Do you know many senseless bands from Sweden? I do not, but I know only good ones, and The Embodied is one of decent samples, they playing power metal with huge melodic tunes, sounds really good. Know more about them right now!
Hi! Tell me about The Embodied. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hello! The Embodied began between the years 2006-2008 when I (Jonathan) and Chris decided to form a new band. The idea was to write music somewhere between the melodic death and power genres that were quite common in Sweden around that time. The name is meant as a metaphor for us becoming the music or maybe more that the music is an extension of us.
The subject for most of our songs is an inner struggle of what is right and wrong. There cannot be anyone else to tell you this because then you have no own values and you are a product of someone else. Do not believe without questioning and do not follow without asking where you are going.
“Ravengod” album was scheduled for release to July 2016. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
We’ve worked really hard on this album for 1.5 years now. Friends in the Swedish music and metal community that have had a chance to listen to some pre-mastered songs really love it and says we’re on the right track. It’s always nice to hear that the songs are good but in the end we play for our sake and we know the songs are good, we like them, that’s what matters to us. Right now we don’t want to change anything and if we would we would have to keep it to ourselves as the album is deemed “done”. That’s the thing with art, it can sometimes be created over a lifespan and sometimes you have to say to yourself that it’s done. Ravengod is a damned good album and for us it’s a masterpiece haha
Tell me more about “Ravengod”? Album ideas etc…
The album is somewhat of a concept album as there is a red line between all of the songs. The main theme is about the struggle of being in power, to lead and to admit when you’ve done wrong. All in all it’s about the rise and fall (and rise again) of the praetor Ravengod. We had a lot of ideas beforehand and we went into the studio with all these ideas that were great but had to choose one that fit for a follow up album. In the end though, it’s always up to the fans to interpret.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
The state of the world right now. You have many moments when one freezes and ponders on what the hell is going on right know. Like with you guys, we have no idea what is really going on over there. Media itself is not always to be trusted as said before. Also the divides in the EU with Brexit and for us up here the plutonian democracy of the whole thing. It’s the right way to go but there is rust in the machinery…
Otherwise we write stories, sagas and play on myths which is quite nice as you can’t really anger anyone. Even though if we would they can go xxxx themselves. Each individual is free to do as he/she wishes.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define The Embodied’s sound?
We’re Scandinavian metal first of. But we want to leave the sound where you cut the mid out of the mix. You know the one that’s quite popular with nu-metal bands and house music. It’s better to leave the mid be so you get a more acoustic sound with more warmth and more depth. We’ll go this way but I promise you that reviewers at first won’t like it. It’s always the same, first people bash it – and then people think it’s revolutionary. We wouldn’t wanna go so far but we do find the sound quite unique right now.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
No rest for the wicked. We’re mostly looking for tours and opportunities in new countries but yeah, we have begun to write some new material as well. We’re focusing on Ravengod right now though!
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
It would be wrong not to mention all the old school fellows – motorhead, iron maiden, metallica, black Sabbath, dio etc… there are sooooo many great bands and artists that we take influence from but I would say that a lot new bands also help to define us. They do not do this directly but as the old philosophers said – we define ourselves through the eyes of others and our shadows on the wall. That’s how it works.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
We’re working tight with Andy LaRocque who did a solo on our first album on the song Heaven Burns Tonight but no, this time we did not want to have any guests. We’re not sure about the future of guest performances either. If the right offer comes then sure, we’ll consider it.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
It’s really hard to make a dent in the world today but we try our best to be on the most preferable channels of the internet, touring and marketing the album and band on social media. There’s always a chance for every band that is good enough for the world stage, sometimes you take that chance and sometimes you don’t even see it coming and miss it. Sadly, I personally now of many great bands that fell into oblivion too soon. We will strive to not be one of those bands and to be remembered at least for some years to come.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
We all have different hobbies and three of the members have families. So most of the time goes into the band but sure, there’s a lot of other interests as arts, sports, gaming, motorcycles etc.
Do you practice music with some other bands in free time?
No, we’re all fully committed to The Embodied. There are some side-bands but they’re on ice at present time. It’s fun to play in many groups but it’s too time consuming for us when we need to work on this.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Yes, very much so. They come to most gigs we do in our home town and will always help in any way they can. Some of our relatives are the biggest fans of The Embodied as well.
How’s the metal scene in Sweden right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
Sweden has a great number of heavy metal bands. The trend is back and forth between old school retro metal and hard rock to rock n roll or classic death. There’s also been a bit of a swing back for NU-Metal as well. It’s always hard to find gigs in Sweden even though metal is popular. The mainstream media still don’t want anything to do with metal and the venues that could be earning on it won’t do anything but house and disco-shit… There are some places who actually gets this and goes full on in hard rock.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road! / Lukasz
And thank you Lukasz! Hope to see you one day! Stay Metal