Interview With The Forsaken
Interview and live/off-stage pictures by Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Cindy at Century Media Sweden for the promo-pictures
The following is an interview with Nicke and Patrik from The Forsaken about their new
album Traces of the Past, which is going to be released soon.
There are also some general questions about the band. This interview was made at
their release party in
Malmö, Sweden for the new album.
In which Swedish town are you based?
We are based in the southern part of Sweden. Some members live in Landskrona and some
How did the last album go?
Just like the first album, this went pretty well. In certain countries, where
the promotion didnt work out so well, we sold a lot less albums of
course. But first
and foremost you do the albums for yourself because you love the music you play and
its a bonus if other people like the stuff you do.
How would you compare the response from the fans on this album compared to the
Mixed. A lot of fans liked the first album because it was more melodic, and they think
that our second album was too brutal.
Did you do a lot of touring on the last album?
We did a three week tour in Europe on the debut, and that tour went very well. On the
second album we did a month long tour across Europe and that didn't go so well. The
conditions on that tour were not good at all. We have been the supporting act on both
Which of your albums are you most satisfied with?
We are definitely satisfied with the new one due to the fact that we hadnt
rehearsed so much when we went into the studio, but the outcome turned out real nice.
How is the cooperation between the band and your label, Century Media?
Its no problem at all working with them. We all are humble guys that know that we
should be grateful that we have a record deal and sell the amounts of albums that we do.
We sell about 10-20,000 copies per album.
Why have you done so few live gigs in Scandinavia?
Its because we have worked so hard with the new album, and we have also been very
lazy. We have waited for festival and different places to call us and ask us to play
instead of us calling them.
Do you think that the band has developed trough the years? How?
We have developed both musically and on arranging songs. We have also gotten better on
playing our instruments.
How would you describe the kind of music you play?
Its incredibly hard to explain what kind of music we play, but if you absolutely
want an answer I would call us a death/thrash act with melodic guitar solos, and its
NOT power metal solos Im talking about. The concept we have is to play hard metal.
Why have you chosen to work with Tommy in the Abyss Studio? Are all of your three
albums recorded there?
Yes, all of the albums are recorded there. Tommy is a really nice guy both private and
to work with. Hes become a friend of the band. He is easy to work with and it feels
good to have him behind the mixing table because its real hard to record an album.
You need someone you can trust like Tommy.
Are there any plans of changing studios?
We have thought of it, but are probably going back to Abyss.
Your first album came in 2001 and then a new album every following year. Are you
going to keep that pace?
No, the next album is probably coming out in 2005.
What has the response from the press been?
Mostly good. Some reviewers have not been so kind to us. The reviews Ive seen on
the new album are all good so far.
Have you done any shows as a headline act or have you only been a supporting act?
We have only done smaller shows as a headline act, otherwise weve only been
You have a new member in the band: Stefan on bass. How did he end up with you?
When we recorded the last album he called me (Nicke) up and asked if he could audition
and he instantly became a new member. Hes been with the band for about 1.5 years now
and hes grown into the band.
Has he played in any bigger bands before The Forsaken?
No, he hasnt played in any other bands before us. He comes straight out from the
How long did it take to record and write your new album?
The most intense time was to write the album and that took six months. It
only took one month to record it.
Who writes the music and lyrics in the band?
All lyrics on the new album Anders has written because he wanted to write everything by
himself. The other guys in the band have done the music together.
Are the lyrics about anything special on the new album? If so, what?
All the lyrics on the album is about all the shit that happens in the world. The title
of the new album is about the history is always repeating and than mankind hasnt
learnt from their mistakes, so its a very negative title.
Are you satisfied with the album, or is it anything you would like to change?
Im very pleased with what we have created on this album. The things you are minor
satisfied with you do better on the next album.
Why have you chosen to do a cover by Metallica? What do you think of the new
We wanted to do a cover to the Japanese and US albums as an extra bonus track but we
released it on the European versions instead. Metallica has always been our idols and the
old albums are classics today. The new Metallica record is a bit hard to digest, but good.
But the production sucks - especially the drums.
Is there any particular song that is extra fun/not fun to play live?
The funner one must be Human Chapter X, because its not so hard to
play. From the new album its One more kill. The minor fun ones are
Incinerate from the debut because that song is so technical. The more
technical a song is, the harder it is to play.
What do you think of the cover of the album? Are you satisfied with it?
Its a very good cover and weve been a part of the cover process the whole
way. Niklas knows what hes doing.
Are you going to do a real tour on this album? If so, when?
Maybe at the beginning of next year, but it all depends on what tour package
thats out on the road. If there are three bands in a package we prefer to play in
the middle. It also talks about going to Japan and the US to tour and of course Europe.
I think that the new album feels more worked through than the previous one. How do
you comment on that?
It's probably because we have been more spontaneous on the new album, because we
werent so prepared when we went into the studio. We were also more focused on this
album than on the previous ones.
What are the plans for the band during 2004?
Tour, tour, more touring and to play as much as possible. We also hope to begin to
write some new material for the next album. When you are out on tour you get so inspired
when you meet new people, to meet the fans and to see what the press have to say. That
makes you want to write new stuff all the time.
Is there anything you would like to say to the readers of metal-rules.com?
Ill hope that our fans can relate to the new album and I think that all our fans
should come and see us on tour. Then after the show we will have some beer together.
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.
Thank you Anders.
Band Website: www.theforsaken.net