Hi there. Congratulations to your great new album. Please describe the reactions to the CD so far.
It's been overwhelming. We're very stoked about it. You know, since it's our 5th album, people seem to be more "used to our sound" and that means it more easy to critisise but we are VERY proud to say that it's been great! Album of the month in several mags aswell as in the lead in many playlists.
Do you care for the opinion of your fans, the press and people in general? Or is it just you and your music?
Of course we do. It really means a lot to us that people actually HAVE an opinion about our music. That means that we've reached out to the crowd. BUT we don't change anything just because some critic say's so. We do what we do because this is who we are.
What are the differences between "The Black Flame" and "Ravenous" in your opinion?
It's to rearly to say since Ravenous needs time to "breathe" and get a life on it's own. But so far, the new songs been going down really well in our live shows.
My favourite is "Love At First Byte". Can you tell us something about this song and it's history?
It’s actually written with Roy Z (producer) and it came to life because we had time left. Niklas was riffing out and Roy tagged along and 5 minutes later, the song was born.
And what about "Voodoo"?
It's one of those "straight up, kicking as heavy metal songs". We wanted a song that would capture our heavy side but also show the simplicity in getting it across. It deals with the fact that you can buy voodoo spells by mail. We say: If you're gonna do voodoo, do it the proper way!
Which one is YOUR favorite song from the album and why?
All of them. Why? Cause they kick ass!
The album cover is very Metal! How did it evolve?
We used Tomas Holm again. He knows how to "paint our music" and he did a great job on Black wings -02 and The Black Flame -04 so we felt we wanted to use him again. We gave him the title and he came back with what you see. He's responsible for many great covers like Mercyful Fate and King Diamond and Nifelheim and we wanted to keep our "old school - new blood" vibe and Tomas really delivered. We're HUGE fans of his work.
What is „Whisky Psycho Hellions“ about?
Niklas got his life threatened by a drunk psycopath. So he wrote himself some lyrics to deal with that.
Are there some lyrics that are special to you? Tell us something about them.
Well, Mr Twisted and Blood Angel deals with people that are close to us. They are personal but we know that they reflects alotta people around.
It's our way to tell you the story of what goes on in some peoples dark corner of their mind.
How would you describe your own music?
Please name some lately released CDs that you like to listen to at home.
Grand Magus - Iron Will. Testament - Formation of damnation. Whitesnake - Good to be bad. Primordial - to the nameless dead.
Do you still watch other bands play? Have there been some shows lately that impressed you?
Do we STILL watch bands? Ha ha. Why wouldn't we? We love this and this is who we are. Well, Judas Priest kicked ass in stockholm. Primordial in Germany was awesome. In Solitude in Sweden was great!
What makes the difference between Wolf and other Scandinavic Traditional Metal bands?
Dunno, we just plug in and play. What comes out , comes out. We don't think like "lets be this or that" or "Lets write this". We just play and celebrate what we love: Heavy Metal. Metal isn't something we do, it's something we are. We always give 666%, we never give less then what WE, ourselfs, would expect from a band we like.
Please tell us something about further Live activities.
We are playing some shows in Sweden and then we're doing a minitour in Finland. After that we're going to the Uk, Spain and back to sweden to get ready for summerfestivals. We're also looking out for a european tour so we'll keep you all posted.
Is there something that you have never been asked but always have been eager to say?
Na...we've pretty much been asked everything from "how high does your amp go" to "Is that your cock"?
We are looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best whishes to you all. Any last words?
Thank you. We hope to hit Germany soon so go get Ravenous so you can sing along!