Monday 26 September 2016

INTERVIEW & ALBUM STREAM: "Waker" from Copenhagen, Denmark's sludge metal bastards BARRICADE

The Copenhagen, Denmark-based sludge metal bastards Barricade is back with their second full length album ”Waker”, which is a fierce stew of social indignation and a musical pedal to the metal. First and foremost, ”Waker” is the proof of a band with something to say and a sense of renewing its own expression while setting the bar high for the alternative metal scene.

Waker” will be released September 30th via the band’s own label Black Grain Records on LP/CD/Digital and today you can check out the album in full with our exclusive stream, as well as short interview.  

SL: Can you give us an insight into how you started playing music, leading up to the formation of Barricade

We all started playing music when we were young teens in the early mid 90`s and discovered bands like Nirvana, Metallica and Pantera.  Some of us Tejs, Lars and Jonathan grew up together and have been playing together for a long time in various bands and genres. Barricade was born in 2010 and Patrick joined in as a second guitar later that year.

SL: For folks unfamiliar with your band, is there any bands on the scene past and present that you would use as a reference point band to describe your band, and who or what continues to inspire you and push you to try new things?

Well we have very different influences and bands we like. Our musical background is very different stretching from Grunge through hardcore all the way to death metal – but let’s say that we have listened to a fair share of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Mastodon, High on Fire, Raised Fist and Red Fang.

SL:  What can you tell us about your upcoming record and where do you feel it sits within the context of current doom scene

We don’t see ourselves as a doom band. We prefer sludge metal. We have some short slow parts in some of our songs, that have a little doom inspiration. Don’t know were the Doom definition comes from? :)

Our new record is a kind of “new” start, in that form that we use to have 2 drummers, but we parted ways with our second drummer about a year ago and decided to continue with one - which resulted in a new sound that is more heavy and slow but still with our aggressive hardcore inspired attitude.

SL: Does anything spring to mind when you think about the completion of your upcoming record and how is the mood in the camp at present?

We are happy and proud that we made this record. It has been tough and hard work not least because we did almost everything ourselves. We did the recording in a realy nice big pro studio and Patrick (guitar) did the mix and mastering. Lars (guitar, vocals) did all the artwork and graphics. The video was done by our drummer Tejs. So it’s been a long but exciting process. Now it’s done and out in a few weeks, so the mood is good and positive and we hope people will like our new record.

SL: What stands out as your overarching memory from the recording sessions?

This time we had a more “real” feeling to it than we’ve had before. This time we did two weeks of non-stop recording sessions on vintage gear with Emil Sauer, a very skilled pro recording engineer and producer. Emil gave us a lot of inputs and did a great job on working with the basic sound. We had the real feeling of being in the studio. So a very different process than our previous releases where each of us would have short sessions of recording you know layer on layer etc.

SL: With a solid gold album in the bag, how is your schedule shaping up over the next 12 months?

Thanks J We don’t have a lot of plans for now. It’s hard to get gigs and tour in Denmark at our level and music genre. Hopefully we can get some cool support jobs for bigger acts when they come to Copenhagen. We are planning to do a small EU tour early 2017 and festivals next summer.

SL: Finally, do you have any final comments/word of wisdom you’d like to bestow upon us?

Thanks for doing this interview. Stay true to yourself and work hard for what you believe in. Love your fellow man and animal despite all the differences you may have. Teach your kids that everyone is right. Music for all – hate for none. Cheers

Waker” will be released September 30th via the band’s own label Black Grain Records here , and the album will be accompanied by a string of live shows in DK and beyond.

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