EMQ’s with WORMWOOD
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stockholm, Sweden based Melodic Black Metal band Wormwood. Huge thanks to Vocalist ‘Nine’ for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
I go by the name ‘Nine’ and I am the main lyricist and vocalist in Wormwood.
Not to go too in-depth about the history, I can tell you that we started out in 2014 with a different line-up and a different musical genre, but after a year we had found a pretty solid line-up and started to refine our sound. After our debut EP, “The Void – Stories From The Whispering” well, we started right away to write our full-length album “Ghostlands – Wounds From A Bleeding Earth” which was a pretty huge success. That’s was when we had found a sound we were happy with, for the time being. And as many other bands, we started to write the album “Nattarvet” shortly after which even more refined our sound, and here we are. I think we now have found a solid ground on our genre. People label us as Melodic Black Metal, and we won’t argue with that, but we are too many layers to be really encapsulated into one genre.
How did you come up with your band name?
Wormwood comes from the bible and goes by the Apsinthos. It was a star which fell from the heavens and made the rivers sour so man became sick. Wormwood for us is both the biblical meaning and our own personal meaning. It’s a force which lurks deep within the nature here in Scandinavia and us.
What Region/Country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Sweden and you could say that Sweden is the epicentre of many metal genres.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
“Nattarvet” which got released via Black Lodge Records on 2019-07-26! We also released two music videos from the album, ‘The Isolationist’ and ‘Av Lie och Börda’ (Of Scythe And Burden).
Who have been your greatest influences?
I can’t talk too much what the composers of the band got their influences from except what you can easily hear, but for me as a vocalist and lyricist there are a few. Warrel Dane from Nevermore has been immensely influential for me, not only with his very different voice but for the pure poetry he writes in his lyrics. I wholeheartedly recommend, both from a lyrical and musically viewpoint to listen to “Dead Heart in a Dead World” and “This Godless Endeavour” with Nevermore.
Also the deep and profound lyrics of Patrick Walker from Warning, the amazing musical compositions of Christofer Johnsson from Therion and the roaring vocals from Ihsahn!
What first got you into music?
I guess that would be my older brother when he showed me Metallica, Megadeth and Iron Maiden in the early 90’s. But what formed me as an extreme music listener was “Beauty in Darkness Vol1” (Nuclear Blast) from ‘96 where I first heard Dissection, Therion, Crematory, In Flames, Sentenced, Cradle of Filth, Theatre of Tragedy, and so on and so forth.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
My highest privilege would be to do a collaboration with Akira Yamaoka, the man who did most of the Silent Hill soundtracks. His way of finding a soundscape devoid of hope and a happy ending is just perfect. Dark ambient sounds, melancholic acoustic strings and deep foreboding bass! Yeah, that’s my dream.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
[Insert the biggest metal festival in the world here]. That one!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
This one isn’t that weird, well depending on who you are, but when I did a tour in 2009 with my old band Withershin, we were somewhere in Russia and a fan made a pentagram neckless to me which he had performed a ritual in the forest to enchant it somehow. I still have it and wear it occasionally till this day.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Always except the unexpected when it comes to Wormwood’s new releases.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Warrel Dane from Nevermore! Beyond a shadow of a doubt! His untimely death was a hard blow to the metal scene and for me personally, it was devastating.
Nevermore is the biggest underground band people don’t know about. If you haven’t heard about Nevermore, as I wrote on a previous question, go and listen to those albums or any by them for that matter. Lest we forget…!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Expressing your art to people who loved it is a very humbling and great feeling. I am pretty sure that there are people who work who do things which others enjoy, but there is something magical about doing it when it comes to music. You put down your brittle soul and tainted blood into it, and then many people understand it, love it and even want to support you. That is really something else.
The struggles of being an up-and-coming musician are real.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Stop. Being. So. Fucking. Offended.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Iron Maiden – “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”, without competition.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl is the best buy, streaming is the easiest way to find new music.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
That´s hard to say! Is the biggest the best? I don´t know, every gig is special in some kind of way.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Probably making videos full time, or graphic stuff!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Five people that are easy going and they will come with a big bag of beer to share. I guess it would be the band.
What’s next for the band?
We´re attending to one of the biggest music awards here in Sweden which we are nominated for in the Best Rock/Metal Category.
We are going out playing at festivals this spring/summer and we are writing on new material at the moment.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Never heard about them, but after some googling it looks lite biscuits to me.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Well, check us out! See you on tour!
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