Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Hyperion was formed in 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden by former vocalist Erik Thorell, original bass player August Bengtsson and current guitar player Erik Molnar. Shortly after the bands inception, drummer Anders Peterson joined as well. The only two members that remain from this line up today are Erik Molnar and Anders Peterson. Vocalist Harry Lauraéus, guitarist Mikael Malm and guitarist EfeGuner later joined, completing a line-up that lasted for many years. In the midst of recording the debut album, “Seraphical Euphony”, a process that took many years, Efe departed from the band, albeit on friendly terms. I, Joel Hagroth, having performed live duty with the band on bass guitar in 2012 and electric guitar in December 2014 after Efe had left, naturally joined the ranks on electric guitar in June 2015 after the recording of the debut album was finished, reinstating the trinity of guitarists that is fairly unique to Hyperion.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Early on, Hyperion was pretty much a melodic death metal band mainly influenced by the “Jester Race” era In Flames, which is very evident on the track “Moral Evasion”, for instance. Erik Molnar soon started dabbling in black metal and thus changed the future course of the band. His musical tastes definitely influenced Mikael Malm, as well as me, long before I joined the band (I’ve been a close friend for many years, having played in Mudcast with both Erik and Harry). Most of the tracks on “Seraphical Euphony” are definitely heavily inspired by the likes of Dissection and Emperor. Since I joined, I’d say the new, unreleased material is starting to incorporate some more of both the Windir sound as well as a more technical approach.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Since I haven’t been involved in any songwriting or recording of the released material as of now, it shouldn’t be too much of a self-grandiose thing to claim that “Seraphical Euphony” definitely feels inspired and is a great album. Most songs have their own feeling or theme, and the variation is large between catchy melodies and sheer anger and chaos. The production feels warm and atmospheric. I think most metalheads of any allegiance can find something to enjoy in it.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
The important releases are the first EP, “Blood of the Ancients” (2010), and the debut full-length album, “Seraphical Euphony” (2016). I can’t speak for the EP, but “Seraphical Euphony” was received very well, I must say. It’s been selling way beyond our expectations, being the humble Swedes we are. The story of Hyperion truly begins with this release. Notable reviewers include Angry Metal Guy and renowned Swedish Close-Up Magazine. The EP has gathered some attention after the debut album was released, as well; so much we’ll need to print a new edition (this time not just some paper sleeve, but a jewel case with booklet). It’s very inspiring to see that people get so devoted!
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We try to hook up with other bands as often as we can, but, of course, just playing in Stockholm over and over isn’t a recipe for success. We’re planning on touring to Gothenburg and across the Baltic to Finland soon. Playing live is key to reaching out to people – make people have a good timeand they’ll remember you and check you out!
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
I’m happy to say that I’m accompanied by great musicians. Songwriting is fun and we always strive towards not repeating ourselves or making it feel uninspired – we’re not afraid to toss things in the garbage can (or the recesses of our Dropbox repository). We’re not in a hurry to release new material either, so expect us to do our best at all times! Anders is studying classical music as well, which definitely broadens the range of influences. We try to achieve a unique blend.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We’ll try to tour around for a bit and continue writing new material. Right now, we want to focus on reaching out to people.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
We have a website at www.hyperion.nu with links to Spotify, Itunes, Google play, Youtube and more; you can listen for free at tons of places. If you want to pick up a physical copy (we offer signed copies on request, just contact us on Facebook or by mail through the website), you’ll find a link to Black Lion Productions’ webshop on the website as well. For merchandise, check out our Bandcamp page, linked to from the website. A vinyl edition of “Seraphical Euphony” is on its way, as well as the bespoken new edition of the “Blood of the Ancients”-demo and new t-shirts with the debut album’s graphics.