Interview with drummer Fredrik Anderson, Amon Amarth (November 12th 2008)

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 do collectively.

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 the album.

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.

Martin SchjŲnning

Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God

Album available on Metal Blade Records.