Interview through email with: Henri (guitar, vocals), Otto (guitar) and Sami (bass) while also finding that perfect bass guitar tone with Sami's new Rickenbacker.
EHM: Why start a Doom Metal band?
Henri: ""Why not?" as Sami put it so well. I started writing songs for my solo project, and they turned out doom. Then, when I had some songs ready, they were so good that I wanted to play them with a band. After a while, I found some like-minded people to complete the line-up."
EHM: What was the plan when going to record The Silence from Your Room? Because it was supposed to be an EP, what made you guys know that it was going to be a full-length album?
Henri: "We thought we had less material than we eventually did. After the recording clocked more than 40 minutes, we decided to call it a full-length."
Otto: "After all it isn't that hard to write enough material for a full-length when you play doom metal. I guess it's harder to do an EP if you want it to include more than two songs."
EHM: What is the overall sound of "Chapter III: in which the protagonist finds himself at the bottom of the ocean as well as in a petrified forest"?
Otto: "Deep and watery. And we wanted to have more dynamics and progression in our songs after our full-length, which was probably a bit too straightforward - focusing mainly on crushing distortion. That isn't bad per se, but when album clocks somewhere around 40 minutes, it can get a bit monotonous."
Henri: "There's an old song and a newer one, with 3 years between them. I think we managed to make them sound coherent together even so. Go and listen for yourself, though. The tracks are available for pay-what-you-want at our bandcamp page (along with the full-length), http://ecwdoom.bandcamp.com"
EHM: How has the band improved since they first started?
Otto: "Quite a lot, actually, because the first EP was completely written by Henri, and even though the full-length was recorded with a full band, most of its material was Henri's handwriting too - the rest of us just added little tidbits of our own here and there. The more recent material has a lot more joint songwriting; you can hear influences from all of us.
Sami: In other words, we've managed to focus our vision better and incorporated more experimental ideas in our music now."
Henri: "Not like we ever had that verse/chorus/verse thing going. Now it's just more organic, a swearword though that may be to some. Also, on a personal level, our musical tastes have expanded, bringing even more varied influences to the table. And we've tried to overcome limitations of the genre, even if we skirt the border of several of those. I think there's a basis of doom, sludge and death in our sound, and then the experimentation."
Otto: "Exactly. Originally we had a pretty strong foothold on death/doom and sludge, whereas now we're trying to broaden our sound in several interesting directions while still keeping one foot steady on that base of doomy sludge. I hope our listeners will be as excited about it as we are."
EHM: What is the future of this band?
Henri: "Bright, I hope. We're currently recording our second full-length album, which will display our new, more varied sound."
Otto: "Some of our focal points for this new album have been increased dynamics - meaning that this time there will be quieter and calmer sections that emphasize those heavier, crushing sections and just to make it sound more interesting; pushing our songwriting further - so that we don't take the most obvious ideas, but make it sound fresh and new, not just the old and same; and have it all sound good and coherent, not just a bunch of wild ideas that don't sit well together."
Henri: "We'd like to play gigs for audiences who are interested in what we offer, starting here in the gloomy and frosbitten mountains of necroyeti bobsledders in our native Finland and hopefully also eventually abroad (book us, you sumbitch, we're good!) We will also continue to drink good and interesting beers and worship vibrations."