An Interview With Simon Pederson Of Fairytale Abuse
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Danish symphonic black metal act Fairytale Abuse recently released their latest full length studio album "Perversions of Angel VI." The album revolves around the fictitious character "Angel VI" and has a strong horror vibe coupled with plenty of melodic sounds. Vocalist Simon Pederson took the time to explain the band's recent signing to Massacre Records and their latest activities.
xFiruath: Congratulations on getting signed to Massacre Records! How did that come about?
Simon: Thank you! Well actually we did it the boring old fashioned way. Sending promo CDRs out to a lot of labels and then hope that one of them is interested. With our latest album we had three different offers from labels and Massacre was one of them. We liked they earlier work and thought it would be a good opportunity for us and they have been doing really great so far.
xFiruath: How would you describe the sound of your music to someone who had never heard it before?
Simon: That is always difficult, but perhaps like this - groovy, intense and brutal but with compelling melodies. Some describe it as melodically black metal with a horror twist.
xFiruath: Tell me about the new album “Perversion of Angel VI.” What’s different about it from previous albums? It seems like it has a strong recurring theme throughout the songs – is this a concept album, and if so what is it about?
Simon: If you compare our first album “The Spirit Tower” to “Perversions of Angel IV,” it becomes apparent that our music has changed in many ways. We are heavier and faster this time. However it still contributes to the melodic and brutal sound. We had more time on our hands with this album which made us able to polish and perfect album, and get the sound we wanted. "Angel VI" is a fictitious character that the album’s lyrics revolve around. It’s not a concept album as such, but still most of the songs feature this character in some way.
xFiruath: Where did you record the album and who did you work with?
Simon: We recorded the album in Borsing studio with Jan Borsing (Illnath, Chthonic) doing the production. He did an excellent job.
xFiruath: Now that the album is out what are the band’s plans for the future? Any upcoming shows/tours?
Simon: We are working on more national shows at the moment but we also consider some European touring in the near future.
xFiruath: How was the recording for the music video of “Fall Of The Icon?” How did you feel about the end result?
Simon: Our budget was really low, like $350 or something, so we did it all by ourselves. One of our friends Lars Jensen did wonders and really put a lot of effort into it. Thanks to him, solid planning and a hardworking crew we finished the video within one weekend! That was quite amazing. I think the result is quite good when you think of the above mentioned circumstances.
xFiruath: When did you first get into music and what made you want to be a musician?
Simon: I started playing drums when I was 9 years old, so it has always been a part of my life, so I can’t think of an actual decision. It has always been natural for me that this is what I do for a hobby.
xFiruath: What has been your favorite show or venue that you’ve played at so far?
Simon: Must have been a local venue called "Train" where we played in 2005 together with Illdisposed. The most prestigious so far was the Milwaukee Metal fest where we played in 2001.
xFiruath: When you aren’t playing music what is your favorite band or album to listen to and why?
Simon: At the moment it is Keep of Kalessin’s “Armada". That is one really cool album with immense energy and superb musicianship.
xFiruath: Is there anything about the metal scene today or metal music in general that you don’t like?
Simon: No, not that I can think of.
xFiruath: That’s all my questions, so do you have any parting words for the fans?
Simon: Thanks a lot for the interest in our music and keep supporting this great metalzine Metalunderground! See you out there....
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