Interview by: Gabor Kleinbloesem
Live Phot Credit: Zenaefilmz
Swedish Melodic Metal heroes EVERGREY have been a constant factor in the Hardrock/Metal world with each new album sounding even better than the previous one, always delivering high quality records and also their new album Escape of the Phoenix is a sensational melodic metal. Time to sit down with drummer JONAS EKDAHL and talk about the album, the band, the pandemic and other things…
I would like to start by congratulating you for releasing yet another strong new album! What EVERGREY divides from other bands in the genre is the great melodies in your songs, how do you come up with them?
Did the pandemic influence you during the creative process of the music and the lyrics of the songs on the new album?
Forever outside is the first single, and personally I think this is one of the best EVERGREY songs from the past few years, can you tell me more about it?
Can you please tell us also more about the other songs on the new album Escape Of The Phoenix?
I also need to have a look back at the past, because what do you consider your finest effort so far?
Did you find new interests during the lockdown?
What are your main influences musically speaking, because also on this new album prog, power and melodic metal seems to be the main ingredients?
If gigs aren’t allowed also this year, how will you promote this album besides doing countless interviews, streaming concerts or already writing for a future album?
Good question. We’ll try to stay relevant somehow. Let’s just hope the world opens up this year.
A few short questions that you hopefully are willing to share with us:
– Favorite band of all times: Pantera
– Favorite album of all times: ’Native’ by OneRepublic
– Favorite music genre besides Metal: Pop, Hip hop, Rap
– Best concert ever: KISS reunion in 1996, The reunion of A Swedish Hardcore band called LOK in Malmö Sweden 2019 or Katy Perry in Stockholm 2018
– First bought record (or CD): ’KISS’ by KISS.
– Last bought record (or CD): Does vinyl count? I don’t buy CD’s anymore. I bought ’Reinventing the Steel’ by Pantera on vinyl.
– Most precious moment in your life (could be non-music related): When my daughter was born.
– 2020 is… over.
– 2021 will be… better.