Saturday, February 18, 2017

Wormwood Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

When we finished the recordings of  "Ghostlands: Wounds from a bleeding earth" we got in touch with the record label Non Serviam Records.
Since then we´re been occupied with a few gigs, rehearsals and a lot of promotion.

2.In March you have a new album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the ep you had released in 2015?

This is a hard question, I dont think there is one true objective answer, since music is an abstract form of art.
But I would describe it as a mix of atmospheric and melancholic soundscapes, raw rock´n roll, traditional scandinavian folk music and black metal.
Or as the sound of the all mighty nature, endless space and nightmares based on our local folklore.

It differ from our EP in many ways, "The Void: Stories from a whispering well"  was much more primitive and straight forward in a sense. It did contain the fundaments for what we are now, but the over all production and song quality is much more solid at Ghostlands...

3.You refer to your musical style as being 'Atmospheric Blackened Folk'n'Roll', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
Well, that is a made up genre to describe our music in just a few words, since it contains elements of Atmospheric black metal, hard rock and folk music.
But I think it´s very hard to label music and describe the sound of a specific genre for people that haven't heard it, so i let other people do that if they want to.
Our main focus is to make the music and perform it, whatever it´s called.


4.Some of your lyrics cover Nordic mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?
Our mythology and folklore has and will always be around.
If you ever visit Scandinavia you will start to notice traces and signs of our old culture in almost everything.
The names of locations and cities, names of buildings and places, the origins of our holidays, and so on.
It´s easy to forget this when you´re in the middle of it, but if you really start to think about it you will realize it´s everywhere.
In many aspects the old norse believes and wisdom is still up-to-date in our modern society, and I think it´s our damn duty to preserve it. Now more than ever.

Personally I´ve been attracted to our mythology and history more or less since i was a child. It just came naturally.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wormwood'?

The name comes from a star called Wormwood, which is mentioned in the bible. The star fell down and made the river sour and poisonous. The name resonated for us because it's the dance of death between space and nature.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Different shows can be amazing in so many ways. As long as you can see the spark in the eyes of the crowd it doesnt matter if it`s a small club or at a bigger festival stage.
The best shows are the shows where we convince at least one single person -that never heard about us before- to go home and listen to our music in the future.
Our performance is energetic, sweaty and hypnotic.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

 Yes, in october we will go for an European tour as support for IMPIETY(Singapore), together with Asagraum(Norway), Bode Preto(Brazil).
We will also play a few gigs here in Sweden this spring/summer and we´re currently discussing some festival gigs and a mini tour outside of Sweden as well.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
It´s been surprisingly good this far. Great feedback from all kinds of people, not just the regular black metal audience.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Well, the main focus is WORMWOOD for everyone.
I am occasionally playing live guitar for the pagan/folk/viking metal band MÃ…NEGARM.
 Nox(guitar) is involved in the death metal band RIKET, NINE(vox) and NOX(guitar) is also a part of the black metal band WHITERSHIN that is not active atm.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I would like to say that we have a great thing going on, and we will definitely improve it even more. You will hear from Wormwood over the years, that´s a promise.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Personally I listen to...Hmmm.... I dont listen to much music at all nowdaays to be honest, i dont have the time.
But I am, and always has been a big fan of rock/metal in general. I also like traditional swedish folk music, some blue grass and so on.
Im not so tied to a particular genre of music. As long as the music means something and makes me feel something it´s good.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I am really into art is different forms. I do a lot of graphic stuff, filming and editing, I used to paint a lot as well.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thank you for the interview, I really hope that you will enjoy our album "Ghostlands: Wounds from a bleeding earth" , spread the word!
A big shout out to our record label Non Serviam Records, and all the fans and supporters.

See you on the road!

/ RYDSHEIM (Guitar)

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