MORNING DWELL The Mask and the Clocktower

Although that Morning Dwell is a newcomer at the scene they’re already better than many well-established bands. Their influences are placed in 90s power and speed metal so if you are a lover of good old Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray or Freedom Call you will surly like these Swedes as well. Their brand new effort The Guardians of Time has so much quality to offer! perhaps one of the best newcomers in 2016!

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Please, could you present your band Morning Dwell to Metal Sound’s since the band is quite a name at the scene for most of people.

The band is from the beginning a one-man-project by me, Petter Hjerpe. Through the years I have recorded some metal at home just for fun and gave to my friends. Later I decided to re-record some songs to get a better sound and performance. When that demo was finished I took a chance, just for fun, and sent them to a couple of record labels. Later I sign on for Doolittle Group here in Sweden. But I did not have a band! I played all instruments and sang on the demo myself. So after a couple of weeks I manage to put a band together. On bass, an old friend of mine, is Martin Erneström. On guitars Ulf Zetterman and Michel Barréra. Both of them are guys I’ve played music with before in other projects. Keyboards- Samuel Olsson. He is also a person I’ve played with before. But We couldn’t find a drummer! So our label knew Alfred Fridhagen who have played with other bands on Doolittle Group(Reinxeed, Golden Ressurection). I took the role as singer. I couldn’t find anyone around so I took the vocals!

As a matter of fact Morning Dwell has release a brand new record The Guardians of Time so tell us something about a newer record? Could you present it from your point of view?

The album is a little bit ”wider” and more developed than our first. We added some new elements with keyboards without over using it. All members in the band added more of their own personality into it. On the first album almost everyone just did what I did on the demo because they had to learn fast to catch up with the time limit. We wrote songs with other tempos this time. Not only fast songs. The songs are also longer and have more interesting parts.

Could you compare your new record with your previous, release Morning Dwell, it seems that your new release is much stronger?

We had much more time in the studio with our second album. We also wanted do do everything from recording to mixing by our selves. So that we would become better in both recording and producing. The songs are also written within two years and Michel Barrera wrote two songs. The first album have songs that are almost 12-13 years old that I wrote when I was 16-17 years old! Our performance is also better on this album because we had no time limit. I think the main reason this album feels stronger is because we have developed as musicians and that we control of the production all the way.

How would you like to describe your style of playing? I guess that classical power metal would suit quite well. Tell us something about your influences as well.

Yeah, It is inspired of Power Metal back in late 90’s and early 00’s. I was 14 when I first heard Power Metal so everything I heard back then became such a big inspiration for me. Bands like HammerFall, Halloween, Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, Stratovarius, Freedom Call and Edguy inspired me most. Dragonforce(Dragonheart back then) demo from 2000 is also something that made me wanna write fast songs! So True 90’s/00’s Power metal is what we could call it. Today this kind of metal is almost gone. Bands have changed their sound and other bands play more symphonic stuff.

In fact, when it comes to The Guardian of Time you have worked with Andreas Marshal. He has done one wonderful job. So, could you tell us how did this cooperation happened?

He also made our first album cover as well! It actually was quite easy! I/we have always admired his artwork for bands like Blind Guardian, HammerFall, Inflames..So a dream for me/us was to have an album with his art on! Then when we got signed with Doolittle Group and we just contacted him. He answered our mail and we explained our ideas for the album art. He gave us first a ruff sketch. It looked really nice so we gave him thumbs up! Then he started to work with the cover! So that was it!

When it comes to Morning Dwell do you have any live shows in mind soon? Are you active actually when it comes to live performances?

Yes, we play here in Sweden soon. In my hometown Munkfors. 3rd Dec. We have only played a couple of gigs in Sweden so far. But we want to go on a tour in Europe. The problem is that it costs a lot. We all have jobs, some have families and stuff like that. Our label is a small label and don’t have the power to pay a European toy. So it’s not that easy to go south without knowing if there will be people seeing us either The problem is that we don’t have any contact with festivals our clubs out there. But someday we hope to get on the road!

The Guardian of Time has already gained some positive comments and reaction. So, how do you feel about all these happenings?

It feels great! Especially when we in the band made the album all by our selves without a producer or another guy mixing. Everything from songwriting to mixing is our work. It is an overwhelming feeling when fans all around the world loves the music you play! It’s hard to describe!

I would like to thank you for the interview. Do you have any message for the people who are already delight with your music.

I would like to thanks all the fans out there that understand and listen to our music! You are true metal heads! Also thank you all other for interviews, reviews and for spreading our music! Stay metal!

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