ENTRENCH (Sweden) Interview by DOA magazine

ENTRENCH (Sweden) Interview

by DOA magazine

By David Horn

The first thing you notice about the debut CD from Sweden’s ENTRENCH is the amateurish cover artwork that looks as though it was rendered by a precociou 5-year-old with a box of melting crayons. Once you hit the ‘play’ button on this unpolished gem, however, you quickly become lost in a maze of furious Thrash Metal landmines that seek to end your fucking life with every cautious step you take. ENTRENCH are one of a handful of bands from the new age of Thrash Metal who actually manage to sound fresh and original while paying homage to the Thrash Metal titans of the past. Mean-sprited kidding aside, the cover art for Inevitable Decay actually has quite a bit of simplistic charm, much like SEPULTURA’s Morbid Visions or KRISIUN’s Unmerciful Order, and helps make this stellar release stand apart from the crowd. (DH)

DOA: Tell me about how the Thrash Metal maniacs of

ENTRENCH got together and the musical experience of the

band members.

Joel: ENTRENCH started out in 2005 when Hannes L and

Fredrik P (who had been jamming in the garage for some

time) found Victor H who played drums and asked him to

join them. They recorded some demos that unfortunately

weren’t released. The line-up was complete when I joined

the band in 2007 on bass. Before that I was playibg in a

Death Metal band for quite some time and some other

shitty bands.

Victor: I have played music since I was little, many

different instruments, but always a genius. ENTRENCH is

my first and only serious band.

Fredrik: I started playng guitar with some friends,

playing old BLACK SABBATH covers but they evolved into

something more Black Metal so I left the band to started

playing music I found more interesting, which later

became ENTRENCH.

DOA: Sweden has always been more well known for the

Swedish Death Metal sound – are there any Swedish

Thrash Metal bands besides ENTRENCH we should know

about?

Fredrik: Well, actually, there has been quite a large Thrash

Metal scene here in Sweden for the past 6-7 years or so

and some of them are still around. For example; RAGING

STEEL, ELIMINATION, TYRANEX, EVOLVATOR, LETHAL

and IMMACULATE. Lately there have been popping up

some new younger bands that sound pretty promising as

well.

Joel: There has always been a Thrash Metal scene here in

Sweden even though it hasn’t been that big over the years.

Like you said there have alwyas been more Death Metal

bands, sadly enough. Even though, I would like to

recommend two “new” Death Metal bands from Sweden;

GRAVELESS and REINCARNAGE – both posses pure

metal greatness.

DOA: Tell me about some of the old-shool Thrash Metal

bands that had an influence on the ENTRENCH sound.

Joel: Teutonic Thrash Metal has always been close to our

hearts. We hate Thrash Metal with a silly party mentality.

Fredrik: Yeah it just doesn’t fit the music. Thrash Metal

should be taken seriously, it’s an expression of hatred, not

partying! Bands like SADUS, MERCILESS, RITUAL

SACRIFICE, INCUBUS, HEXX and NECRODEATH are more

of an influence on us than any silly Party Thrash Metal

bands.

DOA: I really like the way you vary the pace from song to

song like with the heavy riffing at the beginning of “Debt of

Sorrow” that blasts into Speed Metal mayhem – how

important is it to you to vary the pace for maximum

impact?

Fredrik: It’s very important! That’s what separates good

Thrash Metal from bad! All the bands that we mentioned

above have this quality and that’s what makes this sort of

music so dynamic.

DOA: Tell me about the unique cover art for Inevitable

Decay – it looks very different than all the other Thrash

Metal covers coming out these days.

Joel: The last thing we wanted was to have a typical

Thrash Metal album cover paiting for Inevitable Decay.

We are influenced by lots of different bands and genres so

we just came up with something that we thought fit our

music. Fredrik created the concept and I painted it. It

pictures the aftermath of the destruction of mankind and

you can’t get any more Thrash Metal than that.

DOA: The song “Portrait of a Phobia” and “Where only

Ruins Remain” clock in at over 6 minutes and over 7

minutes respectively – this is a very unique approach to

songwriting in the Thrash Metal genre and makes for a

very compelling and memorable listening experience. Tell

me about the challenges of crafting lengthy Thrash Metal

opuses.

Fredrik: We’re into a lot of older bands and epic stuff and

it’s always been like, the musical vision to compose long

songs like that. It’s not the same with Thrash Metal though,

it’s quite limited but we tried to make some longer and

more complex songs while still keeping the harsh edge. I

think it worked out well on these two songs and we’ll

probably write more songs in the same vein for future

releases.

DOA: With song titles like “Debt of Sorrow”, “Into

Oblivion” and “Where Only Ruins Remain” Inevitable Decay

seems to be a conceptual album – is there an overall story

being told by the lyrics here?

Fredrik: No, not really, we write about the everyday issues

that piss us off. The song titles might just be a coincidence

as the lyrics deal with completely different matters. For

example “Into Oblivion” deals with the last thoughts and

preparations of a kamikaze pilot before and during his

mission while “Debt of Sorrow” is about how the system

preys on and convicts the weak; addicts, menatlly ill and

other vulnerable people, for crimes they did not commit –

just acting as scapegoats for the police and government

officials so they will look good to the public, while the real

criminals are still walking our streets.

DOA: How did you hook up with Abyss Records and how

are they helping ENTRENCH spread your Thrash Metal

madness worldwide?

Fredrik: We were first contacted by Iron Fisrt Records and

they wanted to release our debut full-length back in 2009.

When Iron Fist folded we were approached by Abyss

Records who wanted to pursue the deal we had with Iron

Fist. Abyss has been very supporting and hopefully they’ll

continue to spread the word.

DOA: Will ENTRENCH be touring at all to support

Inevitable Decay?

Fredrik: No, we’ll probably do some shows here in

Sweden, and hopefully abroad but no real tour is planned

as of right now.

Article appears in DOA magazine #3

Entrench links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/entrench

Revebnation: www.reverbnation.com/entrench

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

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

Other links:

To purchase ENTRENCH “Inevitable Decay” CD and other ENTRENCH merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=entrench

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