Swedish death metallers Entrails have just released their brutal new album World Inferno. We had a chat with guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist to hear all about it, their Swedish metal roots, touring plans and exactly who they would choose to share a festival bill with.
Your new album World Inferno is out soon and sounds great, do you feel re-energized with this record? It certainly sounds like it!
Thanks a lot, yeah it feels good in any way on this release. Though I am satisfied for every release Entrails have been done this far.
Did you approach the creation of World Inferno in a similar way to that of your last album Obliteration?
Yeah. Almost the exact way, I cannot point on anything that’s been done in another way.
Is the albums title in relation to the state of the world today?
Actually its up to everyone to decide that. We didn’t have that in mind when deciding the cover motif or titles on the songs or the album itself. We had a more surrealistic vision of a universe where the dead are back to smash everything up so to speak. Doesn’t go deeper than that!
The song Serial Murder (Death Squad) is a particular favourite song of mine from the album, what is that song about and is it based on fact or a fictional tale?
You are not alone having that as a favorite. Tommy who wrote the lyrics had a made up fiction idea and just went crazy in the writing.
What are some of the other songs on the album about?
The whole album have a surrealistic theme about horror, death, kill, slaughter, murder etc. We chose to not have any true stuff and had any research on particular subjects, just crazy thoughts
What inspires the band lyrically when it comes to your song?
Tommy had some great sick ideas and we just go with them. To us the lyrics aint so important like spreading some shitty propaganda or stuff like that.
Entrails split up back in 1998 but got back together a decade later. What was the reason for the break up in the first place and what prompted the reunion?
The whole story is written in our biography and can be found at Metal Blades website, but one word was the main reason and its nostalgia.
Do you feel that Entrails get stronger as a band the more you go on?
Hmm, hard to say. Don’t know if we actually gets stronger. We have changed band members so many times that it’s difficult to think in those terms, It’s up to the fans to judge that I guess.
Do you feel that the rise of social media has helped a band like Entrails or do you feel it is something of a necessary evil?
Of course it have been a helping hand. Spreading the plague much faster through social media is a lot more of a comfortable way than tape trading everyone was doing in the past. It can be a lot more evil as well though because the trolls are everywhere and writing their childish rubbish crap, but it’s the backside of the good thing.
What was it about death metal that resonated with you on the first place and what were the first albums that got you into it in the first place?
Gosh, I barely don’t remember what first came up in my ears. I think it was Obituary or something that a friend of mine brought to a party. I know for sure when I first heard the Sunlight bands with that wall of sound I was completely sold.
Your home country of Sweden is synonymous with quality death metal. What was it like coming up in that classic era?
To us who lived in a small village deep into the woods, we didn’t have those connections with the scene compared to the bands who lived in the masses, so for us it wasn’t so intense with shows and music every night. We had to drive a couple of kilometers to come to a bigger town where Furbowl had their headquarters, and sometimes there was a famous band playing but the community was fast to close down those places for other crap.
What are some of your favourite Swedish death metal bands and albums?
I make it easy for myself and mention all bands recorded in the Sunlight studio in the very beginning of the 90´s.
What are your favourite death metal albums of all time?
I like Clandestine by Entombed mostly. Mostly because of the sound.. Like An Ever Flowing Stream by Dismember is good contender too.
How do you feel about death metal in 2017, does it still have you the same excitement as it always did?
Haha. No way. The excitement died in middle of the 90´s when I quit playing for other interests and when I came back its more or less the old music I used to listen at still be the ones I listen to today and get my inspirations from. Of course there are some great new songs still coming up but mostly its overproduced and sounds too perfect.Not really my way to have it.
What are Entrails live plans once World Inferno is released?
Sell tons of albums and merchandise along with getting us some decent shows and festivals that not already booked. We recently changed booker and at that time we did that festivals booked their bands and while we didn’t “exist” to them we werent so interesting for them. So we´ll see what happens next year.
Will you be playing any of the summer festivals?
No, this year we´ll have a looooong vacation and prepare for Autumn and Winter and then 2018
What has been the most memorable gig that Entrails have ever played?
To me its Hellfest last year, no doubt. That huge festival was damn good for us to play at.
What has been the most enjoyable tour that the band have ever done?
We arent that big a touring band, but we do some weekenders here and there, and the coolest one is the same when Hellfest was done, we did 2 more shows that weekend and had a lot of fun
If you could pick three bands for Entrails to play a gig with, who would you choose?
Slayer, (old) Entombed and Dismember that did a reunion just for this..