Royal Hunt - André Andersen

Royal Hunt - André Andersen

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How can you make yourself stand out in the business today and what is the best way to stay on everyone's radar? ROYAL HUNT’s musical mastermind André Andersen has his view, staying in the old school while exploring new grounds to reach out to new and old fans the best way possible. With brand new “Cast In Stone” and with an extensive pre-order campaign was launched (value for money) must be mentioned. Apart from the goods, the actual CD and other gems offered, everyone joining the campaign got access to tons of material through the pre-order forum, videos, photos and articles long forgotten. This is also applicable for the re-issue of debut album “Land Of Broken Hearts”, released through Night Of The Vinyl Dead during December 2017.

André talks long and extensively about his music and the business today, the writing process and why they choose to release the new record on their own NorthPoint Productions label and all the challenges the business bring today.


 

Royal Hunt - Andre Andersen

Hi André and welcome to METAL KAOZ!
Thank you very much!

ROYAL HUNT is about to release “Cast In Stone” in February, your 14th album. Can you tell a little about it? What's unique about it?
Well, you know. After 25 years it seems like it's getting harder and harder to come up with something unique. I wish someone had told this to AC/DC (laughs). The thing is, for every album you have that special frame of mind. And on this one the main idea was to try to find the essence of what ROYAL HUNT is. I mean, after 25 years the journalists have written what they could about the band, they wrote about the sound of the band, the style you know, the combination of classical music and classic rock with some progressive elements in it. It's been mentioned so many times. On this album, the main idea was to concentrate on those things, so it's still the very essence of ROYAL HUNT. We were very fortunate this time as we didn't have any specific deadline. So, we've been recording, or working on the album for almost a year and a half. I started writing something in the summer, well, not this summer, the summer of 2016 and in the process I had so many breaks. Working on the album, then we go on tour and then I'll come back continue to work on it. We also did two live albums (“Cargo” and “2016” CD+DVD) and a DVD on the second tour. So it was actually very healthy and very practical because from time to time I can concentrate on something else and then come back and work on the album again and rewrite some of the stuff. So, I'm sure this album is pretty strong and it has all those elements ROYAL HUNT is known for. The only difference is we've had a little more time to spend on the album. So we'll see. But of course, if you ask me personally, as I have to say, it’s the best album we ever did and bla, bla, bla... It’s up to the fans to decide if it is the best or if it’s not. But it has a very good production and I think we have a strong set of songs. So, I’m very excited to hear what the fans will say about that.

If you would pick a few songs for one or another reason from the album and talk a little bit about those. Your favourites or some that was a challenge in the studio or something like that. Which would you pick?
If we would talk about some specific songs from the album I have to say I probably have... I won't say favourites because you know, in the next three months they will be changing almost daily. So one day you prefer this song and then you listen to the album and probably that one is better. The key is not to listen to it (laughs), that's what I do. Because after working so long to the album you feel so close to it you can't distinguish which songs you prefer you know. So all of a sudden you like the sound of the guitar on this thing so you're not objective.

But as of today I probably have three favourites. One of them is “Fistful Of Misery”, it's the first song of the album. It wasn't supposed to be, the original plan was that this song should be the third or fourth song of the album. But the more we worked on it, it became so obvious that this one has all the elements, every single element of ROYAL HUNT today. And it kind of sums up the album in a way. So it became a great representation of who we are and what we do so it became the first song of the album.

The second one I like, I prefer is “A Million Ways to Die” it explores the more epic side of the band. It's a slower song, it's heavier and it's very large sounding. It has a good message in the lyrics so I the second one.

And the third one “A Wishing Well” it's kind of up-tempo rocker but... It's a combination of an up-tempo Hard Rocking tune and with this progressive, instrumental part which we also cherish from time to time. We obviously not trying to be another DREAM THEATER or RUSH, we've always had that. We always had these odd time signature key changes and odd song structures and this one, “A Wishing Well” is a very good example of that. So, those three I'll have to say, as of today, as I said earlier.

Indeed a good selection, all three are very good songs. For me, ROYAL HUNT have been very consistent throughout the whole career. There have been very small variations from record to record. But what I find fascinating is, even if the style is the same it differs and nothing is really repeated. How do you work to ensure to keep the style and still the variation?
I think I understand what you're talking about and it's been an issue, it's been discussed for the last 25 years. The thing is, it's pretty hard when you start working with a band, you develop a style and it become recognizable on some scale. And how could you progress and at the same time you keep the frame of the original design. It's tricky sometimes. So every time we start working on a new album, the idea was “ok, let's entertain ourselves”. It sounds childish but that's a fact. Let's entertain ourselves, what can we do to make it exciting again? Because, you know, you're recording your first album and it's extremely exciting, it's the first time you work in a studio you know the result of it won't be another demo. It will be an album that will be presented to the world with all the consequences it holds. So how can you repeat that feeling? How can you be as excited when you record the second, third album and so on.

So, we're trying to change the formula. If we're talking about the technical side of it, we're not going back to exactly the same amplifier and using exactly the same microphone on it, our guitar player is not trying to recreate the sound he had on the previous album. So we're starting fresh every time and change it on purpose, changing the structure of the recording. And it helps. So that's why musically we're staying in the same park arrangement wise and songwriting wise but at the same time the album sound different. We didn't start with the same kind of sound or way we arrange things. We're changing them around and it makes it, first of all, interesting for ourselves and the fans notice that. That's a great thing. You feel privileged when a fan is writing and say it's recognizable yes, so definitely it's ROYAL HUNT but there's something new. It doesn't sound like the previous one. And then they start comparing and the whole debate start. It’s cool because people are actually paying attention to it.

Yes, that is very cool! And that’s why I like the band so much also; it’s always a progress or something new still within the ROYAL HUNT sound but the records doesn't repeat themselves.
It's the same but different. And of course you will always have like a core fanbase who always want you to sound like a specific album, obviously their own favourite. And it happens with of the more popular albums, like “Paradox” from 1997. A lot of people are saying, it doesn't sound like “Paradox”. And then somebody likes another one, a later album or an earlier one and you know, it's always a competition between albums for being a favourite for this specific person. And that's cool too.

Somebody asked me, I was doing an interview last year or something, and a guy asked me, he said, because the popularity of the “Paradox” album; “Don’t you feel sad a little bit, you know, people are talking about your old album from 97 and still comparing your new work to that and saying they love the old ones?” And I remember a conversation I had with Roger Glover from DEEP PURPLE, we were playing this show supporting them and after the show I asked him; Don't you ever getting tired of playing “Smoke On The Water”? Seriously? And, don't you feel kind of weird when like in 2015 or whenever it was people are still talking about “Machine Head” which came out in 1972 because it's still their most popular album and he thought for a second and said; “You know, at least we had one!” At least we had one! I think that's a golden rule for everybody, for every band. So when people start to talk about it, what about this “Paradox” album it’s like, You know, at least we had one! (laughs) I stole this line and I'm using it all the time.

It’s a good one, really good one!
Yeah, it's on the point. It's great because there are so many bands that are releasing a bunch of albums, it doesn't matter if it is three or 35 and didn't achieve that status, they didn't release an album which is everybody's favourite. Even though the albums are great, it doesn't matter. You know, so we're pretty fortunate there. At least we have one that kind of catch everybody's attention or, a lot of people, not everybody obviously. Otherwise we would be like METALLICA today. But anyway... Still, it doesn't stop me progressing as a musician and for every album try to add something, find new source of inspiration and change things around. I think it's healthy for any band. As I said, except for AC/DC because it works as it works, don't change a thing. (laughs)

You mentioned that you’ve been recording the album for quite some time on and off. Can you share any studio stories? Anything spectacular that happened or things just didn’t turn out the way you expected it to?
It never does; when you start working on new material, you always have some kind of sound in your head or an imaginary album I'd say. It never fails, whatever you've finished and sitting in the Mastering studio and listen to the finished result, to the whole thing and now it's done. You listen to it and immediately you start to think that probably I should have done this and that and bla bla bla... It's a normal thing and I appreciate this feeling you know, it's never discouraging in any way. Because if you can listen to your to your newest work which you just finished, just this hour and you already can find some flosses and you already have some ideas of improvement it's a good sign. So obviously, every time you start working on the next album you think about these things. So you'll improve it and say, now you know how to make things better. So it's a great thing and having a year and a half to work on the album is very rewarding because as I said, you can go back and rework some parts which you thought worked 1-2 months ago but when listening to it with fresh ears and naah, this is probably not exciting enough, we can do better and change then things around.
So yeah, the with the end result it's always the same when you listen to the finished album you go naah, I should have... Ok, next time I will! (laughs) Make a little mark, next time I'll do this and that. That's great, it's a potential for doing another album anyway.

You’re releasing “Cast In Stone” on the Northpoint Productions in Europe and via King Records in Japan. For the last few years, you've been working with Frontiers Records, why the change of company?
At the moment, NorthPoint, our own company, is in charge of everything except for Japan, we have King Records there. Because in Japan the market is healthy, it's still working fine so there's no need to change that. But in Europe and North America we are slowly but surely taking over some of the functions which typically lies in the hands of the record company. So, NorthPoint have been taking over some of these parts during the last years. And right now, with this release we feel pretty confident that we can handle it by ourselves with our own company. We have a few very enthusiastic people working for us and they feel confident to take charge of the whole thing. Then we might use some distribution companies for some aspects of promotion and distribution, we'll use some of the already existing record labels.

But we're free of any contractual obligations and we're in charge of this album 100%. And I think, for a band like us at this moment it’s pretty important. The pre-ordering campaign, which is a standard procedure nowadays is for core fans. I mean, people who are really interested in the band and they want to support the band first of all and the second thing, they're getting extras, they're getting back-stage footage, they're getting bonus-discs, bonus material. It's not for everybody, because it's a little bit more expensive because we're a little company, little operation so we're not printing tens of thousands of CD's obviously. So this pre-order campaign started a couple of weeks ago and it's running great.

And then in time, in February, I'm not sure about the exact date. I know in Japan the album comes out on the 07th of February. So the North American and European release will probably be in the middle of February, maybe by the end (release set to April 21st). There’s always a couple of weeks of delay. It will come out in a regular CD version so we’re just working on the distribution of it and promotion for it.

I actually checked the pre-order campaign and ordered myself a long-sleeve shirt together with the CD. But there were a lot of cool things to choose from, the whiskey stones in particular...
Oh, I love those! (laughs) I can tell you that!

How do you come up with these bundles? How do you decide what you should offer?
I’m an imbecile in those things, I have absolutely no idea. You just mentioned Whiskey Stones, that thing I like, the rest of it I have absolutely no idea. I have no idea what people like to have. Yeah of course, we have the instrumental version of the album that will be included in the deluxe version of the CD and obviously we have a bunch of videos and stuff that everybody in the campaign would be able to see, that I understand but what's selling... I'm still old school, the only thing I see when people are talking about merchandise and stuff is a CD and a t-Shirt, that's it. You know, but we have younger people working at NorthPoint and they understand it better. And then one thing which is very important is the constant dialogue with fans, for obvious reasons. I’m not capable of keeping up but those who work with us is in a constant dialogue with the fans and that's the best way to promote your work and to attract customers. Because you hear what they want and there are always some outrageous things from time to time. Some of them will become a reality, some not. When I'm hearing about it you know, it sounds so weird. But yet again, there's a bunch of people who think it's cool so that's why I'm grateful for the few who's working for NorthPoint. I mean, they're coming up with all these ideas and they're not scared of that. If you ask me I'll keep it like a CD and a t-Shirt, that's it because that's what I grew up with. We didn't have those options you know and all this communications with the fans I can't even imagine. If back in, I don't know, 78 or 83 or something, me having internet chats with one of my heroes from back in the days, Richie Blackmoore or Rick Wakeman or something... It was impossible. The only way you could get some news was waiting on a news-stand until the new whatever magazine came out and you read the interview which at that point was already 2 or 3 months old, that was it. So, today everything is so immediate, you push a button and you get it. So, it's a brand new world and to some degree I like it.

It sure makes things easier and quicker to get things out!
Yeah, I wish I was seventeen today (laughs) because everything is so easy.

What’s the weirdest request you’ve had from a fan for things they wanted you to print, or for merchandise?
I'm probably the wrong person to ask but as I've said I've heard about almost everything including underwear. I mean, please... But again, I never interrupt, I might express my, I don't know, my insecurity about producing underwear. But you know, I never interrupt and the guys, yeah, there's a demand and people are asking for it and I said sure, whatever you know so go for it. I'm trying to get the stuff away from me in a way. I have my job, I'm producing this album and the rest of it, I'm not pretending to be an expert in every field of this, let's call it the music business, I'm not so I'm concentrating on stuff I know and the rest, I might consult with someone or share my opinion. But most of the time I try to stay away a little from it.

The instrumental, or actually listed as Karaoke versions of the songs. How come you decided to do that for a bonus-disc for the deluxe package?

That's one thing I've been hearing about for a bunch of years. So it's not a new thing. We've had quite a few requests actually. For some reason, every time we were getting close, and I've suggested it to various record companies we were working with in the past to put it out, every time for some reason they didn't pick it up. They always keep talking about this bonus tracks you know. And bonus tracks are old things for most bands. Nobody sits down and write a specific song to become a bonus track. Most of the time it's some kind of an out-take, the song didn't make it to the main album for some reason or old song which for some reason wasn't completed or something like that. Or a live version of one of the songs recorded somewhere. Now it's called like “Official Bootleg”.

I’ve never been a fan of bonus tracks. Because for me an album is almost like a book, at least how I see it. And I'm planning the album, I’m planning the intro and then I’m planning the outtro. It’s the same as a book, you have the introduction and a few words and bla bla bla and you have the plot and in the end, yeah, there's the ending. And that's it. And it's so weird when you have the ending and then a few seconds later, all of a sudden a song comes up. And most of the time it has nothing to do with the album. It's just from a completely different era. Even, it can be from last year but still it doesn't fit. So I never been a fan of bonus tracks but I do understand the necessity of it. You know, with Japanese companies, their CD's are more expensive than in Europe so they have to have something extra to generate interest from fans. I do understand that but I still don't like it. But instrumental versions is something different you know because it's still current with the same thing and if it's fun for people, for some musicians it might be cooler because they can pick up some of the songs, for some it may be... You know, it's why we call it karaoke versions and somebody will sing to it and some will just enjoy the music. I mean, there are various reasons... I would love to have some of the older RUSH albums without the singing, just to have it (laughs). So why not? So this time, when we decided to go independently and to not go with any of the record companies we've been working with previously I said let's do it because we've talking for a bunch of years and never realized it. And right now, here we go, it's a possibility. So we'll see, if people will have fun and say it's fine with it we'll do it again, else that’s enough and we will never do that again.

It makes sense, I’m sure looking forward to hearing it because sometimes you miss details with the vocals on the music. It’s going be a very interesting listening!
Of course! And then you have both. Sometimes especially, when I'm reading or something I'm listening to instrumental music, a bit classical a bit rock or whatever. In the background, you can have some sort of music which fills the mood. So that could be a great thing for that!

Speaking about extras and bonus tracks and so on. “Land Of Broken Hearts” is being released on vinyl through Night Of The Vinyl Dead, finally. And it’s mentioned there, first of all you have the “Bad Luck” Japanese bonus track and it also lists another, previously unreleased song, is that correct?
Yes, it’s true. And actually it's a great and very funny and very unusual story connected to that particular song But unfortunately I’m not in liberty to tell you the details at the moment because people will pay for that (as details have been posted, the title of this track is “Day In Day Out”) as a part of the pre-order campaign. There's a whole punch line but I'll go as far as it's very unorthodox and very unexpected tune this track so it's not exactly like your typical situation when you go back and find a song which for some reason wasn't released and you just put it on. This song was a little bit different, it started like that. Yes, I was encouraged by the guys to go back and check out old recordings we have on analogue tape. I still have every single tape we ever did in the past and I stumbled over a bunch of songs which we never finished for some reason. Or, some were more finished than others. And then, the whole situation just turned into something very interesting and fun so in a very short period of time, a few days/weeks we'll let you know. But it's fun this one.

Yeah cool,  I’m looking forward to that one as well!
And then again it's all these little stories and anecdotes from the life of the band and they will all be available under this pre-order campaign and whoever joining will be able to see it. We're looking for old videos and old recordings which will be up there. So you can watch and you can listen to it. We have quite a lot of stuff this time, quite a lot of stuff. Because I've been digging a long, long, long time in, let's call it archives and found some fun stuff which I actually forgot I ever had so I found some gems. I think it will be fun!

This one, “Land Of Broken Heart”, is now released on vinyl and you also had a few others released on vinyl through Night Of The Vinyl Dead which normally just is in addition to the real release and a very limited number of copies. Why have you never released anything on vinyl it’s only CD?
What we did with Night Of The Vinyl Dead... They suggested to release our back catalogue as those limited editions and as of today they've released probably half of the catalogue. They've released all the newer albums since, yeah the last three I think they've released and then they went back and released “The Mission”, “Paradox” and “Moving Target”. Now they went all the way back and they're and releases “Land Of Broken Hearts” and I guess, probably the next will be “Clown In The Mirror” or maybe “Fear”. I have no idea! We'll see how it will works out because they know the business, they know which albums could be interesting at this moment. And yes, it's very limited and that makes it an interesting thing for fans so I don't believe a band like us can sell vinyl albums like back in the days. You know, like tens of thousands, that's impossible. But for real fans, especially fans of vinyl it's a cool thing. So I'm grateful to Night Of The Vinyl Dead because they're very dedicated people. And they're asking for a re-mastering of every single album they've released. So I do that because some of the pre-masters I have is still on analogue tape. And now, with the newer ones, I know they will put it out so I do a mastering for CD and in parallel I make a mastering for vinyl which dynamically is quite a bit different from the CD. So it got me engaged in those things also because vinyl's have been forgotten for almost like 20 years and now it has a revival in a way so it's cool but it's still very limited and that's why people are asking me all the time; where can I buy “The Mission” which was released a couple of years ago? I mean, obviously because it was limited, it's gone so probably eBay or something. I've been asked to do the whole thing over again, I mean, take all the albums again and release them on vinyl but at the moment it's a little bit too early. We will keep releasing the back catalogue on vinyl like once a year or one a hear and a half or so. Then at some point I might revisit the whole thing and release it in larger quantities if there will be a demand for it, we'll see. But so far I'm so happy to have this vinyl because I'm collecting vinyl myself so have my own stuff on vinyl is great, really great. (laughs)

Yeah, I’m a vinyl-freak too... But, there are other ways to push your music, like digital platforms and I’ve been checking around a bit and Spotify for example which is one of the biggest. But there are not many ROYAL HUNT records available there either, it’s basically the latest ones and collections and live albums...
I have very mixed feelings about the streaming services. And yeah, the newer albums are on because the record company at the time felt it was beneficial and it's a good outlet. So I'm still very indecisive on this whole field, with this free streaming, whatever it is you know, I'm not an expert. From some perspective yeah, it's a good vehicle but at the same time it's not gaining the bands in that many ways. I mean, I've never heard of a band getting bigger, or came up a notch or two because of Spotify or one of the services. I never heard about that. Maybe it exist, maybe it exist in pop-world whilst for Rock bands, not really. So I'm still very indecisive about this whole thing with Spotify, if it’s good, if it’s bad. I know there's a lot of court cases running at the moment with Spotify because they're not paying enough, or they're not paying at all. But as I said, I'm not an expert in that. So I don't know, I'm still not 100% sure it’s a good thing or a bad thing.

To be honest, I like to say, because I’m old school you know. Today you can go on youtube and put up your stuff, whatever you feel like putting up. And I have the same feeling about the services, let the band decide which songs they want to put out and in which form. And especially now when we’re doing our own releases, maybe we'll decide in the end of the day that Spotify will be a good thing, there are people who understand that better than I do and they'll make a decision on it. Personally I’m not using Spotify.

Yeah, I always buy the records I want also. But that brings me to the next problem because most of your albums are out of print, it’s sold out since long. It’s quite hard to get it. How should people do when they want to dig into your back catalogue?
Yes, that part is understandable, it's harder. But when we talking about record companies earlier, on one hand yes. We actually did re-master and re-release all of our albums, from the first to the last a few years ago. They did it in Japan and some other places, I think it has been released in Europe as well. I mean, they took all of the albums and re-released them but obviously the amount of copies they ordered was minimal and of course the sales was minimal. So on one hand I do understand the fans say ok, I can get your old albums nowhere it's a pity but then again to run and print another 1000 of them is pretty costly and you have no guarantee you'll sell it so it's always like in between. We'll see what we can do in that sense, Spotify would be great if you can put up your old albums on it. Yeah, as you can hear I'm not sure, I don't know on which foot to stand. So right now we're releasing the debut album on vinyl. We have a bunch of people asking for it because vinyl is getting popular, they're asking for vinyls all the time. Now they got something and maybe next step will be to re-release something else on CD or whatever compilation. It's hard to tell because we did this 20-years anniversary thing, 5-6 years ago. It's kind of a best of and we have 3 CD's there and, 2 with the best of material and then new stuff recorded so it's kind of the same thing you know. Not exactly of course, not every single album, but the best tracks so we're kind of looking into that and doing what we can.

Do you have anything musically that you still need to do before you call it quits? Of course you still have a long career to go but do you have any projects you really want to do?
Yeah, I'll say so! First of all for calling it quits, I’m calling it quits about once a month in average (laughs). Every time you have a problem you don't feel like dealing with you go, aaah I think I'll quit (laughs). And I've been saying that for 25 years... But yes, there are a few projects. Previously I've been very much into music for films and television and things like that. I was always fascinated by it. Now I can fulfill it to a point, because every time I have downtime for ROYAL HUNT I can write music for a documentary or something, nothing big, nothing major in that sense but I like it, it's an outlet.

And, I have this great idea, as I thought, about doing a Rock Musical but I’m very cautious about this thing. I mean, because there's been so many so called Rock Operas and Musicals and whatever you call it coming out at the moment. At some point Sammet became so popular so I kind of shied away from it. You have so many projects called a Metal Opera or Hard Rock Opera, so I kind of shied away a little but I do have a bunch of ideas so I'll probably wait for a passing moment when it will be more interesting for people to dig in because this market is oversaturated. Some things are good, some not that good you know so I’m kind of, keep working on it, it's like my hobby. I'm working a little bit on this, I have this piece of music and that piece of music and when I feel the moment is right I might start working on it seriously as a project because it will involve a bunch of people. It's not regular rock band album you know. So I have it in the back of my mind, some day it will see the light of day.

Alright, cool! You’ve posted 2 live-dates for Japan. Are there more dates coming?
Yeah, because Japan is in April and because Japan is always way ahead. They're booking dates half a year sometimes even further ahead because of the working permits and stuff like that and that's the way Japan works. But we'll be touring there, we'll be touring in April / May. And at the moment unfortunately, I’m not exactly sure where we’re going, which dates it will be, we only have confirmed dates for Japan but of course, the tour will be around those dates and yes, we will play in Europe as we always do and we'll go to territories we usually go to, we go to Russia, Eastern Europe, so it will be a regular tour as every year, or every time we go on tour. It's like every second year or so and the only thing I know right now is that I booked April and May for that but as soon as we get more confirmed dates they'll be posted everywhere, they'll be on the website, Facebook and every other place. So if somebody's interested it's very easy to find.

Do you think there will be anything in Sweden this time? It’s been a while...
I hope so, I mean, half the band is sitting in Sweden so we’re kind of obligated to do that. So I really hope so.

I thought I knew a lot about ROYAL HUNT prior to this interview but reading up about you I realized I've missed out on a lot. It's rather quiet on this side of the bridge but I found really impressive stories with massive tours, extensive record sales but at least up in the north where I come from originally it’s been very quiet about ROYAL HUNT while in Europe you seem to be very big. Do you think there’s a competition between Denmark and Sweden...
There is absolutely no competition between Denmark and Sweden because Sweden will win every single time (laughs). I mean, it’s impossible, you’re putting something in the water, there’s so many bands coming out of there it’s unbelievable and good ones. Denmark has never been in the same league as Sweden, especially when we're talking about Rock music. Of course we have the bigger bands like D-A-D, PRETTY MAIDS, KING DIAMOND and MERCIFUL FATE. And VOLBEAT is pretty big at the moment, sure, there’s a bunch of bands out there but it’s nothing compared to Sweden. I think Sweden probably have a new Hard Rock release every hour.

I think the scene in Denmark is much more alive, you have some really good clubs and a lot of smaller pub/club-shows for underground bands and that’s completely dead in Sweden so bands have nowhere to play here, and that I think is very important...
Yeah, I'm hearing about this problem as well. To have all these big bands coming out of your country you need to make sure they have places to go, places to play. It's very important and it's different from country to country but as I said, Sweden is unbelievable. When the guys are coming over for recording and we're going on tour they keep talking about this album coming out, they're experts and they're telling me about all these releases and new bands coming out and I'm like Jesus, how many bands do you have? Does everyone in Sweden have a guitar or what?

So, what happens next now? You have the album, a few dates. Do you have a promotional tour or anything like that planned?
Yeah, so the general plan is, we’re running this pre-ordering campaign until the release-date, until Japan at least, until the 07th of February. On February 07th the album is released in Japan, South East Asia, Korea, Indonesia and all these countries. Then we'll see. And then, probably the middle of February, the end of February the European and North American release will come up. Until that date and until April there will do nothing but promotion, we'll do interviews, reviews and stuff like that. We're planning to cut a couple of videos, we're in the process of talking to different directors because it's been a while since we did a video so I think it's about time. So we're working on that as well. And then we'll hit April and then we'll go on tour and April / May is reserved for that, so we'll go where ever we can go for those two months. And after that, I don't know, we'll go home and see what will be our next move. Maybe we'll go to some Festivals if it will be possible with the time or we will start working on a new release, nobody knows. Hard to tell, but I mean until May or June we're already kind of booked with all these activities so whoever is interested, following the band to see what happens we have the website, we’re pretty much present on twitter, Facebook and all the social media so we're easy to find.

Super! I definitely hope that I'll manage to see you live soon again, it’s been way too long since I last saw you play...
Oh yeah, well it's been almost like 2 years so you’re very very welcome and if you go to the shows, please, don't be shy come by and say hello.

I will definitely do that. Do have anything more to add? Something more to tell? Else I say thank you very much for taking your time to talk to METAL KAOZ.
Well, I think we've been around every single corner we have now you know (laughs)... So, as I said, until June we have the new album, the release of the vinyl and there's so much stuff going on, so keep checking the website and the social media pages as there will be updated daily almost so you know, if you’re interested, check it out and thank you too!