A short interview with Fredrik Anderson Ė
drummer of Amon Amarth Ė in connection with the release of
Twilight of the Thunder God.
POM: Amon Amarth has named their new album
"Twilight of the Thunder God", and its hard not to spot the
Wagner-connection. Do members of the band listen to classical
music, and does it inspire the music of Amon Amarth?
Anderson: No, not really. I donít think
anyone in the band listens to classic music and most guys in the
band probably donít know about Wagner.
POM: Ok, strange. Let's talk about you. The new album
utilizes some very impressive fast paced drums. Have you, as the
drummer, had more to say on this album, than on the first ones,
or is it just a coincidence?
Anderson: Itís not that I didnít have more
to say before, but on this album I think I took a bit more room.
I wanted to bring more in to the music. When it comes to tempos
and such itís not only up to me to decide Ė thatís something we
POM: This one is kind of mean: Why does the last song slowly
fade into silence? Has it something to do with the title - the
fading representing the "Endless Ocean"? Its an unusual way to
end an album - What thoughts did you put into this?
Anderson: Donít know if itís that unusual
of an end of an album, but in our case it was something we felt
fitted to the song, and the song happened to be the closer on
POM: Every metalhead in the world is aware of the muttered
criticism Viking Metal gets for being "pro-war propaganda". How
do you feel about this label?
Anderson: Canít say
that Iíve really heard that criticism, but people will always
find negative aspects in everything you do. Many are looking for
a reason why the world is the way it is, but fact is that in the
history of mankind weíve always been brutal savages.
True that! Thank you for answering my questions.