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
Kim - The
story of Anubis Gate really goes back to our early teens. All the
present members have played together in different constellations
at one point or another. And then we all drifted in different
directions. 6 years ago Jesper and Morten decided to do something
together again. I jammed with them on some initial rehearsals. It
was never intended to be permanent on my part, but we did manage
to finish 3 songs. 2 of which are on our new album “A Perfect
Approaching Inner Circle
and Epitome of Delusion)”. Much of the 3. song became the middle
section of “Discrowned” from our first album “Purification”.
After the first album Henrik and I became permanent members (thus
breaking my decision not to play metal on a permanent basis......I’m
glad I turned myself down on that one) and we recorded “A
Perfect Forever”. More hard hitting without compromising what
are the essentials of Anubis Gate. Also more varied we feel that
we have taken a giant leap forward. Released worldwide a couple of
month ago on locomotive records, we are quite pleased with the
has your new album been received by the media?
it has been very well received. Some reviews going as far as
calling the album essential in both the powermetal genre and in
their progressive genre. We couldn’t have hoped for a better
know artists don’t like to put a label on their music - but a
spaceship from outer space has just landed in your backyard, and
is demanding an answer - so how would you describe your music to
an alien from another galaxy?
well....since you put the pressure on me I would call it....errr.......progressive
power metal. But as some reviewers have stated we have sort of
created our own niche managing to throw in influences far beyond
metal. And most importantly of all we strive for making space for
both complicated guitar riffs and very melodic (some say hymn like)
vocal melodies. And because we have a common past in the eighties
thrash genre, together with a liking of the seventies progressive
rock genre (early Genesis etc), and the great melodic metal bands,
a lot of things get thrown in the melting pot. But people
generally say they can spot influences from bands like Crimson
Glory, Queensr˙che, Savatage, King Crimson and Genesis and maybe
also Iron Maiden in our music.
your music was an emotion, which one would it be?
the chattiest of people I wouldn’t really know. Preferably a
positive one. I certainly don’t hope that anyone derive negative
vibes from our music -:).
and what inspires you when you write a song? Walk us through the
creation of a song?
writing process roughly follows a certain pattern. Either Jesper
or I have an initial idea. In various degrees of completion but
never totally finished. We record rough demos with programmed
drums in our respective sequencer programmes. Then we use the
internet to bounce these demos to and from each others until we,
after many versions, have something we think is the finished
musical framework of the song. Then we pass it on to our drummer
Morten (referred to, in the writing process, as “the filter”).
Mortens word on the things is very important as he probably has
the best “taste” concerning “the right Anubis stuff” of
all of us. When the music is completed it is given to the vocal
writers (mainly Torben and Henrik, and to a lesser extend me). The
vocal melodies and the lyrics are written and thus a song is
finished. Of course some things change when go in the studio. A
good example of that would be the song “Sanctified” which had
numerous changes made as we went along. But the song writing
process also evolves as well as the stuff we write. It is not cast
in stone. The short ballad “Endless Grief” was a small poem I
had written and I just sat down by my piano and wrote the finished
song. So that was different from our standard procedure.
subjects do your lyrics refer to, and who writes them?
what inspires you when you write your lyrics?
first albums concerned itself with the subject of fighting your
inner demons. On the new album there was no real common lyrical
subject as such. The title song and also the cover painting is
based in the notion that everything mankind creates also destroys.
We industrialised the planet, we destroyed the environment etc.
And at some point we will probably self-destruct in an attempt to
fulfil some madman’s vision of a better life.
has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
Hansen, who also produced "Purification", did the
production. And we love it to bits. He is very good and very easy
to get along with. Working with him is just a pleasure.
has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have
a great cover?
Norén did the cover. He is great and can hit the “ambience”
of the music on the nail with his paintings. I feel the cover is
pretty important. When you buy a CD it’s the first thing you see.
In most cases even before you’ve heard the music. So the cover
predefines the mood in which you listen to the music.
you have any touring plans?
have only just begun to do concerts so we’ll have to see what
comes up. We have been offered tours but have no specific plans at
speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your
own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
love to warm up for Queensr˙che. About ideal partners I really
don’t know. Someone not to far away from us stylistically.
do you feel about the co-operation with your label?
never speak to our label actually. All that goes through our
management. With whom we speak on a regular basis. IntroMental
(management) are important sparring partners. They do a great job.
Without them we would have gotten nowhere. They got us our deal as
well as the gigs.
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
internet is important in respect to finding out a band even exist.
It has enabled bands to have careers on a smaller scale than was
previously possible. You can buy cd’s through the internet which
means that even if the distribution isn’t that great people
still can get the album they want. It’ll grow more and more
important in the future I predict. But to Anubis Gate the internet
is especially essential. Without it we simply wouldn’t be able
to do anything. That’s due to the geography of the band. Jesper
and I live 300 km apart. So instead of writing in the rehearsals
we do it by means of the internet. The web is our creative space.
how do you feel about the metal scene in general at the moment?
must admit I’m not a lover of what we call “shouting metal”.
I’m a sucker for good melodies. There are however some good
bands around. Manticora and Mercenary to name some very good
Danish bands. But I’m the wrong guy to ask about the metal scene
actually since I play so many different kinds of music, ranging
from jazz-fusion to gigging with cover bands every weekend. So I
don’t have the time to catch up with all the music I’d like to
catch up on.
song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
was a hard one. Most things I’ve written are non-metal. But if
we take Anubis Gate stuff it would be.....err... I think....you
got me on that one....I like the new stuff I have been doing for
the next album a lot. If you really pressed me I’d say the song
"Endless Grief" (even though it’s very short) is among
the best stuff I’ve ever done. And that’s including everything
I’ve done. Anubis Gate and otherwise.
an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your
life … and why?
that have had a huge influence on my perception of music would be
“Starless And Bible Black” and “Discipline” by King
Crimson. Playing with Danish freeform/avant-garde guitarist
Frederik Sřgaard have also had a huge impact on me. I love the
playing freeform collective improvisational music. There’s no
better way to learn to use your ears than that.
music do you listen to at home?
(their seventies stuff), King Crimson, Queensr˙che, Beatles,
Kraftwerk, Iron Maiden, Mark Knopfler, Megadeth, Jethro Tull..........
A lot of different things. I’m a big lover of the originators.
Kraftwerk: the techno genre. Beatles: modern rock. etc
has had a small comeback lately – do you still prefer “the old
sound” or are you a CD/DVD kind of guy?
cd. I hate having to flip the vinyl in the middle of my listening
question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Kim - Errr.....well
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