- Hey, Mika! First of all, let me ask, how is Ronnie doing? Is he getting better?
- Ronnie is doing much better and we are all very happy about his recovery.
- If you can talk about it, what actually happened to him? What was the cause of his collapse?
- That will be up to him to talk about when and if he feels that the time is right.
- Did he manage to record all the drums for the new album? Or is there anything left?
- All the drums, bass and guitars are recorded. It just need some solos, vocals and that little extra final touch.
- Ok, let's hope he will be recovered soon. Tell us a bit about the upcoming material. What will your 11th full-length be like?
- It's fast, ferocious, heavy and very thrashy, in other words it's a bastard of an album. On this album I made quite a few riffs and songs so many of the songs reflect me and but in a Grave way of course. Everyone in the band contributes with riffs or complete songs, Ola and Ronnie patch up all of our ideas to finished songs in the studio.
- How important to you is to choose the correct album's title? Have you already set it up for the new CD?
- The album title is already finished, the title was something that Ola came up with and we all liked it. Not sure if I am allowed to mention it yet but I can give you a ”hint”…… It has something to do with death.
- Is the new artwork ready? Is Costin Chioreanu in charge of its creation again?
- Costin has done an amazing work with the new artwork again. It's really grim and dark and reflects the name of the album really well. Often we throw ideas at him and then he starts working and the outcome is always really good.
- Will there be any special or limited edition for your fans?
- It probably will.
- Was the whole recording process done by Ola at the Studio Soulless? How do you manage every time to come out with a different album but always keep this very recongnisable Grave sound?
-Yes, Ola has been the engineer on this album again in Studio Soulless, I have my own studio as well where I sometimes record solos and stuff for our recordings. Ola knows what he is looking for in the sound so there is no need to involve anyone else in to the mixing and process.
- Mika, you joined the band in 2011. Could you recall how it happened?
- Their regular live guitar player was sick and could not go on the scheduled tour in 2011 along with Obituary and Pathology.
They had a few guys in mind and no one could get time off from work or just didn't have to do it so Ronnie told the guys in Grave that he knew a guy ”me” that he had known for a few years. We did a tour in 2008 with Demonical, Torture Killer and Facebreaker so we already knew each other well. Anyways Ronnie called me and I actually thought that someone was pulling a prank on me. After thinking about it for about 4 seconds I said yes and did the tour with Grave as a live session guitar player. When the tour was over the regular guitar player decided to come back and they did a headliner tour in USA but he quit after the tour was over and I became the new 4th member in Grave.
- Playing in such an active band as Grave requires your full dedication to the project and the maximum involvement. How did the band change your life? Could you describe how it was before joining the Grave?
- I played in another band called Facebreaker before Grave and did that until 2013 and then Grave was touring so much that I could not dedicate myself to Facebreaker as much as I wanted. It felt better to let it go than to destroy the friendship with the guys in Facebreaker. I still meet them every week, their rehearsal room is right next to my studio. Joining Grave gave me a opportunity to explore parts of the world that I never ever expected to see.
- Recently you had an impressive tour with Entombed A.D. over the Europe. How did it go? Do you have any specific country you are enjoying coming back to and playing live?
- The tour was 38 shows in a row so it was very exhausting to play every night for about 5 weeks but we played in several countries that we had never played before. I got really sick during the tour and had to get up on stage every night even when I was feeling super bad. All touring bands know how hard some nights can be on stage but the show must go on for the fans. The shows are always really good in Poland, the crowd and shows are really special every time.
- What can you say, how different are fans at concerts in Europe and USA?
- Well there are a lot more people attending our shows in Europe.
We have not toured as much in USA so the fan base is not as big as in Europe. But otherwise the crowds in the US are as good as the once in Europe.
- Beside Grave you are also a member of Graveyard after Graveyard. Is that just a conisidence that the bands you are playing in are related to Cementary?) What can you say about this second band?
- Hehehe well Graveyard After Graveyard is just a project that I am involved with. It's Rogga (Paganizer) who is the mastermind of the band together with Jocke (Paganizer). I do a lot of session work at the moment, recording solos and mixing bands in my studio.
- Alright, Mika. That's all from my part, thank you for this interview. Would you like to say some words to your fans all over the world?
- Keep your eyes and ears open for the new GRAVE album it will tear your ears and face apart.
Stay metal and keep supporting death metal.