Jocke/Andy - Hellfueled
Swedish band Hellfueled was among the first bands to enter the stage at this year's edition at Sweden Rock Festival. I and Michael met up with Jocke Lundgren and Andy Alkman backstage to hear about the festival, the new album and what other things that is up with Hellfueled. These were two great guys that were in a cheerful and much talkative mood and there was quite some laughter's during this interview. We recorded the interview and now I have tried to narrow it down to give the essentials of what was being said while we sat down outside the restaurant tent in the backstage area. - Thomas
Download entire interview in mp3 format (in swedish - 14 minutes, 1,65 Mb)
What's up with Hellfueled?
- Michael: Where is Hellfueled right now?
Born To Rock
- Thomas: What can be expected of your new
album. Will it be in the same vein as your first or will you be taking
any wider turns?
The guys talked much and very dearly about the drums and how they will
sound on Born To Rock and that the heavy button is surely used with them
this time. They were not completely satisfied with how the drums sounded
on Volume One and felt that they drowned in sound but now it is: "Bob
Rock drums on steroids", Andy said, "the best drum sound
you have ever heard".
Who Is Ozzy?
To not touch the subject of the bands likenesses with Ozzy when talking
for them for the first time did not seem to be an alternative. When I
asked if they was tired of being compared to Ozzy they responded that
they don't really don't care about people regarding Hellfueled as Ozzy
replicas but instead only laugh them off. They are happy with the crowd
of followers they have and that they like them, that is what's important.
We also discuss that there is a bunch of vocalists sounding like Dickinson
and Halford and how that never cause any reaction, but Ozzy is more of
a taboo and then it is an outrage to sound the same. "Our
music is ours and we never intended to be a new Ozzy",
they said and declared that vocal similarities are just the way how it
is. They noticed it while recording the first album but producer Fredrik
Nordstrom told Andy to just let go and sing the way that is his way. "We'll
have to see if Zakk Wylde (Ozzy's guitar player who's significant
sound also can somewhat be heard in Hellfueled) walks
up and gives me a punch in the face said Jocke, but I have heard of that
he has heard Hellfueled and actually thought it was cool"
(Zakk Wylde and his band Black Label Society also played at Sweden Rock
Festival, see review
Sweden Rock Festival
Unfortunately I missed their concert myself but asked how the guys thought
And Now What?
Furthermore, they told us that Hellfueled will go on a European tour after the album is released in the fall, and that they are trying to get on as a special guest to a bigger, more established band. They feel that they are not established enough themselves to go out on their own tour. "Of course we can go on a tour on club gigs and that has its fun but if you get the chance to reach out to more people as a special guest, it is foolish not to take it."
The Final Question
To round this of we shot the "Odd interview question", something
that we at Metal Covenant sometime do as a last interview question, at
Andy and Jocke.