|1. How did the band get started? How did you meet
and how long have you been together?
Fredrik formed a band in 1990 which later came to be NR. I joined
in '91 and we were a three piece for about a year before we got a
second guitarist and a different drummer. Anders, former vocalist,
joined in 1994 and our first album came out in '95. As NR we've been
together since 1991.
2. How would you describe your music?
Nils Eriksson: Angry and melodic power metal.
3. What are your biggest influences?
Eriksson: We're all very different when it comes to our musical
preferences. We listen to everything from jazz and fusion to extreme
death metal. So I guess it difficult to narrow it down to a few bands.
I'd say everything we listen to influence our writing in some way
4. What influence do you think your bands has
in music and metal today?
Nils Eriksson: I think
we sound different from a lot of other bands today. We're heavier
and sometimes more agressive. Still we manage to maintain and focus
on melody and structure in our songs. I hope that has some kind of
influence, but I guess that's a tough question for me to answer.
5. What made you want to be in the band? And if you weren't
in the band what would you be doing now?
Ever since I was a kid a guess I dreamed of being in a band and
touring all over the world. That's what the bands I looked up to did
and I guess I wanted the same. Obviously, also the creative part,
to build a song from scratch band using nothing but your creative
mind. I can't see myself not being in band, music is what life is
6. Are any band members in side projects?
If so what are they, and explain a little about them.
Nils Eriksson: Fredrik and I used to have a band called Guillottine,
playing old school trash metal. We had an album out in 1997 called
"Under the Guillotine." But that's all we've had time to
do so far. Who knows what the future holds though? No other members
have side projects at this point in time.
7. How would
you feel if a band took their sound from yours and became very well
Nils Eriksson: Noone can exactly copy a
sound of another band. Bands can sound similar but never exactly the
same. If the band in question was inspired by us, I'd feel honored.
8. What current bands do you like or respect?
Nils Eriksson: Travis Tritt, Vanessa Carlton, Rob Halford,
Judas Priest, Iron Maiden.
9. How many demos/albums do
you have? Tell me about them!!
Nils Eriksson: Only
one demo was ever made - "The Obscure" (1991). "In
a Time of Blood and Fire" (1995) was our first album, released
on a small Swedish label called Megarock Records. Did very well considering
the amount of promotion and effort spent on marketing it. "Tales
of Mystery and Imagination" (1998), our first cd on Century Media
Records. Did very well and it was a boost for our creativity to finally
be on a "major" label. "The Sacred Talisman" (1999).
The first record with new drummer Owe Lingvall. I think this one showed
we'd come a long way musically since "Tales..." "Afterlife"
(2000). The first album with new singer Jonny Lindqvist and a big
success for us. The fans welcomed Jonny and praised what he'd brought
to the band. "Shadowland" (2002). Our new album. It feels
very promising judging from the response so far, comes out May 27th
10. What demo/album do you like the best?
Nils Eriksson: Like always the newest one. I think every
band feels that way.
11. What is the meaning behind the
Nils Eriksson: Lyrically there is no meaning
or message behind our songs. The lyrics are an extension of what we
felt when we wrote the song. Our songs deal with all kinds of different
12. What does the future hold for the band?
Nils Eriksson: More touring, and hopefully we get to visit
new countries and continents this time around. It's hard to look into
the future at this point though - we have to get the album released
and see some results before we know what will happen next. But, however,
the new album feels like our strongest so far so hopefully it will
get us moving.
13. If you could play with any band who
would it be and why?
Nils Eriksson: With Jimi
Hendrix. It would have been cool to be around when everything started.
14. Who writes the majority of the music?
Nils Eriksson: Fredrik, Nils N and me. We write as a team and
collaborate with ideas and different approaches all the time. Usually
Fredrik or Nils N show up at our studio with a riff, pattern or structure
and then we build from there. Usually no one writes an entire song
by himself. We all help out and contribute in our own way.
15. Who has been the favorite band you've played with and why?
Nils Eriksson: I can't name just one. We've toured with
so many cool bands and had lots of fun. I can't single it down to
only one I'm afraid. But some of the bands we've played with are Iron
Savior, Nevermore, Overkill, Labyrinth...
16. Where did
you get the band name from?
Nils Eriksson: A friend
of ours came up with it back in 1991. We thought it sounded cool and
we never came around to changing it. It still works, I guess.
17. Describe what the band is like live?
Eriksson: Like a truckload of insanity. We scream, throw things
around and have so much fun. You should come see us for yourself!
18. If you are gonna do any kind of video what would
be in it?
Nils Eriksson: There is a video for
one of the tracks on the new album. It's a summary of last year and
includes behind the scenes clips from when we're on tour, in the studio,
photo sessions and just basic madness. It's fun to watch!
19. Are there any touring plans made; if so tell me about them?
Nils Eriksson: We will start by doing festivals
this summer. Wacken Open Air, Eurorock and so on. Then I guess we'll
be starting to tour this fall. Nothing is really confirmed yet, but
there will definitely be as much touring as we possibly can handle!