Hi! Tell me about Rituals. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
The name was decided very early on and it was more or less just a band name that I (Joel) had floating around in my brain for quite some time. Pierre writes most of the lyrics so I can’t say for sure, but most songs deal with themes of death, religion, war and history. I think in most cases these will be (again, up to Pierre) metaphors for other things going on in life.
Neoteric Commencements to be released end of October. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
I think I can safely say that we are all quite excited for the EP to be released.
I can only speak for myself, but shortly after it was all completed I felt like I wanted a couple of things changed. However, I took some time away from listening to the songs and now I can enjoy it start to finish.
Tell me more about Neoteric Commencements? Album ideas etc…
Pierre came up with the title for the release, and it is taken from the lyrics to “Wake of a Dead God’s Robe”. The songs were written over about a 6 month period and recorded shortly after.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Jed has mentioned taking inspiration from all forms of live music and I (Joel) tend to be influenced by themes in film and of course other music.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Rituals’s sound?
Swedish melodic death metal from the mid 90’s, but played in 2018 by a bunch of Australians.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
Jed and I are constantly writing songs so there is already quite a bit of new material ready to go or in the works. We have discussed the possibility of releasing one of our new songs as a single sometime after the EP is released, but we’ll see how that goes…
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
At the Gates, Carcass and Dissection all come to mind immediately as big influences on Rituals. Without At the Gates and Carcass we would have no riffs, and if there was no Dissection we wouldn’t know how to tremelo pick melodies and counter-melodies.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
We just had Dan Swanö master “Neoteric Commencements”, so that was a big one for me personally. We have discussed a couple of potential guest vocalists for later down the track, but again, we’ll see what happens.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Playing shows seems to work reasonably well, however it is hard not to be enticed by the dark and dirty realm of social media advertising.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
I think all of our families, whilst maybe not into death metal, support us in what we are doing.
How’s the metal scene in Australia right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
The metal scene in Australia is incredible, in particular, Melbourne. There are too many great bands to mention!
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!