Firespawn - 09/01/2016

Firespawn (formerly Fireborn), the new Swedish death metal project featuring Lars Göran Petrov (vocals; Entombed) and Victor Brandt (guitar; Entombed), Alex Friberg (bass; Necrophobic), Fredrik Folkare (guitar; Unleashed, Necrophobic) and Matte Modin (drums; Dark Funeral, Defleshed) released their debut album November  2015 via  Century Media Records.

Hailing from Stockholm, Firespawn is the unholy union of five death metal veterans with the aim to create blasphemous, sacrilegious and evil death metal, played by sharp minds with ancient souls.

In order to get to know all about ‘Shadow Realms’, we tracked down Victor Brandt (Guitar) to answer some questions. Here you can read what he had to say to the readers of Metal-Experience.com.

 

 

Could you start this interview off with a short introduction of band, the origin of its name and how you guys got together?

 

Victor: Hi, all well here thank you. And thanks for having us. Firespawn is a new band with me, Victor Brandt, on guitars, LG Petrov on vocals, Alex Friberg on bass, Fredrik Folkare on guitars and Matte Modin on drums. We’re quite the same sort of personalities in the band. We are already in active bands but we all like challenges, Death Metal and to keep busy and play as much as possible. And to have fun of course. We’re all from Sweden and we often see each other on gigs, tours or bars so it’s a comfortable step to start seeing each other in the rehearsal room too.

 

What were the goals you had in mind when you started this band?

 

Victor: We wanted to play extreme death metal but different from what we are doing in our other bands. Faster, more technical, more brutal. We really enjoyed to try out new stuff that wouldn’t fit in our other bands.  

 

How did you launch into writing material for your album  ‘Shadow Realms’, could you tell something about the process?

 

Victor: I really enjoy writing music and I especially enjoy writing death metal. Preferably extreme death metal. And I usually write music on guitar so it felt natural for me to play guitar in Firespawn and not bass, since I play bass in most of the other bands I’ve played with. That fact only added to the feeling that this was something new, fresh and very exciting. In a way this is a blank canvas with no expectations but our own. With for example Entombed or Unleashed people expect the band to do something rather new on every album but definitely not too much difference from the bands signature sound or style. Some “new” ideas wouldn’t fit. We didn’t have any of that here so we were free to go crazy. It’s so many things I’ve been wanting to do and try on “Shadow Realms” that I finally got the opportunity to do. Since everyone in the bands has so much to bring to the table everyone took this opportunity to really go for things we have been wanting to do. It was a very creative and fun process.  

 

What approach did you take to write those songs, did you go for a more raw exposition... or something more reminiscent of your previous other works, or something all together different?

 

Victor: We have brought everything that we like ourselves to the table and mixed our favorite things until we felt that we had our own favorite mix. Something old, something new, fast, slow, heavy etc. It is hard to describe something objectively when you are in the middle of it and in a way “seeing it from the inside”. But with that being said I would describe “Shadow Realms” as American death metal from a Swedish perspective. Bands like Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse have been very influential here. Also Hate Eternal, old Deicide and Behemoth. It’s very subjective what “American” or “Swedish” sounds like but if we were to agree on what defines that I think we have a lot of both on the album. Some roots can not be cut so of course it’s gonna have a lot of Swedish style to it. It has a dark occult vibe to it and a “heads held high” approach. In short it’s guitar based brutal death metal with a lot of focus on the songs.

 

In your opinion, how was your experience with your previous bands helpful in your compositional skills and how does that affect the way you guys wrote the songs for this albim  

 

Victor: There is really a huge difference. The clearer picture you have of what works for you, how you feel is good or bad elements to have in a band, you have a really good idea how you want to work and where you want to go with it. A need to control for example is usually a really bad thing that tends to kill teamwork. So I try to avoid that as much as possible. We all have good experience in what makes a song better and it is always fun to work with people you haven’t worked with before. You learn a lot.

 

 

You stated in the press release that you wanted to make faster and more aggressive music, do you feel you succeed?

 

Victor: Yeah definitely. Since most of the music was done long before the press release I already knew how we sounded.

 

What is the part that satisfies you most in comparison to the albums you made?

 

Victor: The fact that I’ve written all of the music and about half of the lyrics makes this album really special to me.

 

Could you please describe the implications of some of the titles of the new songs (if there any), where do they stand for and is there a special meaning behind them?

 

Victor: The lyrics are about death, darkness, hell, war, the occult etc. But I like to leave the lyrics specific meaning to the listener. I think it can give the listener an extra dimension to their experience if they are free to interpret the lyrics themselves.  

 

What is the utmost important ingredient for a Firespawn song according to you?

 

Victor: Kind of hard to say but is death metal music so it needs the elements of death metal. The riffs, the vocals, the drumming. If you get the feeling that you’re fearing for your life during a zombie ritual in a swamp we are onto something.

 

How would you describe this album to someone that has never listened to the band before?

 

Victor: It is hard to describe something objectively when you are in the middle of it and in a way, “seeing it from the inside”. In short, we just want to play the sort of music we like listening to and performing ourselves.


What do you think are the most typical differences between Firespawn and the other bands that you guys all playing in?

Victor: We have more elements of “Florida style” Death Metal I guess.


Can you tell us a little about yourself and the kinds of things that motivate you in your writing, your poetry, and your lyrics? What are you personally into?

Victor: I like a lot of stuff but I live for extreme metal. Playing, writing, performing, I like a challenge so I like to practice my instrument, write as good songs as possible, do the best shows I can. A good rule of thumb is if you ever feel that you lose track is “What do I like myself?”.

 

 

What is your opinion on the metal scene these days? What do you think of the overload of bands at the moment and is there anything missing in the scene?

 

Victor: I used to spend a lot of time and effort to find new bands but I actually don’t do that so much now days. There are so many old bands that are great and still inspire. So a lot of my old favorites keeps getting my attention and also even older stuff can be more exciting than some of the new stuff out there. It’s like food in a way. You have your favorites. The things I was missing are the things I write myself. I like it and want to hear it myself so I write it.

 

Could you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence?

 

Metal: of Death

Underground: Cool

Internet: Useful

Religion: - 

Politics: -

The Netherlands: Some of the absolutely best venues to play in the whole world, Thank you!   

Sweden: Home


Which goals did you have when started out as a musician and how do these goals stand now?

Victor: They are basicly the same. I want to play extreme metal for a living. I want to tour, play festivals, record albums and keep doing that. I think it’s is a very good thing to have clear goals in mind when you set out to accomplish things.

 

What makes Firespawn different from the other metal bands out there?

 

Victor: The songs and the members.

 

What can we expect from Firespawn in the near future? Any touring plans, assume that it isn’t easy to plan a tour?

 

Victor: We are doing a few festivals and we’re also currently looking at some tours. We’re also working on new songs for the next album.

 

Anything you want to say to our readers, here is your chance?

 

Victor: Thank you for reading this, checking out our music and supporting the scene. Hope to see you on tour for more discussions about metal and local craft beer.

 

Thanks for your time,

Eugene Straver

 

 

 

Line-up:

Lars Göran Petrov (ENTOMBED) - Vocals

Victor Brandt (ENTOMBED) - Guitar

Alex Friberg (NECROPHOBIC) - Bass

Fredrik Folkare (UNLEASHED, NECROPHOBIC) - Guitar

Matte Modin (DARK FUNERAL, DEFLESHED) - Drums

 

Albums:

2015 - Shadow Realms