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ShadowDivine - Let's get married! (Anders Gustafsson/Peter Haga) - Online Jan 2007

Swedish SHADOWDIVINE are a pretty blank sheet of paper for most of you out there, even though they definitely are not newcomers anymore. So far they only have a 6-song EP out, but it oozes with promise for a killer debut album, so I just had to send out the tentacles towards Scandinavia to get more information from the two main men Anders Gustafsson and Peter Haga.


Hi guys, Alex from "The Metal Observer" here, how are things in the SHADOWDIVINE camp?

Hi Alex! Everything is just fine here, X-mas has been just great!!


Could you tell us a bit about the beginnings of SHADOWDIVINE, as I am pretty sure that not too many people have heard of you yet…

Anders: Me and Peter, formerly from the bands WEB OF WYRD and BLACK ROSE, decided to write a couple of songs together and see where we’d end up. We thought the result was too good not to be developed further. We wrote a couple of more songs and then recorded the demo, Fredda joined the band, and here we are!


Now if you take the three bands that the three members came from and try to pool them together, you would not really expect the Power/Thrash sound of SHADOWDIVINE. Were you looking for an outlet for a different sound or how did it come to be?

Peter: Well, the demo was written by Anders and me. Fredda joined in the middle of the recording and had no chance to take part in the songwriting process. However, his participation in SHADOWDIVINE won’t change the direction of the music. Back to your question. We’re now playing what we’ve always liked and listened to.


I described the music as Power/Thrash with symphonic influences, how would you yourself describe your sound to someone, who has no idea about SHADOWDIVINE yet?

Anders: Hmm, I’ve always favoured the term METAL, no less, no more. We know that our music is kinda hard to categorize due to our diverse style, so we leave it up to you guys J


On “Inner Sanctum” you even go one step further by incorporating this ultra melodic bridge with this choir, before the chorus is straight and fast again, giving the song an almost churchy feel, which someone told me almost sounds as if you guys were a Christian band, which I do not think is true, what are your lyrics about?

Anders: NO, we’re definitely NOT a Christian band!! Although, I can understand that one would think that listening to the bridge on “Inner” since we’re using the prayer “The Lords Prayer”, and yes, having a churchy feel to it! Our lyrics are both fictional and deals with strange matters in modern society. “Inner” for instance tells the story about an old woman living in a haunted house, turning to god for help and solace but nevertheless succumbs to EEEVIL!!!


How does a SHADOWDIVINE song take shape? If you look at the variety within the songs I can imagine that you can't just slap them together in 20 minutes…

Anders: They are all written by Peter and me and usually start with a riff or some chords and a harmony followed by a discussion ‘bout what type of song we’d like to make. Then comes the work of filling in the blanks, using both old and writing new stuff that suits the concept. Last but not least we arrange and write lyrics, which can be a pain in the ass sometimes ha ha. The amount of time required to complete a song differs a lot of course, and we’ll probably never make one in 20 minutes.................


You started out as a duo, then added a third member, what is the ultimate goal for SHADOWDIVINE? To have a full band or still keep things trimmed down and easy to manage?

Peter: We’re of course aiming for a complete band, finding suitable members is not easiest thing though, since we’re really picky=)


Are SHADOWDIVINE your main focus now or do all of the other bands still exist?

Anders: SHADOWDIVINE is definitely my main focus right now. I think and hope my previous band WEB OF WYRD still exists, but in what shape or form I do not know.

Peter: BLACK ROSE is currently on ice, so my main focus is of course on SHADOWDIVINE.


Do you have any direction for new material yet?

Peter: The direction for the new material and sound will follow the same guidelines as the old. A broadening of the horizons can be expected though. So far only one and a half song has been written, so who knows..., we’ll get back to You on that one. Don’t worry though, it won’t sound like WHITE STRIPES =)


What is your personal favourite and least favourite song of SHADOWDIVINE and why?

Anders: I’d have to go for “Seven Steps To Hell” as my personal favourite cause it’s straight forward and fast and the refrain is quite catchy, in a good way. A least favourite is harder to pick cause I like ‘em all, but if I had to I’d go for.....ehh.....hmm.....fuck!! Can’t pick one, sorry!!

Peter: My pick is “Inner Sanctum”, I think it contains all that a great song should: aggression, melody, soft parts, slow parts, fast parts, in other words: Dynamics. My least favourite song on the demo doesn’t exist, I think they’re all great =)


What are your goals for SHADOWDIVINE and how have they changed since you started the band?

Peter: To write excellent songs and last but not least, to have fun, drink lotsa beer and kick Fredda’s ass during the process J And as we said, finding the right members for the band.


What do you do when you are not making music? Last time I checked bills didn't get paid by enthusiasm and creativity, they still want money…

Anders: Unfortunately they do, don’t they! I make my living as a factory employee, quite boring but the pay is ok and it makes for good inspiration considering how stupid the work is!!

Peter: I work with retards, ‘nuff said....


If your music was an emotion, which one would it be?

Anders: Anger and despair!! Couldn’t pick just one, ended up with two....


How do you define success? Only in terms of sales or is there a different definition of success for you as a band?

Peter: It depends on what you’re aiming for, if you succeed in what you set out to do, than I think you’re successful. Is being mainstream and making lotsa money better than following your own path?? Most people would probably say yes, but we don’t think so.


If you could not compose and/or play music, what would you do?

Anders: I’d probably end up as a alcoholic with a sole purpose of escaping any hangovers, thus it becomes necessary to never sober up!!

Peter: I can only agree on that one, ha ha ha...


What do you love to hate in today's music industry?

Anders: Everything that is nothing but commercial and cheap such as pop music and casting shows really get on my nerves. It’s amazing that people buy into it, without an audience that shit would just wither and die but it doesn’t, unbelievable!! The world can be a scary place!!! Ha ha


Do you think that there still is a real underground, as there had been many years back?

Peter: No, I think the term underground lost its significance 10 years ago with the internet/computer era. Making and distributing almost first-class productions from home can render unsigned bands and artists more attention, via e.g. Myspace, than bands with decent record deals.


What made you start to play music and form a band in first place?

Peter: I’ve played instruments as long as I can remember, I started out with piano when I was like 3-4 years old. I guess you can blame KISS, SWEET and my brother for me choosing the musical path. Hmm... Thanx a lot... :/


Which album in musical history would you wish was yours and why?

Anders: That was a hard one but if I had to choose one I’d probably go for SANCTUARY’s – “Refuge Denied”. Why? Way ahead of its time and fuxxxng excellent!!

Peter: JUDAS PRIEST’s “Painkiller” instantly changed my approach towards drumming, plus the songs and riffs are great. I’m probably not the only one favouring that album, it’s a milestone, period.


How important do you think is the internet nowadays to promote an up and coming band?

Anders: I think it means a lot, and in some cases, such as ours, everything! The major advantage of it is that you get a chance to promote yourself in a big way all over the world (e.g. Myspace again...), a great way for all unsigned bands to get heard out there and all that at virtually no cost at all!! Brilliant!!


If time travel was possible, which historical period would you like to visit and why? What would you miss the most from our time?

Anders: Ehr, I’d probably try to get a glimpse at a major historical event such as The fall of Rome, the birth of Christ (if that event ever took place..) or something and a would certainly miss electricity, playing music, beer and what not....


What would you do, if you were sitting at the bar, Lemmy would come in, sit down next to you and order a big glass of milk?

Peter: I’d order the same, thinking that it probably contains some heavy-duty shit.


Just as a side note - what do you think of "The Metal Observer"?

Anders: TMO rules of course, a great review and unsigned band of the month, how can we not love you guys! J


My traditional last question is: What is your favourite question about SHADOWDIVINE that you have never been asked, but would finally want to answer?

Peter: Will Anders and Fredda get married?

Anders: No...., ha ha J

Well Alex, that’s it!

Thanx alot for your support, keep up the good work.

Cheerz everyone!!!!



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