Hi there. Congratulations to your great new album. Please describe the reactions to the CD so far.
Ole: Thanks a lot man! It feels fuckin`great to have the album released. The general feedback on the cd has been real good so far. I always pay more attention to what the fans think of the album than what the reviews says, and the fans of the band that I have been in contact with have totally embraced the album!! The reviews have been varying from the best you can get, to the more mid-range type. But as I said, I don`t pay that much attention to what the reviewers say about the CD, they are not the ones that the music are intended for.
Which one is YOUR favourite song from the album and why?
Ole: It`s hard to pick a favourite among so many great tracks ha,ha……I don`t have a favourite track, and the answer would vary from what day I get the question…..and today I really like ”My Equilibrium”, because that song has a signature riff that you recognice immideately when you hear it. I also really like the guitar lead on that track. It`s a straight forward thrash metal song that is made for headbanging and it`s always a killer track to play live.
Where do you get your inspirations from? What looks the songwriting like?
Ole: I get inspiration from a lot of different things, it`s not just music that inspire me. I`m not talking about drugs, because I have never been into drugs. But for example when I hear or see someone that are really good at what they do, it`s always inspiring, regardless of what it is. It can be everything from a great stand-up show by Bill Hicks or a kick-ass movie by Quentin Tarantino. Things that are well done and moves me makes me wanna go home and thrash it out on my guitar immideately.
The songwriting is usually this way: I write a bunch of riffs at home, and we meet up at a rehearsal place and try out the riffs with different drum grooves, vocals and bass lines and form the riffs into songs. When we have three or four songs, then we make pre-productions and start working on something new. Before we recorded HEDONISM we spent two weeks going through the pre-productions for the album improving the songs. Some songs needed a lot of work while others were ok as they were.
How would you describe your own music?
Ole: I would say it`s groove metal, but with a lot of thrash quality.
What are your musical influences in your opinion?
Ole: I am basically into the groove/thrash metal thing, bands like Pantera, Lamb Of God, Sepultura, Soulfly and The Haunted are really cool. I could mention a lot of that kind of bands that I`m into but the list would be too long. I also enjoy some 70`s bands like AC/DC and Black Sabbath. Everything that has solid riffs and a lot of energy!
Please name some lately released CDs that you like to listen to at home.
Ole: Meshuggah ”obZen”, Cavalera Conspiracy ”Inflikted”, Testament ”The Formation Of Damnation”, Tool ”10 000 Days”, The Haunted ”The Dead Eye”, Lamb Of God ”Sacrament” and Down ”Over The Under”.
Do you still watch other bands play? Have there been some shows lately that impressed you?
Ole: Yes I do. I live in Oslo and there are gigs here all the time man! I went to see The Haunted a few months ago at a small club and it was absolutely killer! They sure know how to tear it up live and Peter Dolving is a fucking great vocalist and frontman. I also went to see Down when they played here about two months ago and it was fantastic.
Are there still some bands that you would die to play with?
Ole: Pantera would be the band that I would die to play with, but now that they are gone I would have to say Slayer! I can`t imagine a cooler band to open for now than Slayer. They have a real rough fanbase and their support bands are not always embraced by their fans, but screw that. I want to play with Slayer!
Thanks for your time. Do you have any last words?
Ole: Thanks for doing the interview to promote Manifest! And anyone out there that are into thrash or groove metal, make sure you pick up a copy of HEDONISM! It`s something you will never regret!