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Monday, December 21, 2015

Third Storm Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?
We are at the moment writing new songs for the first full-length album which hopefully will be recorded next year. All the members have  their other bands also so things are not moving that fast but that's a good thing, we don't want to rush things.

2.In September you had released a new ep how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The musical direction is focused on both black metal and doom metal with a lot of dark and twisted atmosphere, two 13 minutes long epic songs. The newer songs we're working on now are shorter and have lots of fast parts, we will keep the doom elements also of but not that much as on the EP. The music of Third Storm in the 80s was more chaotic noisy black/thrash with lots of blast beats and shit, not so much doom as now. We were very young back then and not so good musicians so to speak.

3.The band was broken up for almost 30 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform after all of these years?

We just got tired of the band in 1988 and went separate ways, we were 16-17 years old and two guys moved to other cities to study or something like that and me myself didn't want to be in a band for a while 'til I formed Sarcasm two years after. The timing now was right I guess, there's alot of variety in the metal scene today compared to the 90's. It wouldn't have been wise to ressurect this band back then I think.

4.From what I have read so far that in the 80's you where considered one of the most extreme bands at the time, do you fell you have been a huge influence on a lot of the bands that popped up in the early 90's from your home country?

No I don't think so, since we didn't spread our music that much, perhaps maybe in our home town Uppsala where we did some gigs and spread our name, but I don't think it reached more far than that. The scene in Stockholm began when we split up and I have no idea if those guys knew of Third Storm or not.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Our first full length that we are working on right now will be a concept album and part one of a trilogy. That album will be about the creation and the laws of the universe, and of course the forces behind everything. I can't go into much more details without spoiling, which I won't. I can say that the whole story will be about genesis, the storms and a new order.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Third Storm'?
The name originally referred to world war three, it still is but this time it's much bigger than that, this time the whole universe is at stake. The band name will be explained in details on the third album (last part of the trilogy)

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Well, we haven't played live since 1988, but back then it was chaotic, crazy, bad sound, not that well played etc. But fun at the same time.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We will do some shows in the future but we don't know when, I guess when we are ready.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
So far it's been good, the EP has just been released but the feedback/reviews have been great so far. The majority likes both the doom/black elements and we hear often that we have our own sound and that we have created something very dark, weird and atmospheric and that the material is original etc, and thats a good thing because when we started this thing again we wanted to go our own way and to create our own sound. We didn't want to be another retro band or a band who plays only fast for the sake of it. Our main goal was to create a dark and disturbing  atmosphere and I think we've achived that.

10.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?
David is in Anguish, a great doom band also from Uppsala, they have released two albums. Daniel is in Iron Lamb and Usurpress who just recorded their new album. I'm also the singer in Sarcasm, we're working on new songs for a new album, five of them are complete at the moment.

11.Currently you are working on a full length album that is a concept recording, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
I told you a little bit, but I can tell you that the first album will be about the birth of god, the creation of universe, the laws of the universe, the creation of earth and man and what man is capable of creating, an undelibrate creation of unwanted and the consequences universe has to face because of this. Part 2 about the storms (wars) and part 3 will be about the final storm and ultimately a new order in the universe. half of this concept I had in my mind a long time, after we recorded the EP I thought maybe this could work if we did a trilogy and combine the meaning of the band name which actually by coincidence was in the original story but in a different form, so I changed and added stuff here and there so it could fit three albums. The story is a combination of spiritualism, law of attraction, philosophy, sci-fi, duality, biblical elements, real historical events, the politics in history and the present, and the future. The idea is to combine everything and tell a saga. And the whole story will be told through perspective of God. He's telling the story, but in a different way. There will be twists and turns and messing of the minds. The concept will be very blasphemous if you're religious and thats the whole point, we're not here only to turn the crosses upside down but to turn everything upside down. The lyrics will all be in english in case people wonder, that was not the case with the EP where the vocals where in three or four different languages, even if it has atmospheric value to do so I want people to understand the story instead of me singing in kurmanji or latin or something.

12.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?
Well, we like lots of different stuff, not only doom or black metal or whatever metal, I mean I also listen to a lot of movie soundtracks, 60s and 70s music etc (even 80s pop music) Of course the music we play is extreme metal but it's not necessarily one band or a style that is an influence, instead the whole spectrum and we are very careful not to copy a sound or a band, there are plenty of those bands. The most important thing is to create an atmosphere that belong to us and that can be definable. But sure, we are all fans of 80s black or speed metal, the good thing about that period is that those bands tried really hard to create their own sound and almost everyone succeeded in that aspect. Black metal could be done in different ways and that way of thinking is what inspires us. Most of that mentality were sadly gone in the 90s when rules were set how extreme music should be. Uniqeness became secondary, it was more important how your corpse paint looked like or how many churches that got burnt.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
I watch movies, lots of them, mostly old ones and every genres as often as possible when I don't work with my bands. Daniel is also a film buff and writes a book now and then. The others are mostly into music I think.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yeah, its really cool to see these good reactions to the EP, we thought the music would be somewhat hard to grasp, but it has reached people who understand what we tried to achive with this EP and that's the most important thing. We really appreciate all the good reviews and positive words it recieved so far. But beware, this is just the beginning, the Prima Mobilae is yet to come....


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