I think it’s definitely the album with the most social criticism on there because I got quite fed up with a lot of the things happening in the last couple of years. The over importance vanity gets in our lives the more we go on; everyone is looking for their five minutes of fame.
It was pretty clear that what we had made with Oli, was the last thing that he did with us. And it was clearly sure that the people would have to hear what he did. So we continue playing. And this album will be our tribute to Oli.
The music industry knows that they can get a good looking artist to sing a hit song that was born out of an algorithm in a computer, that is just bland enough that everyone can understand it and relate. Being a musician basically just gives one the tools to be snobby about music.
My friends had naked chicks on their wall, I had basses.
Matias Kupiainen of Stratovarius is the older brother of our drummer Topias. He has also mixed both of our albums and worked as the producer of our debut ‘Last Of Us’.
The term “warm destructive blanket” hits the nail right on the head, because that’s what it feels like: one develops a perverse attachment to this state of melancholy, finding a form of comfort in it as the one truth, when all else is subject to questioning and doubt. That’s pretty much the driving force for my creative process.
For me, it all has to be an artistic synthesis in the end and an album that you like to listen to from start to finish without thinking that you’re listening to the same songs over and over again.
If we scrutinized everyone for what we have been told they did, or what we read, or what we heard, then we would have no great art. A lot of artists pull from a dark place, or a place where uncomfortable things dwell, to create seriously effective artwork.
Some people thought that we are just a bunch of females who are trying hard to fit in to this male dominated world of metal. But we are here to play good music and not only to look pretty on stage.
It’s just what it is: a development that happens in a natural way and that isn’t forced by thoughts of being outstanding at any costs.
The main thing is and always will be the riffs, the almost horror movie-esque atmosphere, and a crushing doom-laden sound of brutal death metal that defines the band to us.
My first band at school when I was ten, everybody was too embarrassed to sing, so they all agreed the one who had the biggest instrument to hide behind should sing. That’s how it started.
We bloody got Mark Lanegan to do a part as well as Lea from the awesome Swedish band Besvärjelsen and Marty from Slomatics. Can’t wait to share that one with the world. And, speaking of Slomatics, we’re also already planning a split EP with them sometime in the not too distant future. We have a similar approach towards music and I think it could be a cool and interesting record.
The main challenge is always to create something better than our previous work.
So everyone throws themself on stage, let everything go and then you have that pure energy that you hear. That is much more fun than those perfectly played songs as on our studio albums.
With predecessor ‘Daemons’ we went more with a mythical theme. We wanted to tell stories to distract people from their daily life. With ‘I’ we tried to write about things we see around us and things we have experienced. Things we have an opinion about and why people do some things.
Well no, and the suicide rates have been also improving a lot lately! We are at the European average nowadays.
We are currently looking for musicians with at least the same experience as us to team up with because we want to have the lineup complete to be able to play live. But we’re also looking for the right personalities to connect with as well because that’s really important.
We did not want 90% but 100%, while we initially considered it as commercial suicide.
No special difficulties other than explaining in all interviews why we come from Norway and are NOT playing black metal.
The shorter length of Vector might initially put some of our die-hard fans off, but it’s simply a case of us streamlining our ideas and cutting out the excess fat within each composition.
If you start a band right now you are bound to be in the underground. If you want to go mainstream, you are really fucked because as I said there is no money in metal.
The minute I heard Andrew's voice singing "Through Your Eyes" I got goosebumps. I remember calling Quinn immediately and saying: “well, that search is over before it began, this is obviously our new singer”.
Internal Bleeding was one of Bill’s biggest passions, and simply throwing our hands up and giving in would be the last thing he wanted. As a matter of fact, if we gave up, he’d come right from the afterlife and beat the shit out of all of us.
We are truly a band of brothers and we used to be totally crazy back in the days. Celebrating this for fun together, as friends who meet again, that’s what it is all about.
French people are very shy to speak English.
In truth, metal, rock, punk and those derivatives is honest music. Those musicians and fans don’t just play or listen that music, it’s a part of their lives.
Legion is not about storytelling and preaching a message, it is just banging, violence and aggression.
We captured the old sound again and made it a little more like Metal Church again.
When this album drops, people are going to know that Midnite City is the real deal. We're here to make a statement and here to kick this music scene square in the ass!
I would never call us progressive.
Who needs a big house and a pool if you can see the world and play music every day.
What remained intact since the nineties is my affection with music. I love music and I love this band and I am still excited about music and about writing music.
Music has to evolve to be interesting, and I like that many bands are pushing the borders of any genre to make something special. At the same time, it is nice that some bands are keeping it true.
Twenty-two years between the new album and the previous album ‘Skycontact’ is a long time!
That's why I talk about feminine principle and masculine principle, and since my soul for example decided to incarnate in a female body I need to honour that and honour my femininity and also honour what the masculine means. Not in a fight between genders or feminine energy versus masculine, but rather as a dance of balance between the duality that we experience in this world.
We’ve had a lot of good times in The Netherlands - we have lots of good friends there. We know Tilburg quite well, as that’s where the label was based. It was always a great time hanging out with Ruud from Neurotic Records, and spending time in The Little Devil pub.
This is what we wanted to do on this album: concentrate on the most important thing in our music. Emotions.
For this project I did write all the music and did the decision making for recording the album.
I do however think that most of our existing fans are smart, curious and open-minded people who already have a broad musical horizon, so I can’t see any problem with them joining Shining into new musical territories.
I see this as a constant journey towards finding new ways to express ourselves or new ways to amuse or entertain ourselves.
When Rock music has become a kind of parody of itself, no one is going to take it seriously.
Finnish people can be a bit rough on the edges, to put it politely. I mean, it’s not like we came up with the pyramids, philosophy or the Taj Mahal. So we put out, umm, sauna and metal instead. Awesome things, both.
The tension did bring some interesting mixes of styles.
It's basically about the fact that I always wished I was a woman.
I’m made of METAL, my circuits GLEAM! I grew up in a very exciting time for ‘metal’ music so I heard a lot of the good stuff first time round.
It was an amazing discovery for me to realize that you can work with variations in heavy music. It is so diverse and it offers so many feelings to add to your stories, sounds and messages that when it happens, it is okay. Just let it happen.
The story of Odalheim is about the Midgard Warriors and their fight against the main enemy ‘White Christ’.
We are the people whose minds have been fucked with.
I´m pretty sure that you can hear that in many Scandinavian bands that there is some special kind of atmosphere that you just can’t fake or find anywhere else in the world.