How are you? What´s up and what´s new in the “Metalheads-Berserker-“family of Unleashed?
Hi, we're all fine thank you. We'll right now the band is preparing for the european tour in November. Rehersals etc. We are also working on some material for the next album.
Unfortunately I have to say that “Hell´s Unbleashed” isn´t my favourite one. In some way I miss the typical Unleashed-Spirit! But how did it come that you released now with “Sworn Alliagance”–my personal opinion- one of the best albums you ever released since “Victory”. What was so different from the so called come back album in 2002 until now?
Thank you for you words on Sworn Allegiance. The band is sure happy also with Hell's Unleashed. We did however want to make some changes in the production quality to try and take it to a more raw-edge kind of level. The main differances are that the over all production as well as ever instrument has a slight more "sticky" sound on the new album. It just sticks out a little more we think. also we'd like to think the songs are a little bit stronger as well.
It is also in the papers (media) that „Sworn...“ is very popular. Are you satisfied with your work? What is your personal opinion about the statements in the media?
I don't think we ever had such good reviews all over as on the Sworn allegiance album. An naturally that's very satisfying. Most bands have all their best stuff in the past. And don't get to hear that after 15 years in the business. We are definitely getting better by the years. Both in studio and
Is there any big difference between your first 2 albums and those which you released a short time ago? How do you describe the development of Unleashed now?
We have for sure become better musicians. And the production is way better than in the early 90's. Just take the vocals and guitar work nowadays. Huge difference. But for sure we play the same kind of very straight forward and very memorable death metal nowadays, just as we did on the first albums. And always will do in the future as well.
Can you tell us something about the lyrics of “Metalheads” and how did it come into being? Did you have any “personal” reasons and experience for that song?
It's a tribute to our faithful fans all around the world who have been with us for some many years. 15 to be exact. Dedication is worth a song in itself. Metalheads!
What was the studio work like? One can say that you recorded the album on your own (Fredriks) Studio. Are you satisfied with such a results compared to older albums (studio experiences)?!
Oh this is definitely the way to go. Having your own studio gets a lot of advantages. Like you can spend much more time in there and be there around the clock and such. Fredrik is a very talented producer these days and that helped a lot making the record to the quality it has.
What was the gig in Wacken like, it was a short decision to play there? Like a LAST MINUTE Holiday in Wacken?
Oh, hell yeah. I was at the beach with a cold beer in my hand when our agency called and asked if we wanted to play Wacken only two weeks away....And it's always a great time at Wacken so we just couldn't say no. The gig was very hot but very enjoyable as always. It's great to be able to play for so many people, both old and new fans.
And of course how was your concert as headliner at the PARTY SAN Open Air? Can you tell us something interesting about it? And which feeling is better, the big one like Wacken or…?!
Party-San was also a fantastic experience, amazing crowd and a really cool place to play. I couldn't possibly choose between the two....they are just as enjoyable. Unleashed plays anywhere where our fans want to se us play!
What do you think about some coversongs and video-clips? It seems to be very up-to-date again. Do you have any plans concerning this topic?
We're working on a DVD. Don't know about a release date but likely year 2005. Coversongs...yeah possibly one. We'll see.
Maybe it is too early to expect answers from you with regard to your plans since your album has been released recently. However, the songs are really great so that one hast to think about it, I mean everybody is dying to hear further news of Unleashed so what can we expect from Unleashed in future?
And you will! We are currently working on a european tour for the end of November. And the dates will be up on the website as soon as they are confirmed. We have 5 dates confirmed right now.
OK, I think that´s it….. Now, some SHORT CUT-questions?!
Which album did you buy lately?
I normally trade or get them free. I don't even think I bought one in years...hmm.
Which band do you like most at present (LIVE)?
Grand Magus, Dismember, Grave
What do you think about politics and above all about the topic G.W.Bush, Michael Moore, Eurpean Union etc.?
Oh the topic would take for ever to discuss I guess. But I'm pretty tired of politics to tell you the truth.
Why should I come to Sweden for holiday or join a concert.....?
Well, Swedish beer is pretty damn good, or just to walk the wonderful views of our countryside, or just enjoy Stockholm in the summer. Or better go se HAMMARBY IF football.....
Last but not least:
Say some words to our readers….:
Cheers Arthur for the interview. Skål! Johnny/Unleashed
Thanks a lot & see you on tour or maybe sometime in Stockholm….we´ll see!