Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Hello my name is Mårten and I´m the singer in the band This Ending. On drums we have Fredrik Andersson previously in Amon Amarth and also active in the band Netherbird. On guitars we have Linus Nirbrant and Peter Nagy (also known from Mörk Gryning and Eternal Oath). On bass we have Linus Petterson who also played with us in A Canorous Quintet in the early 90´s.   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? This Ending stands for the direction our world is going at the moment (straight to hell). The name was something Fredrik came up with.   Where and how was the band founded? The band was founded in early 2005 in Stockholm. It was a reincarnation of our old band A Canorous Quintet with the exact same line-up that disbanded in 1998.   Have you played in other bands before? As mentioned above we started in the early 90´s as A Canorous Quintet. We have during the years been active in numerous bands such as Amon Amarth, Mörk gryning, Eternal oath, Sins of omission, October tide, the bullseye dirt, Sweet creature to mention some.   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? Since we did this reincarnation of A Canorous Quintet under the name This ending that was no problem. However we struggled a bitt o find a new guitar player when Leo Pignon left the band. After some searching and tryouts we finally found the perfect replacement in Peter.   What does the band name mean? This Ending stands for the direction our world is going at the moment (straight to hell).   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? Nowadays I write most of the lyrics and they mostly deal with topics like destruction of different kinds. For example selfdestructive behaviour as well as destruction of other human beings or our world.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? We are inspired by so many different kinds of music, but we definetly have our roots in the movement we we´re a part of in the early 90´s. So swedish melodic death metal is were we are grounded. If you´ve never heard us before maybe a band like Dark tranqulity or arch enemy could give you a hint of how we sound. However i think that we have our own sound that we are very proud of.   Why should people listen to our music? If you are willing to try listening to music that demands a bit from the listener I think our music could give you alot. Especially if you listen many times to discover the details and diversity of our music. If you like something melodic you’ll find it in our music and the same goes if you’d like to hear something brutal. But first and foremost you should listen to our music since we try to achieve something that stands out from the genre and I think originality should always be appreciated if it’s done right.   Your debut album Inside the Machine was released in 2006 on the label metal blade. How did you get in touch with the label and did you help a bit with the negotiations that you and Fredrik Andersson had with the band drummer Amon Amarth? We sent our demo let the world burn to metal blade and they thought the demo was awesome and wanted to release our upcoming album. But sure it must have helped that Fredrik already knew the guys at metal blade.   Peter In de Betou has been mastering the album album since you came into contact with him and how did they work together? Yes Peter has been mastering lots of our stuff. He does a good job and is easy to work with.   Dead Harvest Your second album was released in 2009 How long did the work on the album last? Well we worked on the album for around 3 years and the recording was done during a 3 month period.   The album was ten years old this year. What are your memories of the album and what is your favorite song on the album? Woah time flies. It doesn’t seem like it was 10 years ago the album was released. I remember that it was a difficult process to record the album with lots of experimenting going on. I still think it’s a cool and very diverse album that deserved more attention than it got. One of my favorite songs on the album is „the asylum“. It’s a very different song from what we usually write and I think it came out great both musically and lyrically.   The album also ended the cooperation with the label metal blade. Why did you decide to do that? It was a decision made by the label, we had no issues with metal blade overall.   In 2012 you released the ep Systematic Worship. Why only an ep and not an album since your last album was already three years ago? We wanted to try out and see in which direction we would go with the band and an EP felt like the perfect way to explore that. We had as usual lots of material but these were the songs that we held highest in regard. It was actually what we all needed since we didn’t feel ready with all the material for the next album.   In 2016, your third album Garden of Death was released. How long did the work on it last and who supported you in its creation? The writing of Garden of death was initiated already in the process off the Systematic worship EP. The oldest song on the album is actually vultures, most of it was written already in 2012. During the creation of Garden of death we had some personal struggles within the band resulting in Leo Pignon leaving the band. So most of the album was written without him. Noone supported us during this period so this is solely our creation.   The artwork for the album is by Björn Goosses. How did you get in contact with him? How did the work together and how satisfied have you been with his work? Fredrik contacted Björn since he had seen some of the cool artwork he’s done during the years. I think what Björn did for us was great. He was easy to work with and came up with a really cool cover and booklet.   You are now under contract with Apostasy Records. How is working together and what do you expect from the label? We have only have a licensing deal for the garden of death album with apostasy. The work with them has not always been easy but they’ve tried to help us in some ways. We expected a bit more help with promotion and so on than they gave us at the time.   Are you already working on new songs in which direction do you go and when can we expect the next death metal hammer? At the moment we have lots of material that needs to be put together to great songs. The direction is not yet set but it seems like Linus will be spearheading the next album since we know also are focusing on A Canorous Quintet. If i know Linus right it will however be a really good album and maybe a step a bit back to the older This Ending sound.   What were your highlights and your low points the last thirteen years at This Ending? I think the highlight was finally going on tour to meet fans and promote the garden of death album. Another highligt was playing the stockholm thrash fest that was loads of fun.The low point must have been when we had lots of personal issues in the band that led to Leos departure from the band.   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? I really can’t say which was my first concert but one of the earlier ones must have been Judas Priest on the Painkiller tour which was an awesome gig. They also brought pantera with them before they became well known. One of the fondest memories from that show was meeting Pantera after the show when they were hanging around in the arena. Priest is always a great experience.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? As I mentioned previously there are som live highlights. But I think that almost every show we do is a highlight. There are very few shows we aren’t having fun on stage. Another live highlight must be the reunion show with our other band A Canorous quintet with loads of old fans. At the moment i’m active in This Ending and A Canorous Quintet. Previous bands for me is: sins of omission, October tide (grey dawn album), Votur and maybe something more that I can’t remember at the moment.   Have already resulted in friendship ? Hmmm not sure I understand the question but we are all old friends in this ending so it’s a great thing to play together.   Which band would you like to play live with and why? It would be really cool to play live with at the gates again since we always had alot of fun when we did shows with them during the 90’s. I also think their audience could appreciate our music and our live performance.   With what do you earn your money except with the music? I work as a teacher.   How important are social media for you as a band? Social media is always important but it’s hard to say how important.   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? To release new great albums that reaches a bigger audience. Doing more liveshows would also be great. But most of all just having fun doing what we are doing.   What do you think about the Sweden Metal scene in general? I think the scene is great. I’m constantly amazed by how many good albums are released from the swedish scene.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? You should definetly check out our other band A canarous quintet. Astrophobos is also a really cool band. If you´re into postrock you should listen to seas of years. Fredriks other band Netherbird is also great. There’s to many to mention all.     PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I grew up in a suburb to stockholm with divorsed parents. I had a pretty rough run but came out stronger and more alive than ever much thanks to the stockholm death metal scene.   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? I think I could have been a bit of both depending on my mood for the day.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? They have always been positive concerning my choice of making music. Sure they couldn’t always understand the thing about death metal but it was never an issue. Today they are used to the fact that i’m playing death metal and they think it’s great that i’m back to doing it with my old friends.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? I would say it’s because of the passion and dedication I have for the music we make. I try to find new ways to do things, which is also a reason why I like being involved in music making.   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? I can enjoy both but if i had to choose i think it would be the city.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? I like to practice sports when possible but i’d say nowadays i’m more of a spectator.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you   I enjoy cooking food since that’s also a creative process but I have no issues with having a meal cooked for me.   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? I think many of my colleagues have hard to understand my passion for metal. But i’m proud of it and most people seem to respect that. Most of my friends are into metal and if they aren’t they accept me as I am.   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? I think they are using their energy in the complete opposite direction of what i would call wise. It’s a lame way to spread your hate. You should be able to stand up for you opinions and be proud and honest about it. That is if your not a sick person that only wants to hurt others without them knowing who’s doing it. Focus on other things and make something positive out of your energy is what I think they should do.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? I think it goes both ways. The world gets smaller and you can keep yourself up to date in a whole different way. The possibilities are countless. But the same goes for the bad stuff. We get occupied and start living asocial lives. Sitting beside eachother but we’re not talking to eachother. It’s easier to buy stuff wether it comes to legal or illegal things also a blessing and a curse. So in short with the good there’s bound to come some bad.   Which question would you like to have answered and why? One of those questions would be: What is the greatest thing being a part of the metal community? A question that I like because the metal community itself is a great community and in my opinion a great example of how people should live and treat eachother. Where else can thousands of people meet that don´t know one another without getting into trouble fights or other mischeives. The metal community makes people come together under one banner no matter where you come from or who you are.   What would you personally like to do in your life? Enjoy life, appreciate my friends and value everyone who values me and what I do with my life.   Sweden A great country for metal and icehockey.   Austria Beautiful country and people in my experience.   Peter Tägtgren Great guy to work with and an overall great musician.   Abisko National Park Haven’t been there but most national parks are great.   Vasaloppet Cool sport event where also more or less unknown talents can win.   Beer For me the greatest and most diverse drink available on the planet.   Elk Great beautiful animal.   Julbord Also a (in most cases) great and delicious swedish tradition.   Movie or Series Both, but at the moment series since i rarely have the time to watch a complete movie.   CD or Vinyl I like both but I like the simplicity of the CD. In the best case I can buy a combined version with both vinyl and CD.     Family Wife and 2 kids that I think the world of.   Your top 10 all time album faves Impossible to answer but I’ll give you 10 really great ones that had an impact on me: Judas Priest: Painkiller At the gates: Slaughter of the soul. Testament: The legacy. Death: Scream bloody gore Accept: Restless and wild Sepultura: Beneath the remains Morbid Angel: Altars of madness Dissection: The somberlain Paradise Lost: Gothic Candlemass: Tales of creation   your top 5 albums in time   ! In vain: Aenigma A canorous quintet: The only pure hate MMXVIII Throne of heresy: Decameron This Ending: Garden of death Warrel Dane: Shadow work   The closing word is yours? Thank you for giving us this interview. Spread the word about This Ending and A canorous quintet. Last but not least stay true to yourselves and keep it metal.
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