We were told by the Press Manager that we only had 10 minutes max for this interview as Swedish Old School Death Metallers, Aeon, had to be elsewhere for other things – so I squeezed in as much as I could in the time allotted, but sadly there were a few things I didn’t get to ask. nonetheless, I hope you enjoy my sit down with Sebastian from Aeon…
How does it feel to be playing Damnation?
Zeb: It feels great. I wasn’t really expecting much as we’ve never played Leeds before. But we definitely had a packed venue and they kind of went nuts from the first tone that we played! Haha.
I was there to see you guys earlier. This is a metal festival – everyone’s angry. But you guys are Fucking Angry. Your music is really intense. How do you keep the stamina up for your stage shows?
Zeb: Most of us work out a lot. I work out 5 days a week – usually no on tour – but this becomes my work out now!
The Music you guys write is quite technical. How do you write it? Do you sit down and jam or is it a bit more mathematical?
Zeb: It’s more like… We all write music at our homes, record it on computers, and program the drums. We share the ideas with the rest of the band and they listen to it. If they have any feedback if we should change something or lengthen it or whatever; we come up with ideas together.
When I first got into you guys, I asked friends where to start. Other people compared you to Cannibal Corpse and Bloodbath, musically. Who would you say are your musical influences?
Zeb: Oh, Bloodbath? Okay, haha! I would say Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Morbid Angel, and Suffocation. It’s all American Death Metal that we are into. We listen to Bolt Thrower and stuff like that, but it’s not really that I’ve been inspired to make music the way they do – but I’m definitely going to check them out tonight. Bloodbath I haven’t really listened to – I have one album that I really enjoy. I can’t say that they’ve really inspired me but I guess we kind of play similar music, maybe.
I guess you guys are pretty busy today – but if you get the chance to see some other bands today, who are you most looking forward to?
Zeb: That would be Bolt Thrower because I haven’t seen them before. I get to see Cannibal Corpse every day because we’re on tour with them. I’ve been listening to Bolt Thrower since forever.
You said you guys are on a EU tour at the moment. Are there any more dates coming where people can check you out?
Zeb: Oh yeah, sure but it’s nothing official yet so I can’t talk about them.
Your last album was “Aeon’s Black”. That was 2012. Are there any plans for another release?
Zeb: Yeah, my guess is that it will be late 2015.
Is there anything else you can tease us with or is it all under wraps at the moment?
Zeb: No, we have started writing some music but we haven’t really gotten that far into the whole process. We’re doing this tour now and we’ve got a pretty long one coming up. Then we’ll focus more on the writing process.
The first track of yours I heard was the one from the music video – “Forgiveness Denied”. There’s some not-too-subtle anti-Christian themes in there. Is that something limited to that song or is that a common theme for you guys?
Zeb: Tommy writes all the lyrics, that’s definitely into that whole theme. He has had his encounters with Jehovas Witnesses in his youth, which he’s not very glad about.
One of the things I wanted to comment on, is that sometimes in Death metal people focus so much on the energy and they forget the songwriting. You guys manage to write songs that stick in my head. Is that something you aim for when you write songs?
Zeb: Not really. I mean, we try to write intense, catchy and groovy music. Usually I get some idea in my head and I have to pick it out my guitar and program the drums to the way I hear it in my head. [Creepy Voice into the Mic] I hear voices!
You’re not the only one!
Zeb: So yeah, maybe that’s the reason. I know a lot of people riff on the guitar and make cool riffs and stuff. I don’t know! Haha.
One last question. If you had to cover any Abba song in your own style, which one would you pick?
Zeb: Abba song? “Watch out!” That was the first song ever that really blew my mind. Abba was the first band that – I was never really into that “child music” that you hear – but once I heard this song by Abba I was like “Wooooah!” We had a festival show in March this year and we had a party the next day. I played that song for the rest of the guy. Tommy was like “Yeah this is my favourite too!” but he had forgotten the name of the song. We actually said we need to do a cover of this one day – so it’s funny that you ask!
It’s awesome when you get from one sort of style of music that like something so opposite, too.
Zeb: I think if you listen to “Watch Out” you will realise that it has some heavy metal in it!
It has balls to it! I don’t know if you’re a fan, but I saw Devin Townsend….
Zeb: Oh yeah, me too! He played on that festival I was talking about…. Trondheim Metal Fest.
I saw him in London a while ago, and before the show they had the Venga Boys and “I’m a Barbie girl” playing over the PA before he came on.
Zeb: Yeah he’s cool. He doesn’t bother with any metal rules. That’s what I like about him. Even my kids listen to him!
Well, we have to keep it short and sweet – thank you very much for your time, Zeb. Well done for your performance today. It was awesome!
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‘Aeons Black’, the bands latest album is out now via Metal Blade Records.