Here is a new interview with Sweden's thrashers Entrench who talk about their upcoming new release "Through The Walls Of Flesh" is the band third release which will be available through the label I Hate Rec.
Interview with Entrench done by Patrick
1.Hello please introduce yourself to the readers? At what age did you first start listening to metal music and who were some of the first bands you heard?
Fredrik, vocals and guitar answering. I started playing guitar for real when i was around 15 after a friend of mine taught me some power chords. I had been trying to play earlier but got bored with it because i could not play the music that i wanted at that point. The bands that got me into music were Iron Maiden, Metallica, Blind Guardian and so on.
2.When did you first meet the other members of the band and was it long before you all started Entrench?How did you all choose Entrench as the name of the band?And what is the current line up of the band?
I started the band with Hannes who also played guitar in 2005. We had mutual friends in earlier bands we played with and i found Victor who played drums in my school. Joel completed the line up on bass in early 2007. Regarding the name we wanted a one word name that were unique to us, Entrench was proposed and then it just stuck since we couldn't come up with any other serious suggestions. The current line up is Joel-bass, Mats-Drums and Fredrik-guitar/vocals.
3. Entrench recently signed with I Hate Rec. how did you all come in contact with this great label?
We've been buying records from Peter who runs I Hate for ten years or so at festivals and record fairs and also been fans of a lot of music that he puts out so we had discussed doing something for a couple of years and now the time was right to do so.
4.Through The Walls Of Flesh is the bands third full length how long did it take the band to write the music for this release?Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?
It went pretty smooth as i recall, we had no drummer for a while and i think me and Joel wrote most of the material during that period and then Mats joined the band and we put the final touch on the songs together.
5.Who usually takes care of writing the lyrics for the band and what are some subjects you all wrote about on Through The Walls Of Flesh?
I wrote all the lyrics for this album and the whole album is about different states and situations of war, recollecting the second world war and following a timeline of conflict and culminating with what might be the aftermath of a third world war.
6.For the readers who have never heard Entrench's music how would you best describe it and who are some bands that have influenced the bands musicial style?
I'd say it's dynamic and violent thrash metal with death metal influences based around rhytm . At least that is what we're aiming for. Some influences are Infernal Majesty, Bolt Thrower, Sodom or just about anything that makes your head bang.
7.Besides Through The Walls Of Flesh cd does the band have any copies of the previous releases still available?Besides physical releases is their any other merchandise that is available for the readers if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
We got some CD's left of the two first albums. First album Inevitable Decay was just released on MC as well on Dying Victims. We also got like six different prints on t shirts. Two prints for each album though not many sizes left of the two first albums. The plan is to make some patches soon as well. Some merch can be bought via our bandcamp but the best way is to mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
8.Does Entrench play live very often or do you prefer to work in the studio?Are their any upcoming shows or tours in support of the new release? If yes where will the band be playing?
We've done four shows in Sweden so far this year. Beside a gig in Stockholm in august we'll be supporting Ripper(Chile) on their european tour this september so that will be really awesome.
9.What have been some of the bands most memorable shows over the years?And who are some bands you have had the pleasure to share the stage with?
Not many since we've not played that much live in the past for various reasons. We played a festival called Muskelrock a couple of weeks ago which to me was one of the the best live experiences so far. I think we got our best ahead of us though.
10.Besides working in Entrench do any of the members currently play in any other bands and if yes please tell the readers a little about them?
There have been some projects over the years but nothing really active at this point.
11.When not working on new music or band business what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Pike fishing, movies, various literature and some old american cars.
12.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Check out the new album and promoters; take us to Canada!!