Interviews About Albums: Efreeti - Man Of Sand (2019)

1. What can you say about this new album “Man of Sand”?

For me, “Man of Sand” is about a mixture of raw power and haunting atmosphere. And in my opinion, that is what Efreeti should be about. We may stray from it at times, but I want to be able to head bang and feel scared from the same song. I feel like we made that happen a few times on this album.

2. What is the meaning of the album’s name?

“Man of Sand” describes a character lost in the desert for years. In the song “Man of Sand”, I don’t describe it much further, so I'll stop at that. Maybe he will return in another album down the road!

3. Which one is the composer of the album?

Kristian Wangberg (me), I do most the work surrounding the band, but I get great help from drummer Eetu Pesu and bassist Krisztian Kovac.

4. If you had to pick one song, which one would you pick?

From “Man of Sand” I think my favorite is Smile of Death. It’s pretty long, has a cool atmosphere, and I really love the guest vocals from Marius Ofstad! If you don’t care about the rest of the album, definitely check out from the 2:40 mark on that song. I think most people would like that part!

5. Is there a special message in this record? If there is, what is it?

It’s not a concept album or anything. I tried to tie most songs towards the efreet mythology. Or our version of it at least. It’s just about this immense demon and describing the fear and power it holds!

6. Are there some lyrics that you´d love to share?

"I'm scared that I can’t speak my words. It's so regrettable" "My mind is all appalled. It’s so incomparable"

7. Which inspirations haven been important for this album? Like musically or friends, family, someone you'd love to thank specially?

I don’t think I had any strong musical inspirations on the album. I just tried some things I thought sounded cool, and it ended up as this album in the end.

I’d love to thank Eetu Pesu and Krisztian Kovac for helping with recording the album. Marius Ofstad did amazing guest vocals on smile of death, Jaro Sound for mix and master that turned out massive. McKinley illustration for awesome art as always.

8. Something to add?

If you have come this far, thanks so much for your time and interest. Please consider listening to Man of Sand - you just might like it!

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