15th, April 2013
by Mathias Wallin
- Guitarrist )
CARNAL AGONY comes from Sweden and they
plays a sort of Heavy Power with a lot of several elements
like progressive, thrash and even some death metal riffs.
They have a self entitled demo released so far. So if you
want to hear something different and unique, Check them out!
1. Hails Mathias, I would like to start asking you about your early days, how was the most
I'd say it's hard to pick the absolutely most outstanding moment. However, there are three that comes to mind.
First is the first time in the rehearsal room with a few guys that had played a lot before but never together and clicking. We started out playing the standard covers, like Maiden and Metallica but after a while it got boring, so we began fiddling around with a few riffs I'd come up with a few years ago. At this time we had no vocalist and the other guitar player couldn't rehearse as much as we'd like which brings us to the second moment.
When we recruited our vocalist David and our guitarist Robert, we had given them homework to learn the song "Black Tears" by Edge of Sanity. And when we played it the first time in the rehearsal room, it was great. Finally a line-up we could evolve with!
And the third is, obviously, our first live-gig. We played only five songs that time but it went great and the songs were well recieved.
2. I can find several musical influences on your music, sometimes Thrash, sometimes heavy, sometimes death and even sometimes progressive and thrash. But all the time closely connected to the classic sound of old metal. Could you please enlight us alittle more about this overall musical approach?
Ah, good question!
It is actually very easy to explain. I listen to metal pretty indiscriminately, and I like everything from cheesy German Power Metal to Florida Death Metal and it shines through when I make music.
It is not like I sit down and think "today I should write a thrash metal song" but rather that I play around with the guitar and see what comes out. When I find a riff I like I kind of put it in store for use later, when I find others that match.
We've gotten a bit of critique from a few reviewers that we don't have a consistent style, but that's how I like it. If I feel like writing a dark, Bathory-like tune I do that, and when I feel like writing an upbeat Iron Maiden-ish tune that's what I do.
It would be too limiting to write only thrash metal (which is what I probably listen to the most).
3. Just as you mentioned, indeed I have read some critics that are not too satisfied with the voice parts, not very suitable with the music itself. What have you to respond to this comment?
We totally agree with those remarks. I think the problem with the recording is that it was done just as David had begun learning the new songs and hadn't really found his own style which led to that he sang them like he thought some one else would have.
And that the recording was a bit forced as well. We've learned that next time, we'll record in a proper studio with more time.
That said, with the time passed, David has really started coming into his own and live he sounds great. He's added his own flavour to the songs, changed a few melody lines and so on.
4. Judging by my first impression when I first saw your band picture and the bandtitle (accompained by the not too "basic" logo) i was thinking on a more "death" or even "Gore" oriented band. Could this not confusse the listener in your opinion?
Totally! It was something we've all been dreaming of doing, pouring some blood over each other and screaming at animal intestines so we had to do it. I think that humour is important, that's for instance why Robert wears a Europe-tshirt in the photos, but I guess everyone took it a bit to seriously.
We'll definitely go for something more in line with our image next time around, now that people actually listen to our music.
The logo stays though, it's pretty damn fine!
4. Said all of this, I have another complain (yeah man, sorry.. once again hehe), why reason you have just released one demo so far?? I guess it is not a lack of talent matter, when could you be able to provide us of a decent full lenght album?
Haha, thanks man! We have enough material for another demo right now, but we really want the recording to give justice to the music so we are waiting for all of us to have a few free days to spend in the studio.
We all have jobs and Roger, our drummer, works in another city right now so we are having trouble even rehearsing once a week right now. But come summer, we'll be alive and kicking again!
Hopefully that recording can lead to us releasing a full length. And if not, at least then the production won't be the problem!
5. Are there any certain religious or philosophical beliefs within the band? What are your attitudes towards fans that like your music but do not have your ideals?
We are not religious whatsoever, actually. I'd like to think that people can believe what they want, as long as they don't force it upon another person. That really pisses me off. Sadly, it is common in all religions. It doesn't matter if you're Christian, a Muslim or a Satanist, you will still probably try to convince everyone else that your side is the best.
If we can sell that message to our fans, I'd have done some good in this world.
And about fans that don't share our ideals... well, I'm having trouble picturing a devout Christian head-banging to lyrics like those of "Rebels Lament", which is about Lucifer's fall from heaven. Haha.
But if they want to, that's fine!
6. Sweden's black metal scene is quite big and has a lot of many great bands. Do you think that the fact you are coming from there helps you in a way or is it bad because of the big circle of good bands?
It is only inspiring for us. Only in our city we have bands like Naglfar, Daemonicus and Meshuggah (okay, a bit death metal there as well) which of course is great. And it is always easy to see good live shows not too far away if that isn't enough. Good competition for the audience forces us to perform better. Naturally, it is harder to stand out with so many good bands, but that only benefits the listeners who don't have to put up with mediocre records.
7. What are your goals in making music? Would you like to perform in some big events someday or are you making music just for pleasure?
Both, really. We find great pleasure in making music that we love and like listening to which is a reward in itself, but of course the ultimate goal is a record deal and being able to go out and play live at bigger venues and festivals.
8. Do you enjoy the classic sound of extreme metal more than the more modern, experimental sound of newer metal bands?
Definitely. The music you grew up with always holds a bigger emotional value than the newer material. And really, I think the best albums released these days are those from the old bands. I don't foresee a new "To Mega Therion" anytime soon. But I listen to a lot of new music as well, it is good with variation. I know the old ones to well.
And bands like Anaal Nathrakh really pushes the genre forward, I appreciate that.
9. How important do you see the lyrics for your music ? What do you think about Metal bands which don't really care that much about the lyrics?
The music is always most important in metal music, you have to understand that. Otherwise, indulge in poetry instead. So I totally respect band that care more for the melody of the words than the actual meaning of them. That being said, I really like writing lyrics that tell a story or say something so I put a lot of work into them. If someone actually reads them, it's nice if they mean something to them.
10. What can you say to us about your local scene? Are there any interesting bands , clubs or events you might mention?
Apart from those established acts earlier, we also have major power metal bands like Nocturnal Rites and Persuader in Umeå. But in the shadow of them we have a sprawling underground scene with really talented bands in the demo stage. The climate for the music scene here is really good with both bigger festivals (the biggest would be House of Metal in March with headliner such as Mayhem, Behemoth and Samael just in the past few years) and good opportunities to create smaller do it yourself-gigs.
11. What would you consider the hardest part about playing in an Underground band?
These days with the Internet literally flooded with music, it is tough getting your music out even if it is good. You've got to try everything possible in every imaginable channel to get a listener that maybe recommends you and so on. It is easy to drown amongst everything else. It is not like the old days, when tape-trading and fanzines were the only way to go.
12. Well, my pal, that´s all for now, thanks a lot for your co-operation. I hope you enjoy this interview.. Some words you like to add?
Thanks man, I enjoyed it. Good questions, they show that you've actually done your research which I appreciate. Of course, any one reading should go to www.carnalagony.com and download and distribute the album or even better, listen to us on Spotify. And be sure to check out our next demo!