In fact, Quicksand Dream has a brand new record out after 16 years of silence. Those who like epic heavy metal based on traditional sound definitely should dig for this band and their brand new offering. One thing is for sure they do have quality to offer. Their last issue Beheading Tyrants has been just released so it’s time to present Quicksand Dream on our pages.
As a matter of fact after 16 years of pause Quicksand Dream has a new record Beheading Tyrants, this is actually a second album, so tell us something about the newer record? Could you present it from your point of view?
We’ve managed put six new songs together. It should contain some hard rocking metal with hints of epicness and some catchy gloom and doom. Lyrically it mostly deals with struggle, choices we might be confronted with, to give in or keep fighting for something, be it better or worse. Enrico at Cruz del Sur Music decided it was good enough for releasing. We very much hope he was right.
Please, also could you present Quicksand Dream to Metal Sound’s readers since this is the very first time that we have a chance to have an interview with you.
The band that eventually became Quicksand Dream was formed when we were in our mid-teens. During the first couple of years we went under the moniker Epic Irae. In late 1992 we changed the name to the current one. We were featured on a local cd sampler called “Metal North” in 1993, but before that was released the band had already called it quits. Around 1996 me and Patrick resurrected the band again to complete the Aelin recordings. We decided to keep the name as a couple of the songs on that one were rehearsed during the Epic Irae days. We have never tried to reform as a full band, but kept a low profile. Meanwhile Patrick has done four albums with his proper band Mortalicum. I guess after the rerelease of Aelin and the Epic Irae demos we found a bit of inspiration to try out some new stuff.
Quicksand Dream is complete based on traditional heavy metal. How would you like to describe your style of playing? Tell us something about your influences as well. Could you compare your band with some other bands as well?
Not sure what to say about this. I hope we have got to the point where we have found a style and a sound of our own. Still, we always liked a lot of the hard, heavy and proggy stuff from the seventies and eighties, being brought up on Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Scorpions, AC/DC and Black Sabbath. The idea of forming the band came after discovering bands like Candlemass, Stormwitch, Cloven Hoof and Manilla Road and feeling an urge to be able to do something like that. Just for namedropping a few more important ones from the early days: Fates Warning, Coroner, Celtic Frost, Bathory, Death, Sabbat (UK), as well as Eloy, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull … the list goes ever on. I guess we never were too heavy on the big choruses and sing-along parts. Doing music that is a bit moody and epic always were more natural and attractive too us. I can’t give away too much about what players has influenced Patrick, but I do hear a bit of Geezer Butler in his bass playing and maybe some Mark Shelton in the way he plays the guitar. Vocalists I appreciate, but not necessarily have managed to learn much from through the years would be Peter Hammill, Kirsty Maccoll, Ozzy Osbourne, Roy Harper, Rob Halford, Klaus Meine, Ian Anderson and John Arch.
Could you compare your new record Beheading Tyrants with your debut albums released in 2000? How the period of 16 years has impact your style and way of composing?
Well first of all the recording of Aelin was made under very primitive circumstances which may have contributed to some of its “charm”. For Beheading Tyrants we sort of aimed to keep some of the warmth and quirkiness of Aelin, but not to force it too hard. Some of the music on it actually dates back from the time Aelin was written. Beheading Tyrants is not a concept album although it might have this vague theme running through all of the songs and this time I wrote the lyrics, whereas on Aelin Patrick did pretty much everything except the vocal melodies. So that makes for a slightly different result too I guess. And of course we are quite a bit older now. Hopefully we haven’t completely run out of ideas yet.
Could we say that Quicksand Dream has finally made its comeback at the scene with a brand new record?
Not sure. It would have been nice to be able to say yes, but then again we might hibernate for another sixteen years and then put two or three new songs, haha!
Swedish scene has become quite active during several previous years. There’s lot of quality coming from your country any thoughts about it?
I am sure there are lots of good bands, but I can’t say I am too aware of the scene. We actually never were much connected to whatever scene there was back even in those early days of Epic Irae. We liked Candlemass and some of us were into Bathory. We were most likely to stay at home playing the records we loved then went to the rehearsal room to create stuff that made us happy. I would say not much has changed in that respect.
- Interview by Marko Miranovic