JANUARY 5th 2016

Welcome to METALTITANS, Guardians of Metal Entertainment Worldwide, we are here with Sweden rockers DEAD LORD. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us.

1. Tell us how you came to be named "Dead Lord".

I think I will have to quote Hurriganes on that one: "It sounds cool." But when you really think about it, few band names are good, cool or make sense. Somehow the music and the approach of the band makes the band name settle and seem nice and solid. But Dead Lord probably came out of me being an atheist, among other things. You figure it out.

2. What made you decide to be rockers over any other genre out there ?

It's not really a choice. I seems more to be that you end up playing stuff on your guitar, and then it happens to sound a certain way. Of course 60's, 70's and 80's hard rock is what I listen to and like the most. And all of us in the band are really into that stuff. But we listen to everything from Otis Redding and ABBA to Darkthrone and Whiplash. I guess we're really not to anxious about it. A good record collection makes you a better songwriter. Regardless of genre.

3. There are four members to your band, can you tell us how each came to be in Dead Lord...

Hakim Krim - Guitar and vocals: I grew tired of my old band and wanted to do something that was more my own thing. I quit my band, my job, and moved to Stockholm to put this band together. I really had no plan, but a friend let me live at his one-room apartment for the first half year and things sorted itself out.

Adam Lindmark - Drums: Adam was the first one I got in touch with. I'd met him and seen him play at different festivals and we had a lot of mutual friends. He played in three bands at the time, so when I wanted him in the band I really had to try hard to convince him. Thankfully he caved, and we got around to playing some of my songs. And it felt like we were onto something.

Olle Hedenström - Guitar: Olle was also someone I'd met at festivals and shows. He lived in Sandviken at the time, but me and Adam convinced him to move to Stockholm to get rocking properly. He is a great guitar player (and also Bass player in Kongh) and somewhat of a comic book character, which is both really good things if you are in a band.
Martin Nordin - Bass: When our first bass player Tobias Lindkvist (Enforcer) decided to drop off to focus on his main band, I called up my childhood friend Martin. He is a real multi instrumentalist, and knows his theory and that sort of useful boring stuff. By chance he had just finished studying music stuff in northern Sweden. Once he moved down, we tried him in the band, and it felt better than ever.

4. Is this something that you have always dreamed of doing ? Was there anyone that inspired you to be who you are now ?

Yeah. I think is was only a matter of time before I got a band together that was exactly what I wanted. I didn't really want to be a singer, but it kind of just ended up being that way, and now I really like it. Don't get me wrong, it's not like its me - and the band. We are all Dead Lord, and we each contribute equally to what the band is. The way it's supposed to be.

I think that without the years I spent with my former bands, I would never have been able to get a band going like this. You pick up a few clues along the way. Being out for years and playing shitty clubs, and meeting people makes you get what it's really about. That it is way more than just playing awesome rock and being irresponsible. You do need to kiss some asses and know your way around the business part. I think Tobias Ander from my old band The Scams kind of taught me that stuff. That if you're at a club or party, there is almost always "important people" around, so you might as well try to get to know some of them and maybe something will come out of it. But sometimes you just want to get shitfaced. And if that is the case. Then do it. People generally don't like snobbish networking douche bags that can't relax and have fun... Please don't be like that, kids.

5. Were you in any bands before Dead Lord ?

Yup. A few not worth mentioning, but my first serious attempt was with a really unorganized band called Jailbait, with Simon who is now in Crashdiet. We were called T.I.T.S at first, but it kind of only led to problems, so we changed it to Jailbait. A bit Spinal Tap-ish maybe, but we were serious. Or at least we thought so... We really got nothing done, and eventually they fired me and threw me out of the garage where me and Simon were living. That made me sell my sparkling 80's guitar and join The Scams. Played with them for five years or so, before I got myself together and decided to not waste my time doing stuff that I didn't care for 100%.

6. When you were growing up, did you listen to rock, or did you listen to other types of music ?

Millencolin was the band that got me into music. I was trying to ride my skateboard, and Millencolin was what you were supposed to listen to if you were a skater, so we did. Eventually I discovered that I was to chicken to throw myself off stairs and ramps. I switched to trying to play the guitar instead. And with that came the discovery of rock and heavy metal etc.. But skate punk is maybe almost rock?

7. Did you have a band that inspired you to choose Rock over others ?

Metallica's Ride the Lightning was the record that really made me pick up the guitar. the first song I ever played from start to finish was Fade to Black, and the first one I played live was For Whom the bell Tolls. I was nuts about Metallica when I was in my early teens. Then I fond out about Slayer, and pretty much all the other classic heavy bands. With age, my youthful aggressiveness has somewhat gone down, and nowadays it's more 60's 70's rock and soul that I listen to.

8. You are about to release a 2nd full length album "Heads Held High" through Century Media Records on August 21st, how did you choose Heads Held High for the album title ?

Like always with titles and names, Its a pain in the ass to come up with something that doesn't suck. Something that you can stand for when you're 64. We just picked one of the songs, and it's got a double meaning which is nice.

9. How many songs are on the album, and do you personally have a favourite ?

Ten songs. And I can't pick favourite. The one that I was most surprised by how it turned out, was No Regrets. That one wasn't even half finished until the day before I laid down the vocals. Still it turned out really good.

10. Who writes the lyrics for the songs ?

Me. I'm picky about lyrics. Our lyrics are actually about real stuff. Not just drinking beer and screwing. And, yes those things are very important too, but AC/DC kind of covered those lyrics for pretty much everyone else.

11. Your first album was "Goodbye Repentance" in 2013, what can fans expect to hear from you on your new album compared to the first one ?

I think we play a bit better, and the lyrics are a bit more politically charged, but all in all it's just another album with more awesome real rock. Real meaning that it's recorded like rock is supposed to be recorded. Live in the studio onto tape. We added the vocals and some of the solos afterwards, but there is no "cheating" on there. Mostly two guitars, bass, drums and no bogus. No modern L.A. productions or click tracks. A modern quantized, ultra crisp, mid-scooped production can really ruin a good song. We don't like that. We want drums to sound like drums, and guitars to sound like guitars. The way it sounds when you actually play it live. And still, we do have 10 kick-ass tracks on there.

12. The album cover artwork was created by Pol Abran, did you give some ideas, or did Pol come up with the idea on his own ?

Yup, it was his idea. I like the fact that it looks like something you'd find in an old bargain bin. He really did a great job!

13. You are a fairly new band, tell us what you have been doing to make yourself known to people ?

Our first music video for No Prayers Can Help You Now was a success. Check it out on Youtube, and you'll probably understand why. It's very simplistic. That one got us off to a good start, and led us to release our first 7". (The 7" in the video is just a random vinyl with a sticker on there.) From there we have been playing, and playing. Writing good songs, being clever with what contracts you sign, or more importantly what you don't sign, and not being an asshole is important. But still, we are only most well known in Germany. The planet's big, so I guess we'll keep on keeping on.

Video: No Prayers Can Help You Now - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1A3QnqHCtw

14. Have you done tours ? If so, where, and what was the response like for you ?

Yeah, we've been doing a lot of touring in mainland Europe. Mixed response. In Germany we play big venues and have lots of fans. In Spain, we played for four people at some place. So it's really mixed. In Sweden it's usually alright too, but for some reason we hardly ever play in Sweden.

15. After your release of "Heads Held High" will you be doing some tours to support it ?

Yup. We'll be doing a month long European tour with Norwegian rockers Audrey Horne in August/September. But we are set on going more places. We'll be touring as much as we possibly can. We just signed a new booking deal, so hopefully we'll do an North American tour soon. Everything will be posted on www.deadlord.com.

16. Tell us something about the band that we might not know ...

Two things: Our second gig ever was at a kind of rehab/home for drug addicts. That was a weird gig.
And: Martin used to be a hockey defenseman.

17. Do you find it hard to compete in Sweden with all the great bands there ?

No, quite the contrary. Here in Sweden, most of the good rock bands know each other. It's inspiring to see what your friends come up with and it's really a nice climate where everyone supports everyone. It's also nice to have someone who's playing in a bigger band to ask about business stuff and advice on this and that. So it's really nice and friendly. Except for a few small younger bands that really need to chill and get what life is about. But you usually only see them for one summer, then they're gone...

18. Is there anything you want to add here that you would like people to know about Dead Lord ?

We are cool.

Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us here at Metaltitans, we wish you much success with your new album "Heads Held High". Hopefully we will catch you on tour here when you come over to North America.

“Heads Held High” will be released worldwide via Century Media Records on August 21st in the following formats:

1. Limited CD Digipak (matte cardboard, bonus track, logo patch)
2. Standard CD
3. Deluxe LP (180 g vinyl, inside-out print, inlay, double-sided poster)
4. Digital download / stream
For the vinyl nerds, here is the color split of the LP version:
Orange vinyl: 100 copies (exclusively available at CM Distro Europe)
Red vinyl: 100 copies (exclusively available at CM Distro US)
Clear vinyl: 200 copies (exclusively available at High Roller Records)
Black vinyl: unlimited