[Interview with Amoral]


Thanks to lovely Heta Hyttinen, last Thursday I was able to have a short chat with Ben and Ari from Amoral before their gig in Katowice. And when I write "short" I damn mean it. I was so nervous that I've carried the whole thing much faster than I expected to. Note to self - next time I really should stuff myself with lemon balm. Constructive criticism is always welcome and I hope you will enjoy it somehow. Coming up next - photos from the gig in Katowice.

G'day, so how you're doin' in Poland?
Ben: All good! Beautiful day, it's just been a great, great tour... Ensiferum guys have been great to us, their crew is great. We already know the other opening band, Profane Omen before so everybody is getting along, the venues been cool... And the biggest surprise and which is the most important thing is that the audience's been really good to us, even though they were in their viking helmets and stuff, they're still into our kind of music as well.

Hold till you see us! Is it your first time in Poland?
B: Yeah, it is. Let's see how's it going to be today.

I don't know if you've heard it, but polish audience goes really, really crazy, so be prepared for that!
B: Sounds good!

You're kinda known for changing the direction in which Amoral some time ago. Have you felt any pressure at any point?
B: At the time – yeah. Like in 2008 and 2009 when album came out – Show your colours – Ari joined the band and of course we were uncomfortable with all that shit that was thrown at us, like „oooh, such a sell out band and bla bla bla”. Again we felt it is necessary and we believed in the album, so we didn't really gave that much of a fuck. Now it is much, much easier with the second album. People have seen Ari with us for four years now, they know it's not just some quick face or anything like that. He's actually a part of the band. And this is how we sound like these days, so it's much better than it was four years ago.

And you, Ari, what were your feelings when you joined Amoral? Did it had an impact on you?
A: Yeah of course it did, but it's like... I knew before I even joined the band that there's gonna be some shit thrown at me, but it was funny, cause it was mostly because the musical change which had pretty much nothing to do with me. And still I was the one who got all the blames... Well, that's life.

AmoralAnd what was exactly the factor that determined the change itself? Have you felt that death metal is like a dead end?
B: A little bit like that...

It was revolutionary in a way.
B: We really just felt it is time to do something else. And we would have done something very different anyhow even if we would have to continue with the same lineup. So I'm sure it would have been a different album than "Reptile Ride" was, even with the ex-singer. When we had a chance to go more melodic then we definitely wanted pursue that, cause we really like melodic music. And especially me as songwriter, it feels so much better to be able to write songs not just about screaming. Even though I like that as well, but after three albums it got kinda a bit boring for a while.

Are you willing to surprise your fans with something in future again?
B: Yeah, absolutely. We're surprising ourselves and we have no idea how the next album will sound like. The band members are always surprised when suddenly this happens - „oh, so that's a black metal part, what is it doing there?”. You never know.

And as for your latest album, "Beneath". What does it refer to to and how does it reflect in lyrics?
B: The title comes from the opening track which is called the same. So the title, the album cover and the first song are kind of their own little package into themselves. There is no deeper meaning, just came from the lyrics and went with the album cover...
The one in the water?B: Yeah, and the promo picture which was a lot of fun.
And how would you describe it in one word?

B: The album?Yes.B: … Awesome.A: Versatile.

Which were your favourite your favourite songs to create or record?A: "Beaneath", I think. It's a long one with so many different aspects.

Quite epic actually.
B: That was one of the more challenging songs to write so we are really happy how that turned out. Recording-wise I think we had a lot of fun with the last song which is "Of Silent Stares & Fire Lost", cause again, we were kinda doing it live while recording the drum tracks. I was there in the studio with him playing into his face with no rehearsal, playing the whole thing through, so it has very much of a live vibe. As well as the song ended up as the US bonus track, „Sleeping with Strangers” which was a lot of fun to record as well, just more bluesy – rock 'n' roll parts.

How do you feel Beneath fits into your already existing discography? And what place does it have?
B: I think it fits a little better than "Show Your Colours". Of course, every album has it's own reason and meaning and place in your back catalogue, but I think "Beneath" is more easily seen as an Amoral album than "Show Your Colours" was.

Speaking of future – "Beneath" is one year old already. Where do you see Amoral in future?
B: We are actually writing already. We have about half of the songs kinda done for the next album, so when we're gonna get back home we will continue to work on those and we might have some more shows to play with the Beneath cycle. But some time in next year we're gonna start recording the album number six.

As for something completely different, who – musicwise – would you both enumerate as your biggest influences?
A: Um, it's just hard to say just one... Maybe Opeth or Led Zeppelin.

Like Mikael Åkerfeld?
A: Yeah, but not so much the singing parts, just the whole vibe.
B: You've said „Opeth” and I've heard Abbath, like from Immortal.
A: (laughs) What are you talking about? Hell no!
B: Well, guitarwise my biggest idol is of course Abbath from Immortal of course! (laughs) And also after him Slash, Randy Rhoads and Dimebag Darrell.

Alright, this one might sound like a pretty similar one, but what are your inspiration while writing? Like, you go on a street, see some kind of situation and snap, "that's it, I'm gonna write about that".
B: It happens. Anything that happens to you during the couple of years after you wrote the last album until you get to the studio for the next one. All the major events and even the smaller ones kinda end up in the lyrics and the vibe of the songs. And of course, that's your life, that's what you're gonna reflect through your guitar and lyrics once you have to write something. But it can be a movie I've seen or a great, great show of a band I've went to see.

Like Amoral?
B: (laughs) Yeah, if I'd go to see Amoral I would be really positively surprised, cause I heard they're awesome! Never seen them though!

And you, Ari?
A: I guess my hobbies of course and also just the basic feelings that I'm feeling at the time, when I'm singing or going on stage.

Last words to the fans?
B: Have a good time all the time. And go see Immortal whenever you have the chance. Cause they're awesome!

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