An Interview With Guitarist Rille Rimfalt Of Seance
After sixteen years of limited activity death metal band Seance put out their latest album "Awakening of the Gods" through Pulverized Records in January of 2009. Guitarist Rille of the Swedish metal veterans answered some questions for Metalunderground about the band's long period of silence and the sound of their newest release.
xFiruath: How would you describe the sound of Seance to a metal fan who had never heard the band before?
Rille: We used play technical death metal but now days which band ain't technical. So I guess fast forward death/trash should be the right words to describe the music.
xFiruath: The band had been officially broken up for nearly 10 years before getting back together in 2008. What made you guys decide to resurrect Séance and how did it come about?
Rille: We never split up. Jensen (former guitarist Patrick Jensen) left the band but we were still here. It was more like we fell into some sort of a long slumber. I think we were satisfied with all the releases with our other bands. Nine records exactly between the Seance albums. And a lot of touring with Witchery. But after Martin Axenroth joined Opeth it became even harder to get everyone together in Witchery. It was hard before to but now it became almost impossible with Jensen doing The Haunted tours and Sharlee in Arch Enemy. So we decided to focus more on the next Seance album.
xFiruath: Tell me about “Awakening of the Gods.” What’s different about this album from the previous ones?
Rille: The main difference is that Jensen our main composer left the band to start The Haunted. Compared to the older albums it still sounds like Seance but with more trash elements in it now. It is a lot more cleaner sounding album than before.
xFiruath: What do the lyrics generally deal with on “Awakening of the Gods?”
Rille: It is typical death metal lyrics. It’s just stories about sick people with sick minds. A good rule is that your mom should not like what you are writing. When I write I actualy concentrate to get the words to fit the music. That is very hard cause you know how it should sound and working only with syllables in the words.
xFiruath: How was the recording for the album? Where did you record at and who did you work with for the producing?
Rille: We wanted to do everything ourselves so we bought a studio and a lot of gear to record the new album. It took us some time just to get everything as good as we wanted. Micke our drummer is the main engineer and he recorded some other bands just to learn more about it before the Seance album. Our goal was to introduce the album to the labels as a complete product. And we did that. Nine labels showed interest to sign the band.
xFiruath: Now that the new album is done what are Seance’s plans for the near future? Any touring or new shows?
Rille: We will see what happens. We all have a very busy schedule.
xFiruath: Other than Seance are you currently involved in any other musical projects?
Rille: Yes, next up is to finish the next Witchery album. Everything is recorded except the lyrics. Jensen is writing the lyrics right now on tour with The Haunted. So next month we probably start to record the missing pieces.
xFiruath: Having been a part of the metal scene for so long is there anything about it that you don’t like and you’d like to see changed?
Rille: We have been in the metal scene from 1990 but with different bands. There were almost the same members in Satanic Slaughter and Witchery as it is in Seance. A lot has changed over the years, but nothing I specifically can say that I don't like.
xFiruath: When you aren’t playing music what bands and albums do you listen to most frequently?
Rille: Meshuggah, Lamb of God, Satyricon, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Dawn, and The Crown.
xFiruath: That’s all my questions, so is there anything you’d like to discuss that I didn’t cover or do you have any parting words for the fans?
Rille: Yes, Thanks for all the good reviews and attention we get from everyone.
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