THIS ENDING – This Ending vs Eternal Terror

THIS ENDING – This Ending vs Eternal Terror

THIS ENDING har innspilt en glimrende plate titulert «Inside The Machine», og på grunn av dette fikk kjempene muligheten til å slåss for deres bakgrunn, nåværende tilstander i metall fellesskapet og fremtidsvyer, samt å skryte litt av denne oppkomlingen ute i butikkene, og bør være i alle metall fans sine CD spillere, skal vi tro dem selv, til opplysning for lesere og fans.

ET: Hi everyone. How are you doing?
THIS ENDING: All is well in the darkness!

ET: How would you characterize the type of music that you create? Has your style changed or evolved over time?
This Ending: Overall I think it's hard to put a label on our music it's aggressive metal and we try to make it as interesting and listenable as possible! For us the most important thing is that the songs are really good in our opinion and since we've all been into metal for a very long time I'm sure a lot of people will share our opinion!

ET: Do you think that the style of the music you create in general has changed or evolved over time?
This Ending: For This Ending the music has evolved during the writing process and I'm sure it will keep evolving since we always strive to do the best music we can! If you compare with A CANOROUS QUINTET the sound has changed quite a bit though!

ThisEnding_1.jpgET: Do you think that the sound and style of the type of music you perform express your personal beliefs and identity? If so, how?
This Ending: In many ways the music can express parts of our personal beliefs and your beliefs I think partly also is your identity. When we write music we always try to get the best out of each other that's how we work. Lyrically we try to deal with topics of a darker nature, like the madness growing all around us with disease and misery to boost!

ET: Do you think that the lyrics in this music are reflective of your personal beliefs? Why or why not?
This Ending: The lyrics reflect parts of our personal beliefs. Me and Leo try to write lyrics that deal with topics that disturbs in some way.

ET: Do you believe that the lyrics of your music serve a particular function? Is there a particular reason to the topics?
This Ending: The main goal with the lyrics is always to make the song better. If the words doesn't fit the music very well we always try to find ways to change it so hardly any lyrics are left untouched before being finalised for the done version of the song. The lyrics should also give a feeling that fits the music well and makes the song even stronger.

ET: What first attracted you to the music scene? What captured and held your interest?
This Ending: For me it was the early 80's metal bands. But when it came to playing the kind of music we do I guess bands worth mentioning is DEATH, MORBID ANGEL, SEPULTURA, PARADISE LOST and of course lots more bands that drew my attention in the late 80's and early 90's.

ET: Because the type of music you perform is quite underground, it is difficult to market it and for a band to come widely known and respected. What was it like to establish a name for yourselves? What sort of efforts did it entail? What setbacks did you suffer, and what obstacles have you overcome through the years?
This Ending: With A CANOROUS QUINTET we had only setbacks when it came to getting the name out so that was really hard for us. Being declined touring support never helps. But as THIS ENDING it has been easier with metal blade supporting us and I think the best way to market a band like us is interviews like this and of course as many live shows as possible. But most importantly to write music that is worth the attention of today's metal fans!

ET: Please describe your experience of the Metal scene. What has it been like to perform, both when you first began and at present? How has the scene changed? Are the fans different? Are the shows different? Is the music different?
This Ending: I think the metal scene; especially the more extreme metal scene has grown a lot and become more accepted. Performing has always been great but I think at least the underground audience in Sweden was more dedicated 10 years ago, travelling all over the country to watch shows. Today I really can't compare since we haven't been out playing so far so ask me after this year and I can give you a new answer.

ET: What are the factors that you like most about the Metal scene?
This Ending: The metal community overall holds the best people in the world I think. Just go to festival gigs, pubs were metal people are at, no fights, just partying and having fun… Where else would you get that? The music of the metal scene is constantly evolving keeping metal fans interest at a peak, I guess that's why we all are into this kind of music, and it's the best you can get!

ET: What are the factors that you dislike most or would like to see changed?
This Ending: I don't think there is too much to dislike that except there are probably too many lowbudget/lowquality metal albums released. Sometimes it can also be a bit annoying that metal people act like regular music fans and appreciating copycats too much. But I guess most people want to hear things they can recognize immediately. But compared to other music styles there are nothing to dislike, it's the most vibrant and creative music style available to man.

ET: What do you think of the «Satanism» that is often attributed to the metal scene?
This Ending: For me it's no problem, sometimes it fits the music very well and if the believes of the persons that makes this music is reflected in this way it's their choice.

ThisEnding_2.jpgET: What sorts of personalities do you encounter most at shows? What are the positive trends and the negative trends that you have noticed?
This Ending: Hard to say since we haven't been out playing together in many years. But overall the audience is great to approach when you play live. The only negative thing is that prices are getting higher and higher to attend shows. But I guess that's a result of that it's harder to make any money from selling albums, I could imagine for every album sold there are 10 people who have downloaded it without buying it. If you really like the album you should buy it sooner or later.

ET: Is there a «metal philosophy»? If you think so, how would you describe it?
This Ending: Listening to metal is all about enjoying the music and appreciating the artists and all the people around you. I think that it's a great thing that people unite with a sole purpose to party and enjoy good metal.

ET: Do you have a personal philosophy? How would you describe it?
This Ending: My philosophy is that I should do things I enjoy and that I think would benefit me and people around me.

ET: Is there a relationship between the Metal scene and society as a whole? How would you describe that relationship? Hostile? Friendly? Indifferent?
This Ending: I think metal fans today are a bigger part of society than ever. The problem is that too many people don't understand what's so amazing and great with metal music… too bad for them. But I guess everyone can't appreciate the greatness of metal music. It's usually not music that you'll understand at a first listen so I guess most people into metal have a better musical sense than many other people.

ET: What do you think makes your band's music something unique?
This Ending: I think we have a passion for our music and it shows in the energy of our songs and sound. We try to make songs that will be interesting to listen to many times over and over. We try to incorporate details so there will be something new to discover every time you listen to the music. But first and foremost I think we have managed to keep our roots intact and developed them into something new that is well worth the attention of metal fans out in the world.

ET: What is your perception of the current political battles over «violent» entertainment forms or films, music etc., which are believed to promote violent behaviour?
This Ending: I think it's all bullshit! You don't become a violent person from watching movies and playing games. The ones who commits to violent behaviour would have done it anyway, it's all about society, upbringing and different kind of physical and psychological problems much more than any form of entertainment. If you're so easy to be influenced that any form of entertainment can make you violent only one word from the right/wrong person would have set violence in motion.

ET: Would you want Metal to go mainstream so it would be more prevalent and easier to access? Why or why not?
This Ending: I wouldn't mind if it was more mainstream since it would be much easier to make a living from the hard work you put into your music. Then again there will always be forms of metal that is too extreme to become mainstream. But for me metal going mainstream wouldn't be that the music would change into a more mainstream sound only that more people learn to appreciate it.

ET: Thank you so much for participating in this interview. Please add any additional comments, reflections, or impressions that you might have.
This Ending: I hope all people into metal will checkout «Inside The Machine» it's well worth your time. Hope to see you at a show as soon as possible! Check our website for merchandise coming very soon!