November 3, 2016 |

Rave the Reqviem take on the A-Z challenge! | Interview

Rave the Reqviem take on the A-Z challenge! | Interview

November 3, 2016 |

Swedish industrial metallers Rave the Reqviem released their latest record 'The Gospel Of Nil' on October 7th. The band, originally a one-man project, expanded into a quintet featuring dual mother-son vocals Carola and Filip Lönnqvist. The Gospel of Nil is the first full record of the full band. The driving force behind the band, Filip, takes on our A-Z interview.

A song which made you want to make music?

I still remember the first time I saw the music video for "End of the Line" by Pain on the Swedish TV show "Voxpop". It was the first time I was introduced to industrial metal, and I was instantly mindblown. The combination of mechanical guitars, dance beats and such an emotional and melodic chorus, became the concept which would influence my entire future music career.

Best rider you've ever had?

Definitely the one we had on our recent Eastern European tour. RTR is a well-known industrial metal act in Russia and Ukraine, and since we're always the headlining act, it enables us to demand more. The first time you're exclusively given the main backstage room - filled with food, champagne, drinks and dessert - is definitely a special feeling.

Craziest moment you've experienced in the band?

Definitely the last time we went to Russia. At the airport in Saint Petersburg, there were two fan girls waiting for us. They had baked a chocolate cake and sewn a patchwork pillow, both with the RTR logo on top, which they gave us. It was the first time I realized that I've "made it" in Russia.

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

On The Gospel Of Nil, that would definitely be "Black Dog Baptized". It sums up the general theme of the album. The song is extremely naked and personal, and deals with the ultimate state of nihilism. The situation when you realize that the battle against your demons is impossible to win, and you willingly give "the darkness" its well-deserved victory. You and your demons become one. Then you'll accept the presence of the black dog which walks by your side from dusk till dawn.

Easiest song you wrote?

No RTR song is ever "easy" to write. Even the most simple riffs has been carefully developed in order to give the listener the ultimate experience.
But the most "effectively" written song would be "Aeon" from our first album. It's extremely straight-forward and "simple", but yet very effective. As soon as that song came to me, it was basically already written before I had time to sit down by the keyboard. It wrote itself.

Favourite song in your set?

My favorite will always be "Ikaros". Hearing the crowd chanting along to our well-known hook, always gives me the chills.

Guest you'd most like to feature on your record?

That would be Peter Tägtgren of Pain. As I mentioned before, he was my spirit animal for a long time. Now he's "just" a producer and songwriter I admire a lot. It would be an honor to feature him on one song in the future.