Ave, can you introduce your band to our readers? – When was it founded and what style of music do you play , etc. ?
Desolator is: Stefan (vocals, guitars), Joakim (vocals, guitars), Jonas (bass, additional vocals) and Victor (drums). We started playing in 2009. Our first demo „Gravefeast“ was an old school demo that sounded like typical swedish style death metal. After releasing some more stuff we grew more technical and american in style. Our new release „Spawn of Misanthropy“ sounds more like Immolation and Morbid Angel than anything else.
Where and under what conditions were you recording the new album? Who was in charge of sound, production and mastering?
The vocals, guitars and bass were recorded in our friend’s studio Forlorn Halls. Drums were recorded in One Path Studio. The eminent Teddy Möller from BlueFlame Productions mixed and mastered it. Song from „Spawn of Misanthropy“: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EED0SanJj2k
How many copies were released and which medium was used for this new edition (CD, digital, vinyl, cassette)?
We printed 100 CD’s that you can buy from the band, if they run out we will produce more. „Spawn of Misanthropy“ will also be available for free at our Bandcamp, http://desolatorsweden.bandcamp.com/.
Who is the author of the lyrics and how were they created and about what do the lyrics deal with ?
The lyrics are split 50/50 between me (Stefan) and the bass player Jonas. I mostly write about negative aspects of current humanity and society, and Jonas writes more about horror, history, anti-religion, war and such topics.
Who created the logo of the band, and who took care of the graphics and the website? What about you and social networks? Do you consider these things important?
The logo was made by our friend Johan Nilsson, and the graphics for „Spawn of Misanthropy“ were done by Luciferium War Graphics. We’re very happy with both and the imagery is something we do care about. We want the graphics to depict our music. For instance, the cover image for the new release is related to the song „The Faceless God“.
Which label did you choose for releasing your album and why this label? Are you satisfied by how your label represents you and takés care about you?
„Spawn of Misanthropy“ is self released, but we are looking for a label to release a future full length album. If anyone from a label finds our EP interesting, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Which bands do you idolise and where do you get your inspiration?
Our early influences were Dismember and Entombed, and our newer material draws inspiration from a different set of bands. Immolation, Morbid Angel and Blood Red Throne have been big influences for the riffs, but we in the band listen to pretty diverse music, which likely shows in the dynamics of the songs. Some of the more atmospheric moments on „Spawn of Misanthropy“ owe more to bands like Katatonia, Opeth and Amorphis than typical death metal bands.
Did you send your record to some Labels - which are the labels? How was the response?
We only tried to contact our old label, who didn’t seem that interested in releasing the EP. After that we decided to release it ourselves, to draw attention from labels for a future full length album.
How many gigs have you played? Which type of gigs do you prefer, whether it's (clubs or festivals) and which of your performances would you consider as the best?
It’s hard to give an exact number but I think we probably played live around 20 times. It depends a lot on how crazy the audience go. Personally, I think our gig at Matanza Festival in Mallorca, Spain was the coolest. The spanish guys went nuts for our music and most of them didn’t even hear Desolator before the gig! We’ve also had a few very sweaty tight club gigs in Stockholm where people started moshing and stagediving. It gives incredible energy on stage when the audience goes crazy like that. Video from the gig in Spain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdqdAL_8HWw
What about your plans for the future? What do you want to achieve with the band?
Boring answer, but there is no particular plan except to keep writing and releasing music that we like. I would love to get on some smaller european festival bills, like Party San Open Air or Protzen Open Air. It’s probably not an impossible goals since quite a few bands from the Swedish underground play on those. If you want us to play, book us! We love playing live.
How and where can your fans contact you? Can you provide some contact information?
You can e-mail us at email@example.com or contact us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Desolatorswe