Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
The Burning Inferno is the best release we´ve had so we have to be happy with it. In terms of sound quality by far the best. But it has been a long process. A couple of the songs were written more than two years ago so it´s about time we share it. On the other hand we´ve had quite some time to reshape some structure and new ideas on the songs which been good.
The opening song In Vertigo is a late bloomer and has been around for some time. When we got it right I think we were all very satisfied with it. It´s the fastest and hardest song in there and really sets the tone for the EP. Treating the Threat was the first song released as a single. Lyric-wise a message to all the intolerant people out there who don´t stand up for human rights. Music wise it´s very direct, in your face, fast opening with some really heavy parts as well. The third song Cyanotic probably been through the most changes of all, and it turned out great we think. The opening riff was pretty much it for some time but Anders really found its structure and it went on from there. A team effort in terms of writing more than any song on the EP. In awe they come was the first demo in the written process so it’s been around for a long time. We were pretty sure the song had a place on the EP right from the beginning. The vocal arrangement on the verse and chorus really took the song to the next level. The fifth song Ikaros was first called ”The burning inferno” but when the name for the EP came up it changed. A really fast and great intro we think. What really stood out though in the early demo was the chorus. A different one from the rest with a melody that was very direct. The vocal harmonics worked out well too. The last song Captured is the heaviest one on the EP, with a classic base intro. If In Vertigo sets the tone for the EP the outro on Captured really fires it off. Great drumming from Jocke Wallgren with some dark melodic tones.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
We´d like to call it as Thrash music. We´ve all grown up in the 80´s with the thundering riffs of Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Sepultura and so on. I think you could recognize some of that approach on the EP, but with a bit more melodic strains to it.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
We have recorded the album at different locations, but essentially in our own studio rooms and in total we have spent about a year from the first tone to the final mastering.
We did not record it in the conventional order, we basically started with the guitars and thereafter recorded the bass and vocals before we agreed with Jocke Wallgren to support us with the drum recording. Since Jocke is very busy with touring with Valkyrja, he could not record the drums in one session and it took a few months before he completed the last fill to the last song. The mixing was done at Dreamhill Studios in Stockholm and because of the delay with the drum recordings the studio availability for mixing was limited. This resulted in a lengthy process - but it was worth waiting for! In fact, we had to wait until the summer holidays before the studio was available and we got a narrow time slot to mix all tracks. Most of the band was on holiday and only Anders could represent the band. The last day of mixing and when everything was extremely stressed, the only thunder of the whole summer caused an electric discharge cutting all the electricity in the studio and everything went black. Finally, under somewhat chaotic conditions and thanks to Torbjörn Endrell at Dreamhill, the mixer could be rebooted and utilized, even though part of the mixer was still ’dead’ during all remaining operations.
What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
The cover is actually a picture taken by Viktor with his mobile phone in his outbuilding. It is a cover which opens for a lot of additional thoughts, surrounded with a fantastic thrash metal mystery with the slightly opened door and the light on the other side. It is an awesome cover which associates to our lyrics and particularly to a Burning Inferno, which is the theme of Ikaros.
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
The aim is to be recognised on the metal scene and to be signed by an established record label which can assist the promotion of upcoming releases. We have a bunch of awesome material ready to be recorded! We expect to add some shows in our calendar in the near future - be updated on https://www.facebook.com/detonatorsweden!
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
It is essentially released in electronic versions but cd:s are available as well. Detonator is organising the cd distribution so the number of copies is dependent on the demand.
Where and how will you promote this new release?
We promote The Burning Inferno on a number of medias such as Spotify, Bandcamp and Soundcloud as well as magazines radiostations, forums etc. The promotion is of course world-wide. We also look forward to perform live shows which is a good window to promote the EP.
Where can we order it from?
You can order it from e.g. iTunes, Amazon, or directly from Bandcamp. Hard copies can be ordered from firstname.lastname@example.org.