interview by: Jez Andrews
Arch Enemy are a band from whom I'd heard little since their 1999 Burning
Bridges album. The odd MP3 sample, demonstrating the vocal talents
of Angela Gossow, and that was about it. However, when I at last heard
a few tracks from the new Wages of Sin CD at a decent volume,
I was left speechless. It was truly incredible, the metal perfection
that blasted forth from the speakers. I had to get my hands on a copy
of this beast. Meanwhile, I talked things over with drummer Daniel Erlandsson.
The past, the present, the future...
Maelstrom: Did you know a lot of people who listened to metal when
you were growing up?
Daniel Erlandsson: Yes, I had my brother around (Adrian Erlandsson, Cradle
Of Filth drummer) and he introduced me to metal, but none of my friends
were really into metal.
Maelstrom: Who were the first band you saw live?
Daniel Erlandsson: Actually, that was At The Gates when I was 14, in Gothenburg.
Maelstrom: Who was the drummer who inspired you to start?
Daniel Erlandsson: I would give credit to my brother for that, because
he was the one who had a drum kit in our house. Other drummers...
I guess Clive Burr.
Maelstrom: How did you meet the rest of Arch Enemy?
Daniel Erlandsson: Through a record label in Sweden. This guy from the
label got us together.
Maelstrom: Do you think there was some Carcass influence in the
music at the beginning?
Daniel Erlandsson: Oh definitely, especially from Michael.
Maelstrom: What is your favourite Arch Enemy song?
Daniel Erlandsson: Definitely something from the new album. "Behind
Maelstrom: How long did the writing take for the Wages of Sin
Daniel Erlandsson: About half a year, Michael and Chris writing the riffs
and generally arranging the songs.
Maelstrom: What was it like recording with Andy Sneap?
Daniel Erlandsson: Actually, he just mixed the album. We recorded it and
went over to England, stayed in Nottingham for about a week while he
mixed it. It sounded great.
Maelstrom: Do you enjoy working with the rest of the band?
Daniel Erlandsson: Yeah.
Maelstrom: Are there any bands that you would especially like to
go on tour with?
Daniel Erlandsson: Well, y'know, as big as possible. Pantera, Slayer,
someone like that.
Maelstrom: What's your favourite Arch Enemy tour story?
Daniel Erlandsson: Tour story? Well, there's a lot to choose from. Probably
our last Japan tour. That was my favourite. [Daniel didn't seem to have
any amusing anecdotes from that tour to share with Maelstrom, but such
Maelstrom: How do you feel about Arch Enemy's success in Japan?
Daniel Erlandsson: I feel really good about it. The touring over there
has been great. Things have been more quiet over here, but we're hoping
to change that.
Maelstrom: I remember seeing you on tour with Cradle of Filth in
London in 1999, but do you have any plans to come back to the UK at
Daniel Erlandsson: There are plans, but nothing written in stone.
Maelstrom: Have you had any strange gifts from fans in the past?
Daniel Erlandsson: Strange gifts? Not really, just some weird t-shirts
Maelstrom: How would you describe your perfect night out?
Daniel Erlandsson: Well, to start, I'd have to have a Jack and Coke of
course. Then basically, it would have to be just good music, good friends,
good women, y'know?
Maelstrom: What's the best bar you've found while you've been out
Daniel Erlandsson: Well, we were in New York a couple of nights ago, in
a bar called Severn Beach. That was really good.
Maelstrom: What was the last album you bought?
Daniel Erlandsson: Last album I bought was Rammstein. It's a great album.
Maelstrom: Are there any plans to release an Arch Enemy live video?
Daniel Erlandsson: We'll be filming some of the shows on this tour, so
Maelstrom: Do you stay in touch with your family when you're on
the road with the band?
Daniel Erlandsson: Yeah, I try to. I speak a lot with my brother.
Maelstrom: Is there anything you take on tour that you can't live
Daniel Erlandsson: I think that would be my Swedish rolling tobacco [laughs].
I can't live without that.
Maelstrom: If you could see anyone suffer right now, who would
Daniel Erlandsson: Wow. I don't know if I could name any names...Bin
Maelstrom: What was your response to the events on September 11th?
Daniel Erlandsson: Oh, I couldn't believe it was true when I saw it. I
was really shocked.
Maelstrom: What are your thoughts on the death of Chuck Schuldiner?
Daniel Erlandsson: Tragic. I didn't expect it to happen like that.
Maelstrom: Are there any new bands that you would recommend to
Daniel Erlandsson: There's a band from where I come from called Kromlich.
They're worth checking out.
Maelstrom: What do you think of the extreme metal scene of today?
Daniel Erlandsson: It's very good. There seems to have been a kind of
revival of extreme metal now.
Maelstrom: Do you think there's something about Arch Enemy's music
that's particularly Swedish in nature, with the whole Swedish death
Daniel Erlandsson: That would be the melodies and riffs. We recorded all
our albums in Gothenburg, with a very Gothenburg sound.
Maelstrom: Are there any summer festivals around Europe that you're
either scheduled or hoping to play?
Daniel Erlandsson: We're not scheduled to play any, but we'd like to play
at one. Maybe Dynamo or somewhere.
Maelstrom: What is the most diverse festival bill you've appeared
Daniel Erlandsson: We haven't played too many festivals actually, but
Dynamo is pretty diverse. You find a lot of different genres there.
Maelstrom: What kind of dream bill would you like to play on with
Daniel Erlandsson: Of bands that are around at the moment, probably just
the biggest bands possible.
Maelstrom: Have you taken a lot of influence for Arch Enemy from
old school metal?
Daniel Erlandsson: Yeah. I listen to more old records than new.
Maelstrom: Have you heard about any bands who have been directly
inspired by Arch Enemy?
Daniel Erlandsson: I guess I've read a few reviews of bands that have
been compared to us.
Maelstrom: What's the strangest rumour you've heard about the band?
Daniel Erlandsson: Well, lately there was a rumour that we were going
to be playing in Mexico, but no one told us about it.
Maelstrom: I heard something about Angela damaging her
voice last year. What happened?
Daniel Erlandsson: She's okay now. It started off as a sore throat, but
she had nodules on her vocal chords. We had to cancel some of the tour.
Maelstrom: Name three essential metal albums.
Daniel Erlandsson: Volume 4 by Black Sabbath, Piece
of Mind by Iron Maiden, and Reign in Blood by Slayer.
Maelstrom: Well, thanks for talking to us, and good luck
with the show in Hollywood tomorrow night.
Daniel Erlandsson: Thanks.