Here is a new interview with Sweden's Maim who are getting ready to release their third full-length release Ornaments Of Severity.So if you are a fan of Swedish death metal then be sure to give this band a listen today
Interview with Maim done by Patrick
1.Hello Christian and Henric please introduce yourselves to the readers and when did you two first meet each other?
Hello! We met 10 years ago in our hometown called Åtvidaberg. With the intension to play heavy music together.We liked the same bands and had the same vision and thoughts about our sound. Soon enough we formed the death metal institution called Maim together with Rikard Ottosson and Joakim Andersson.
2.Was it long before you two started the band? And has Maim always been a two man band or would you like to add more members someday?
We were four-piece band from the beginning. But over time Joakim left the band, because he moved to Stockholm and could not find the time to rehearse, and we carried on as a three piece band. And later on Rikard decided to leave the band since he became a father and also couldn’t find time for the band. Then we decided to carry on writing music and record another album all by ourselves. When the album was recorded, we recruited our long-time friend Niclas Löfgren on bass for live shows. We now consider him as a full-time member of Maim and we will continue as a three piece
3.Ornaments Of Severity is Maim's third release to date do you both work on writing the music or does one member usually write everything?
We both contribute with riffs and ideas
4.Besides Ornaments Of Severity are any of the bands previous releases still available for the readers to buy? Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise available if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
The first 2 albums i think are all sold out I'm afraid. But you can get the EP from NoPosersPlease.com, or buy it directly from us via maimmerchandise.bigcartel.com along with t-shirts and longsleeves.
5.In your opinion what is the best and worst thing about the metal underground today?And what does underground metal mean to you two?
The best thing about the metal underground today is that it is so easy to connect with other bands. The internet has made it possible for bands to share ideas and create their own tours without some greedy managers by their side. And today dedicated underground music festivals are rising everywhere. The worst thing about the underground today would be that a lot of bands try to make a hype out of themselves. They release 3 official music videos before the actual release, and post hundreds of Facebook statuses to get as many likes as possible. And then they go on tour to play for 10 people in the crowd. Underground music for me is to defy trends and stick to your guns.
6. Christian you take care of the vocals when did you start growling? And do you do anything special to keep your throat and voice healthy?Who are some of your favorite vocalists?
I think I never have growled before. This album is my first attempt. I did some screams on ’With Dawn Comes Death’ but thats it. When I was working night shifts at a factory, I used to go outside for my rounds and just scream my lungs out for practise. All alone with heavy machines surrounding me. I guess it must have sound quite frightening if someone ever heard me. Orange juice works good to
7.Besides taking care of the vocal duties you also handle the guitars for the band when did you first become interested in playing the guitars?Are you self taught or did you take lessons when first starting out?
I started playing guitar when I was 12 years old. I borrowed my grandmothers old acoustic guitar and tried to learn how to work it. One night I laid the guitar on the floor and went to bed. When i woke up I stepped right through it and crushed it. Thats when I decided to buy an electric guitar. When I was 16 I went to music school for 3 years.
8.Who are some of your influences and favorite guitarists?Other then playing the guitars and growling do you currently play any other instruments?
I was an early Slayer fan and still is. And that band really did an impact on me as a teenager. So I would say that Jeff Hanneman is my favorite guitar player. I spent hours and hours playing Slayer riffs back in the days. I also play the bass in another band and on ’Ornaments of Severity’
9.Henric you handle the drums for the band when did you become interested in playing the drums? Are you self taught or did you have lessons when first starting out?
I’m self taught and i started to play the drums when i was 14
10.Who are some of your favorite drummers? Besides the drums do you currently play any other instruments?
One of my favorite drummers is Morgan Ågren, he’s unbelievable behind the kit. I also get a lot of inspiration from Vinnie Colaiuta. I also play guitar and some bass. Usually when i’m alone in the rehearsal room recording new ideas
11.Is Maim the only band you two work in or do you play in any other bands?Please tell the readers a little about the other bands you work with?
I play bass in Ocean Chief, a Swedish doom band that has been around for over 15 years. I joined them on guitar about 5 years ago but nowadays i play bass live for the band. Henric has currently no other side projects
12.Maim comes out of the Swedish death metal scene what is your opinions of the Swedish metal scene over the years?
It has been a bit dry for some years i think. Not that many Swedish bands has got my attention. Im not really into the HM-2 sound. TEMISTO did an awesome debut and VANHELGD has always released quality stuff
13.Who are your all-time favorite Swedish band s and are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
I think both Henric and I can agree on VOMITORY. We always have been influenced by them and still are. Their riffs and songwriting are superior. As for new bands i strongly recommend RUDE from USA. Total Altars of Madness worship done in the right way
14.Besides bands are their any honest and reliable labels or distro's you could recommend?
I would recommend Blood Harvest for extreme and raw music
15.Christian, Henric when not working on new music or band business what do you two enjoy doing in your free time?
We both share the same interests and in the free time we are mostly listening to music, watching movies, going to concerts, talking about new records. We also like to be outdoors and to travel. Henric likes to go on wandering trips and go skiing and i like to be out fishing and to travel when i have time
16.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
We want to thank you and all of you guys out there whom has supported us through the years. Keep real metal alive, Cheers!