Warnot's Björn Eliasson Explains Debut Album "His Blood Is Yours"
A new addition to the prog/power metal world, former Cloudscape member Björn Eliasson has launched his own project Warnot, which just saw the release of a debut album. The freshman release "His Blood Is Yours" features a range of guest vocalists and is out now via Nightmare Records.
Björn was kind enough to share some insight with Metalunderground into the new album's creation, how these tracks differ from previous work with Cloudscape, and the story behind the lyrical themes. Read the full interview below, or you can find more info on Warnot over at Facebook here.
xFiruath: How did you guys end up getting connected with Nightmare Records?
Bjorn: It all began when I played in the band Cloudscape and Nightmare Records collaboration with "Roastinghouse Records Malmoe Sweden" (management for Cloudscape). I dropped Lance King on Nightmare Records a Warnot demo and he liked it. And since Nightmare did an awesome job promoting Cloudscape, I never thought of sending the demo elsewhere.
xFiruath: How would you describe the sound of this album, and how does it differ from the works of Cloudscape?
Bjorn: The sound is at times a lot darker and has more details hidden within the songs. This will hopefully make the album last longer. Also the vocal performances differ from song to song. With 7 different voices, from growls to clean bright female voices, compared to Cloudscape where Mike Andersson took care of all the vocal arrangements alone.
xFiruath: Is there a story behind the album’s title, and what sort of lyrical themes are present on the album?
Bjorn: "His Blood Is Yours" is about a young boy who has a father who is an alcoholic. And the boy’s mother tries to deal with this mess. It happens all around us, so keep your eyes open. Lyrical Themes... here are some examples:
"Raptures of the Deep" - where diving and the wish to find a treasure is the theme.
"The Crow Will Die" - The nature is in bad shape, and we should do something.
"My Darkest Hour" - When you feel the abyss coming closer…
"A Late Dance With Death" - Don't do drugs!
"I Am A Ghost" - Discover that you are on the other side.
"The Patriot" - A soldier’s fight to get back to base camp after losing his friends in combat.
xFiruath: Who handled the artwork and how does it connect to the album?
Bjorn: The very talented Mattias Norên did all of the artwork. I only gave him minor inputs. The dark cover is a nice match to the music I think. Well… dark, doomy, progressive, fantasy music on the album.....you tell me!
xFiruath: What was the writing process like for this album and when were these songs written?
Bjorn: Chords, melody, then vocal arrangements. Then choose the instrumentation. Last part... write the lyrics and record a demo. All songs were written between 2009 - 2011.
xFiruath: There are a host of vocalists on this album – how did you go about choosing them, and how did that change the way the album was recorded?
Bjorn: I have a lot of friends whom are vocalists, and I just asked around if they were interested in the project, and all of them joined… thanks guys! All of the vocalists tried to sing many parts within the songs but not all ended up on the CD.
xFiruath: Where did the main recording process take place and how did that whole process go overall?
Bjorn: I recorded everything in my studio in Helsingborg Sweden, even did the final mastering there. It took quite some time to record it. When you are dealing with people whom all have daytime jobs, it's very difficult to find time that suits both parts.
xFiruath: For our musician readers, can you share what gear you personally use?
Bjorn: Warnot uses - Guitars/Basses: Hamer, Gibson, Ibanez, Peavy, and Washburn
Amps: Marshall JCM900 "TUNED" or Engl Savage 120 through a Palmer speaker simulator --> Gate -->equalizer (distorted guitars)
Preamps: Fractal Audio, Rocktron Chameleon (clean guitars + bass)
Keyboards: M-Audio midi keyboard.
Effects: TC G-Major, and software plugins
xFiruath: As someone who interviews bands regularly I’d like to know from you – is there a particular question you wish interviewers would ask but they don’t usually bring up?
Bjorn: How much time do you put into your music? And in my case that would be....All my time! When I'm not sleeping, eating, or working as an electrical supervisor.
xFiruath: What albums are you listening to lately and what are you looking forward to that’s coming out in the near future?
Bjorn: I don't listen very often to other bands, so I am not that updated with all the new talents and bands out there. If I listen to other bands it is probably when I meet my friends or when I am at a party somewhere.
xFiruath: Will Warnot be hitting the road to support this release with a tour?
Bjorn: Nothing is planned at the moment and It would be very difficult to gather all the vocalists and musicians for a tour right now.
xFiruath: What’s happening in your local metal scene these days?
Bjorn: We have a load of metal bands coming from Helsingborg. Soilwork, Darkane, Cloudscape to name a few. There is more or less only one place to gig in Helsingborg, but within a two hour drive there are a lot more. And if you go to Germany (8 – 15 hours) there's tons of clubs and festivals.
xFiruath: Anything else you’d like to discuss?
Bjorn: Lets help the musicians! Please buy their music, either as a CD, DVD or as a download at shops like iTunes etc. Thanks a million! I wish everyone a great 2013!
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