first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album. To
new fans could your please fill us in on the history behind it all?
it feels great to see the first Moonlight release finally hit the
the story of Moonlight Agony goes like this. I and Robert decided
to start a metal band in the summer 1999, and in the autumn we
teamed up with some musicians from Robert's hometown Kungsbacka.
Everyone except our bassplayer Christofer has been replaced since
then though. We recorded two demos that actually weren't that
great, allthough we were quite happy with them at the time.
Robert began his military service and I went off to study music in
Oskarshamn while Martin and Christofer stayed in Kungsbacka. A
year passed, and not much happened with the band. We were just
able to rehearse a few times that year and I don't think we did
one single gig. What we did do, however, was to build up a hunger
of composing and a far greater individual skill on our
all came back to Kungsbacka, we worked hard with new material and
soon we entered the studio for the third time. The result was our
first recording to posess the real Moonlight Agony sound. We sent
out the demo to some labels and signed a Management deal with
Intromental. After this our singer quit the band and Intromental
helped us get in touch with “Chity” Somapala (Avalon, Firewind).
We listened to some of his work and were amazed. Then we recorded
"Echoes Of A Nightmare" last summer and Chity came up
for some vocal recording sessions that fall. After the album was
completed Intromental started fishing for labels. We got some
interesting offers and finally decided to settle for Massacre. And
that's about where we are now.
has your new album been received by the media?
all of the reviews have been very positive and your's were not
an exception. (Thanks for that) =) Now we just hope that
the metal fans around the world will welcome us just as warmly.
know artists are not happy to categorize their music, but how
would you describe your music to an outsider?
we play power metal, but our aim is to be a bit more heavy,
aggressive and dark than the average band in the genre. To that we
add cinematic, symphonic elements with keyboards and computer
programmed orchestras. Finally a very important ingredient is
humour. We like to toss some stuff in just for amusment and have
all laughed to tears at times in the Studio.
Where does your inspiration come from, both musically and
hard to answer that question, as we in band listen to very
different music individually. But some bands that we all like is
Dimmu Borgir (the two latest albums), Dream Theater, Symphony X
and Devil Doll. Common for us all is also that we like bombastic
movie scores like by Hans Zimmer, John Williams and Danny Elfman.
Lyrically I can't really come up with a single band, all though we
tend to like the lyrics of english-speaking bands better, which is
only natural as they write in their native language.
What topics do you deal with in your lyrics and why?
lyrics in “Echoes Of A Nightmare” contain a hidden story,
but are still very vague and poetic, so the story is very hard to
read out. It will be interesting to see if anyone manages. =)
6. Who has
produced and mixed the album, and are you pleased with the end
Lindberg (has earlier worked with Dimmu Borgir, In Flames etc) and
Tom Englund (singer/guitarist Evergrey) helped us with the
production and we were by far satisfied with the result. I was
very impressed both by Arnolds skills both as producer and
engineer. He could deliver the sound we wanted.
7. Who has
done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a
artwork is made by Mattias Norén, who has contributed quite a few
covers to the metal scene lately. Myself, I think it is of great
importance to get a cool cover. Whenever I think of a album, it's
cover picture pops up in my mind, and I also associate the musical
content of the CD with it. So a nice cover actually makes me think
more positive of the album in general.
We ourselves think Mattias did a great work with the “Echoes”-cover,
and many have in fact commented it posititively.
8. Do you
have any touring plans?
the moment we're not planing any tour. It all depends on how well the album
sell. But we're in fact looking into the posibility of making gigs
in Denmark in a not to far future. It would be really cool to meet
the danish metal audience.
9. How do you
feel about the co-operation with your label, and are you satisfied?
is yet very hard to say, as so little time has passed since the
release, but it seems that the promotion have worked quite well in
Germany and Greece for example, from where we have received many
internet is a very important source for many metal fans - how do
you use the internet and how important is it for you and other
definitely agree. Nowadays you have a chance to spread your music
all over the world you couldn't dream of for ten years ago, being
a small band like us.
we try to keep a good homepage, which I think we have and you can
download mp3s from there to get at taste of what “Echoes Of A
Nightmare” sounds like. We try to answer all Interviews we
receive, but to be honest the ones that really does the great
promotion work on the net is the fans. And I'm positive that the
rumour about Moonlight Agony will spread.
11. How do
you see the metal scene at the moment?
I think it's interesting to see these new giant productions with
full symphonic orchestras (Nightwish, Dimmu Borgir etc). I'm
really amazed by the huge sound of those CDs and
it's definitely a dream to one day hear such an orchestra
play one of our compositions. But the way there is long. =)
12. To finish
things off - could you pls. make a all-time Top 5 or sort of the 5
most important albums in your opinion?
Dream Theater - Images And Words
2. Rhapsody - Symphony Of Enchanted Lands
3. Children Of Bodom - Hatebreeder
4. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part 2
5. Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory
can honestly say that these albums have influenced me a lot,
partly as guitarist but mostly in the aspect of composing.
for the interview and hail to all the danish metal fans out there.
If you like the CDs I listed for my top 5 you're going to dig
“Echoes Of A Nightmare”
care / Kalle Landin (Moonlight Agony)
the best to Kalle and Moonlight Agony, and do check out their debut
out now! Claus you know the drill .... THANX.