Monday, July 20, 2009

Interview with Sweden's "Neglektum"

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Neglektum, a progressive black metal band from Sweden. Their new demo, "Beyond the Frozen Mist", is an excellent piece of work, and any metalhead worth his salt should pick it up.

1. So how did you guys come up with the name Neglektum?

We thought about it for a long time and tried to find something that we thought would fit us. It’s hard nowadays to actually find a name that hasn’t been used at all, but we were fortunate to do it. We actually got the name from the latin word “Neglectum”. It means “slight” in English, and I guess the English word “neglect” has its origin from it as well. We thought it fit, but we also thought it looked better with a K.

2. The first things I noticed with your demo are the very long songs and the lack of extensively rapid double bass. Are there reasons for these?

Lack of extensive double bass? I disagree. I mean, the double bass isn’t there for an entire song (although very close on “Needless Suffering), but listen to the first part of “Isolation” or as mentioned, pretty much the whole of “Needless Suffering”. There’s definitely some double bass on there. In fact, there’s double bass on every track. But, we also have mellow parts as well, which are part of the progressive elements that we have in our music. This also explains why we have long songs as well.

3. Who was instrumental in shaping the black metal you guys play?

In terms of us, it’s been me and Nazgirth who naturally came up with the style that we now play. It just clicked. We previously played progressive death metal, but eventually black metal caught up with us. It just fits perfectly with our styles of play.

In terms of bands, I would say Opeth, Ulver, Immolation, Satyricon, Marduk, Nyktalgia, etc.

4. The demo has surprisingly good production. Did you record at a studio or did you do it all yourselves?

No studio, it’s all recorded on a tiny Zoom h2 device. Except the bass which was recorded separately through a line-in. We did everything ourselves. We honestly were surprised at just how good the production turned out to be despite the equipment we had.

5. What is the story behind “Beyond the Frozen Mist”? Is there a personal significance to it?

Yes, but nothing specific. It just fits the whole atmosphere of the demo and the title came naturally.

6. As for the vocals, I can say that they are a bit atypical of black metal. Does the progressive element in your music have anything to do with this?

Yes, I like to experiment with my vocals and use different types of it.

7. What’s up next for Neglektum? A full length album or another demo/EP?

For now, we are planning on releasing another demo. That might change with time though, but we already have some material done. The next release will most likely be more evil and brutal than our first demo. It will follow the path of “Needless Suffering” and “Isolation” in terms of sound. It also looks like there won’t be any clean vocals, but you never know until it’s all finished.

8. In my experience, a lot of unsigned bands have very extensive music collections. Is this the case with you guys?

Not really. None of us has an extensive music collection, but we do like a lot different bands and genres.

9. Do you ever do live shows? If not, do you ever plan to, or are you strictly a studio band?

We did a few live shows before we started recording the demo. We are also very eager to start doing it again, but we need more practice. Since our former drummer left, Isedor has taken over the drumming and we still have to play more before we are ready for gigs.

10. One of the notable moments for me was the solo in “Needless Suffering”. Do you just play off the top of your head, or do you sit down and take hours composing a solo, or a fusion of both?

That solo is very inspired by Immolation. Some parts were composed before, but most of that solo is actually improvised. I later had to literally listen to my own solo again (this version was done on a previous version of the song) and learn the parts that had been improvised as I didn’t know how to play them. I wanted that version specifically, because I thought it fit well. The solo on “Isolation” is also mostly improvised.

11. Sweden has one of the largest and greatest metal scenes in the world right now. Are you guys friends with many of the bands out there, IE Meshuggah, Scar Symmetry?

No, but we do like a lot of Swedish metal bands. We are not friends with these successful groups, and the metal scene on our city isn’t that big either, unfortunately.

12. Some of the vocal lines are belted out so powerfully, I can feel the anguish in the voice. What are the typical themes that drive your music?

Depression, anger, anxiety and hate. We are all very inspired by the climate here. Especially on winter since that period is very cold and dark most of the time.

13. How are you getting your music out into the world? Do you go amongst friends and such and sell it to them, along with your Myspace, or are you searching for a small label?

It’s mostly by our page on myspace. We do spread it to our close friends, but most of the copies have actually gone to people that for us are completely unknown. We’ve had buyers from the US, the UK, Norway and Sweden so far. We are very pleased by the response we’ve had up until now.

14. I notice that you don’t have a bass player. Do you ever plan on picking one up?

We do have a bass player. Isedor was our bass player until Fredrik quit and he took over the drums. He now does both, but we are looking for a bass player so that we can play live further on.

15. Best of luck to you, Neglektum. One last question. Who writes most of the lyrics for the band? Or do you all contribute equally?

Thank you. So far I’ve been the only one who writes the lyrics.

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