Hello! Hope all is fine with you. I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to interview Morbus Chron. Please, I ask you to introduce yourself to our readers.
Hello! All is fine. Thanks for having us! This is Robert speaking. I play guitar, sing and do most of the writing.
Congratulations on Sweven, the album has been highly praised and I must say I agree with the critics. It’s indeed one great album. It is said that the band completely re-invented itself. Was this change intentional? And for those that aren’t familiar with this work yet, please, tell them a few things about it.
Thank you! As you say, the response has been very positive and we appreciate all the kind words we get. Sure, we’ve gone through a transformation, but there was never a moment where we decide to change musical direction or anything like that. Going into the process of making this album, we made a promise to ourselves that we would allow this album to become whatever it would become. And with the rules and limitations cast aside, we were free to write the album we wanted. I was extremely tired of deleting ideas and scrapping riffs because of some idiotic reason that it wasn’t “brutal enough”. Basically blocking anything different that tried to come out. So we changed our mind set. If a riff sounded good, it was good. And the result, well, you just congratulated us on it. I’m happy we took the step.
The cover art and the album title leads to the conclusion that the album deals, in a way, with dreams. I’ve read that it’s about the concept of dreaming and not specific dreams. Why did you decide to write an album on dreams? How hard was to reach this goal that you had? And why you decided to focus on dreams and not nightmares either? Was it intentional as well?
The subjects have always been changing. In the beginning of the band, I couldn’t imagine myself singing about other topics than zombies. Things tend to change though. The most important thing for me was to write an album that wouldn’t have any connections what so ever to this world. With dreams it was easy to completely abandon any sense of reality. But like you said, it’s not nightmares. I wanted to write about the release that dreams can provide us when the conscious life is unbeareable. So, actually it can be a very positive, uplifting album, depending on how you see it.
Connected to the previous question, still on the dreams subject, you’ve already stated that you have dreams of leaving this place and ascending to the star. In an interview, you elaborated about it and completed that the album is about concept of dreaming, not specific dreams you’ve dreamt and that you’re interested in the worlds outside of our own, as that, in dreams, you can get a short glimpse of other realities if you’re lucky. Do you believe or have practiced astral travels though dreams, controlling your dreams and lucid dreams?
My dreams are often just distorted pictures of my awakened life. But there are those few times when you wake up out of something so otherworldly amazing that you can’t even begin to comprehend it. Those dreams you want to last forever, not because you’re having dream-sex with Pamela Anderson or you won the dream-lottery, but because you know you’ll never feel that much at peace ever again. I haven’t practiced lucid dreaming, but I’ve been meaning to. That would surely do me good!
After the release of the new album, Sweven, and a mini-tour around Europe, if I’m not mistaken, what are your next plans for Morbus Chron? I’ve read, if I’m not mistaken, that you’ll go on tour with Triptykon and At the Gates. Will it really take place and how excited is the band about that?
Yes, it will really take place. We were asked by the label who had talked to the ATG-guys, who really liked what we were doing. They suggested that we would come along for a couple of dates in the winter. You know, that’s a once in a life time opportunity, so we were quick to agree. We’re really looking forward to it.
I’ve read an interview with the band in which it was stated that when everything is a click away, all that matters is the first thirty seconds impression and that we don’t give ourselves enough time to discover the music. I couldn’t agree more. Even though Sweven is not an easy album to listen at first time, how do you feel that you could detach yourself this problem as well as to distinguish the band from many others?
I think that’s an issue that is hard to bypass. It’s just the way things are these days, and not just with music. We have instant access to pretty much everything. That’s wonderful, but it can easily result in that lazy 30-sec attitude. Because there is always something new around the corner. Click, click, click. I know people who seriously can’t listen through a whole song. They get bored. It’s stupidity. But what would this world be without stupidity? The general opinion seems to be that music should be generic and repetitive. As long as a song reminds you of another song you liked, then that’s a good song! Creativity is thrown out of the window in favor of dumbed down quick fix-music. That’s why I get happy when I see that vinyl is selling well. Because that’s a format that in a way forces you to really listen. One can only hope that more people develop better listening habits.
For a younger, but, at the same time, experienced band as well as signed to a major label, how do you feel about illegal downloads? Bands (and labels) share their music everywhere before the release of the album on so many websites. What is your view concerning this matter? Do you think that it’s just a reality that we all have to live with and that there’s no solution at all?
I don’t buy a lot of records. I don’t have money to get everything I want. But I buy some records each year. Albums I’ve really listened to, by bands I want to support. I try to keep it up. Truth be told, it wasn’t always like that. I was downloading music, movies and games ever since early childhood. It was just the natural way of life for me and just about every other kid born during the 90s. Today I can’t justify stealing music, unless it’s something really rare that you can’t find elsewhere. I think we’re running out of excuses why we shouldn’t pay for music. I mean, maybe there was a time when you could rightfully say that the CDs were too expensive. But now we have streaming services that charge absolutely nothing for what you’re getting. If you want, you can buy songs for cheap money online. The alternatives are many. On the other side of the spectrum, the industry will have to stop fighting the inevitable and embrace the technological advantages and move forward as well. Thankfully that’s already happening. I’m sure you know. The music industry is growing steadily for the first time in many many years. That’s a good sign.
In a way connected to the previous question, many metalheads, young or not, are out there wanting to create metal, by themselves or by forming a band. What would you say is needed for someone to have the character to see this kind of thing through to the end? Have you gor any advice for such a person?
Not sure I am one to give such advice.. Well, if you know in your heart that music is what you want to do and nothing quite compares to it, everything will come together.
As we all know that many bands make music simply to please their fans while others make music that they like (fortunately). How do you measure the importance of what the fans and critics say about your releases?
It’s good to hear an exciting opinion, or read a praising review. But if that was what we really cared about, we wouldn’t have released this album. We would have kept it safe and written Sleepers in the Rift part 2. In the end, we write the music for ourselves, we sincerely do. What people expect from us or want us to do, it’s not any of our concerns. But looking at it in a different light, things like these are probably harder for bigger bands with bigger, more demanding, audiences. Look at Opeth or Morbid Angel for instance, that surely caused a bit of a stir. For us it’s still very easy to experiment without the shit hitting the fan.
The usual question about what you like outside the music world. Actually, not outside the music world, but the band world. What do you like doing when arriving home or when going out? What are your main preferences on music nowadays and which album your fans would never expect you to own?
I don’t have much interests besides music. If I’m not writing, I’m most likely mixing or recording something. As for the music, it’s the same as always: Death Metal, 60’s/70’s rock, classical, acoustic stuff. Nothing specific that I’ve listened to exclusively. Album you wouldn’t expect me to own.. Probably something with Gorillaz or Michael Jackson.
Just some joke questions to have a little fun (Seinfeld situation): say, you go out with a woman, fool around with this woman, but you don’t know her name. You’re talking to each other and it comes the time you have, you must say her name. How would you handle this?
Smack her in the head and go through her purse. I think Jerry tried that, right? If that didn’t work, I’d step up, be a man, do the right thing and dump her before she could dump me.
Here we reach the final words of this interview. Thank you again for taking your time to answer this interview and I wish you the best for the future. Do you have any last words for our readers?
You’re welcome. Thank you for the interview!
RobertMay 5, 2014