“Eleine im Interview”

Albumcover
“Dancing in Hell”

Am 27.11.2020 kam das neue Album “Dancing in Hell” von der schwedischen Band “Eleine” auf den Markt. Das Review zum Album gabs bei mir zu lesen und die Platte bekam vier von fünf Pommesgabeln. Neben dem Review habe ich auch ein Interview mit Madeleine und Rikard geführt, welches ihr im folgenden lesen könnt.

Rikard

Madeleine

Rikard und Madeleine

Metal and Me

Hello Eleine.  My name is Tobi.  I run a Facebook page and a webblog.  On this page I post reviews of current albums, interviews, band presentations and reports about concerts that I visit with a wheelchair.  On the one hand, to tell other wheelchair users how the venue is equipped in terms of accessibility and on the other hand, how to best proceed to get tickets, which is usually not possible with conventional ticket portals.  Of course, I also rate the bands‘ performance.  Today I have a few questions for you about your new Album „Dancing in Hell“. 

But first of all I want to ask you how are you doing right now?

Hi Tobi! We’re okay all things considering, looking forward and working towards a brighter tomorrow.

Hello Tobi! At least we are alive and well, even if we’re struggeling each day in these messed up times. Our fans and love for art keeps us going.

And how are you when you think about November 27th, 2020?

Ecstatic! I mean the release of our third album is a huge deal.

It’s always very exciting to do a release. We always write what feels true to us and really have no clue if others will accept what comes out. But based on the reviews we’ve gotten and the response fort he singles my expectation has risen quite a bit.

What is the main difference between „Dancing in Hell“ and the previous album?

“Dancing In Hell“ is darker and heavier than our past albums. It really was a very natural process.

Very natural. A very big change is that this time around is that I do the orchestral arrangements from scratch to finished. I mean. before we had a guy that helped us arrange my crude sketches and it sounded great! But sadly he couldn’t continue anymore and I had to learn how to do it. And here we are! Doing everything in house makes the sound deeper and becomes more complete i think.

Do you have a song that you particularly like on „Dancing in Hell“?

We’ve put so much of ourselves into each and every song. It is impossible to pick on as ”the favorite”. But to not be a complete bummer, and bare in mind that this varies from day to day, ”Die From Within” is very special to perform.

It’s exactly the way Rikard said. And to also not be a bummer, ”Where Your Rotting Corpse Lie” is powerful to perform.

The Cover-Artwork is awesome. How long does it take to finish something like that?

It’s gorgeous isn’t it?! We collaborated with an artist called Nestor Avalos. The same artist who did the artwork for our EP “All Shall Burn“. Oh wow, I have no clue exactly how long it takes. But it came out great right?

It’s really awesome, I agree! It was a bit back and forth with Nestor until we came tot he final masterpiece. Hard to say how long it took really haha.

What inspired you to Songs like „All Shall Burn“ or the Titelsong „Dancing in Hell“?

We always write what feels true to us. Both Rikard and I have been through quite a bit, and all tracks on “Dancing In Hell“ reflects that.

Yes, we write what we know, what we feel and what we see. Musically, i fit feels right we do it. Lyrically we make it relatable but not super obvious so that any and all can relate to each song. It all comes down to is i fit feels right or not.

Your outfit is very, let’s say, exciting ☺. Do you design the costumes yourself?

Thanks! Both yes and no. The latest, outfit that you can see in some of the new music videos, was something I drew up over a year ago. I strongly felt this was something I want to wear on stage. All the details and everything was just spot on. I reached out to Emma at Deadly Seams, whom I’ve been working with several times before, and I showed her my sketch. She loved it and she really made it come to life!

How  was it to you to stay in contact with your fans via social media over the past few months and to find out what the mood is like in the fans‘ camp?

First of all, it was very important. Then knowing that it affected all of us deeply in a negative way was devastating of course. Instead of digging the hole deeper we wanted to bring positive vibes and empower others. That’s why we decided to go with the original release plan for the album (that was decided way before the pandemic) and release it now November 27th. The only difference from the original plan was that we went for 4 singles and music videos instead of only 2. Since we create our own music videos the only thing it cost was time. That way our fans and we had something to look forward to during the entire fall of 2020.

We’re all in this together. And together we have to look forward to a brighter tomorrow and focus on beating this and create the best future we can. Social media makes it possible to stay in touch with every fan around the world. The weight of that connection becomes very clear through our patrons at our Patreon.

How did you as deal with the restrictions from spring / summer?  How much has it restricted you in your working life?

Well we aren’t allowed to work at all. Rikard and I are full time musicians so it is really rough now.

It is really rough. But this opened up for us to do more music videos. We create them ourselves so we are not reliant on an outside source. This was very appreciated by our fans.

Your fan base is growing steadily in Germany.  Are there any plans for a tour if the pandemic allows?  Has a festival organizer already knocked on the door?

We just recently signed with the German booking agency Dragon Productions. We are very happy about this and are ready to take on the world when it opens up again. 

Is music also a means for you to switch off everything in this hectic world, to pause and just come down?

I mean…yeah sometimes. Sometimes times it’s about telling everyone about what you see that is wrong with the world. Other times music is used to get inspired and pumped to the max.

Music can do many things. Art in general is very powerful. Music can certainly be a pause button. It can also give strength to those who need it. Guidance, something to lean against, inspiration. 

A few words to the fans who definitely can’t wait to hear you live. Are there any plans about a streaming Event?

We did have a live celebration/hangout on our official facebook page to celebrate the release of ”Dancing In Hell”. Feel free to check that out. There is no plan to do a purely live stream show for Eleine.

When the world opens up again, we WILL meet you all. The Eleine Legion grows bigger and stronger by the day, and we are ready to take on the world. Stay true, stay metal.

Thanks for the interview, Eleine.  Something that is important to me: Stay healthy and good luck for the Release of your Album!

You too! Thank you Tobi!

Madeleine Liljestam – Vocals
Rikard Ekberg – Guitar, Vocals
Jesper Sunnhagen – Drums
Anton Helgesson – Bass
Photos by Eleine

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