more inti
WHAT BANDS INFLUENCED YOUR STYLE OF MUSIC?
Aside from all the classic rock bands as Sabbath, Judas, Purple, Maiden, Metallica etc. We have taken influence from more bands performing these days whether it be known or unknown metal acts. Also we find things in other styles of music like classical stuff or bands like Wardruna.
WHAT BRAND INTERMENTS DO YOU USE?
We use different brands but among these are Gibson, ESP, Peavy, Rickenbacker, EBS, TAMA, Boss, Shure and have a sponsorship with Lundgren Pickups.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CONCERT MEMORY?
Oh there are tooooo many to choose from but one was when we did a gig with Arch Enemy, they were great people and gave us real good advice, same as when we did a gig with Amon Amarth. Olli took half of my Swedish Snus haha so you owe me one Olli!
We had a great time with Canadian “Order of Chaos”, partying ‘til morning singing songs n shit.
HOW DID YOUR BAND FORM? AND HOW DID YOU DECIDE WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC YOU WERE GOING TO PLAY?
We have been playing in different bands and together on and off since we went to high school. Me and Chris talked about doing something more serious and try to combine what we loved most. We wanted to close the gap between heavy metal and melodic death metal and enter that area in between. The idea sprung to life back in 2005 but we were so lost in the beginning and not really that serious. We played a great many shows and the first drummer quit the band. We fell into oblivion and didn’t really know what to do but when Axel joined we said “OK, let’s at least make it to a record deal, we owe ourselves that at least” so we recorded an EP and PSR signed for a full album that we released in 2011. It was old songs mixed with new, so the album spread a little too much in style but we took our time for “Ravengod” released in 2016. Now that Marcus left the band and with our new singer we have a chance of tightening the last screws in the machinery so that we may be what we talked about ten years ago. On a side note, Marcus is still very much involved as a friend in the band, he just needed to focus on other things and felt like it was the right thing to do for the band.
HAVE YOU CHANGED ANY MEMBER’S SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?
Yes, we had problems in the beginning finding the right people, so we had a drummer that quit, Agust left the band (due to miscommunication) a short time and recently our lead singer Marcus left the band. But now, with Lizzy, we feel as we can look forward again!
HOW DO YOU HANDLE MISTAKES DURING YOUR PERFORMANCE?
At the start, we always looked at each other but learnt fast that it’s not the professional thing to do. You just keep on playing and if we screw up so big we need to restart then we do that even if it’s embarrassing. It doesn’t happen much, though sometimes we might miss a verse or something but we are so tight we just go with the flow now.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED A CAREER IN MUSIC OR WAS IT UNEXPECTED?
Yes, at least me and Chris wanted to live on our music. We have made quite big sacrifices to be able to reach the goal. We’re still working on it but foremost we play because it’s fun and fulfilling. The same goes for Lizzy. I’m not sure about the other guys though as to where they were in their thoughts of living of music before The Embodied, but now I think they want the same thing.
IF YOU COULD WIN ANY AWARDS WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
Best album of the year at any place haha but a we wouldn’t say no to a grammy or something similar. Do they still have the Heavy Metal awards? That’s something we would like to win!
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BAND NAME AND LOGO?
It was actually Marcus Thorell who pitched the idea when we first started out. It was a reminder that we are our own music embodied. We also wanted something that was easy to say, something teenagers could doodle in class and things like that. The logo was designed by Marcus Jarl in collaboration with us. Jarl is also the man behind all our artwork like album covers and so on.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BAND SOUND IN THE FUTURE, ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SIMILAR SOUND OR ARE YOU GOING TO GO IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION?
With the last release ,“Ravengod”, we feel that we took a step in the right direction and now with Lizzy on vocals we will have some time to work on our sound again. We want to keep our melodic and progressive heavy metal intact but can work differently with the vocals. For now, we will skip the growls and screams that Marcus did so well! But you never know what Lizzy brings to the table.
WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU OVER COME AS A BAND?
Mostly it is the struggle of combining your personal life and jobs with the work behind the music. It costs a lot of money to keep things in order and it takes time to practice and do all the things needed to be seen and heard. It’s also the fact that we sometimes feel we want to go in different directions musically, but we manage as always, otherwise the band would have died out years ago.
WHO WRITES THE MUSIC IN YOUR BAND OR DO YOU ALL WRITE IT TOGETHER?
It is usually Chris and I who writes a draft of a song that we bring with us to the rehearsal studio. There we tinker and try out different approaches to the song. It is actually more work to come to terms with the whole band in the process but the result is way better than if just one dude does the whole thing. The same goes for the lyrics. Someone writes a draft and then we cherry pick the best parts and work on a melody that feels right. Furthermore, we never set anything in stone until recorded and released. We change things regularly until it’s recorded.
COULD YOU BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC MAKING PROCESS?
For me, it’s a matter of just humming a melody or when I fool around with the guitar, either at home or when we rehearse. Then I usually build on that idea, trying to make a good structure of the song that’s interesting and sometimes have a twist. I’m not really a fan of writing weird ass music just because I can. I write music to be enjoyable first of for me, then other people. When riffs are in place I focus on melodies and change the riffs if needed to fit together. Then I record a demo and send it to the others and we try it out in the studio, change things around that I haven’t thought of and try to make it better even if we at first think it’s perfect. Later on we try different melodies and lyrics as the last step of completing the song. Finally we choose whether or not to record it on the album.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT MUSIC?
It’s medication for anxiety and makes you feel good. Music can let you express your inner self and it is so great to do it with others. Playing in a band where you together create something no one ever heard before is one hell of a feeling!
WHAT’S YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT SO FAR?
Simply said it would have to be that we have released two albums!
DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS FOR ANY NEW ALBUMS/SONGS IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
Yes, we are in writing mood right now as Lizzy joined the band. When you change from a male vocalist to a female one you need to get something out as fast as possible. Expect a single soon!
WHAT SUBJECTS DO YOU SING ABOUT IN YOUR MUSIC?
We had a lot of different topics on the first album dealing with the inner fight of morality and struggles with insanity. Almost of how to piece together a broken man. “Ravengod” was more of a subject of the difficulty of being in power, society’s flaws and weaknesses, also the struggle of how to lead others in the right direction. We are keen on moving more in the lyrically way of using our own heritage before Christianity came to Sweden. We will try to wash away the last remaining metaphors of that in our lyrics and focus on using other words and synonyms to achieve something more fitting to where we come from. But in the end, the next record will have to be the proof of what we will achieve. We’re five different opinions that need to reach consensus before we move on.
AS WE ARE PROMOTING YOUR BAND, IS THERE ANYTHING COMING UP LIKE ALBUM LAUNCHES OR TOUR DATES YOU WOULD LIKE US TO PROMOTE ON OUR SITE FOR YOU?
Right now we are doing some shows over Sweden and the main focus is the news of a new singer with Lizzy. Thank you and Stay Metal!