FROM THE SHORE (for Battle Helm)

From The Shores is a really cool death metal band that has that old school Swedish touch to their sound. I really liked their CD so I had to interview them.

Interview was prepared by ANDERS EKDAHL (Battle Helm)

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-When it was time for a new name after our old one was no longer suited with the music we were playing, we chose this one because it reflects our identity. We never thought our name had to be ‘metal’ in order to fit our music. This name is our city, our roots. It’s us.

As I am sure of we are quite a few that are rather new to you guys could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-The band formed back in 2008 with a different line-up and we published our first EP later that year. After many gigs, line-up changes and issues, here we are with a new album and what is possibly the strongest line-up we’ve ever had.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-We all have different tastes in music, and I think it would be different for everyone of us. Since our guitarist Leo is the one who writes most of our stuff, you can name Death, Dissection and Iron Maiden among his favorite bands.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-There is a big scene in Venice area, but mostly made of hardcore bands. Metal is not that strong here anymore, or at least not as much as it was in 2005-2010. Europe is still an amazing place for bands like ours anyway.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Movements and trends come and go. If you play your music with sincerity you won’t need to change your style after a movement is gone. On a higher level, being in a band is possibly the best way to express yourself.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-You obviously can’t have a cover that doesn’t reflect your music, but it also doesn’t need to be a slaughter of naked nuns. I think it was fun when DeafHeaven published an album with pink cover artwork for example. But of course, covers such as ‘Vempire’, ‘Storm of The Light’s Bane’ and ‘The Somberlain’ are amazing.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-The audience changed so the music format followed. But I still love the smell of booklets and the cd format to be honest.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Some would say we are too old school for the ‘new’ metal and too modern for old school metal. The truth is we all love old school death and black metal but didn’t want to be mere copycats.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Needs to be both, if possible. Has to be professional but you need to keep the fun you have doing it or it’s no longer worth it.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We are working hard to make it look the way we want it to be.

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