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What do you think
of this record of yours "TIME OF DESPAIR" compared to
your former records?
A: Time of despair is pretty
many-sided album than the previous ones. There are some
quite heavy and quite rocking songs and also some very
easy songs.Vocal parts are much stronger than ever and
totally the new element in our music are these electric
elements (electric beats, sounds and stuff like that).
The production is higher than ever on our latest album.
We made a lot of different arrangements from these songs
on our rehearsal room and after that we went to studio
to make some demo versions from our songs. And still
after that our producer Anssi Kippo made a very good
work with our songs and gave his own special notes to
Do you have any
favorite on this record? Which song do you like most to
play live on this cd?
A: In my opinion "The Pit" is a very
good live song and it´s very nice to play it on live. And
I think that it´s a very good song in every way. Other
favourites from this album are "Until The End", "Stream Of
Life", "Nothing Left To Say", "Time Of Despair"..
How is the response
from your fans and the press on your opus?
A:Very good! And especially the
feedback from press has been very good! "Time Of Despair"
has got a very much better feedback from the press than
the previous ones.
For how long did
you work with this record ?
A: Ugh.. altogether it was a veeeery
long time but if we talk about the time in the studio, it
took 45 very long days to make it.
You have a new
lead-vocalist on the two last records. What is your
opinion of your new member compared to the first
A: Mika’s voice suites to our music
very much better that our former singer´s voice, I think.
And Mika is also a very cool looking vocalist also on the
When you compose
your music, who are your influences?
A: Ugh, we have so many different
kinds of influences on our music that I think it´s very
hard to say some names or some exact genres..
I think that you
have lots of influences from the band Paradise Lost. Is
that your intention? Is it one of your favorite-bands ?
A: Yeah,I think that too. But I
don’t think that it’s that kind intention. We just like
that band very, very much and of course that way we
probably get some influences from them.
Earlier this year
you were support act to the Norwegian band Theatre Of
Tragedy in Europe. Did you like it and have a good time?
A: Oh, yeah!! That tour was totally
fantastic!! We all liked it very, very much! The bands
and the dudes from these bands we toured with, were very
cool and a whole tour crew was great!! 18 gigs in 7
different countries. Cool gigs in cool places than in
Vienna, Paris, Hamburg, Pratteln, Stockholm, Oslo..
How did the public
in Europe receive your music ?
A: Very well! Especially in Vienna,
Pratteln, and Paris the audience was awesome.
Why didn't the tour
reach Finland ?
A: I don´t know. Maybe Theatre Of
Tragedy isn’t so big name here in Finland or something..
And because ToT was headliner, then the tour went with
The audience in
Sweden how did they react to your music ?
A: Very well! First we were a little
bit nervous when we came to Sweden, because we hadn’t any
ideas about the album selling and success in Sweden. But
let´s talk about the first gig in Sweden and in Malmö for
example. First,in the beginning of our set,the audience
was a little bit careful and they just watched the band
from the background but in the end of our set they came
closer and just to the front of the stage and had fun.
And that felt very good!
You have made a
tour in Finland during the summer. Did the audience
receive you well?
A: On summer we made just some
festival gigs here in Finland. Not that kind of real tour.
But yeah, the audience received us well! Especially in
Nummirock festival in Kauhajoki. There was a very good
Are you going to
have your own tour on this record as headliners ?
A: In Finland we mostly make gigs as
a headliner. But these gigs aren’t so big and the venues
aren’t that big as in Europe we usually had with Theatre
Of Tragedy. There will not be that kind of real tour in
Finland at all because in Finland there is no sense to
play on monday or tuesday or on days like these. In
Finland we mostly play shows on friday and saturday and
that’s it. Sometimes there can be also wednesday and
thursday but not any more. Because you have to be a very
big band here in Finland that you can make a tour when
you have a gig on every day.
How is the climate
for heavymetal in Finland ?
A: Very good! We have very many cool
bands in here and more to come all the time. Nowadays
there is always some metal band on the Finish official
album or single chart. And that’s a very nice to notice.
Metal has grown up very much during the last 5 years here
in Finland and it still grows up more all the time.
What do you say
about the Swedish metal scene and do you have any
favorites among the Swedish metalbands ?
A: Oh, the Swedish metal scene is
one of my favourite scenes!! Very much so many cool bands
like In Flames, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity, Pain.. There
is a own sound in the Swedish metal scene and you really
can hear it. And that´s not bad at all! I like very much
that Swedish metal scene´s sound, touch and everything!
When comes the
follow-up record to "TIME OF DESPAIR" ?
A: There are already some plans that
we´ll go the studio somewhere on autumn 2003. At this
time we want to take that whole process very easy and
with not that kind of awful hurry, that we had with ToD
album´s time tables and everything. So the next album
will be released somewhere before the winter 2003 or
Why have you chosen
the producer Anssi Kippo and Astia-studio A on all three
A: When we went to make our first
album we just chose that studio and this producer just
because we had heard so many good words about the studio
and the producer. And when we were recording our first
album in there we liked that atmosphere so much that we
decided to make our 2nd and after that our 3rd album in
Have you, in your
opinion, developed your music and style, through the
A: Yeah. Very much. And it will
develop all the time. From the beginning to nowadays we
have found some kind of style. In my opinion, on the
first album I can hear that, ok there is a band who
doesn’t know so well what they are doing. On the Gone
album we sound like, hey, now we come with our music and
sound, watch out! And on the latest one there is a more
own sound than on 1st or 2nd album together.
Can you describe
A: Melodic/gothic metal/rock.
What is your future
vision for Entwine ?
A: Now we try to make as many gigs
as it possible and after that (and also during this)
we’ll start to write a new material. To the studio next
autumn and after that, tour, tour, tour..
What do you think
about the gothic/metal/hardrock during the twenty first
Century? Do you se any future for it?
A: Yeah, why not? Ok,there comes
more and more different influences all the time but still
there will stay that spirit of gothic/metal/hard rock
because these elements are so strong that you can’t
Do you want to say
anything to your fans out there? The word is yours.
A: Visit on our website
www.entwine.org And if you
haven’t heard us before, you can download some mp3
samples to check out. And if you liked them you can go
straight to merchandise section and order our cd. On
merchandise section there are also available shirts and
stuff like that. And there is a lot of everything, so
check it out! Rock on!!