In 2016 a new band was formed in Uppsala, Sweden, Blackened Core. This young band (the band members ages are between 16 and 19 years old) already has an EP out, called Live For Nothing and recently they released their new single, called The Path. Below you can read the interview DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen had with them and check The Path.
Hey, how are you?
Hello! We are great thank you!
You are all aged between 16 and 19, how is being part of the Swedish metal scene at that relatively young age?
It´s great fun and exciting to be a part of a metal scene at such a young age. To play shows, write and record songs, rehearse is what we love to do and it is amazing for us to do it at our age. We feel lucky that we have found each other and that we get to do this.
What inspired you to start playing metal?
We all started to play metal because of our love to music, especially metal music. Some of us have families with musical background and some not but we all managed to find this amazing genre in one way or another. Because of our love for metal, playing it as well came natural and obvious.
Blackened Core is a very new band, you formed in 2016, how did you met each other?
It all started back in autumn of 2014 when our bass player and ex-drummer met our vocalist in a music shop. They basically started talking about music and guitars which led up to the birth of Blackened Core. Since then we have had different lineups but it wasn’t till 2016 we got our current lineup which we have had for more than a year.
Why did you choose Blackened Core as the name of the band?
The name comes from and old text to a song we wrote. We thought it sounded cool so we chose it to be our band name.
How would you describe Blackened Core’s music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?
Melodic metal with an alternative twist. Catchy riffs, bone-crushing breakdowns, soaring melodies, pounding drums and both aggressive and epic vocals. We incorporate classic elements as well as calm bluesy, solos and we have a ballad. Basically a mix between new and more traditional musical ideas and styles.
You participated in three Swedish contests, can you tell us something about that experience?
Yes, we have participated in Emergenza where we came to the semi-finals. We have also participated in the Swedish contest “Musik Direkt” where we reached the regional final twice. The last time we participated we won the second price which was studio time in Dugout studios. Every time we competed we have ended up as a stronger band in every way. We have learned so much from our experiences with competitions. Everything from marketing our band to stage presence and vocal techniques. The biggest reward was to play in front of a big crowd in our city’s biggest venue.
Earlier this year you released an EP called Live For Nothing and more recently you released an single called The Path, how are the reactions on your material so far?
The reception and reactions from our fans have been fantastic. They really seem to like it, which we are extremely grateful for. To release songs that people listen to in their everyday life is so cool and it means everything to us. We now hope to reach a bigger audience!
Sweden has a lot of metal bands, what’s the best Swedish metal band in your opinion?
Indeed we have. We are all huge fans of our Swedish metal bands. Bands like In Flames, At The Gates, Dark Tranquility, Arch Enemy and Amon Amarth are all enormous influences on us as individuals and as a band. It feels so cool that they are all from our home country. One band that is extra special for us is In Flames. We have admired them for the biggest parts of our lives and we continue to do so. Our vocalist and bass player actually met Björn Gelotte at 2112 in Gothenburg.
And which Swedish up-and-coming metalband would you recommend, besides Blackened Core?
Our good friends in Acidiun from our hometown, Uppsala. They are a bit older than us and have helped us a lot in our growth as a band. They play a more deathcore-style which is totally insane. Check them out! (Read our interview with them here)
At this moment you have no shows confirmed, can we expect some soon? How about playing The Netherlands?
We just played some shows this autumn but for the moment we are in the works of planning some shows. To play in the Netherlands would be totally crazy fun haha! We are open to play almost everywhere!
Already any plans for new material?
We are going into the studio to record two new songs for our new, upcoming EP. The EP will contain a total of three to four songs and will be released in 2018. A music video is also in the works. Follow us on our Instagram, Facebook and Youtube for further updates!
Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you would like to say to our readers?
We just released our new single The Path. It is a very epic melodic arena anthem we think you would enjoy. If you are into melodic metal with aggression and brutal vocals check us out on Spotify and Youtube!
Thank you so much for this interview and stay metal!
I’m Tim van Velthuysen and I started DutchMetalManiac back in 2014. I’m 27 years old and I live in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Of course, I like metal, but I can also appreciate other musical styles. However, metal is what I mostly listen to. I also like going to concerts, meeting with friends and watching movies (especially arthouse).