Stefan Jonsson - Gormathon
After having seen Gormathon live at Getway Rock Festival this summer, I felt that I wanted to know a bit more about the band. Therefore I contacted their guitarist Stefan Jonsson for a quick interview. The impression I get from this band is a very sympathetic, down to earth and friendly one, and if they keep producing more of the quality metal they have done so far, we will definitely see, hear and read more about this swedish band in the future.
Tribe: To get this going for the readers who are not yet familiar with Gormathon; what genre of metal would you say yourself that you belong to? There is some death metal, some classic metal, and the vocals shift from harsh to light and both break off and blend the different musical parts very nicely. But let's hear it from you...
Tribe: You are a relatively new band and have just released your debut album , Lens Of Guardian. Do you at this point of time have more material on stock that you are working on? How much have you managed to write during the course of the band's existence?
Tribe: Do you already within the band have a clear vision on how future music and albums from Gormathon will sound? What direction do you feel that you will be heading; heavier, faster, more focus on melodies, etc.?
Tribe: I know that I am not alone hearing similarities with Amon Amarth in your music, mainly due to the production, the riffs and the melodic leads. Would you say that you see them as an influence today, or at least did during the formation of the band?
Tribe: On the Lens Of Guardian album, there are some pretty powerful song names like Wings Of Steel, Devil's Claw and so on, but one song title doesn't seem to fit the profile in my opinion and that is Love Is A Motherfucker. Can you tell us a little more about this particular song, does it have a personal meaning for you or anyone of the other members in the band?
Tribe: It's starting to move a bit for you and you have done some gigs lately, but still it seems to be on a relatively local level. Have you had some enquiries yet from other , bigger cities and venues or even other nordic countries?
Tribe: What kind of obstacles are up-and-coming bands like yourselves facing when trying to make a name in the scene? What is the hardest thing about it all?
Tribe: I saw you at the Getaway Rock Festival in Gävle this summer, what did you and your band mates think of this particular festival, and do you think we get to see you there or at other festivals again next year?
Tribe: Is there a particular festival that you guys would "die" to play on in the future; Sweden Rock Festival, Metaltown, Wacken Open Air, etc?
Tribe: In the more northern parts of Sweden it´s pretty hard to get to see some quality metal bands. Do you have any gigs planned in the northern region any time soon? If you do let me know immediately!
Tribe: Finally , it has to be asked: your vocalist Tony Sunnhag has an appearance that is remarkably similar to the character Saruman in the Lord Of The Rings movies, played by the legendary Christopher Lee. Is he deliberately and continuously working on that image, or did it just happen to turn out like that?
See also: review of the album Lens Of Guardian