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?
Hi, this is Johan from RIKET (Swedish for “The Kingdom”) and we are about to release our debut EP entitled "Avarter" (SCR016OL). RIKET is a new Swedish trio but with decades of experience since all three have been involved in underground metal since the early 90:s.
The line up consists of:
Johan Nephente Fridell – Vocals (Netherbird)
Tobias Jakobsson – Bass and guitars (Netherbird)
Adrian Erlandsson – Drums (Paradise Lost, At The Gates, The Haunted)
We all shared a similar desire to play some simplistic death metal, something a bit more primitive than in our main affiliations. So when Tobias wrote some tracks we decided to make a recording. So it is pretty simple and straight forward death metal but with lyrics in Swedish, so that might be a bit more rare I guess.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
Yes, I am sure most will hear our roots pretty well, Scandinavian underground metal, mainly death metal but with some twists here and there.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
Drums were recorded in England and the rest in Sweden. The entire process was extremely quick and spontaneous. Tobias made the tracks with bass and guitar, Adrian lay down the drums and then I recorded the vocals. A good friend of ours, Nine (Withershin/Wormwood) also joined on the track “Avart och Vanart”. I would say the entire studio session for these 4 tracks was done in about 4-5 days in total, including mixing and mastering. About the same time it took for my first band to record our first demo in 1992. Sometimes a quick process is the right way, not overthinking to much.
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?
RIKET is a bleak universe, a dark perspective upon the world we live in. This is reflected both in the lyrics and the artwork. Our lyrics focus on human strife, war and the absurdity of existence as it is.
The artwork is made by Sophia White (@djari328) who was kind enough to let us use it, since I thought it was a perfect fit for this release.
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
This is the first release we do and it is a digital only release. The reason is that we didn’t really have a plan, we decided to record these four tunes and we liked the result and wanted to make it available. So it will be offered on all streaming platforms globally through Scarecrow Recordings. We do this out of passion so our aim is just to release this and see if there is any interest. If so, we might record a few more tunes now and then.
We will also do some live shows, also those on a very simple and downsized level. We want to play the stages where underground metal still matters, so the smaller the bar and the more eager the crowd, the better.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
It is a digital only release at this point, and it will be available May 31st 2016. Since the running time is just a bit above 11 min, it would also be suitable to release as a 7” vinyl. So if any underground label would be interested, we are here (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Where and how will you promote this new release?
We will rely solely on the underground mouth-to-mouth promotion. No label or media budget, just some simple death metal. Sweaty, crude and with curses in Swedish.
Where can we order it from?
You can find it on Spotify and other streaming services from 2016-05-31. If a vinyl edition becomes available we will promote that one in order to support whichever label that does the good deed of releasing it.
The first tune "Dovt är dödens dån" can be heard on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85cAQmoLc-g
More info and news on www.riket.org and https://www.facebook.com/RIKET-1520660564906287