DARK TRANQUILLITY Interview 2/14/14

We had the opportunity to share a beer, some laughs, and important information with the extremely personable and iconic Mikael Stanne of Dark Tranquillity. During our chat we discussed the current state of the band after the departure of Daniel Antonsson (bass) and them touring with pre-recorded bass tracks for their live shows. We chatted about their unique tour stop in Puerto Rico and how the experience felt playing for all these Boricua metalheads in that beautiful island. We then talked about many aspects of the Construct album including a period of ‘writer’s block’ and its influence on the themes for this album. Mikael expanded on the band’s songwriting dynamics for this album as well. We then traveled back in time to the perennial topic of the Gothenburg sound that will forever be attached to this band. We explored Mikael’s thoughts on the state of this metal wave including past, present, and future notions. We also take another trip down memory lane and review the many metal hats Mikael has worn while inquiring into future collaborations. For last, we briefly discussed future plans for the band.

ATROCITY Interview 2/13/14

We boarded the Krull’s family tour bus and had a chance to catch up with a true metal workaholic and driving force behind Atrocity and Leave’s Eye, none other than Alexander Krull himself. We first discuss the implications of his touring double duties with both bands. We also explore some details of the family/music dynamics involved. We then discuss different aspects of the Okkult album including a trilogy conceptualization, the current styles being explored, and the first global metal treasure hunt. We then discuss the band’s musical experimentation history. We go into some details about Werk 80 III and then we review the many different dimensions that make Alex the positive workaholic that he is along with his own 30-year career and his future endeavors. We conclude our talk with some insight about his sister Yasmin Krull and Alex’s upcoming production duties.

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