In this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Death Metal/Thrash Metal band CARRY THE TORCH from Sweden. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that? 

The idea came from the theme of the first album that is “Fire” in a lot of ways, then thought that in many ways the “torch” has to be carried on. Mankind needs more metal in their life's.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We don’t know how to do anything else. Nah, but Philip who wrote the music for the first album have played similar music together before and I think we had to this, it’s what we love and what we think is needed out there these days. 

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

I knew everybody in the band before more or less. The drummer Björn and bass-player Erik is kind of new friends to me, Victor and Philip who plays guitar have I played with before. We all three even played in the same band, Plästered along time ago, but Philip and Victor didn’t play at the same time.

4. Each band member favorite band?

Dennis, vocals: Pantera. 
Victor, guitar: Nirvana. 
Philip, guitar: At the Gates. 
Björn, drums: Soilwork. 
Erik, bass: Between the Buried and Me. 

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Dennis about vocals/lyrics: It can be everything and anyone actually. Something that happens in everyday life or something that’s been on my minds for a while. I save quotes and lines in my computer/cellphone and even write lyrics in there. And sometimes, when the right song comes by, I use them. And off course I get inspired by another band, from the same genre or not, that’s not important, but music and other vocalists tend to get my mind going. As another addition I might add other arts like paintings and movies can have quite an impact on me also. Philip on writing music: At the moment, absolutely nothing, I do not write, they write themselves. I just play what I like and then arrange it together. There is no far-fetched connection to spirits, a bad childhood or Satan.

6. Where was your last gig?

We are doing our first to gigs in September in Sweden. But my personal last gig was with Headstoned and Entombed A.D. in Kalmar a few years back, maybe 2016. With victor playing bass I might add. 

7. Where would you like to act?

Boundaries are just lines in the sand.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

That’s hard, but to name a few: Peter Dolving, Phil Anselmo, Vogg from Decapitated or maybe someone out of another genre.

9. Whom not?

Haha! There might be a few, but no name-dropping here.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Deep breaths and go out and have fun. “It’s only rock n’ roll.” Be prepared is a cliche, but if you are, you won’t choke up that bad. Stay away from alcohol and drugs would be another, just makes things more blurry. 

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

The Haunted or At the Gates maybe. Testament is a good one up in the top 5 too. Pantera!

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

A supercool american named Tom came to Sweden Rock Festival, and asked me if I could meet up with him and receive 4 brass-guitar picks with our named graved in. That’s not so weird but it was cool as fuck, has to be mentioned that it was with another band thou, Headstoned.

13. What do you think of your fans?

If that’s even a word these days, “fan” I mean, then off course I love them. I’m still a real fan of live-music my self, I try to see as much as I can even thou I have 2 small kids and have to go to work. 

14. What do you think of our site?

It’s a cool page, I like that you mix the genres up like that. Looking forward to seeing what kind of response this interview gets.

15. Something add?

Support your local live scene and go to shows, it’s what keeps the culture alive in your area. Keep the flame burning. Always.

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