DIABOLICAL   BLACK DEATH METAL FROM SWEDEN Band Questions answer by CARL STJÄRNLÖV    
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? I'm Carl, I play guitar in Diabolical. We've been around for a long time, released five albums and we're about to release our 6 th  album - „Eclipse“ - on February 15 th .   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? The band name was chosen by our vocalist Sverker many years ago. I don't know what it means to him but to me it gives me a direction to work towards musically and lyrically. This is something I've really taken time to think about for our new album.   Where and how was the band founded? The band was founded by Sverker in 1996 in northern Sweden. Since then the band has evolved a lot. I joined in 2003 so I've already been a member for 16 years and today I consider Diabolical to be just as big part of my life as I think Sverker does. Having a project like this in your life for such a long time makes it almost a part of your personality.   Have you played in other bands before? Yes, I started out playing in a band named Absentia when I was a teenager. We did some demos which still float around on Youtube. Ten years ago I played in Devian for a few years until that band split up.   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? Finding band members is always difficult for many reasons. Not only do they need to be talented musicians and instumentalists but they also need to have a personality that fits with the other members and a mindset that is aligned with the others' ambitions. Luckily we have only made cahnges to our line-up roughly every ten years, but nonetheless it's been quite a challenge the times we have needed to recruit new members.   What does the band name mean? To me it's a metaphor and a guiding light when I create music. It gives me inspiration and direction when I create music, lyrics and artwork for the band.   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? I write a lot of the lyrics but sometimes other members write. Our new album „Eclipse“ and the previous album „Neogenesis“ are concept albums. For „Neogenesis“ I wrote a short novel that shared titles with the songs and the book and the lyrics shared the same concept. The new album „Eclipse“ is about the dark side of human nature and humanity.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? I get inspired by a lot of music. Nowadays I can find something interesting in most music, even if it's not my preferred style of music. Like pretty much any other metal fan I discovered metal as a teenager and that has stayed with me ever since. Some of my all time favourite metal bands are Morbid Angel, Sepultura, Opeth, Enslaved and Burzum. But nowadays even if I'm very much a metal head and listen to plenty of new metal releases I find myself listening to different music a lot of times. Lately I've been listening very much to the new Dead Can Dance album and Irfan. To describe our music to someone who's never heard us before I'd say we play blackened death metal with choirs and a lot of atmosphere.   Why should people listen to our music? People should do what they want, not what anyone tells them to do. Find your own taste, find your own motivations. I will not tell anyone they should  listen to Diabolical. I will invite them to listen and decide for themselves if they find our music interesting. If death/black metal with choirs and an epic atmospheric feel to it sounds interesting to you, then by all means give our new album „Eclipse“ a try.   Christophe "Volvox" Szpajdel is responsible for your logo since how did you get in touch with him and how did they work together? He did our old logo which we used on our first two albums. For the past ten years we've used a logo which I created.   You were not in the band on the first two albums Synergy from 2001 and A Thousand Deaths from 2002. what are your favorite songs on both albums and why? I think „Children Of The Mushroom Cloud“ from „A Thousand Deaths“ is really good. It ties into the themes we still use today in our lyrics so it's still a relevant song to us. Maybe we will add it to our setlist again.   How did you get in touch with the band and how did you get started? I answered an old school advertisement that was on a paper stuck to the wall in the metal record store Sound Pollution in Stockholm. That was in late 2002. People didn't find band members on Facebook back then. They put up ads in record stores. So I called Sverker, auditioned as drummer for the band, got drunk with him and convinced him to hire me.   Your entry was on the album The Gallery of Bleeding Art in 2008. What are your memories of the genesis of the album and how proud have you been to be a part of it? Some of the songs were already written for that album when I joined in 2003. I wrote one song for that album - „Pavor Nocturnus“ which I specifically wrote to be difficult to play on guitar. A few years later I found myself being the guitarist of the band and had to learn my own difficult riffs. So I kind of pissed in my own pocket there. It was a fun but tedious recoding. I recorded the drums on an analogue tape machine at Studio Underground in Västerås. For every drum take Sverker had to rewind the tape and find the right spot to punch in. So that meant a couple of minutes break between takes. I wasn't a great drummer by any means so no one- takers for me. But the end result was great I think. It was my first album with the band and I'm proud of it.   In 2013 Neogenesis appeared after a live album 2011. How long did you work on the album and how did the recordings go? By this time we had a lot more experience and Sverker had an upgraded studio where we could record the drums ourselves and with all digital equipment, so no tape machines. That album took a long time because I wrote a book to it and we raised our musical ambitions a lot. We put in much more work into the song writing and production. This was also the first time we had a real choir. I know there was a lot of stress and the album took a long time to make, but in retrospect I only have good memories. I think the end result marked a new era for us, with „Neogenesis“ we evolved a great deal as song writers, musicians and Sverker really raised his own bar as a producer.   With Ralph Santolla (Deicide and Obituary) who unfortunately passed away, you had a well-known musician for a guest appearance. How did you get in touch with him and how did you work together? I got to know Ralph when I toured with Devian in 2009. We did a tour with Deicide and Ralph played guitar with them at that time. He lived in Stockholm around the time we recorded „Neogenesis“ and he came to the studio to hang out. He ended up recording a solo for the song „The Age To Come“. Even if we didn't have the chance to hang out in later years since he moved back to Florida I considered him a dear friend. His passing came as a shock and the metal scene lost a great guitarist and a unique person.   You are also responsible for the artwork of the album How satisfied are you with your work today? With „Neogenesis“ I started laying the foundation to the visual aesthetics we have today so it was an important album also in terms of artwork.   After Ep Umbra in 2016, working together with label ViciSolum Productions ends. Why did you decide not to continue working together? We were always very happy with ViciSolum, they did everything they could to push us further and our co-operation was great. We just felt that we wanted to see the band in some new contexts and get connected to other people in the industry.   We Are Diabolical the singel of the new album Eclipse was released in november 2018 you have released a video (I like it very well if the whole album will be like that it will be a highlight for me 2019) where did you shoot this video and how long did the work last at it? There were a lot of forest fires in Sweden last summer and we shot the video in the middle of Sweden where one of these forest fires had been. The site looked really apocalyptic with burnt trees everywhere. We also filmed at a church ruin in Stockholm. It was sealed off so we had to break in. Don't tell anyone.    On February 15th, 2019 the new album Eclipse will be released. How long have you been working on the songs? We have been working on the songs for „Eclipse“ for a long time. The oldest songs are probably almost ten years old actually. Some of the riffs I've had stored away for a long time and now I've finally used them. But the actual writing sessions for this album began in 2017. We had about 20 songs or song drafts to choose from and from those we picked the ones we felt would fit best on this album.   Who helped you with the genesis, where was it produced and who is responsible for the cover artwork? The album was produced by Sverker at his studio named Wing Studios. Of course it's a great benefit to have a producer with a professional studio in the band. I made the cover artwork based on photos taken by Jens Rydén.   Eclipse is a concept album can you tell us something about the lyrics? I began thinking about our band name - „Diabolical“ and wanted to make a concept around the most diabolical aspects of our existence. I came to the conclusion that the most diabolical entity in our world is mankind itself. We are the origin of most of the suffering we see around us. We are violent and cruel and we don't hesitate to cause great damage and suffering to each other and the planet. The lyrics on „Eclipse“ revolve around this idea and is meant to challenge the listener regarding his or her part in the suffering we cause.   What are your expectations for the new album? I expect the album to propel the band further and I hope a lot of metal fans will enjoy it.   You have found a new home in the label Indie Recordings what do you expect from the cooperation? I hope we will have a fruitful relationship. They are very professional and communicative and so far they've done a very good job.   What were your highlights and your low points in the band for the last sixteen years? I only see highlights, it's been a steadily ascending curve. The new album „Eclipse“ is definitely a highlight. We've really pushed ourselves hard to make the best album we could possibly make at this point. But I still think the best is yet to come. We are still developing as musicians, as performing artists and I believe we have much more to give to our fans.   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? I went to local punk shows as a teenager, there were no metal shows in the small town where I lived. Those were some crazy ass shows with punks lying drunk outside on the street or having sex in the stairs leading up to the doors of the venue. Inside there were always massive moshpits. Good times.   Starting in march, you will go on a big tour of Europe with Septic flesh and Krisiun. What do you expect from this tour and how excited are you to play this tour? Septicflesh is a really good match for us genre-wise so I hope for a really good tour. We're doing 30 shows around Europe in March and April. We'll definitely put on the best possible show we can with plenty of material from „Eclipse“.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? There are so many. We've played with lots of bands throughout the years. One particular highlight was a tour we did in Russia some years ago. The crowds were completely insane, they literally tore the places apart. We met some really nice people and some genuinely odd characters there. I'd love to go back and tour there again.   Have already resulted in friendship ? I've made many friends over the years because of Diabolical. Almost all my best friends I have today are because of the band.   Which band would you like to play live with and why? I'm very much looking forward to play with Septicflesh, Krisiun, Xaon, Deadshape Figure and Science Of Disorder in March and April.   With what do you earn your money except with the music? I only make money from music.   How important are social media for you as a band? It's becoming increasingly important for all bands. Social media is where people are spending time these days so that's where you can reach your fans. The landscape is shifting fast so as an artist you have to adapt fast and communicate to your fans where they are at the moment.   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? I want to continue making music and keep playing live. This has been my big passion for the most part of my life and I have no intention of stopping. I constantly want to evolve as a musician and present music that's really worthy of people's time, that gives them an experience beyond the usual. That's what I'm striving for.   What do you think about the sweden Metal scene in general? Sweden is a great country for music in general. We have very good opportunities to develop musical skills and play in bands. The metal scene is alive and well, there are some interesting bands right now: Zornheym, Avslut, Netherbird, Wormwood and Mephorash to name a few.   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !
© 2019 by Haschi`s Metal Corner
▲