HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) Interview by The Core of Brutality

HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) Interview

by The Core of Brutality

By Meowmix

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

We started in 2000 played and released three demos between 2002 and 2005. We went through some big line-up changes and changed the sound of the band. I don’t really know what specific genre we belonged to, nor do I care, but our sound, although always melodic, became rougher through the years. We took a break from the band for a couple of years, Andreas and I decided to get it started again so we wrote and recorded The Spirit of Warfare which was released on Abyss records in 2011. Currently we are writing material for the follow up to that album. If you want a more thorough background on our band I would suggest checking the timeline on our Facebook page at; http://www.facebook.com/HyperboreanSwe Its a lot more in depth.

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

The lyrical subjects differ. Early on they were based on norse mythology, for The Spirit of Warfare the main theme was the first world war and for our upcoming album a number of subjects will be in focus but one three of the songs will have lyrics dealing with the black plague. As for a lyrical message, I don’t like to explain them to deeply, I think its up to the listener to analyze them and take what they can from them. But most of them are based on some historical event so I guess spreading a little historical awareness could be on purpose.

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

We haven’t played live since 2003.

4. What equipment do you guys use?

Andreas uses Ibanez with Seymour Duncan pickups, Ovation and Levin acoustic guitars, Ernie ball strings and Jim Dunlop picks. I use my vocal chords and whatever mic the studio technician gives me.

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

Well there really aren’t any obvious ones. We had some strong influences in the beginning but that is 12 years ago with a completely different line-up and sound and they aren’t really relevant for how we sound today. People seem to compare us to a very wide range of bands, and sometimes I really do not get some of those comparisons at all. I guess we try to not emulate or pick up too much from other bands, I´m sure we do regardless but not as a conscious effort.

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

It was a show on a small festival here in Sweden, as I remember it went quite well but it´s been 10 years since we did it.

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

I don’t really recall any other reason than us just wanting to write some good music so I guess that would be it.

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

If we haven’t authorized it I can´t say that it’s a good thing. Recording and equipment costs a lot of money and if people just download for free then we have to pay for everything ourselves which is hard to do in the long run. But people are cheap and most will just steal it anyway, it´s hard to stop.

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

We don’t play live.

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

I really couldn’t care less. I don’t even know what label or term to stick on our own music, if its good its good and I´ll listen to it regardless of style or genre, if it´s not I won´t. I´ll leave it to other people to bicker and argue over genres and arbitrary classifications.

11. What song do you enjoy playing the most?

We don´t play live, but if we did I guess it would be something of off our upcoming album as it would be new and fresh to us.

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

Live our lives I guess. Nothing to exciting, currently I´m studying political science and spend a lot of time training in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Andreas mostly works and trains when he doesn’t work on music for Hyperborean.

13. Your biggest band moment?

Probably getting our first album released. Or maybe the first time we got our first demo back from pressing it and getting, one of those two.

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

We don’t really pay much attention to what other bands are doing we focus on our own music.

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

We picked it 12 years ago when we started the band. Our lyrics used to deal a lot more with mythologies and the name was more relevant to us then as we have since changed the themes and subjects that we write about.

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

We are in the process of writing and recording a new album and should be released sometime next year. The material is a lot stronger compared to The Spirit of Warfare. We feel that we have made a lot of progress when it comes to writing both the music and the lyrics in the last few years, so I can definitely say that the improvements will be very apparent in the upcoming album. Lyrically we have moved on from the war theme, the new album will deal with the black plague and other subjects as well.

Interview link: http://thecoreofbrutality.blogspot.com/2012/11/hyperborean-interview.html

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:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

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/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=hyperborean

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