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A Dirty Dozen with MAX MALMER from CAVERN DEEP – May 2021


According to a recent press release: “One archaeologist and 49 men stand at the gates of a previously unknown civilization, for a moment staring down into the bowels of the mountain before they begin their decent. The journey downwards turn out to be more dangerous than expected, they climb down through whirling stairs lit only by organic fluorescent lights. Further down the path turns more and more crumbled, eventually they must use ropes to traverse the broken bridges and tunnels over the deep chasms below. Filled by the promise of treasure they continue downwards. Many men go missing as they’re tasked to explore diverting tunnels, they never return and their screams are followed by silence. the only thing found is their safety ropes, driven by greed the archaeologist continues the expedition. Cavern Deeps debut concept album is about 50 adventurers that find the entrance to a lost underground civilization which they enter with the hopes of treasure. the album will be available on all major streaming platforms and physical formats via Interstellar Smoke Records on July 23rd.” We get Max to discuss new music, influences, and 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 you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our latest/upcoming release is depending on when you read this our self-titled debut album Cavern Deep. It is releasing through Interstellar Smoke Records the 23rd of July. Something you might miss if you are just picking up the album on a streaming service is that it is a concept album. The album is about one archeologist and his crew of ambitious henchmen and their descent into the cavernous realm below the crust of the earth. We have put out some of the story so you can follow their adventure on our YouTube channel, but the final fate of the archeologist is for the fans to find.

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

I started to play music when I was 14 years old. I did this because I had recently quit playing World of Warcraft, as it had been the only thing I spent my time doing I quickly found out that I had nothing to do anymore. Therefor I decided to go buy some guitar strings for my mothers’ old guitar. I was hooked from there on.

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

For me influence has been quite different over the years, but we have a very strong metal scene in my hometown of Umeå which has been an enormous inspiration to me. There’s always been a lot of good shows to go see here in town and we have a local metal festival called “House of Metal.” Otherwise, I’d say that one band that I’ve always been listening to is Opeth. That probably is because they have musically evolved about in the same way my taste has evolved over the years.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

The first and foremost is Mastodon. I think they are single handedly responsible for getting me into the more psychedelic realms of metal, which I am eternally thankful for. Secondly, I’d say Red Fang. I don’t think they need any introduction. Thirdly I will mention Gudars Skymning. It is the band Dennis and Kenny in the band had before Cavern Deep. I recorded their latest 3 albums at my studio. The fourth is a man named Knut Hassel. He is the guitarist in another band of mine called Karmanjaka. He has been incredibly important for me as a person and musician. Lastly, I can’t forget to mention Genesis.

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

Tommy Iommi. I keep stealing his riffs so I might as well write with him.

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?

Cavern Deep is a slow, heavy band. The music is for sure doom, but also a lot of other things from prog and psychedelia mixed in. Someone called us “Allsång på skansen but more metal”, I don’t think I’d agree with that, but it is an interesting comparison.

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

The cook is Kenny-O, he is a great chef and makes an awesome chili. I suspect we are all about equal when it comes to drinking, we keep losing count. Singalongs isn’t really our thing; we usually listen to some records instead.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I honestly can’t remember; it must have been some musician at some festival.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part is simply being creative. It is a great way to fulfill yourself as well as being loads of fun. If I couldn’t be a musician, I’d be a computer scientist. Which happens to also already be my job now.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I would like reviewers to ask more questions about what music the artist listens to now and would recommend, rather than asking for what biggest influence the artist has. Naming our biggest influence changes so much from time to time, so it is always a very hard question to answer.

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?

I was involved in starting up a record company back in 2012, that was a huge mistake. I should have seen the red flags regarding the whole situation and invested my time into my bands instead.

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?

I would go back and join in on the session on Animals with Pink Floyd. I love concept albums and I think Animals is the best one Pink Floyd did. I would also be very interested in seeing their recording studio at its prime. The strongest memory I have with that record is listening to it driving down Ripiro Beach in New Zeeland.




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