Firespawn (formerly Fireborn), the new Swedish
death metal project featuring Lars Göran Petrov (vocals; Entombed) and
Victor Brandt (guitar; Entombed), Alex Friberg (bass; Necrophobic),
Fredrik Folkare (guitar; Unleashed, Necrophobic) and Matte Modin (drums;
Dark Funeral, Defleshed) released their debut album November 2015 via
Century Media Records.
Hailing from Stockholm, Firespawn is the unholy union of
five death metal veterans with the aim to create blasphemous,
sacrilegious and evil death metal, played by sharp minds with ancient
In order to get to know all about
we tracked down
(Guitar) to answer some questions. Here you can read what
he had to say to the readers of Metal-Experience.com.
start this interview off with a short introduction of band, the origin
of its name and how you guys got together?
Hi, all well here thank you. And thanks for having us. Firespawn is a
new band with me, Victor Brandt, on guitars, LG Petrov on vocals, Alex
Friberg on bass, Fredrik Folkare on guitars and Matte Modin on drums.
We’re quite the same sort of personalities in the band. We are already
in active bands but we all like challenges, Death Metal and to keep busy
and play as much as possible. And to have fun of course. We’re all from
Sweden and we often see each other on gigs, tours or bars so it’s a
comfortable step to start seeing each other in the rehearsal room too.
the goals you had in mind when you started this band?
We wanted to play extreme death metal but different from what we are
doing in our other bands. Faster, more technical, more brutal. We really
enjoyed to try out new stuff that wouldn’t fit in our other bands.
How did you
launch into writing material for your album ‘Shadow Realms’, could you
tell something about the process?
I really enjoy writing music and I especially enjoy
writing death metal. Preferably extreme death metal. And I usually write
music on guitar so it felt natural for me to play guitar in Firespawn
and not bass, since I play bass in most of the other bands I’ve played
with. That fact only added to the feeling that this was something new,
fresh and very exciting. In a way this is a blank canvas with no
expectations but our own. With for example Entombed or Unleashed people
expect the band to do something rather new on every album but definitely
not too much difference from the bands signature sound or style. Some
“new” ideas wouldn’t fit. We didn’t have any of that here so we were
free to go crazy. It’s so many things I’ve been wanting to do and try on
“Shadow Realms” that I finally got the opportunity to do. Since everyone
in the bands has so much to bring to the table everyone took this
opportunity to really go for things we have been wanting to do. It was a
very creative and fun process.
approach did you take to write those songs, did you go for a more raw
exposition... or something more reminiscent of your previous other
works, or something all together different?
We have brought everything that we like ourselves to the
table and mixed our favorite things until we felt that we had our own
favorite mix. Something old, something new, fast, slow, heavy etc. It is
hard to describe something objectively when you are in the middle of it
and in a way “seeing it from the inside”. But with that being said I
would describe “Shadow Realms” as American death metal from a Swedish
perspective. Bands like Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse have been very
influential here. Also Hate Eternal, old Deicide and Behemoth. It’s very
subjective what “American” or “Swedish” sounds like but if we were to
agree on what defines that I think we have a lot of both on the album.
Some roots can not be cut so of course it’s gonna have a lot of Swedish
style to it. It has a dark occult vibe to it and a “heads held high”
approach. In short it’s guitar based brutal death metal with a lot of
focus on the songs.
opinion, how was your experience with your previous bands helpful in
your compositional skills and how does that affect the way you guys
wrote the songs for this albim
There is really a huge difference. The clearer
picture you have of what works for you, how you feel is good or bad
elements to have in a band, you have a really good idea how you want to
work and where you want to go with it. A need to control for example is
usually a really bad thing that tends to kill teamwork. So I try to
avoid that as much as possible. We all have good experience in what
makes a song better and it is always fun to work with people you haven’t
worked with before. You learn a lot.
in the press release that you wanted to make faster and more aggressive
music, do you feel you succeed?
Yeah definitely. Since most of the music was done long
before the press release I already knew how we sounded.
What is the
part that satisfies you most in comparison to the albums you made?
The fact that I’ve written all of the music and about
half of the lyrics makes this album really special to me.
please describe the implications of some of the titles of the new songs
(if there any), where do they stand for and is there a special meaning
The lyrics are about death, darkness, hell, war, the
occult etc. But I like to leave the lyrics specific meaning to the
listener. I think it can give the listener an extra dimension to their
experience if they are free to interpret the lyrics themselves.
What is the
utmost important ingredient for a Firespawn song according to you?
Kind of hard to say but is death metal music so it needs
the elements of death metal. The riffs, the vocals, the drumming. If you
get the feeling that you’re fearing for your life during a zombie ritual
in a swamp we are onto something.
you describe this album to someone that has never listened to the band
It is hard to describe
something objectively when you are in the middle of it and in a way,
“seeing it from the inside”.
In short, we just want to play the sort of music we
like listening to and performing ourselves.
What do you think are
the most typical differences between Firespawn and the other bands that
you guys all playing in?
We have more elements of “Florida style” Death Metal I
Can you tell us a
little about yourself and the kinds of things that motivate you in your
writing, your poetry, and your lyrics? What are you personally into?
I like a lot of stuff but I live for extreme metal.
Playing, writing, performing, I like a challenge so I like to practice
my instrument, write as good songs as possible, do the best shows I can.
A good rule of thumb is if you ever feel that you lose track is “What do
I like myself?”.
your opinion on the metal scene these days? What do you think of the
overload of bands at the moment and is there anything missing in the
I used to spend a lot of time and effort to find new
bands but I actually don’t do that so much now days. There are so many
old bands that are great and still inspire. So a lot of my old favorites
keeps getting my attention and also even older stuff can be more
exciting than some of the new stuff out there. It’s like food in a way.
You have your favorites. The things I was missing are the things I write
myself. I like it and want to hear it myself so I write it.
respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence?
Metal: of Death
The Netherlands: Some of the absolutely best venues to
play in the whole world, Thank you!
Which goals did you
have when started out as a musician and how do these goals stand now?
They are basicly the same. I want to play extreme metal
for a living. I want to tour, play festivals, record albums and keep
doing that. I think it’s is a very good thing to have clear goals in
mind when you set out to accomplish things.
Firespawn different from the other metal bands out there?
The songs and the members.
What can we
expect from Firespawn in the near future? Any touring plans, assume that
it isn’t easy to plan a tour?
We are doing a few festivals and we’re also currently
looking at some tours. We’re also working on new songs for the next
you want to say to our readers, here is your chance?
Thank you for reading this, checking out our music and
supporting the scene. Hope to see you on tour for more discussions about
metal and local craft beer.
Lars Göran Petrov (ENTOMBED) - Vocals
Victor Brandt (ENTOMBED) - Guitar
Alex Friberg (NECROPHOBIC) - Bass
Fredrik Folkare (UNLEASHED, NECROPHOBIC) - Guitar
Matte Modin (DARK FUNERAL, DEFLESHED) - Drums