Interview with Progmetal Masters: Andromeda!
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
First of all, thanks for this interview, from all Perfectprog.com crew, thanks to Joan for making the interview, and to Martin Hedin [keyboard] from Andromeda :
ANDROMEDA NEW ALBUM THIS 2011: Manifest Tyranny
1. A couple of months ago you inked a deal with the
record label Inner Wound Recordings… How has been this new alliance?
great. We’ve had some ups and downs when it comes to labels. We feel that Inner
Wound has a genuine interest in the band. I’ve worked closely with them
regarding the artwork, and the result really exceeded my expectations!
2. Can you tell us what happened with Fabian? Why did he
leave the band?
quite a long way away from Malmö, and has a lot of other things going on. I
think it was a mutual feeling that his heart wasn’t in it anymore. We miss
hanging out with him, but this was probably for the best.
3. What about your new bass player Linus… How did you
Linus a long time, he was the natural choice when Fabian left.
4. You’ve done some live shows with him… How has been he
received by your fans?
a long solo at our gig in Nürnberg. The crowd loved it! I think he picked up on
that and got a bit carried away and nearly broke some of his pedals at the
climax of the solo, he was jumping insanely all over his gear!
5. Did he collaborate on Manifest Tyranny or was
everything written and recorded when he arrived?
album was already in the mixing phase when he joined the band. We are all
looking forward to working with him on some new material.
6. How did you dealed with the writing process for this
new effort? Did you work all together or something? Or is just one of you who
assumed the whole creative responsibility?
As usual it
was written mainly by Johan Reinholdz (guitar) and myself, Martin Hedin
(keyboards). Maybe I’m a bit more responsible for this one. Some of the songs
are written indiviually, but most of them are collaborations. Each of us has
very different influences, so we often end up with something interesting when
7. When and where was this album recorded?
recorded all over, in the studio, at the school where I’m teaching, at my
place, at Johans place, in the bedroom etc. We started in June 2010 with the
drums, some of the songs wasn’t even done yet by then! In December it was time
for vocals. I was on holiday in Finland and the mixing was supposed to begin in
January. So most of the vocals are recorded over the internet!
8. Who was in charge of its production and mixing?
As usual I
produced the album myself. This time we decided to do an analog mix. It’s a
whole different thing than mixing in the box, so it was a natural choice to mix
with my friend Markus Nilsson. I think we spent about four full working days on
each song! But it was truly worth it, since Manifest Tyranny really outclasses our
other albums sonically.
9. What is concept behind Manifest Tyranny?
I had a lot
of ideas for lyrics and came up with the idea of a concept album. It deals with
things that bother me about the way things are in the world. The war in Iraq,
the corrupt banking system, false flag operations, the complicit media etc.
I could go
on and on about this. The lyrics are pretty straight forward, so you’ll get the
idea when you read them.
10. In my
opinion the Manifest Tyranny cover art is one of the best of your
releases, do you think it achieves to capture the theme and sense of the album?
much so. Sofia Bennrup (Johans girlfriend) did some great illustrations for the
booklet, and Markus Sigfridsson put it all together and did the cover artwork
according to my ideas. A very enjoyable collaboration!
11. Does Manifest
Tyranny bring any change or new elements to your sound?
think so. We’ve always tried to do new things. Not necessarily new things under
the sun, but new to us.
elements would you say differentiates this album of its predecessors?
we’ve gone in all directions. Some passages are angrier than you’ve ever heard
us, but at the same time there are more quiet parts than our previous releases.
But of course you’ll still be able to recognize some typical Andromeda elements
here and there!
13. We know
there are different versions of Manifest Tyranny to be released… can you
tell us more details about that?
came up with the idea to do a limited edition in the form of a wooden box. I
haven’t actually seen the real thing yet, but I think it looks very cool!
14. What are
your expectations for this new album? And what can the fans expect of it?
I feel that
this is a very strong album. We’ve also made a video of the first song -
Preemptive Strike. I think that will help getting attention. With our new
line-up and our new label, we feel stronger than ever, and we’re very hungry to
go on tour!
15. Now to
finish, do you wanna say some words to your fans and our readers on
like our new album, and be sure to check out our facebook page for more info!
See you on tour!
"Manifest Tyranny" track list final: preorder your copy now at www.andromedaonline.com
01. Preemptive Strike
02. Lies 'R' Us
03. Stay Unaware
04. Survival Of The Richest
05. False Flag
06. Chosen By God
08. Play Dead
09. Go Back To Sleep
Thanks a lot for your time!!!
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 October 2011 )