SOURCE – I think that “Incarcerated” is one album that further strengthens the formula established on its predecessor, how would you describe the music featured on the new album?
Jaakko Kunnas (Guitar) – The new album is very intently aimed towards the sound that the band has had in mind for a long time now. Perhaps it was the last few years of calm which let the soup stir into a clear outcome. Yes, there is a formula, we were looking for an intense, dark and heavy sound, still keeping a slight touch of brightness in the form of melodies – but this formula isn’t necessarily based on any of the earlier albums, it stands firmly on its own ground.
Aki Kuusinen (Drums) – Maybe the overall sound has developed more towards death/black metal. Yet there are still plenty of melodic parts and especially guitar solos… It just naturally came up this way, partially because of lineup changes.
SOURCE – How did the recording process this time around go for “Incarcerated” ?
Jaakko Kunnas (Guitar) – We had all of the material finished when we hit the studio, so it was relatively easy. Of course, this album was a crusade of finding the working methods with us new guys involved. In that sense, there were some rocks on the trail to push out of the way, in order to find out the best way of doing things. But this will definitely work in our advantage with the next album, since we don’t have to fool around with that kind of extra stuff anymore.
Aki Kuusinen (Drums) – Speaking of arrangements, there were only small adjustments made in the studio. There were also a couple of harder songs to play for me, like Vitriol, where I had to ask to cut out backing guitars from headphones just to focus on the click track as hard as possible and trying to get those goddamn kick drum hits into the right spot… We also tried to be a little more creative with the click and not just hammer away the whole song in same monotonous tempo. We used multiple small tempo changes for different song parts inside a song to get the right feel and some parts were played with no click at all which worked fine.
SOURCE – Fan reaction, as is often the case, seems to have been mixed if the Internet reaction is any indication. Have you gone online much, if at all, to read some of the responses that fans have had to the new album?
Jaakko Kunnas (Guitar) – We do go online quite a lot, since we don’t have people to run web errands for us. Mostly what we’ve seen and heard has been good, all the reviews and such… There are always opinions for and against anything new. It’s only natural that people should be a bit of both, because of the new material and the way it differs from the past albums. Nowadays, it seems, all publicity is for the best anyway, so… Keep the tides flowing, people!
SOURCE – The music industry has changed dramatically since when you first began. Do you think that change was for the better or for the worse?
Jaakko Kunnas (Guitar) – Both, I guess. Even though it sucks being a musician now, when records no longer sell, and you have to scratch your living off everything that’s even mildly related to your own musical doings. But looking at the audiences’ point of view, it’s become way easier to find new music and new artists in a glimpse. The flipside of the coin is, however, that people are now a lot less focused in certain genres or even bands, instead of just digging individual songs. They seem to have less patience than few years ago. This, unfortunately, hurts the whole musical world.
SOURCE – Have you filmed any videos for this new CD?
Jaakko Kunnas (Guitar) – Yes, the opening track “Oceans Of Sickness” was filmed into a hard-working-man type of video. It sort of reflects our music and the process behind the final product. Check it out from youtube: http://youtu.be/E–N0McPOB4
SOURCE – Now that everybody has a Facebook page and a MySpace site, have you been taking the opportunity to communicate with the band’s growing fan base?
Jaakko Kunnas (Guitar) – We try to keep things up to date as much as possible, it seems to be the best way of keeping the buzz on going. Along with our official site www.painconfessor.com, our facebook page is the main source of information: www.facebook.com/painconfessor
SOURCE – Do you momentarily make enough money to live from being a musician?
Jaakko Kunnas (Guitar) - Haha, not even close! Well, not yet, at least. Fingers crossed that the day will come in the future… But as we speak, all six of us have day jobs, and we have to make music in the spare time. To be realistic, our music is a tad different from the mainstream, so we may still have to earn our living by some other means for a while.
Aki Kuusinen (Drums) – There are not too many people in Finland earning their living with metal music. Day jobs are a necessary evil for most musicians, and to be honest I’m quite happy to keep music and the day job as two separate things. Of course you can “kick start” your career and form a lousy schlager-band, put on your best smile-like grimace and perform 5 nights a week in the corner of pizzeria playing songs you don’t like… No offense to those kind of musicians, just kidding. (No he’s not! – Tuomas (guitar)).
SOURCE – How do you keep yourself busy in that extra time?
Jaakko Kunnas (Guitar) - Most of us have families and kids, so there are no problems whatsoever with sparing extra time! Those of us who don’t live a family life, have their own personal favorite hobbies, I guess… We don’t hang out with each other all the time, and we’re happy with that. Enough is enough, haha!
Aki Kuusinen (Drums) – I would like to have more spare time !
SOURCE – Apart from your own, whose records would you recommend to readers of Sourcewebzine.com.br?
Jaakko Kunnas (Guitar) – Old school metal always works, and there are amazing newer artists as well. We all like different stuff, but my personal likings include classic bands like Sepultura, Metallica (old stuff only, up to the Black Album), Megadeth… Anything by the late & great Ronnie James Dio.
Some newer stuff would include Devin Townsend and his projects, especially SYL… And maybe something more curious like Pain of Salvation. All of these artists have written amazing songs that can literally make you emotional. My two cents of advice for the new generation of metal heads: when you find a good song, behind it is usually an interesting band – dig deeper into those bands and you will discover whole new worlds!
Aki Kuusinen (Drums) – I recommend to listen to all genres without prejudice, to get familiar with different music other than what you mostly listen to. Lately I’ve been listening to old school death metal, black metal, some crust/grind like Disfear, Wolfbrigade and Misery Index, Bolt Thrower, Satyricon and a few random pop, electronic and hip hop acts.
SOURCE – Why should someone who has never heard of Pain Confessor check your music out?
Jaakko Kunnas (Guitar) - Our music is angry, so that when you listen to it, you wouldn’t have to be, hehe… At least that’s how metal music works for me. And another thought: Why not! There’s nothing to lose, only to gain and find something that hopefully touches you in some mysterious way.