Interview with Tommy Dahlstrom, Aeon

After releasing the highly-received ‘Aeon’s Black’ last year, there is no rest for the wicked that is Swedish death metallers Aeon. With over a decade of brutality and experience under their belts, the tour Aeon is about to embark on should be easy, however we thought we’d grab vocalist Tommy Dahlström on the first date of the UK leg just in case…

Welcome back to the UK! Tonight is the first night of the tour, so what can we expect form Aeon’s visit this time round?

Well, we’re very glad to be back touring again! We are hoping that the tour will be louder and heavier than before and I think in this venue it will be very loud!

Will we be hearing a lot of latest release ‘Aeon’s Black’?

We are hoping to play quite a few songs from the album but it’s hard as we only have 45 minutes to play tonight. We want to make sure we still have time to play the older songs too but yeah, it is tough with not much time.

The album received a lot of praise as one of the key DM releases of the year. In your opinion what has been your favourite Aeon album?

For me, I cannot choose just one Aeon album. Sometimes I like it to sound very fast and other times I want it to be as heavy as it can be. We are very happy that people liked ‘Aeon’s Black’.

You brought back former drummer Arttu in 2010, and it sounds as though there were never any hard feelings between old and new members. How is the Aeon camp currently?

Everything for us is going very well but Arttu is not with us on this tour. He is expecting his new child so we have Emil Wiksten (Blood Red Throne) with us for this tour. For the album though, having Arttu again was very natural. We are all very close and live near each other so writing is quite easy.

Many have commented on the slower more doomy elements of Aeon’s Black compared to previous releases. Do you think this is something you’ll continue to develop in future work?

Maybe, I don’t know. Zeb (guitar) felt we lacked heasvier songs on the album before ‘Aeon’s Black’ but I feel we did this and people like it. I think we will still play fast because that is what death metal is all about!

You’ve been in the music industry for almost 15 years now. Is touring still as fun and full of partying as it used to be?

Of course it is still fun! We love playing our music to the fans and playing shows is my favourite part of being in a band. As for partying, I know I still try to party like before but we also need our sleep! Some of us are parents now so maybe not the same as before in the band but we still enjoy some beers and have a great time with the other bands.

Sweden has always been hailed as one of the homes of Death Metal. Would you say the scene out there is as strong as ever?

I guess so, you will still see many old bands like us are playing and writing new albums. We have lots of new bands too but some are melodic death metal or other metal. I think other countries are starting to catch up though, like Germany and places like that.

How do you feel about the constant argument between what is and isn’t “death metal”? Do you feel newer bands give it a bad name?

No I don’t think they do. At the end of the day, we all like the same shit. We want to play angry music and sound heavy. Surely this is what matters?

After this tour, what have you got planned?

We are touring with this album as much as we can, with Obscura in Europe.  We are focusing on this for now but maybe some writing can happen on the tour.

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