Dienstag, 20 Oktober 2020 14:10

Hell hath no fury like an audio engineer scorned! Episode 3: "Discipline and dedication"

geschrieben von Lior Delman

While some bands are trying their best to make a change in music by experimenting with weird and unorthodox ways, hoping this will give them that certain edge to stand out; Firespawn is a living proof that there’s no need to reinvent the wheel in death metal. Just ride the beast fast and hard straight into the depths of hell. Although Firespawn is a relatively new band, the members are quite battle scarred death metal warriors. With members from Entombed AD, Unleashed, Dimmu Borgir and more, they all teamed up to spread havoc across the world and they do so very well. Since their formation in 2015 they released three full albums: “Shadow Realms”, “The Reprobate” and “Abominate”, that’s quite an impressive discography for a band that exists for only 5 years.

Now, I like my metal the same as I like my coffee; black, bitter and punk, but death metal was always around me even in my hardcore punk rock days and has influenced a lot of musicians and genres. You can find all those influencers at the “main” bands of Firespawn’s members. Many death metal fans would expect this band to be an incarnation of Entombed or something, but Firespawn delivers something else, a style of death metal that is more violent and raw. This band has amazing sonic qualities and every show feels like being hit by a train over and over again, the albums are a direct precise punch in your face and will force even the Dalai Lama to headbang. It’s not rocket science, the musicians are extremely professional with years of stage and studio time, you can hear and see it every single time. They don’t mess around with fancy equipment or digital profiling amps or have tons of pedals, they keep it simple and keep it metal. For example, one time I was mixing Firespawn at a festival where the backline was really terrible. Lead guitar amp was solid state amp with a 90’s “scope” sound and the second guitar cab had only 1 out of 4 speakers working; and they still managed to pull out the show and leave the audience asking for more.

When I work with Firespawn, or any other band for that matter, I don’t try to recreate the album sound because it’s mostly impossible. Instead, I just push the band out on the mix the best way I can, without any dirt as possible so I get everything clear and maintain the dynamics of the music. Well, every show thus far was brilliant and the crowd was amazed every time, not because of some “magic” I do on the mixing console, but rather the musical performance abilities of this band. Whether it’s LG’s insane roaring voice or Matte’s brilliant drumming or Fredrik’s shredding, you always get what you paid for. The band doesn’t own any specific backline, but they usually ask for 5 drums shells, some cymbals, Ampeg SVT 4 Pro + 8X10 cabinet, and two high gain tube amp heads (5051/6505/Mesa Boogie, etc) + 4X12 cabinets. On stage everyone gets their own monitor mix, no in-ears just good old fashioned monitor wedge speakers and side fills for larger stages. Nothing crazy or exceptional goes on with the backline or microphones selection because there’s no need to, they know how to play their instruments and get the most out of it without too much technical intervention. Alexander “Impaler” Friberg is the bass player and one of Firespawn’s founders. Despite his young age of 37 he has quite the resume; he plays bass with Naglfar and he also played with Necrophobic for many years. Other bands he was part of were Trident and Juggernaut. Alexander’s bass sound is deep, driven and full of low end which helps me separate him from the other guitars in Firespawn that are also tuned fairly low. In this extremely long interview, we will talk about his bands, rock n'roll, the symbiotic relationship between a musician and a sound engineer and what the hell happened to the music scene. He reminded me of some absurdities and chaos we have caused together throughout the years, these memories will last forever. I miss being on the road with this guy, he is a solid gentleman and very dedicated to what he does both on and off stage. He’s a pretty much young father, playing in three bands and dealing with life and this accursed situation of cancelled shows and lately the announcement of his close friend and band member LG Petrov being struck with cancer.

Lior: Good day Mr Friberg, how are you?

Alexander: Good day Lior. I’m good thanks. Having a relaxed evening in my home with some rum and stout. How are you buddy?

Lior: I’m good, as much as possible, thanks. Right now I am having a cold “Reeper B. IPA” and it’s terrible, I really messed up here with this choice of beer and I’m afraid it will ruin this whole goddamn interview. What are you drinking?

Alexander: Haha Is it really terrible? But that’s true, you need a good beer to get the vibe for a good long talk. I’m having my favorite rum which is Kraken rum. In my book that’s by far the best and yet it’s not even close to the most expensive ones. Which means I can buy a lot of those bottles. Success! The stout I’m having is a home brew from my friend Tibor at Ragnarok Guitars. Very dark and sweet. It’s very good. And it’s strong which is always nice. One wants to feel the buzz, right?

Lior: A fine choice indeed, wish I could have some of that myself! So let’s get to it. What got you into playing bass guitar? It’s not quite the usual go-to instrument you want to play when listening to metal.

Alexander: I’ll bring you a bottle of Kraken at the next Firespawn show. I’m sure you’ll like it. Actually why I started to play bass was because of Steve Harris, true story. I’ve been listening to Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns n Roses and bands like that for my entire life since I was very young. Maybe 5-6 years old. I was so enchanted by Steve’s stage presence, intense playing and his brilliance in writing music. Later on I started my harder music taste with Sepultura “chaos ad” and “arise” And also Pantera “cowboys from hell” But even then, Steve was the coolest bassist I’ve ever seen so he was and still is my main influence and role model. Also worth mentioning is that I’m not built to be a lead guitarist, I’m a bass player. I like to be the foundation which the other musicians in the band lean on and get the rhythm from. One very common misunderstanding is that people seem to think that bass players are failed guitarists. And it couldn't be any further from the truth. It’s a completely different technique to play bass (obviously), but when people start their brain dead rants I just mention Steve Harris, Lemmy, Cliff Burton, Joey DeMaio to mention a few all-time extraordinary bass players who run their bands with iron gloves. So just shut your mouth if you don’t know what you’re talking about, ok? Ok good!

Lior: Got it Sir, but I didn’t even start with the bass player jokes yet! I love making jokes about bass players because it’s easy, but bass has one of the most important parts in music. Some would say that the bass part is to simplify the guitar riff and play along the drums, but I think there is a lot more to it. What’s your opinion?

Alexander: I knew it and I know you, that’s why I’m one step ahead so you can’t do those bass player jokes! I agree, bass and drums are extremely important. The whole foundation. A section of the band which the others can lean on. I also very much like to listen to “drum and bass” clinics. There are some absolutely insane bass players and drummers out there. That’s exactly my point. People who say that bass playing is just a very simple variant of guitar playing don’t know shit. Every instrument is equally important but (!) the foundation is still the foundation. A house wouldn’t stand for very long without a solid concrete foundation, would it? And my way of playing isn’t to just follow the riffs. I like to have a completely different melody on the bass which of course still follows the tunes of the riff. My firm opinion is that the bass shouldn’t just follow the guitars, it should take its own path, then all of the sudden it’s a lot more interesting to listen to.

Lior: I agree, I can’t imagine a song without a good bassline and a fundamental rhythm section. What bass guitars do you own and with which ones are you playing in your bands?

Alexander: True that. I have at the moment 11 basses. I had a few more before but I didn’t really have space for them all so I had to sell some of them. One bass I really regret that I sold though was my first bass, where it all started. It was a 4-string black Aria Pro ll. That would be nice to still have. But I still have the bass I used on my first recording which is a budget line of Warwick called “Rock bass” and I still have the bass I used in my first video recording, it’s a red Yamaha. I knooooow! Gay as fuck but I was young! Then I have 3 endorsement basses from ESP, 3 endorsement basses from Warwick, 1 Fender Steve Harris signature model and 2 Impaler-basses. My two favorite basses are those two custom “Impaler-Basses” which are completely handmade by my requests and are one of a kind. That’s a very nice feeling to have a bass that a guy built entirely for me. A very nice bass I had before and the one I used in Necrophobic was a Rickenbacker but that had to go to make place for the new Impaler-bass.I use those two Impaler-basses in Firespawn and Naglfar. Rickenbacker -82. Just as old as myself.

Lior: That’s an impressive collection and definitely a wide selection of tones. What’s your preferred signal chain and what gear do you have?

Alexander: Pedal wise I used a boss wireless transmitter with MXR bass compressor, MXR bass distortion pedal with its own eq and a boss reverb pedal. It’s nice to give it a little extra punch with the compressor and a little bit of distortion. You have to see a video with Lemmy where he illustrates “usual” bass players and then himself. He turned up the volume and distortion to 10 and blasted all windows out of the venue. King!

Lior: Yes, I guess being an awesome bass player means you need to be 70% Lemmy and 30% Steve Harris. How do you dial up your bass tone on your pedals and amp?

Alexander: Exactly! Lemmy and Steve Harris combined is the holy mix.I usually request an Ampeg SVT 4 Pro for live shows. That amp fits my sound very well. I use both distortion and clean string in my sound. It should be both messy and heavy.

Lior: Just so you know, you actually run 3 lines of bass: Amp DI, cab microphone and pedal. You’re a gym fanatic and you also train in martial arts, do you bring that discipline into your music?

Alexander: I know now when you tell me, that’s a good mix to get the best out of the sound, and you know, you’re good at that! For sure! Both in writing and live. When I write I go in the zone and focus on what I have to do. I never want to leave a lyric unfinished. I want to do it in one sitting. No matter if it takes two hours or 12 hours. That exact same goal you need to have in a fight. You never leave your opponent “unfinished” When he’s out the fight is over, when the lyric is done for the whole song that session is over. Also, during live shows I absolutely can benefit my fighting condition. In my opinion it’s a lot easier to run around, headbang and give one hell of a show if you’re in good shape.

Lior: Yeah I remember your fighting condition very well, my body is still sore. How do you measure success in the death metal realm? Do you think you reached the point of your goals?

Alexander: I don’t know how to measure that really. I think that I’m quite successful because I play in two fucking outstanding bands and we’ve played all around the world. To me that’s very successful when my hobby, music, has taken me to all those places, all the cool people I’ve met over the years, all the experience I got. Sure, I’m not a millionaire but I’m sure as hell am a rich guy in that area anyways. My mindset is to never be satisfied and always strive to be better at what you do all the time. So I’ve maybe not reached my life goals in music but (!) I’m super satisfied with the bands I play with and I really like the level I’m on. As I said, it takes me all around the world, I make some money and at the same time I can be at home and be a working father with my family. I love that contrast.

Lior: I think sometimes we forget how lucky we are in certain aspects and we must remind ourselves that more often. Can you make an honest living from being a metal musician alone nowadays?

Alexander: I agree. For instance, I’ve traveled two times to Tel Aviv, Israel, to play, which is a city I probably would have never visited otherwise, which is sad because those two trips are two of t-h-e most memorable trips in my entire career. The whole vibe, the parties and the trips to Jerusalem. Even though I’m not into religion at all it was very cool to see where the carpenter walked with the cross on his back etc. I’m very interested in history so I enjoyed those trips very much. I used to make my living playing music but as a metal musician one doesn't sell enough albums to make a living so a lot of shows are required. I did that for two years but it broke me because I have a son and he was 3-5 years old at that period and I felt like I wasn’t there for him and that I missed his childhood. So it was absolutely time to take it down a notch and play for the fun of it and not because I had to. Nowadays I like the situation a lot more. I have a job at a railway company that I love and I can be there for my son and spend time with him as much as I want. Because, to be honest, nothing is more important than your kids. Not according to me at least.

Lior: So I have an update, I got myself a homebrew porter style beer that my friends brewed for our summer solstice celebration and it is outstanding, the interview can go back on track. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Firespawn is a band with a vibe that feels like what you all do, you do for the music, that this is what it’s all about. No gimmicks, no bullshit, just death metal.

Alexander: That’s great! One needs a good beer to get in the vibe, so to say. You’re absolutely correct. When we started Firespawn we wanted to create a band that we all wanted to listen to ourselves while drinking beer on a Saturday night. That was so refreshing to have a new band with no certain style to adjust to, just a clean canvas where we could paint whatever we wanted. Don’t get me wrong, I love the music of Naglfar and Necrophobic but they are two older bands with their sound already set. Not much can be or should be changed. With Firespawn no one knew what to expect. Now three albums down the road we have found our sound but I still feel that we can do whatever we want. Our passion is Death Metal so uncompromised and pure Death Metal is what you’re gonna get. At least that’s our intention. But you know, at the same time. Let’s say no one would like what we did, we would still do it. As I said, we do the kind of music we want to listen to ourselves so the Firespawn albums are some of my favorites in my record collection!

Lior: What do you think about the evolution of death metal in the last decades and how important it is for you to preserve that legendary Swedish death-metal sound?

Alexander: Some new bands are awesome and other bands completely misunderstand what Death Metal is all about. Personally, I have an extremely hard time with those bands who have short hair and play in shorts and basketball tank tops. That’s not Death Metal, that’s hip hop. A certain amount of image is required otherwise it wouldn’t be the kind of music they claim to play. That is very important. The Swedish Death Metal scene is something that I’m very proud of, to be a part of it and to have listened to for such a long time. It’s very easy to recognize the Swedish sound. We have two sounds in particular in Sweden. We have the Stockholm Death Metal and Gothenburg melodic Death Metal. Both are quite far from each other I would say but equally important. I belong to and represent the Stockholm scene, that’s very close to my heart.

Lior: I bet it is an honour to be representing such a legacy, especially when you’re playing with those who initiated this sound. I see a great appreciation from the audience towards Firespawn, yet many expect it to be a reincarnation of Entombed or Unleashed. What do you have to say to them?

Alexander: It is a true honor to represent such a well known and respected scene. In the beginning a lot of people thought it would just be another Entombed album, or Unleashed or Necrophobic, but you know, it wouldn’t make any sense at all to do that kind of an album. Those bands have already existed for so long and do what they do so good. We wanted to do something new and fresh but with guys from the Swedish scene. What I want to say is, we’re the keepers of the Stockholm Death Metal scene but we will never sound like those old respected bands.

Lior: True, times are moving forward but you must always respect the past. With that being said, times are definitely moving forwards but sometimes in the wrong direction. We see so many new bands and musicians who are obsessed with their gear and consumption up to a point where the entire show is dependent on it, rather than on their own musical abilities. I recall a show you had with Firespawn at Hellfest when the airline lost your luggage, so you borrowed instruments from another band and played one of your best shows. Don’t you think it's proof that you don’t need all this fancy equipment but rather be a good musician?

Alexander: Again I agree. The more fancy pancy equipment you need, the worse of a musician you probably are. Of course every band needs some kind of effects but it shouldn’t be all about that. You know, on stage it’s good to have clean signals so one can hear everything properly and in the FOH is where the effects are added to the audience. It’s a very important cooperation between the band and the sound engineer and for the record, you do that very well with both Firespawn and Naglfar!

Lior: Thank you, you pay me a lot of shekels to do just that. Do you think you managed to get a signature sound for Firespawn and if so, can you describe it?

Alexander: Yes I do. Our sound is the perfect mix between Tampa Bay Death-Metal which is Victor's main influence and the Stockholm sound. It’s important to me that people can hear that we’re a band from Sweden but I don’t want it to be obvious that we’re from Stockholm. You know, everything with that band is exactly what I wanted it to be when I founded it. Matte’s blasting drums and my bass lines under LG’s significant barking together with Victor’s super tight riffing and Fredrik’s shredding solos. If I had to describe the Firespawn sound in one song it would probably be “The gallows end” or “the hunter” or “the emperor” or “all hail” or “Lucifer has spoken” or “full of hate” or all of them!

Lior: Yes, I think your last album “Abominate” feels more like a complete circle of the previous two because of that. We’ve been working together for quite some time now in Naglfar and you brought me into Firespawn as well. How important it is for you to have your own sound engineer and tour manager?

Alexander: Thank you. I think so too. I’m most satisfied with Abominate. That is very important. I’ve been doing this for so many years and during an endless amount of shows we had different sound engineers who we needed to explain everything to again and again and again. For that reason it’s awesome to have a guy with us all the time who knows us and knows our music. I don’t get it really, how is it possible for a sound engineer to do the best possible work if he or she doesn't know the band, their music or their special touches here and there. I’m glad that we have a great sound engineer that really likes our band and who knows how we play live so he can at the moment bring out the best in our instruments. A tour manager is a must on tour. Every band on tour needs someone who can be the annoying prick that makes demands to the venue if they don’t uphold the deal. No musician that I know is comfortable to enter that role. So yes, a TM is extremely needed on tour.

Lior: Well, a live sound engineer that operates a festival or a venue show usually knows, or should know, hers/his shit. But it’s the other things that private sound engineers do that makes the show complete like creating a mixing scheme according to the band’s demands and concept and emptying the backstage fridge. Your monitor mix is pretty basic, you even told me once during a soundcheck at a random venue with terrible equipment “you can’t polish a turd” when we did your monitor mix. Is this your modus operandi regarding live shows? “Fuck it, let’s just rock n roll”?

Alexander: Agreed. One of the best examples of that was a small German festival when the backline was a complete disaster and the whole band including you was just screaming what in hell do they think that we can make out of this terrible old broken backline. The show was delayed about 40-50 min if I remember correctly but you pulled it off and it was a great gig in the end. And let me tell you that we would not have made it as good as we did without you, so a private sound engineer is important in so many ways, not just for the FOH sound. You know, I’m not a technical guy who can fix broken speakers or what not. I just want to headbang and play metal so I leave everything else to those who are good at it. Sometimes the vibe of the show is to just fuck it and rock n roll but mostly not. I want my band to be as perfect as we possibly can live. We don’t play the kind of music that is fit to wing it. Dedication Discipline Death-Metal is not Rock n Roll

Lior: Yeah I remember that show too, but regardless of the faulty backline, you pulled a great show nonetheless, “Dedication Discipline Death-Metal” works! Covid 19, Corona, this cunt of a virus. How many shows got cancelled for you? Did it affect your financial status or of any of the bands you’re involved in?

Alexander: One always needs the best one can with one have. Regardless. The people who paid to see our show will get a show so even with bad equipment we just need to give them more energy and more “in your face”. Yeah, fucking Corona. A lot of shows were cancelled. We had a great deal of shows with Naglfar and some shows with Firespawn. Some really big festivals and some shows I was really looking forward to like a US-tour with a few gigs in Canada as well. But luckily all those are moved till next year. Well, I stopped living out of the music at just the right time as it turned out, it would have been a disaster otherwise but I have a regular day job now. But of course, I’m used to having my fee from shows and I just moved to a big house so it would have been nice to be able to buy some new furniture and stuff. At the moment I put every dime I got on skulls and stuffed animals! Priorities, you see. More death, less Ikea. Regarding the bands, it wasn’t the best timing to release “Cerecloth” maybe but on the other hand fans and organizers have time to really listen to the album and book us for next year so it will get sorted.

Lior: Naglfar, that’s a big gig. How does it feel to play with this band? Were you a fan before stepping in for the bass position?

Alexander: It is! Naglfar is a band I’ve been listening to since “Diabolical”. I've been a huge fan for many years. I remember when I was a youth and sat in my room drinking beer and listened to “Brimstone Gate” which according to me is one of the best black-metal songs out there up to this day. So you can imagine the feeling when I played “Brimstone Gate” for the first time live with Naglfar. Absolutely unbeatable! It was goosebumps the entire song. Without exaggerating it was one of my top musical goals. And it feels great to be a part of that band. Such nice guys and we always have a great time when we’re out playing. Funny thing though is when I had the audition with Marcus he said “great playing, you’re in. Welcome!” And later that week I met Kris and he was like “oh so you’re the new bass player. Nice to meet you. Welcome.” See, communication is a virtue.

Lior: I can only imagine the feeling, I had a similar experience with one of the bands I worked with, but I will not mention names because I’ll probably get my balls busted endlessly for it. Touring and shows is a great experience but can also be very tedious and sometimes even frustrating, tell me one story about a show that went sideways.

Alexander: Come on! Tell me names, I wanna know! Let’s see. Well, I did a number of shows with a former singer who couldn’t handle drugs and booze very well so he was always drunk on stage and it’s a fucking nightmare to hide behind your hair because you’re so fucking embarrassed for the bad performance. Since then it’s absolutely a big NO with too many beers before a show and not to mention drugs. It’s so unbelievably unprofessional and the fans don’t want to see a fucking drunk on stage. They want to see a good solid performance. Also one time at a show on the big stage the sound engineer played the wrong intro and cut it in the middle and did NOT put on our intro so we had to walk on stage in silence and didn’t some kind of noise intro with hammering on the E-string with the guitars in the air. Fucking walk of shame! And if that wasn’t enough the drummer didn’t tighten the kick enough so it fell off and he had to stop playing and we did the song from start one more time.Jesus fucking christ! That was my worst gig ever!

Lior: Shit happens, but you pull through and go forwards, it’s the way of the metal. As for the sound engineer mistake, don’t be so harsh, he probably had like 666 bands that day. That’s another reason to hire your own FOH guy. Social media can be a blessing and a curse for people and bands, do you think it has gone too far, in terms of popularity contests etc?  (Pic Assi Viljanen Photography)

Alexander: Yes, we did our best of course. But it was hard to get back in the right mode after those fuck ups. And No he didn’t have 666 bands, it was the last show of a tour so he had 3 bands just like you had on our last tour. That guy was a terrible sound engineer. I don’t think he is in the biz anymore. If you want to reach the top level then don’t give time to a loser who does a poor job. “If you want to soar like an Eagle, then don’t hang around turkeys” - simple as that! I think social media is mostly good. It’s a great marketing tool but I’ve had my turns out there also. For instance when we released Mark of the Necrogram I was the most hated guy on a big German chat forum for some months because of an old tattoo. It has now been covered so all good but it was interesting there for a while! Regarding popularity and likes and what not, I don’t care about other people. I do what I do and “market” myself and my music and so far so good. Other people can do what they like, couldn’t care less.

Lior: I think some bands need to spend more time writing and playing music rather than fucking around with social media, posting photos and crap. Name 3 do’s and 3 don'ts when dealing with a grumpy sound engineer.

Alexander: Agree! Some bands have managed to get big on social media but live shows are the key to success. It’s even possible to tour one album for many years if you’re consistent and have a good booker. Ok, 3 do’s is to first of all always see to it that your sound engineer has a big bowl of tomatoes on his working station. Always be on schedule when it comes to sound check. Be quick and professional. Don’t slack. And give the guy plenty of refreshments after the show! You should not play your instrument when he’s trying to set the sound for another member. You should not scream in the microphone during the set that you want more of this and that. According to me that is set during soundcheck and when it’s time to go you go no matter what. And lastly don’t be holding out on refreshments after the show. He has worked just as hard as the musicians. Give the man his booze!

Lior: Goddamn right, thanks for that! So, tell me a funny story that happened to you backstage or on stage.

Alexander: Wow. There’s many! One funny thing (of all) I remember though is when Necrophobic played at Summer Breeze. The backstage rooms were in a tent and the walls were of some kind of cardboard or something like that. So what happened was that me and Sterner had some drinks and started to wrestle. And for the record, I usually do that with my band mates, and sound engineer when I’m drunk! Hey, it’s a lot of fun! Anyways, we wrestled a bit but he is the size of my leg so I threw him in the wall and since they were so thin it gave in and fell down in the dressing room next to ours! Great success! There’s many stories like that one but it's fun to throw my drummer literally through the wall, you get it. I also remember a very drunken night in Holland with our sound engineer, which is also the fine gentleman doing this interview. We were heading back to the hotel from the bar where the after party was held and we had (as always) a wrestling match and we threw each other on top of cars along the street, the alarm went off on at least 10 cars and when we came back to the hotel the front door was locked and, as I remember it, I lost the key at the party so I did what was rational in my mind at that very point. I tried to kick in that hard wood door to be able to go to sleep! After some tries, Kris came down from one room and opened the door next to this one (which of course was open) and said “Hey man, what the fuck are you doing? We’re trying to sleep here. Come in and go to bed you drunk fucks.” I still laugh at that memory and it was some years ago. An extremely funny detail is that our booker emailed me about a week later asking if I remember that I was trying to kick in a door at the hotel we were sleeping in, I said, ehh nooo I don’t. Why? Apparently they got a video from the hotel with me in the frame and the comment from the hotel owner that we can clearly see that it is Mr Friberg kicking the door! The rock takes and the rock gives you know. That night gave me a good memory and took some of my money for a new doorknob and some paint. Good times!

Lior: Oh man, we sure had some good old fashion hooligans fun! By the way, regarding the wrestlings, I still have some medical bills for you to sort out. What’s your most hated metal sub genre and why?

Alexander: No, probs buddy. I’ll take ‘em. Good old fashion hooligans indeed! Just the way I like it! I don’t know the name for it but it’s like some retarded emo-kids try to play metal and have clean vocals in the chorus. They have ugly ass side combed hairstyles and a lot of them wear shorts. Like that horrible joke of a band “Attack Attack”. Usch! I don’t know the name of the genre. Some kind of core anyways and it sucks!

Lior: Yeah well, you said emo kids with side hairdos and short pants, that’s enough to make you want to throw up. Do you listen to other music styles rather than metal or rock n' roll?

Alexander: Absolutely! I listen to a lot of different styles. I listen to almost no metal in periods of heavy touring. For natural reasons, my head is full of metal anyways so I can easily enjoy some Johnny Cash or Loreena McKennitt, some soft music like that. That’s nice to the ears. I listen to everything that’s good. I don’t care if it’s metal or not. A good song is a good song no matter what the genre is on the label.

Lior: And don’t forget the important 80’s pop that we rock on the bus! Looks like next year will be a busy year for us all. What can we expect from Firespawn in 2021? A new album maybe? A new project?

Alexander: Ah! That’s right! The 80’s was a great decade for the music industry. Especially the power ballads! Hopefully next year will be a good year to come back for all of us in the industry. We have a lot of fun shows coming up with Naglfar. It was a strange situation that we couldn’t tour anything yet with “Cerecloth” so we will hopefully do that a lot next year. Regarding Firespawn, as you all know our beloved LG has been struck by cancer so it will be put on hold until he has recovered. We have some material done but it will be no stress at all when the situation is like it is. When he is back in the game we will make a new album that is better and stronger than ever before, so it will be worth waiting for. I am involved in a “new” project. The band itself is not new but the line up has been polished. We’re 3 new solid members who can contribute with a lot to this band. The band is based in Stockholm and goes back a long time. I can’t tell you yet which band it is but I’m honored to be able to bring and contribute to their legacy into the future. So that will be a lot of fun to start working with! The guys down in Stockholm are in the studio as we speak, I will go down there in a few weeks to record the bass and also have some of my lyrics on the album. That’s gonna be great.

Lior: Well, I’m looking forward to hearing about this new project! Thank you for this extremely long interview, it was a pleasure and I hope to see you again soon when all of this shit is over! Maximum love and good wishes to LG, he’s a strong bull and I’m sure he can pull through this. I just want to add that LG has started a crowdfunding to help cover the costs of such treatment, he has reached the goal because of devoted friends, fans and metalheads, so kudos to everyone who helped out but the job isn’t over. Please continue your direct support for this wonderful man.

Alexander: He sure is. He will be back stronger than ever! Thank you buddy. It was nice talking to you. Yes for sure, we’ll meet on the roads very soon I hope.

No mess, no fuss, just pure impact - Firespawn. Please go and donate some money to LG’s crowdfunding to help him battle cancer. If you can’t afford a donation, sharing the link on your social media works as well.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-petrov

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