SOURCE – Was the recording process for “Endless Procession Of Souls” different to your previous albums?
Ronnie Bergerstål (Drums) – Compared to the last two, the recording process didn’t differ too much. We did everything ourselves again in our own studio but the writing process was a bit different. This time we wrote and arranged the songs together in the rehearsal place.
That’s something we haven’t done since I joined the band in 2006 but I think it shows in the final result. The album sounds more like a band effort then both “Dominion VIII” and “Burial Ground”, which was completely written by me and Ola.
I even play bass on the “Burial Ground” album… Tobias had lots of ideas this time and I guess he’s the one to thank for the more mid tempo oriented stuff. Me and him wrote the basic structures to 3 of the songs before Ola joined us. It was “Amongst Marble and the Dead”, “Passion of the Weak and Perimortem”, if I remember right.
SOURCE – After having been together for such a long time, does that make it harder or easier to come up with new material?
Ronnie Bergerstål (Drums) – It’s really no difference. We know what type of riffs and stuff that fits the “Grave frame” and when we set our mind to write, it just comes along by it selves really.
SOURCE – “Endless Procession Of Souls” has really been creating a buzz within the metal world and getting great reviews and write-ups. How does that make you feel?
Ronnie Bergerstål (Drums) – Really overwhelming. We knew that the album was really fucken good but to hear that we f.ex entered the German charts for the first time in the history of Grave, that’s very cool. Our record label Century Media has done a kick ass job promoting it also and I think that we could see that on our tours we did now in September/October. Lots of people attended the shows and we sold shit loads of merch, which we’ve never done before so yeah… There’s for sure a buzz going on at the moment. Next summer will be filled with festivals so there’s plenty of more people to win over, hahaha..
SOURCE – Grave of course has a trademark sound, but what makes “Endless Procession Of Souls” unique?
Ronnie Bergerstål (Drums) – It’s more catchy than anything we’ve released before, although it’s not catchy in the way of more melodic or so, it’s just an easy album to get into. The songs are more verse/chorus oriented and as I said before, more mid tempo, which works out great live.
It really shows when we’ve played the new stuff. Songs like “Disembodied Steps” and “Passion of the Weak”, the response from the audience’s been super… Lots of cheering and shouting so it’s a joy to play the songs live!
SOURCE – Social media has become essential for bands to connect with fans. How involved are you on a personal level with platforms like Facebook and Twitter?
Ronnie Bergerstål (Drums) – I personally don’t use Twitter but Facebook’s a huge part of the interaction with the fans, both on a personal level as for the band. Reverb Nation is another great media.
SOURCE – How was your South American tour earlier this summer?
Ronnie Bergerstål (Drums) – Very good! It was much better than the last time we went there, more people to the shows and perfectly organized. We’d love to do a more proper tour over there as this run only contained 4 gigs. One in Chile and three in Brazil. The audience is more crazy then f.ex in Europe. More mosh pits and stuff like that, but they’re very polite and thankful, which is something that i really like.
SOURCE – What’s currently in heavy rotation on your MP3/CD player?
Ronnie Bergerstål (Drums) – A mixture of everything…
Little Big Town
Basically anything but death metal hahaha..
SOURCE – The music industry has obviously changed dramatically in the past 26 years. Where do you see it going from here?
Ronnie Bergerstål (Drums) – I think record sales will drop even more and the live scene will take over more and more. The old bands will continue to do good and newer bands must try to learn how to write good songs then put everything they got into play the fastest beats!
Death metal in general will of course have a strong foundation and I hope more people will discover the old quality bands thru newer bands.
SOURCE – What have been the high and low points for Grave in your 26 years as a band?
Ronnie Bergerstål (Drums) - Right now is a really high point for us, now and probably when the “Into the Grave” album came out. The lowest, well, I can’t speak for Ola but I guess the Hating Life era.. when death metal in general was kinda dead.
SOURCE – Anything else you’d like to mention or promote?
Ronnie Bergerstål (Drums) – Check out the new album if you haven’t and I really hope to see you soon on tour! Cheers!