Interview: The Ogre
Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:
The main concept of “Entity” was to take the listener through a soundscape of horror and fear, something like a movie with several nightmarish stories.
Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?
Yes and no, as a “one man band” I had an idea of how I wanted to sound like but as I write my songs I adapt the parts to how I want the listener to feel but mainly it has to be original, if it sounds like something some other band has done before I erase it.
How does your writing process normally work out?
It´s quite different to how I was used to do in the past with an actual band. Now I really take my time, record all the ideas and work around them, and do what is best for the songs, there are no songs that I don´t like, I´m proud of each and every one and would play all of them live.
What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?
I´ve been doing this for a few years already (late 90´s), so I do it for the love of it, to create something cool and original. I make absolutely everything in the album, all guitars, vocals, bass, drums, synth and artwork, so I really put my heart and soul into it and really hope to one day turn this into my main activity.
What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?
Appart from bands of several styles like Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse, Wasp, Motorhead, Dimmu Borgir and a million more, I like to explore movies and video game soundtracks to get inspiration to (in a way) provoke the listener into fear or tension or even something unexpected.
What’s next for you?
I´m about to finish the fourth record, artwork done and 80% of the songs recorded, 2020 here we come!