FOCUSION ermöglichte uns ein
Interview mit Tom S. Eglund, dem Außnahmesänger der schwedischen
Außnahmeband EVERGREY. Ihr im Januar erschienenes Album "SOLITUDE -
DOMINANCE - TRAGEDY" (HALL OF
SERMON) bekam so gute Kritiken und dadurch sind Tom und Co. wirklich sehr
gefragt zur Zeit, daß wir schon eine Weile auf Tom´s Antworten auf
unsere via Mail gestellten Fragen warten mußten. Aber hier sind sie nun,
ungekürzt und orginal in englischer Sprache:
GW: Tom, first of all I want to give you congratulations
for an album, that kicks my ass für the first moment even I am not a pure
metalfan. "SOLITUDE - DOMINANCE - TRAGEDY" is not the first EVERGREY album.
Please tell me, how does it all began with the band.
Tom: Well we started out back in 1995 and we
recorded our first demo and immediately got a record deal which later on was
followed by a lot of problems and after the involvement with lawyers in order
to get us of that contract BLACK SUN RECORDS released our debut album "THE DARK
DISCOVERY" we immediately after that release started to write more songs for
our now recently released album "S.D.T." which is being relesed by HALL OF
SERMON and right now everything is going fantastic we are doing a lot of
interviews and are getting amazing reviews and hopefully we ar egoing out on a
GW: First "THE DARK
DISCOVERY" and also "SOLITUDE - DOMINANCE - TRAGEDY" was released by GOTHENBURG
NOISEWORKS. Now you signed up at Tilo Wolffs label HALL OF SERMON, which have
no real metalband since now. Why this changes to a allmost gothic
Tom: Well basically it
all was because Tilo Wolff told us that he really loved the album and that was
the reason we signed for him since all the other labels never told us likewise
but were only in it for the money EVERGREY might generate and as far as HALL OF
SERMON being a label with almost only Gothic bands I find it only exiting to
see what this label might do for us , I mean they have already done a fantastic
promotional job for us so we just have to wait and see the end result in a
couple of months
GW: "SOLITUDE -
DOMINANCE - TRAGEDY" is for shure not just another metalalbum from another
metalband from Sweden. It is most vary in styles an stratified in emotions. How
would youself define your music?
Tom: We just call it metal but other people like
to call it Power/prog metal but I dont really like labeling music. We play
metal with a lot of different influences and that makes us reach out to almost
any category of metal and hard-rock people. Since we have no boundaries and do
not limit ourself to do just a certain way of metal. Rather we try do make
music theat we ourselves would like to listen to and I think that is the way to
go about things in order to make it the most honest music possible.
GW: Who is writing the songs? Is it
Tom: Yes it is most
definately a team effort I mean even though I write most of the lyrics and make
the vocal harmonies it is only when we all come together that it becomes
EVERGREY , before that it is only my personal ideas and
GW: Which other musicians has
influenced your songwriting?
Tom: No musicians have really affected us in our
songwriting however we gather influences from everything that surronds us. The
music we did listen do when we were kids were bands like Iron Maiden,
Queensryche, Helloween, Yngwie Malmsteen and stuff like that so I guess that in
one way or another would have influenced us .
GW: Again the album was produced together with Andy
LaRocque (KING DIAMOND). How does this cooperation began?
Tom: Well Andy was there when we recorded our
first demo in his studio he was the one who´got us the first record-deal
to begin with and after that we recorded our first album with him so it only
felt natural to keep recording with him and today me and him are friends and
therfor the work of each album becomes easier and easier.
GW: Tom, the lyrics you wrote are telling dark themes.
Just stories or is this a kind of lifeexperience or your
Tom: No philosophy I
just tell my story since they all are about something that either happened to
me or someone close to me and I am really thrilled that people listen and make
their own onterpretations of my lyrics and hopefully somehow realise that they
are not alone.
GW: Are you concerned
with occult things or something like that?
Tom: I am very much but I was more invloved in
the practical ways of magic and occultism when I was younger but today I have
not that much time to concentrate on these subjects so it tends to be only a
lot of reading.
GW: What does the 5th
of May 2000 means on the CD-inlay?
Tom: It is about the planetary conjunction on
this day seven of the planets will align and that could be very dangerous for
earth since we know that the Moon only affects the tides and coming of night
and day here on earth now we have seven planets pulling and struggling with
poor old earth so I guess we just have to wait and see what happens.
GW: After finishing "SOLITUDE - DOMINANCE -
TRAGEDY" your former bass player David Nojd have left the band. Michael
Hakansson (EMBRACED) has taken his part and with him joined keyboarder Sven
Karlson the band. Would it be more keyboards in coming songs?
Tom: I think so. I mean it is most natural that
that is the way it will become since we are now having a real keyboard player,
and he is a real musician who is highly educated at a school here in Sweden.
GW: Can we see EVERGREY live on german
stages in the next time?
Yes it appears so since we are most likely going on tour with Crimson Glory and
Kamelot and we love to come and play for the german audience since this really
is the capitol for metal.
GW: How do
you planing the future of EVERGREY?
Tom: Well hopefully a lot of touring and after
that some summer-festivals then we have to concentrate on wríting songs
for a new album since we are set to start the recordings in
GW: I thank you very much for
your kind words, Tom. Do you like to say something to your german fans?
Tom: Stay Dark Stay Grey.
Bleesed are you all!
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