EMQ’s With ORECUS
Hi Everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Swedish Modern Death Metal band, Orecus. Huge thanks to their Guitarist, Elias, 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?
My name is Elias and play guitars in the band. Orecus originally started as a studio project back in 2011 with a completely different line-up (me being the only remaining original member), that released 2 EPs. The project was put on ice for a few years until I decided it was time to make a “real” band out of it, with a different direction sound wise. After completing the line-up in 2019, we headed straight into writing mode and within 2020s end we had written and recorded our debut album “The Obliterationist”.
How did you come up with your band name?
Orecus does not mean anything particular or have any special story behind it, but it sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re spread out over Sweden, with our singer currently living in Norway. So, most of our writing and daily band related matters are done entirely online, unless we are rehearsing specifically for a show in the future, or recordings.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
“The Obliterationist”, our debut full length album, released earlier in March of this year.
Who have been your greatest influences?
We draw a lot of influences from bands like Decapitated, Meshuggah, Gojira and Dyscarnate.
What first got you into music?
For me personally it was my father, he was the one who got me into metal, and especially the heavier stuff like Meshuggah and Opeth, he’s also a musician so it was natural for me to also pick up that interest.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
The dream would be to have a guest appearance by Björn Strid of Soilwork. One of the best voices in Modern Metal, if you ask me!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Hellfest would definitely be at least in the top picks. Just because of the sheer size of the festival with all the different stages for specific genres, the insane line-ups, and for the whole feel of the festival as I remember it from visiting it myself.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
As we are newly re-launched during the pandemic, we have yet to have played our first shows after the release of the album!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
We greatly appreciate how the album has been received by fans and critics. It’s been overwhelmingly positive and very humbling to see people appreciating what we’ve created, and we are very thankful for that.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Mieszko Talarczyk of Nasum, because he was a goddamn beast.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Having an outlet for creativity. Interacting with other musicians and music fans.
I don’t hate anything about it, but it is hard to make money from it. However, that’s also a part of being a musician and perhaps especially in these kinds of genres.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Bringing back CDs, I LOVE CDs!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Damn, it’s hard to pick just one…
It would have to be Sikth – “Death Of A Dead Day”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?
As stated earlier, I am a fan of CDs, I really like the digipak format personally!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Due to us not having played shows yet, our first show will be the best!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Something else related to creative outlet, most definitely.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
All of Meshuggah.
What’s next for the band?
As we just got the line-up complete with a full time drummer, we are going to start rehearsing and booking shows for 2022 (if the pandemic does not mess that up). We’ve also started to write new music which hopefully will see the light off day later next year!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Likewise! Once again, I’d just like to give a huge thanks to everyone who’s been ordering merch, CDs and streaming our music, thank you!
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