- Hello, Johan! Recently, you came back from your European Tour with Hobbs' Angel of Death. How did it go? How many countries did you visit?
- Hey! Yeah, the tour with Hobbs was a killer! Awesome gigs and insane support! We were in seven countries: Germany, Netherlands, France, Poland, Belgium, UK and Sweden.
- How did you like touring with mister Hobbs? Was this the first time you see them playing live? Did anything funny happen during the tour?
- It was really great and funny to tour with Peter Hobbs. He is a legend and Metal to the bone and supports the underground to 100%! He shared a lot of stories and memories from his life and killed it on stage every night on the tour! Yeah, it was the first time to see Hobbs live. They played a lot of old songs and also many new songs that will be on the upcoming album. The new songs are awesome!
Well, we had a lot of fun on the tour but nothing special to mention, just ordinary tour chaos and drunkenness…
- I think we can call it your first part of conquering Europe, as already in a few months you'll be on the road once again, but already together with Funebrarum. Are all the dates confirmed so far?
- Actually we were conquering Europe for the first time in December 2010 together with Urn (Fin) and Diabolical (Swe). So this will be the third then. All the dates are confirmed except of one that will be confirmed the nearest days:
28.02 2016 NL Tilburg - 013 - Netherlands Deathfest
29.02 2016 BE Antwerpen - Antwerp Music City
01.03 2016 DE Tannheim - Schwarzer Adler
02.03 2016 IT Brescia - Circolo Colony
03.03 2016 IT Firenze - Circus
04.03 2016 IT TBC
05.03 2016 FR Paris - La Clef
06.03 2016 NL Rotterdam - Baroeg
- This tour will be a great opportunity for you to promote the upcoming album, "Scent of the Buried". By the way, you already played live some of the new songs. So what the reaction like? Was your fans reaction like you expected it to be?
- Well, we have played six of the new songs live but it’s hard to say how the reactions were. Good I think. When I see a band that play a new song that you don’t have heard before you stand and listen more than headbang as usual, if you know what I mean. So I’m a bit against to play new stuff before people have heard it but this time we wanted to play some new stuff because the old songs is pretty boring haha…
- How do you like touring in general? Isn't it getting harder with time? What do you do to not get sick of all the routine? Do you have any favorite show that you've ever performed?
- I love to be on tour, especially when you travel with a Nightliner. It’s tough and hard to be on tour but I really enjoy travelling around, see new cities and venues, meet old and new friends and of course to play in front of true diehard Death Metal maniacs! Well, of course you getting older and you’re not 20 anymore so the hangover from hell appears more often nowadays hehe… To survive it’s good to sleep as much as you can, eat regularly and don’t drink so much, but of course that never happens!
Wolfthrone festival in Paris 2013 and Obscene Extreme in Trutnov 2011 is one of my favorite shows ever with Interment.
- So, tell us a bit about the new album. How many of the new tracks have you prepared? What can we expect from you this time?
- The new album “Scent of the Buried” contains ten new songs that is our best material so far I must say! It’s nothing new, it’s just what you can expect from us: old school pure Swedish Death Metal with no compromises.
- Where did you record it and who produced it? Did you cooperate once again with Peter Bjärgö? What label will distribute it and what formats will be available?
- We record it in Sunlight Studio with Tomas Skogsberg this time that was a good choice. For the first time I’m satisfied with the result. The Mastering was done by Sverker Widgren (Diabolical, Demonical etc) at Wing Studios. It’s once again Pulverised Records that will release the CD and Cyclone Empire will release the vinyl. Dark Descent Records will release the CD in North America. The release date is set for April 1st.
- If you would be asked to compare this release to the previous one, "Into the Crypts of Blasphemy", what could you highlight as the biggest difference?
- First I must say that the sound it’s way better overall. Then the production and my vocals are much better than the first album. I also think that the new album have a good balance of songs.
- You already posted the new artwork for "Scent of the Buried". But who is the artist? Working on the cover, do you usually discuss the details with the artist and give him your vision?
- It’s the great Spanish artist Juanjo Castellano who has made the artwork. We are really satisfied with his killer artwork. Well, he worked from the album title and my only directions were that it should be black on white and of course including a graveyard.
- Let's get back in time and have a few questions about the band's yearly days. You were formed in 1988, originally known as Beyond, and you even recorded one demo, "Birth of The Dead". What do you remember about those days? And why did you have to change the name?
- Those days were nostalgic days when the Swedish Death Metal scene grows up. We were on gigs almost every weekend, bought merchandise and trading demos, and drank a lot of beers and hanging with friends etc. First we played a lot of covers before we did our first own songs. Then we heard bands like Merciless, Entombed and Dismember and the influences were set hehe… As you say we did a crappy portable demotape with Beyond called “Birth of the Dead” 1990.
About the name we changed it when we realize that it was a band from the USA with the same name. Then we changed to Interment in autumn 1990. After a while we found out that it was a band from Finland called the same but then we didn’t want to change again so we have kept it since then… Actually an Interment from Texas exists as well, that was active at the same time back in the days that now are doing gigs and albums. We have been in touch and nobody cares about that we both have the same name…
- The first Interment demo, "Where Death Will Increase", was released in 1991. Where did you record it? How long did it take you to record everything?
- The first demo was recorded in Sunlight Studio with Tomas Skogsberg and it was done on a weekend, Friday to Sunday, in February 1991. That was the first and only time we worked with Skogsberg before this latest recording. When we recorded our second and third demo we were recording with Dan Swanö in Gorysound Studio.
- Tell us the story about its cover. How did it happen that almost at the same time Dismember used exactly the same one?
- We didn’t know that they had use the same cover when we sold our first demos. After a while we were somehow contacted by them about it, so we have to change the cover. So actually there are two covers available and the first one is very rare for the tape collectors.
- How could you comment on the fact, that the first Interment album was released almost 2 decades after its creation? Why weren't you able to record still in the early 90s?
- Well, when we released the first demo 1991 we sent it to all the labels that were around that time without any result. The same when we released our second demo 1992. It was very hard to get a deal because the Swedish Death Metal scene grows up like mushrooms with hundreds of bands everywhere. Nowadays it’s luckily much easier for bands to find a label and get their stuff released.
- Besides that, in 1993, together with Moondark, you released the demo tape. Was it your side project or did you just join them?
- Moondark was a sideproject by me, Kennet Englund (Interment, Uncanny) and Mattias Norrman. We wanted to have a band that sounded like early Crypt of Kerberos, Eternal Darkness and Bolt Thrower. So we made a bunch of songs and then recorded them in a studio in our hometown. Mats Berggren (Entrails, Fulmination) joined us on bass and did the vocals as well. After the recording nothing happened and we were busy with our other bands.
- By the way, what do you think about the recent re-issue of this demo under the title "The Shadowpath"? How much better is the sound and quality now? Did you participate in the re-mastering process as well?
- The re-issue of “The Shadowpath” turned out very great I think. The booklet is more complete with lyrics, linernotes and the outstanding artwork was made by Juanjo Castellano. I actually don’t know if it was re-mastered. I haven’t compared either hehe…
- Is there any chance to see a new full-length from Moondark? What is the current status?
We are not so active but we signed a deal with Cyclone Empire (Ger) in summer 2015 and hopefully - we have time to record the new album this spring depending on how busy we are with Interment and our other bands. We have a couple of songs ready since a while and I promise you that it will be heavy as shit!
We have played live two times since we reunited. First was at Killtown Deathfest in Copenhagen 2014 and then at Wolfthrone Festival in Paris last year in March 2015. After our album is released we will try to do more gigs and maybe a tour.
- Alright, that's it, Johan. Thank you for this interview! Would you like to add anything?
- Thanks a lot Dima for this interview! As I said our new album unfortunately won’t be out before April the 1st. But probably we will have some CD’s with us for the tour with Funebrarum and Putrisect in February/March, I can’t promise that but I hope! So hope to see you at La Clef in Saint German En Laye, Paris at the 5th of March! Keep yourself updated and follow us on Facebook! Support the underground and stay drunk!