DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) Interview by thecoreofbrutality

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) Interview

by thecoreofbrutality

By Meowmix

1. Can i get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Dead Awaken declared war in the spring of 2002. After a while we somehow managed to recruit Jörgen Kristensen, at first as a bassist. In 2003 he was promoted to guitarist and singer, meaning that Andreas Morén picked up the bass and that there was no longer room for Jonas Lindberg in the band. Dec 2005 Adde left the band because he was tired of death metal, He was replaced by Attila Toth…In April Jocke left the post as the Dead Awaken drummer….He was tired of playing death metal and moved to Gothenburg. And there was only ONE man that we decided that could take over the throne behind the drums… Mats Blückert (ex-Abhoth), an old friend of Jörgen. We called him up and he was exited to play. He learned a few songs in a month, then we played at a festival called Mälarrocken with bands like Krux, Backyard Babies, Bullet, Seventribe and Behemoth… After that show Mats become Dead Awaken’s drummer for sure. In November 2007 Attila left the band for personal reasons, all respect, He is still a good friend. Dead Awaken kept on marching as a 3-piece and gigged all over the country. In 2010 the recording of the debut album “…Where hope turns dripping red…” begun. During september,in the middle of the recording, the band and long term bass player / backup vocalist Andreas “Fluff” Morén decided to part ways. The recording was finished with Jörgen handling all guitars, vocals and bass.


2. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

So far it’s been strictly war. But, as that’s been done and out of respect for amongst others Bolt thrower, we have decided to take a different direction. Current fave topics are the dark regions of the human mind.


3. How have the gigs you guys been doing been?

Mostly excellent!


4. What equipment do you guys use?

Mats,our drummer, is using a Premier drum kit, Axis pedals and a shitload of different cymbals. I’ve been playing handmade B.C.Rich guitars and Mesa/Boogie amps and speakers, for over 20 years. Lately I’ve gotten into ESP guitars and the album was recorded with an ESP NV, with Seymour Duncan pickups. Played that through a Triaxis/2:90 setup, but have since then gotten a Dual Rectifier head. For bass, an LTD Tom Araya bass through a Mesa Carbine M6 stack. Since the recording, I’ve bought a couple of German made Warwick basses. They’ve got a monstrous tone, so the next recording will crush! Got some neat little pedals and things, to spice things up a bit.


5. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Tough one. Me and Mats started playing together in ’89,some we’ve got tons of different influences. We both love Dark angel, Pink Floyd, Slayer, Overkill, Motörhead, Immolation, old Pestilence, Bolt thrower, Suffocation, etc. Mats is heavily into Anaal nahtrakh, Psycroptic, Cryptopsy. I currently listen a lot to Devin Townsend, the last Celtic frost album and Vomitory.


6. Do you remember your first show and what was it like?

O yeah. XD. My first show was in november -88 and damn, did we suck!


7. What made you guys decide to form a band?

When i formed my first band in -88, it was for the love of metal. A few friends started jamming and I simply couldn’t stop. Dead awaken had been going for a couple of months when I joined.


8. What is your opinion on sites posting your guys material and other bands material?

Cool with me. Things have changed and the way to make money seems to be playing live. I still buy CD’s. I prefer that format and I want to support my fave musicians.


9. Is there any bands that you guys enjoyed playing with more then the others?

Vomitory, Behemoth and Aborted. Great bands and really nice people!


10. How do you guys feel about the classifications in metal? like deathcore, metalcore and other subgenres and how some get a negative rep.

People seems to need to label things. There are genres that I personally detest, but sometimes the lines are difficult to draw.


11. What song do you enjoy playing the most?

It varies. We’ve got this song entitled “Mudhell”, which is kinda intense. Usually comes across great live.


12. When not doing things with the band, what can you guys be seen doing?

Working, I happen to have a weak spot for survival/horror video games, Having a beer now and then, we’re both suckers for nice, Scottish Whisky.


13. Your biggest band moment?

Opening for Vomitory was great!


14. What is your opinion on the current state of metal?

Lots of bands. Young musicians tend to be really competent these days. Personally, I think some bands should focus more on songwriting and less on speed.


15. How did you guys come up with your band name?

It was Jocke, our former drummer, I believe. He was listening to Cannibal corpse’s The bleeding. Somewhere in there, the words can be found.


16. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Angrier music! Not necessarily faster, but more Death and less Thrash. Here’s a clip of the song Mudhell:


Interview link:

DEAD AWAKEN’s debut album “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” coming to Abyss Records 2013.

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