Hi, MELTDOWN. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?
We are currently rehearsing for our next gig locally here in Norway, warming up for Mecalimb and Diquiet.
And also waiting for the release of our upcoming album, which will be Oct. 25th.
Would you please introduce your band to our readers who are not aware of your band and music?
We are five dudes from the southeast of Norway who love playing heavy music, and enjoy the art of creating and playing that music with each other, and also to share this with our fans.
Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?
The band was formed in 2013 by Jørgen and a friend. Now Jørgen is the only original member left after some changes in the lineup. The members that are currently in the band today have been so for about a year, and we feel that this lineup has taken the band a step further, both artistically and musically.
At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into metal music?
We pretty much all started playing our instruments as early teenagers, and the interest for metal music came at about the same time, or maybe even at an earlier age for some of us.
MELTDOWN is about to release “Deadringer”. Tell us something about it. Walk us through all the tracks lyrics and meaning.
We started writing for the album about two and a half, two years ago. And because of the changes in the band with old members leaving and new ones coming in, the changes have been many, musically and especially with the vocals. Our vocalist Stephan has written the lyrics for the album, the common ground for all the lyrics are pretty much how to get out of the darkness and into the light so to say. How to find strength, rise up and move on. Deadringer for example, is about a man being left for dead and buried. Finding the light, or maybe even the light finding him, he reaches out and is brought back…” for all to see” as one of the last lines i the song states. So it’s all pretty much a very positive message through the whole thing, but written in a very heavy way.
How has been the response so far by the listeners? Have you started working on new songs already?
The response on some of our single releases have been positive so far, it sounds like everybody likes the new sound. Because of the album not being released yet, we still don’t know how the allover reviews are gonna look like. As far as writing new material goes, we have started on a couple of new songs and are trying to work out how to bring it up yet another level for our next album.
When and where did you play your first gig? How was the experience of going live for the first time?
With the new lineup we played a local venue in our hometown, Fredrikstad. As mostly all of us had not played live for a while, we were a little rusty in the start but managed to put on a good show, and we got a lot of good feedback on both the new line up and songs.
What, according to you, is the secret behind the band’s success?
The energy in the songs, the groovy riffs and simple melodies. The powerful vocals along with the clean vocals ties it all together, and tho simple, brings allot of variation to the mix. We never really cared to much about trying to fit into a particular style, but still all have our different influences that comes together and forms the music of what Meltown is today.
Ever had an epic fail moment during a gig?
If asked to differentiate MELTDOWN from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?
As Norway is big on black metal and death metal, I guess you can say we are very different from the local scene. We probably have more in common with our neighbor country Sweden when in comes to the style we play. With influences from more straight forward metal, both European and American, and also maybe throw in some metalcore in the mix, we would say that is the reason we differ from the general Norwegian metal.
Which bands/ artists do you draw your influences from? Which are your favorite local bands?
As a band to list a few of many, we would have to say; Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Trivium, Kiss, Sepultura and many more. The list would be to long to list here, but we feel that even though we have our influences, we wanna make our own thing and bring that to life.
How do you guys manage jobs and gigs? Also how often do you guys gathering altogether just to fun?
As of right now, we play as often as asked. We would like to play more, but between jobs and family we play as much as we can. Other than that we rehearse weekly, and also try to spend some time together outside of the band…it doesn’t get to be to often unfortunately.
MELTDOWN is a very promising formation. Talking of your future, 5 years from now, where do you see yourself?
Making even more, hopefully better music. Playing for bigger crowds and making enough dough to be able to make this our living.