1. Hi, 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?
- I left Laudamus in ' 93 very dissatisfied with the musical
situation. I started out with Johnny Olsson (ex-Phoenix) and Stefan
Pettersson (Morifade) in '94 using the name Mind’s Eye. We
released a couple of demos under that name. Around '98 we changed
name to Autumn Lords and released the 3 song demo/singel “Face Of
A Demon” featuring Peter from Laudamus on vocals. From '98 until
2000 I had Lars Hjelm (ex-Nagazaki, Phoenix) on vocals and released
4 song demo “Power Of The Mind”. In 2000 I got really
unsatisfied with the members as they weren’t committed enough. So
I fired them all and called Ola and Jonas. We rehearsed for one day
and recorded the 2 song demo “Now And Forever” with Mikael Holm
(Winterlong) on vocals. Also in 2001 we recorded all material for
our debut album with Kristian Andren (ex-Tad Morose, Fifth Reason)
on vocals, and it got us our record deals in Japan and Europe. We
then re-recorded it for the final disc with Apollo (ex-Majestic,
Time Requiem) as new vocalist. And now the new album is out. -)
2. How has your
new album been received by the media?
or hell! Usually if you like it you like it a lot and if you don’t
you tend to hate it!
3. I know
artists are not happy to categorize their music, but how would you
describe your music to an outsider?
a mix between doom metal and neoclassical metal!
4. Where does
your inspiration come from, both musically and lyrically?
anything that pisses me off! Musically, great melodies and things
that pisses me off! lol
5. What topics
do you deal with in your lyrics and why?
- It has a loose doomsday theme. But it’s not a story. It’s
more about the dark sides of humanity in general. Greed, oppression
and so forth. Well these are things makes me angry.
6. Who has
produced and mixed the album, and are you pleased with the end
Wead produced and mixed it! And I’m very pleased with it! Of
course, if we’ve had a 500.000 dollar budget we would have been
able to do it better.
7. Who has done
the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great
artwork is done by Travis Smith! Yes, especially nowadays when
there’s so many albums released.You
tend to drown in the sheer quantity.
8. Do you have
any touring plans?
yet! We’ve started to write the next album though…
9. How do you
feel about the co-operation with your label, and are you satisfied?
so far! But of course I’d like more support. But then again who
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 bands?
I don’t have time to surf and chat. But all the business mails and
the artwork is taken care of through the internet! It’s probably
very important for us all in both negative and positive ways!
11. How do you
see the metal scene at the moment?
many albums with crappy melodies but with pompous productions!
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?
take the 5 most important to me!
- Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
J. Malmsteen – Rising Force
Halen – Van Halen
– Wings Of Tomorrow
Purple – Perfect Strangers
bit thanx to Stefan and Meduza and do yourself a favour a give
their new album a chance. And once more I have to say Yihaa to
Claus (Intromental) for setting up the interview.