DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) Interview by The Wizard of Noz

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) Interview

by The Wizard of Noz

By Noswal Nevik

1. Start off by introducing yourself and what is your role in your band?

My name is Jörgen Kristensen.

I’m the guitar player and vocaist of Dead Awaken.

Write all the lyrics and most of the music.

Also recorded the bass on the album.

2. According to your bio your band has been around since 2002 and you are about to release your debut album, what has been the most challenging part of keeping the band and yourself motivated all these years?  

Yeah, time flies!

The motivation has always been how fun it is to play!

Still love playing live.

Quitting was never an option.

 3. Tell me a little about the other members of the band? And do any of you play in other bands?

The only full time members are me and Mats Blückert, the drummer.

We have a couple of session bass players, who jump in when the’re needed.

(Magnus Wall & Jonas Stålhammar, both are exremely talented). They are both are former bandmates of ours, from our first band, Abhoth.

Magnus also is the session bass player for GrandExit and various other projects.

Jonas main focus is Bombs of Hades.

Me and Mats focus mainly on Dead Awaken.

4. Tell me a little about the releases you have and where they are available for purchase?

So far, it’s been demos only. Not available anymore.

5. Are you a touring band or are you a studio only band? If you are a touring band list some of your best shows so far, or if you are a studio only band explain why that is?

We’ve never really toured, so far.

We love playing live and hopefully the album will help out.

6. Do you have any amusing stories from when you recorded your album or when you where on the road?

Weird shit always happens. Deciding to part ways with our former bass player, Andreas, in the middle of the recording was interesting.

Crazy stuff always happened with him around. He constantly tripped on things. The rehearsal room wall(which was a sight, I can assure you.), other band members, etc.

7. Name some of the bands that have influenced your playing style and then name some of the bands that people think influenced you but didn’t?

Me as a guitarist/vocaist?

There are tons of ’em. I love Devin Townsends playing, but I’m nowhere near him.

Kerry King, Trey Azagthtoth, Terrance Hobbs, Pat O’Brien, Tom G Warrior, Patrick Mameli.

For vocals, I’ve been compared to Ross Dolan of Immolation, which is flattering.

Jörgen Sandström of Torture division, formerly in Grave & Entombed is great.

Martin Van Drunen of Hail of bullets, formery Pestilence.

We never really were into the old, Swedish sound.

I realy like those bands, like Entombed. We just never tried to sound like them.

8. What are some of your all time favorite albums?

Dark Angel’s Darkness Descends, Slayer’, Reign in blood, of course.

Strapping young lad’s City, Bolt thrower’s For Victory, Celtic Frost’s Monotheist,

Most of Devin Townsend’s solo projects, Vomitory’s Reveleation Nausea,

Pink Floyd’s The wall.

9. Name some of the all time worst or overated Metal albums in your opinion?

Anything by Metallica, after And justice for all.

10. Let everyone know what the band has planned for the future.

Get out on the road and punish you ears! \m/

Thank you!

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

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