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OZZFEST - Has Turned Into A Swedish Invasion
This year's Ozzfest lineup includes an unprecedented four Swedish acts:
IN FLAMES, THE HAUNTED, ARCH ENEMY and SOILWORK. Previously, only three
Scandinavian bands had graced the Ozzfest stage in America over the past
decade: Norway's DIMMU BORGIR in 2004 and Swedish metallers MESHUGGAH in
2002 and DRAIN STH in 1997.
Brian Aberback of NorthJersey.com recently spoke with members of three of
the four bands:
NorthJersey.com: What was your reaction when you learned your band would
be on Ozzfest, and what do you hope to accomplish on the tour?
IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers: "I was psyched. It's something we've wanted
to do for many, many years. We've been asked previous times to do it, but
we couldn't because we had prior engagements. We want to do a good performance
and hopefully people will enjoy it."
THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving: "It's a really good thing for the band
and I'm really pleased. We come from pretty much a death-metal background,
and that draws certain types of people. Ozzfest is not very underground.
We'll be getting to play for a completely different audience."
ARCH ENEMY bassist Sharlee D'Angelo: "Jubilation all around. "It's a great
opportunity for any band to spread the gospel. This is by far the biggest
metal event in America. A lot of young kids just getting into metal, if
they save up for anything, it's for Ozzfest, and you get to reach all those
NorthJersey.com: How does your latest or upcoming new album differ from
the band's previous disc?
IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers: "We always have melodies and harmonies, but
on the last two records we had them more on the vocals than on the guitars.
This time I would say that they're everywhere. The vocals are a little more
aggressive, but still clean. It's a little more up-tempo."
THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving: "As a songwriter I participate more
. This is going to sound kind of weird,
considering our music, but the dynamic of the band with me in it has more
of a pop kind of attitude to it. It's not trying to be complex. It's music
you can get into without it drowning you. Also, 'One Kill Wonder' was a very rushed album. The other guys told me they didn't
have the focus they wanted. With 'rEVOLVEr', we've really taken our time."
ARCH ENEMY bassist Sharlee D'Angelo: "We had made a point of doing things
more straight to the point ,
simpler songs with simpler arrangements. This time, instead of pushing in
one direction, we tried to push in all directions at the same time. To make
the fast stuff faster, the heavy stuff more heavy, all the soft stuff as
soft as possible. It's more melodic than ever, and there's more guitar solos
than we've ever had on any album."
NorthJersey.com: What are some aspects you prefer about touring in America
vs. Europe? Also, what are some highlights of touring in Europe?
IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers: "The best thing about touring in America
is that everybody speaks English. In some countries in Europe, people don't
speak English at all, which can make it kind of hard. But I prefer them
both. If I've been on tour for a long time in Europe I really long for the
U.S. And if I've been touring the U.S. for a few months, I like going back
THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving: "Touring in the U.S. is very comfortable
because you always have access to showers and all-right food. Europe is
not like that. Buses, trains and road stops are not exactly
the same standard. It's just a lot more practical in the U.S."
ARCH ENEMY bassist Sharlee D'Angelo: "American buses are bigger,
more spacious. Because of traffic regulations in Europe they can't be as
wide. The European buses have low ceilings, and I'm 6-foot-6. Also, we like
Wal-Mart. It's heaven when you're on tour. You can get everything you need
for cheap. The good thing about touring Europe is you get into a different
country every day. You play Spain then Portugal then Italy."