The fact that Night Crowned‘s debut EP, Humanity Will Echo Out, is as melodic with its death metal as it is blackened is no surprise given the lineage of its members; The Crown, Nightrage, Cipher System and Dark Funeral. You wouldn’t be remiss in assuming what these three tracks should sound like. However, the big surprises here are how ultra-melodic and ridiculously catchy it is along with how laser sharp and crystal clear the production sounds. It really sets a huge soundstage for the band and absolutely nothing is missed or buried along its quick sixteen minute run time. Just ahead of the November 30 release date we had a chance to ask vocalist Ken Romlin and bassist Henric Liljesand our set of Profile questions to find out more — read on to see what they had to say.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
KR: I started around 2007 and joined my first band but my music interest has been around my whole life. Throughout the years, in different bands, I have achieved some of my personal goals but when I joined Night Crowned I felt that this would be the next level and a lift to finally go on tour and visit other countries to do what I love.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
HL: I once sent out demos to magazines with a toilet paper roll so they would have something to wipe themselves with after they shat in their pants by the brutal sound. Does that count?
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
HL: We try to make people think for themselves, don’t believe in fairy tales written in books a long time ago. We don’t believe in Santa after a certain age, now do we? But no, no real agenda from our side: the world is going down, enjoy it while you can.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
KR: Good old time ZTV, it must been around 1999. I was around 11 years old and saw the music video to Pain’s song “On & On” along with “One Step Closer” from Linkin Park and I was so hypnotized by the heavy sound. That was also the first time I heard someone scream instead of singing so that was the beginning for me. But my growling and screaming along with my passion for metal got more serious when I was around 14/15. There are many factors that got me into heavy music; depression, abuse, forced religion but over all, music saved my life.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
KR: Always have an eye out on the underground scene because there are a lot of musicians out there that are really good and could use that extra feedback from others.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
KR: Of course we are going to take over the world! But jokes aside, my personal goal is to go as far as I can as long as the passion is in there. But besides music, I work at a preschool and in my spare time, when I don’t work with music, my passion is video games.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
KR: I’m into SLAM, bands like Within Destruction, Abominable Putridity, Analepsy, Chamber Of Malice, Mental Cruelty. But over all I listen to a lot of extreme metal from Aborted to Behemoth, etc. But when I feel the need for some non metal I listen to a lot of video game soundtracks & instrumental folk music.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
KR: Get some more gigs along with finishing up the last part of our full length album.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Ken, Henric and Night Crowned for their time!