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A Dirty Dozen with ANDREAS OLANDER from AGES – August 2020

| 6 August 2020 | Reply

 

According to a recent press release: “Formed during the harsh Swedish winter of 2011, Ages released their critically acclaimed debut The Malefic Miasma in 2015. Biding their time to craft something really unique, the five year long wait is finally over and their sophomore effort Uncrown sees the light of day. Composed and created solely in the band’s own studio, Uncrown is a meticulously crafted album. With outstanding melodies, atmosphere and every bandmember’s unique performance as well as outstanding artwork from renowned artist Chris Cold, these nine epistles embrace the legacy of the 90’s and bring the Swedish black metal-sound to a whole new level.” We get Andreas to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

We started working on what later turned out to be UNCROWN pretty much directly after the release of our first album The Malefic Miasma. We wrote a couple of songs in a pretty rapid succession. Then life struck and the process protracted. This, in combination with our pursuit of making the best possible music took us on a five year journey culminating in UNCROWN. As to hidden nuggets, I think the listener can discover new details even after a couple of listens. There is also something very special hidden in the latest single – “Illicit State.” A observant listener might be able to suss it out.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Music has always been a part of my life. I first realized that I wanted to play an instrument very early. Started playing the piano when I was 8. Never cared for sheet music and had a hard time keeping up in the music class. From the start I wanted to play music that I composed myself. Why should I care for music someone else already made? I quit music school and got my hands on a acoustic nylon guitar and immediately started making up my own little pieces of music. From that moment on I knew I wanted to play the guitar.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I started listening to pretty extreme metal music early in my life, so of course bands such as Deicide, Slayer and Cannibal Corpse to name a few has had a great influence on me. Later on my taste broadened and now I listen to pretty much anything except obviously shitty music.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

As for so many other metal musicians bands such as Dissection, Dawn, At The Gates, Satyricon and Mayhem has been vital in my musical journey.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Goddammit… This is a tough question. In a Black Metal project I already have the best collaborator locked in. But if I could choose freely in any musical category I would get Mark Knopfler to play a solo if I ever make rock song.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I would describe Ages as a natural progression of the kind of melodic Black Metal reigning supreme in the 90’s. Luckily, and I don’t really know why, but the fans interacting with us really seem to be have their shit together. I haven’t really heard any outrageous comparisons.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

The absolutely breathtaking feeling which occurs when you all of a sudden find that note or chord progression which makes a piece of music transform into something more than just the sum of a couple of wave forms on the screen. It doesn’t happen often, and it shouldn’t, I mean it is all about contrasts. A whole song can’t consist of parts that creates goosebumps. But it is one of the best feelings when you finally get it just right.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Daniel heats the frozen pizzas, which he paid for while I sponge on the beer in his fridge, which he also paid for. Furthermore I am the one annoying him by not being able to shut my guitar up, when we really should focus on other stuff.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

It was in the lobby of a hotel in Gävle (Sweden) during the 2011 Getaway Rock Festival. Suddenly a non-sober Abbath from Immortal appears. I have listened to Immortal more than what can be considered sane amounts through the years so naturally I was star struck. Sadly I couldn’t even muster the strength to say hi to him which I now regret.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Perhaps something in Astronomy or Physics. Or Psychology even.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Boring answer coming up. I honestly can’t conceive of something I regret in my musical career. Missteps happen all the time and sure you can find things that in hindsight could be improved, but that is all part of the process. It has all led up to where I am today.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

You saved the hardest question for last. There are so many to choose from… Well, bring me back to the recording of Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits. The title track of that record is at least for me the most beautiful piece of music ever created. The lyrics, the emotions it creates, the otherworldly guitar work. Absolutely stunning. Just imagining being in the studio when that took place gives me chills of the good kind.

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