first off I just want to congratulate you on your new EP. To
new fans could your please fill us in on the history behind it
Yeah! Well, Astral Doors has been rocking the metal stage for a
couple of years by now, and so far we have done two albums, “Of
the son and the father” and “Evil is forever”. This new mini
album contains one song from the forthcoming album, “Astralism”;
one leftover from the “Evil….” Sessions; three tracks
previously only released in
and a video-track.
will take the world by storm pretty early next year.
has your new EP been received by the media?
As the matter of fact pretty good. This mini-album is only an
appetizer while waiting for “Astralism”, but the media seems
to like it pretty much and we’re grateful.
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?
Powerful, melodic and evil.
your music was an emotion, which one would it be?
Our music brings out all emotions known by man so how could I
choose only one?
and what inspires you when you write a song? Walk us through the
creation of a song?
It always starts off with a riff. If it’s possible to put some
cool singing to the riff: We’re in business.
subjects do your lyrics refer to, and who writes them?
And what inspires you when you write your lyrics?
Our songs deal with all kinds of interesting subjects, mainly
taken from real life. So far in our career all lyrics have been
written by the one and only ME.
has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
We produce our albums ourselves. How could anyone do it better? Mr
Peter Tägtgren has turned into the official mixer-master-mind of
Astral Doors and damn we’re pleased with him.
has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have
a great cover?
The cover of an album is of course extremely important. That’s
the first thing people see. The more famous a band gets, the less
important is the cover I believe.
done our artwork? Hm, let me think. On the first sucker we hired
an old friend of mine, Mattias Eriksson. He did a great job. On
the second bastard a guy named Chris Kallias did it. Dragons and
stuff; a fantastic cover.
you have any touring plans?
You bet. We want to hit the roads again next year. Our trip with
Grave Digger turned into a hit and we wanna get out there again
and meet our friends.
speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your
own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
Tough to say. Grave Digger was a nice band to tour with.
do you feel about the co-operation with your label?
We are very satisfied with our label. They have done many great
things for us.
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
A modern band has to use the internet to communicate with the
fans. Internet has been one big factor in our success. Internet is
important for ALL metal bands.
how do you feel about the metal scene in general at the moment?
Too many bands!!! It seems like some labels are prepared to
release any crap, as long as the band pays for their own
recordings. This situation makes the quality of the metal scene of
today quite low. Overkill!
song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
I like most of our songs,
but “Bride of Christ” is a favourite.
an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your
life … and why?
“Mob rules” with Black Sabbath was one of the first metal
albums I bought. The power, the melodies and the great singing of
Dio, captured my young metal heart.
music do you listen to at home?
Anything from Death to
has had a small comeback lately – do you still prefer “the old
sound” or are you a CD/DVD kind of guy?
I’m an “astral doors
sound” kind of guy. Vinyl or CD doesn’t really matter, but
it’s easier to play CD’s in the car-stereo, hehe.
question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Welcome to be a part of the Astral Kingdom. And please: don’t put meatballs up your nose!