Lunatica Interview anglais
Pain Of Salvation (Anglais) (Par
Interview with Fredrik Ermanson (Keybords)
01 - After the concert given in Sweden, BE as an album is released. How
would present it? As a concept-album? As a movie soundtrack?
It's most definitely a concept album evolving around what might be the most
ambitious concept so far by PoS. The original ideas came up in Daniel's mind
sometimes in 1996 and since we were given the opportunity to present BE as a
stage performance it added an extra dimension to the concept. First of all the
visual aspect of a concert but also with help from the projections we hade on
a big canvas on stage.
02 - Don't you think the story of this album is quite special for a metal
Maybe special but not too hard to grasp, I think. Just give it time
and you will find a lot of aspects in the concept and hopefully it will trigger
your mind to elaborate further on the issues.
03 - May we understand BE just as an other Pain of Salvation's album or
more as an phylosophic or intellectual concept ?
I think all our concepts so far offers both philosophical and intelligent
aspects, the thing with BE is that it spans over such a big spectra of ideas
weaved together. As well as remarks and observations of ourselves as people,
the evolution of mankind, BE also offers being a theory, a made-up experiment
of thoughts. This where Remedy Lane and TPE I for example, offered more individual
and personal concepts. But I think that all of our albums offer philosophical
and intellectual challenges.
04 - Limitated to the music, BE is a very audacious production, melting
a lot of different influences, and not only on metal scene but even on folk
music, negro spiritual...Don't you think this can bother the fans to comprehend
Maybe, but good music is good music no matter the genre. We can only make
music we believe in and try to do it as good as possible. Are the different
styles of BE difficult to comprehend? I think not. They might be surprising
for appearing as they do, in a "metal" album, in one CD following
each other, but difficult as songs? No, I don't think so.
05 - The cover art-work is very simple contrary to the booklet who contains
many photos illustrating the concept. Why a such difference? To invite the listener
to travel by the way of the booklet design ?
This is more a question for Daniel who designed the booklet but I can only
say that it looks very good! I don't think the underlying meaning was to keep
the cover simple to make people more interested in the actual booklet. You must
remember that for the shows we did of BE, we used projections on a big screen
so some of them are included in the booklet to illustrate more of the songs.
To listen to the album and following along with help of the booklet is always
a good idea.
06 - Pain of Salvation is very productive, 5 cds during the last 6 years...How
and where do you found your inspiration ?
And we always think we don't have enough time to record as much as we want
to! Inspiration? Since most of the song writing process takes place in Daniel's
head, only he can answer where his inspirations come from, but the inspiration
to record and produce albums is something we all possess. It's often a hard
working process from start to finish but so rewarding in the end!
07 - How is BE received by the fans and the magazines ?
Very positive! The comments from reviewers, interviewers and fans have been
great. BE might require some time to fully digest but the response so
far has been truly overwhelming.
08 - What about a future promotional BE tour ?
Touring requires planning and we want to go on a tour not too far into the
future but right now we don't have any specific plans. Performing BE on a tour
is a difficult task to fulfil considering the fact that the music to a large
extent was written for an orchestra. We'll see how we solve that problem.
09 - Had the band some projects, for now or farther in time ?
We have ideas about coming albums of course and The Perfect Element part
II will always be in the back of our head even if that one requires some big
efforts and most likely won't happen next year or so.
10 - One last word for those who will read this interview ?
Well, I hope you all had a chance to listen to BE and hopefully liked it!
We sure had a fun time creating this album. Hope to see you all in the future
and remember to give peace a chance. Really, give it a chance!
Interview by Ronan