HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) Interview by Funeral Rain

HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) Interview

by www.funeralrain.net

Posted By Samuel

After reviewing their debut The Spirit of Warfare, I had the oppurtuniy to interview the vocalist of Swedish melodic black/death act Hyperborean! So, loyal FRZ readers, enjoy!

Hello, and welcome to Funeral Rain Zine! Thanks for taking the time to do an interview.

Who do you consider to be your primary musical influences?

We have never really had a band that we have aspired to be like so its kind of a hard question to answer. Personally I like bands like Dissection, Emperor and old Satyricon. But if you ask our guitarist Andreas you might get some different answers.

You guys have been together for a whopping 11 years and are finally releasing your debut! Were you ever tempted to throw in the towel?

Well we haven’t really been together eleven years as a band. I´m the only one left from the first line-up. Andreas joined in 2004 I think it was, and since then he and I have made up the core of the band. The band has been put on hold a few times and hasent always been active for these years. If we hadn’t recorded this album I doubt we would still be around, finally recording it gave us motivation to keep going.

Are you guys happy with the album? Is there anything you would change about it if you could?

Overall we are fairly happy for the time and the budget we had. There are some things you would change if you had the chance but why dwell on them now? We will learn from the process and improve for the next one. It would be nice to have more studio time though as we only had about a week to record it in.

Was it difficult to find a label to release “The Spirit of Warfare?”

Well not really, we sent out one batch of promos to labels and we got some answers pretty fast and Abyss Records made us a good offer and we decided to take it. It has taken a little bit of time to get it out but its out now so we will see how it does.

Could you elaborate on your lyrical concept and name?

Hyperborea is a word from ancient greek that describs a mythical land in the extreme north. Since we hail from Sweden and started out writing songs about norse mythology we thought it fit us well. The lyrics for this album were meant to be a concept about world war 1 but it changed and got a bit wider to deal with warfare itself as the subject. World war 1 is still the focal point but there our some other wars mixed in there as well. What happened was that our third demo Prey had songs that were supposed to be included in the concept album but we decided they werent of good enough quality so the theme got a little split up. And then I wanted to write on some new subjets so I included the two songs about the battle of Thermopylae and Channeling the Spirit of Warfare which is more about warfare in a more general sense. For future albums the lyrical direction will switch as I tend to get bored writing on just the one same subject all the time.

Are you planning to tour in support of your album?

No, currently we don’t have a full line-up to play live. But if there is demand for us in the future we will probably try to get a full line-up together again.

What are your goals as a band?

I don’t know really, must there be one? Just to make good music, keep making albums and hopefully do well as a band.

Will we be hearing more music from Hyperborean any time soon?

I believe so, we are currently working on a follow up album and we can get into a decent studio it shouldn’t take to long before we can get it out.

Thanks a ton for your time! I am as a rule skeptical of melodic extreme metal, but I’m rather taken with “The Spirit of Warfare”! Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I can understand your skepticism, in my opinion melody in extreme metal has to be handled carefully, there really must be a balance to what you do with it. If you just go for all out melody I think the music loses its substance and just becomes a mess without any foundations,its important to get some grit into tthe music, otherwise it just becomes power metal with growl. Thank you for this interview and for supporting Hyperborean!

Hail!

Interview link: www.funeralrain.net/2011/05/03/interview-with-magnus-persson-of-hyperborean/

Hyperborean links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/hyperboreanofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HyperboreanSwe

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hyperboreanswe

Youtube: www.youtube.com/hyperboreanswe

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/hyperboreanofficial

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Hyperborean

Abyss Records links:

Online Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Abyss-Records/164573050232055

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

To purchase HYPERBOREAN “The Spirit of Warfare” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=10305

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