Nico Elgstrand Talks Entombed A.D. And New Album "Back To The Front"
Longtime fans of the Swedish death metal powerhouse Entombed were recently shocked to see the band return with an unfamiliar moniker at the end - "A.D." - along with a lineup no longer including guitarist Alex Hellid.
After the initial announcements, Entombed A.D. became a recurring name in our weekly podcasts, and now that the shockwaves have faded and music from the band's forthcoming album "Back To The Front" has finally hit the digital airwaves, it's time to get the full scoop on this institution of brutal death.
For the inside story, we got in touch with Entombed A.D. member Nico Elgstrand to find out what was going on with all the changes and what fans can expect from the new release, due out in early August. See what Nico had to say in the interview below.
xFiruath: For fans who aren't familiar with the situation, can you give a brief rundown on what's happened with the band lately and why it switched from Entombed to Entombed A.D.?
Nico: We've had some internal turmoil that resulted in a separation of Alex from the band. Turns out he didn't wanna make music and tour on it, still not sure what the hell he wants to do! When we were about to release the album he started bringing in lawyers and claimed that the name Entombed belongs to him.
Which of course it doesn't, but instead of getting into a lawsuit that would've gone on for a long time and wouldn't have made anyone happy except a bunch of lawyers we decided to add A.D. to the name and get on with what were supposed to do, which is making music and touring as a band. As of now the name Entombed is on hold for anyone to use until people involved come to a solution. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to happen in the near future!
xFiruath: How did you guys get hooked up with Century Media for the coming album's release?
Nico: Its been in the making for quite some time, it was just a matter of sealing the deal.
xFiruath: How would you say the sound has changed from the band's last incarnation over to this one?
Nico: To the better in every way.
xFiruath: Where did you record “Back To The Front” and who did you work with?
Nico: It was recorded in studio Bohus outside Gothenburg with Roberto Laghi as producer. The album was mixed by Michael Ilbert.
xFiruath: What's happening with the lyrics and themes on this particular album?
Nico: Everybody in the band contributed with lyrics and when it was all done it kinda had a theme, it wasn't really intentional though.
xFiruath: Have you seen any reviews of the new album so far, and were there any interesting ones or maybe any reviews that you felt were really off the mark?
Nico: I've read just a few and they've all been very good so I am hopeful that when the albums released it's gonna continue like that!
xFiruath: Who put together the album's cover artwork?
Nico: It is a painting by the one and only Zbigniew Bielak and it shows a world in decay and rotting soldiers or something. Sort of like the lyrics are a lot about human madness, war, hatred and frustration and the inability to do anything about it! In that way I guess it kinda connects.
xFiruath: Does the band have any upcoming tour or festival plans?
Nico: Indeed, we are gonna do a bunch of festivals in August, then off to Japan start of September. Middle of September through October were gonna tour Europe. States are in the making as we speak.
xFiruath: Are you or any of the other members active with other musical projects at the moment?
Nico: LG and Victor has a project with a bunch of friends called Fireborn and I do a fair bit of engineering, mixing and producing other metal bands. My latest endeavor was the Grand Magus album “Triumph and Power.”
xFiruath: Fill me in on what's happening in your local metal scene in Sweden.
Nico: It's thriving here in Sweden at the moment, unfortunately I rarely get to enough live shows due to a busy schedule.
xFiruath: What's going on in the wider metal world right now that's got you excited?
Nico: Accept just released an album that I haven't heard yet and Opeth's new I'm keen on diving into. It's time for Tool to give us a new album I think as well.
xFiruath: Thanks for your time Nico, any parting words?
Nico: Hope to see all you crazy beer inhaling metal heads on the road soon. It's been way too long for us. We are stoked! Keep it unreal and Hail Satan!
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