- Hello, Hakan! Before we start talking about your new CD, let's recall a bit the early days of the band. Do you remember when for the first time you had the idea to create a metal band? How did you meet each other?
- Hello hello! Well, The very first band I do remember but not the idea it self about it. I guess I was twelve doing guitar and vocals but I don’t know how much metal it was though it was fun! According to Wombbath and how we met was that Tobias and I had played maybe a year earlier, basically he played guitar and I played drums and that was NOT metal but yet fun. Fun is the main ingredient in music!
- In the early days you had to change your original name from Seizure to Wombbath. Who came up with that one?
- It was a friend of ours, Thomas’s in particular who came up with it. We talked about change name and suggested that. Womb + bath.
- Tell us a bit about the recording process of your first Demo "Brutal Mights". Where did you record it? Who helped you with the cover and the art for it? Was it you first time at the studio?
- The demo recording was our studio recording debut. It was in January 1992 at a local studio outside our hometown Sala, Gamble Studio. The cover art we took ’honestly’ from a Dungeons & Dragons book and it all was printed by a friend.
- In 1993 you released your debut album, "Internal Caustic Torments". What can you say about this record now? How different is your perception of the material in comparison with now and then?
- I’m very proud of that album, it Is very good I must admit though it ain’t much tight and so on but it’s DM made eager teens. I think there’s more structural thoughts writing and arranging songs now. If there’s a red line through old and new material? I don’t know but I hope there’s something but the most important is that you like it!
- What was the most challenging while composing the songs? Did you have any special source of your inspiration?
- Nah, no challenge in particular. I sat a couple of weeks, weekdays evening, a few hours just writing them. Pretty much exactly a year ago.
- SV Bell created an amazing artwork. How did you find him? Was it his idea of the picture or did you coordinate the whole process together?
- Yes, he did and so does he think too! All cred to him! It was the labels Infest/Thrash records who hired him. We hadn’t anything to do with it.
- In a year, you slightly changed your sound and released the "Lavatory" EP. How could you explain this move to rather death-n-roll influences in your music?
- Ha ha…yeah. WTF were we thinking!! Actually, I don’t count that MCD in. It’s worthless crap. It hangs on the wall here but nothing more than that. Never leaves its case!
- When actually the band split-up? What was the reason for it?
- Oh, good one. 1994/1995 I’d say. The reasons were that we just couldn’t write well and I guess it was quite boring. After Lavatory we recorded a full-length for Napalm records but we never heard from them after we sent the tape. The absolute last thing we recorded (non-DM) was a two song promo tape which actually Warner Bros liked but it were to few songs.
- And now, more than 20 years later, you are back! How did it happen that you decided to bring Wombbath back to life? What is the current line-up?
- Wombats has always been close to me and the first idea, maybe not give WOmbbath life again but play DM, was 2005 when we had a reunion gig here in Sala but after that not much happened. 2010 Necroharmonic rec did a reissue of ICT album and it was talk about play at Rites Of Darkness fest in Texas U.S but some lost interest AND it’s about economy too to get there. 2013 Pulverized records did a reissue too of ICT album, 20 years anniversary which did a modern version of Silent as The Grave on and that way I signed for a new full-length with Wombbath. Two more albums, at least, will be released on Soulseller records. Between early Wombbath end and new rising I’ve been in In Thy Dreams, Vicious (Grand Exit), Skineater, and nowadays participating from time to time on Just Before Dawn material.
The current line-up is (not recording lineup) :
Håkan Stuvemark: Guitars; Jonny Pettersson: Vocals; Henrik Åberg: Drums; Al Riglin: Guitars; Johan Momqvist: Bass.
- You are about to release your new album, "Downfall Rising". Tell us, how was it to work on this album? What could you say about the music itself?
- Yes. Well, it’s like a Tetris puzzle. The vocals are recorded in four places, the guitars (except for some additional) and bass recorded at my place and the drums recorded at Smoke and Mirrors studio Florida by Jeramie Kling . Everything tracked and mixed there. And mastered by James Murphy. Those guys did an extraordinary job! Hm, what to say about the music. It’s fast, slow, dark, some melodies…..good variation between the songs. On this album I had three vocalists, Jony Pettersson, Thomas Von Wachenfeldt and Samuel Englund. But! There’s a fourth vocalist as well. Jeramie Kling on a special. I won’t spoil that one before the album is out.
- Can you say that with this album Wombbath marks a new level in the band's evolution? What could you select as the main achievements of "Downfall Rising"?
- The album sounds more swedish than the first album and darker as I mentioned before but there is no rip off thoughts behind it. It’s just my play and the HM-2. HM-2 = Sound-porn!
I’d like to say that this is a new Wombbath chapter.
- Who is the artwork's artist? Does it fully reflects the album's mood? How does it sort with the lyrics?
- The artist is Mattias Björkbacka who also did the cover for Skineater’s Dermal Harvest album. I think it goes well with the lyrics and the music. All dark, ups and downs!
- Will there be any support campaign after the release? Are there any shows planned in Europe yet?
- Yes sir. We will do shows in Europe but nothing I can tell right now. It will happen and that is a promise!
- Thank you for this interview, Hakan. Would you like to add anything in the end?
- Thank you too! Nothing more than keep an eye open for the new album in August and later on about where we will haunt and play! Cheers!