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NAGLFAR - Guitarist Talks About New Album, Vocalist Change
Denmark's Antenna webzine recently conducted an interview with NAGLFAR guitarist
and founding member Andreas Nilsson. A couple of excerpts from the interview
Antenna: Founding member and vocalist Jens RydÃƒÂ©n decided to leave the band
earlier this year. Did this come as a surprise to you?
Andreas Nilsson: "To be honest; not really because he had told us quite
some time before that he was applying to this school that was located in
Stockholm, which was pretty far away from us and that he wouldn't be able
to focus on the band, if he got into that, so it was no surprise at all.
We knew what was going on. When he got in, we knew he would leave the band."
Antenna: What made you decide upon Kristoffer as new vocalist?
Andreas Nilsson: "Basically we just wanted to keep it simple and keep it
in the family. We knew that Kris had done a really good job before. He's
done a lot of backing vocals in NAGLFAR on previous releases and he's been
the vocalist for a really good black metal band called SETHERIAL. So we
really knew he could do it and I think the new album proves that as well."
Antenna: Has Kristoffer taken over the vocals on a permanent basis or will
Jens perhaps return when he's finished with his studies?
Andreas Nilsson: "Personally I feel we are stronger than ever and that Kris
is really suitable for the job as a vocalist, so I have a really hard time
seeing Jens being back in the band. I mean you should of course never say
never, but at this point we don't think he'll be back."
Antenna: I'm a little confused, is Kristoffer handling both the vocals and
bass or have you found a replacement to take over the bass?
Andreas Nilsson: "Kris is doing the bass and the vocals on the album, but
we're having a session bassplayer when we play live to keep it a five-man
unit on stage. That session member is called Peter Morgan. He's been a good
friend of ours for many years and he's a really good musician, so it's going
to work out fine I think."
Antenna: So it's only for live purposes?
Andreas Nilsson: "At this point it's only for live purposes, but you never
know in the future. I mean if Morgan feels he has the time to focus on the
band, and if everything feels right later on, we might consider letting
him join, but that's really far away. It's really hard to come into this
brotherhood, if you could call it that. Because we have known each other
for so long and we know how to interact with each other when we write music
and when we're just being around each other, so it would be really difficult
to have a new member in the band. It would feel kind of strange I think,
but Morgan is, as I said, a really good friend and he's very similar to
us so you never know.
Antenna: You recently signed with Century Media after being on various small
labels. How did that come about?
Andreas Nilsson: "'Sheol' was distributed by Century Media actually. It
was licensed to them from our old label, so they were really helpful with
that album. Booking us on a lot of festivals, shows and stuff, so when the
contract expired with the old label they contacted us and offered us a good
deal and we know a lot of people in their office is very into NAGLFAR and
believe strongly in the band, so we thought it would be a wise choice to
sign with them."
Antenna: Do any of you currently have any side-projects going?
Andreas Nilsson: "Personally I have one project that I call SCITHE and it's
basically somewhere I can put all my riffs that I think are good, but not
NAGLFAR material, so I don't know what I'm going to do with it. If I'm going
to release it on the internet or something in the future, but time will
tell, I guess. The other guys of course have bands, but I wouldn't call
them projects because they are fully functional bands. Kris and Marcus have
BEWITCHED and Marcus also has two other bands called ANCIENT WISDOM and
HAVAYOTH and all these bands have albums out or are about to release albums."
Read Andreas Nilsson's entire interview with Antenna at this location.