Interview with Martin Henriksson - Blabbermouth magazine
DARK TRANQUILLITY guitarist Martin Henriksson recently spoke
to Korea's Hot Music magazine about the group's new album, "Character",
and their upcoming touring activities. Several excerpts from the
Hot Music: While the new album does not have any major stylistic
changes, it is very straight-forward thrash metal, just like your
early releases. However, the romantic keyboards and other modern
elements seem to have developed even more. Is your future songwriting
going to follow this formula?
Martin Henriksson: "Well, like always with our music, that's
impossible to tell. We never really know beforehand how our music
is going to develop. This 'formula' is how we wanted it to sound
this time around, and I must say we're very pleased with the outcome,
but the next album might sound completely different."
Hot Music: Do you write any of the music yourself or with guys
in rehearsal room or somewhere else?
Martin Henriksson: "We write the riffs at home, usually
me or Anders. Then I put together stuff in a basic structure that
we work on together at the rehearsal place where we add stuff
until it's completed."
Hot Music: The band produced the album at Studio Fredman. It
seems that you no longer need the services of Fredrik Nordström.
How did the recording process go?
Martin Henriksson: "It's a common misunderstanding that
we used Fredrik as a producer in the past. We never did! He's
just the engineer in the studio who gets us the sound we want,
but he never produces our music. Our songs are always 99.9% ready
when we start recording, there isn't much to produce really. The
recording went quite smooth, we were by ourselves a lot, which
works great for us. We just had Fredrik come in when we needed
some equipment to be changed. Other than that we were alone in
Hot Music: Last time, Niklas Sudin said that he didn't know much
about the current Gothenburg scene. That response could be translated
as meaning that the Gothenburg scene isn't what it used to be.
Are new bands still coming out from that area?
Martin Henriksson: "I don't really follow the scene, but
I haven't heard of any new bands coming out of Gothenburg lately.
What most people don't know is that Gothenburg is a quite small
town and there never were that many bands coming from here to
begin with. A lot of the bands that were mentioned in the past
in connection with the Gothenburg scene weren't actually from
here, they just happened to sound somewhat similar to some of
the bands from here... A lot have been said about the Gothenburg
sound in the last 10 years, but what all these bands have in common
is really that it's death metal and it's more melodic than most
other bands in the genre. For me that's what it's about: melodic
On the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag"
Martin Henriksson: "I think it's a tremendous tragedy. The
metal world has not only lost a brilliant musician and inspiration
to thousands of bands, but also some of its innocence. It won't
be the same again..."