Interview with Miseration, Christian Älvestam
Miseration originally launched as a joint partnership between vocalist Christian Älvestam (Solution.45, ex. Scar Symmetry, Incapacity, Unmoored, etc.) and guitarist Jani Stefanovic (Solution .45, The Weakening.), Swedish death metal project Miseration balance brutality with melodic and atmospheric elements. Debut released in 2008, Your Demons — Their Angels slowly crawled out of the heavy metal underground as critical and consumer acclaim continued to build, culminating in a worldwide issue through Germany’s LifeForce label. Quickly after the debut, Miseration were looking more like a proper band, following the addition of guitarist Marcus Bertilsson, bassist Johan Ylenstrand, and drummer Rolf Pilve for touring purposes.
HMA: Heavy Music Artwork prime objective is to give audience insights to subjects used in Heavy Metal, what inspires Miseration and what king topics do you address?
Miseration: We like to write in a way that does not take a political stand or religious stand or point of view. The themes are mostly fictive.
HMA: “The mirror shadow” and “Tragedy has spoken” feature apocalyptic and alien like landscapes, can you tell us the thoughts process behind such solitude?
Miseration: This is just something that came up recording the songs. Nothing pre-planned or something we aimed for beforehand. We do the songs and try out ideas during the whole process to see what sounds best from our perspective.
HMA: It seems to me that your take is both metaphorical and literal in terms of the drama of the human suffering, can you tell us more in this respect?
Miseration: We just thought it would be cool to write about tragedies but not in the way it is normally described. Now the story is told out of the tragedy itself.
HMA: What is the story behind “Your Demons your Angels”?
Miseration: It´s quite a traditional story about good and evil and in some ways a very old fashioned way of storytelling with bad and good guys demons and angels at war. About the end of days.
HMA: Your sound is quiet eclectic with different instruments and feel, how this blend of flavors come together?
Miseration: As I explained earlier. It is a trying out process. On this album we just wanted to explore other soundscapes than we had before. Which turned out in adding organs, piano, esraj, Santur, mandolin etc. We thought it added to the apocalyptic feeling we heard in the basic tunes from the start.
HMA: What influence Miseration outside the Heavy Metal world?
Miseration: We all have different things that influence us. But for me it is daily normal life. I might be frustrated over something and then I put it down into music or words. Sometimes I’m not in a particular mood or influenced by anything special but just trying out riffs by jamming and that can be very rewarding as well. So it varies.
HMA: Your are a kind of a super band, how did you get to your current line-up?
Miseration: By fishing for people. Rolf was a great drummer and Johan likewise a great bass player. But the time was up for them. Johan had a kid and Rolf was just way too busy with other session work as a professional drummer and today as we speak he is the new drummer of Stratovarious so it was obvious back then already that he had to cut down and put down things in priority. Meaning for a professional drummer, what brings the income and what is only fun playing. Johan and Marcus heard of Oscar and we tried him out and he was a really good choice for us and we also wanted to have a line-up that is somewhat closer geographically speaking. Now Oscar lives in Gothenburg so the base of the band can easily get together and jam out things, which was not quite possible with Rolf on the drums. Christian Lundgren is a really solid bass player with a long background of playing guitar in several bands.
HMA: …any final words?
Miseration: Thanks for the interest and hopefully we´ll meet someday out on tour near your place.
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