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Interview von: arne mit Fredrik, am: 03.02.2011 ]

Die Beteiligten legen Wert auf die Feststellung, dass es sich bei KHOMA um eine vollwertige Band und nicht nur um ein Projekt handelt. Seit der Gründung vor acht Jahren haben die Schweden kontinuierlich gewerkelt, auch wenn mit „A Final Storm“ erst der dritte Longplayer zu Buche steht. Das Trio schlägt sich aufgrund länger währender Pausen zwischen seinen Releases und fehlenden Tour-Supports von jeher unter seinen Möglichkeiten. Die personellen Überschneidungen mit Cult Of Luna und die Veröffentlichung der 2006er Scheibe „The Second Wave“ über Roadrunner Records haben KHOMA aber wenigstens Beachtung in den für sie relevanten Hörerkreisen eingebracht.


Musicscan: So dunkel wie das Cover des Drittwerks gestaltet ist, entwickeln sich auch die elf Songs. Das Trio bemüht neuerlich zutiefst melancholisch anmutende, düstere Soundscapes, die ihren Hörer herunter ziehen und von ihrer Attitüde her introvertiert und nihilistisch gehalten sind. Übergeordnete Hooklines und wirklich schöne Melodien sind auf „A Final Storm“ durchaus zu vernehmen, doch sie dienen vor allem der flüssigen Entwicklung der Stücke, denn dass sie für die Rezeptionsrichtung bestimmend sind. KHOMA kreieren ein voluminöses, intensives Post-Rock-Klangspektrum mit Shoegaze-Tendenzen und einem Fokus auf die sich ausbreitende Atmosphäre. Die rockige Grundhaltung und der ausschließlich cleane Gesang emanzipieren die Sounds von sonst möglichen Cult Of Luna-Vergleichen.

Musicscan: Khoma has always seemed to be an underdog band - always maintaining a high level of respect from critics and their peers, though never quite attaining the (commercial) success that the band was due. What are your thoughts on this?

Khoma: I think you are correct. That’s been the case. We’ve never really mind the business and the commercial side of it you know. We always kept the focus on making music together, and then, sometimes, opportunities can pass you by. But we have no regrets and we’re really pleased to be back with a new album!

Musicscan: How big is the interest in Khoma coming back with a new record, and what have been the reactions you’ve been confronted with?

Khoma: Well, the interest in Sweden has been awesome and the reviews too. The album has been very well received. I don’t know that much about the press in Germany yet.

Musicscan: Is A Final Storm a fresh start or just another album you put out? How do you judge it for the career of Khoma?

Khoma: First of all, I don’t think any album is “just another album”. In those words it sounds like it’s just a record made over night. Some people see as part of a trilogy and that’s fine with me, but I’m not sure I do. “A final storm” is more anger, and frustration than the previous albums, and the songs are better. That’s what I think.

Musicscan: You guys have been around with Khoma and other bands for some time now. What is behind Khomas longevity? What fuels the fire and keeps you guys interested in the music you create with this band?

Khoma: The sound that we create and what it express is something that we all want to explore, you know. I think that’s the main reason. Also, we have other jobs and projects that concludes in us having to take breaks and do other stuff. If we were to do just Khoma all the time we wouldn’t be around I think.

Musicscan: You were always tagged with having an emo-post-rock-metal-sound in the past. Do you still feel attached to this label, or have you outgrown that now with A Final Storm?

Khoma: I never really care or mind what label people attach to us. It really dosen’t matter. If you we’re to ask me how I would label our music I wouldn’t be able to answer, cause I don’t know the word for it.

Musicscan: Out of my view A Final Storm is a perfectly balanced record in all aspects. Has this been something you were heading for by choice, and is it an intentional drive to make the songs as varied musically as possible?

Khoma: I think it’s very important how the album is put together, the composition of it, the dynamics. We spend a lot of tome and focus on that. It doesn’t matter if you have ten great songs if you can’t put them together. Sure, they will sound great individually, but the album as whole will not work.

Musicscan: Would you agree to say the new songs are more focused as well as being more controlled while still keeping a lot of room for the plain music to grow?

Khoma: Yes and No, I think this album is more focus and I feel that the aggression and frustration is better channeled than before. I think this album is heavier on the heavier parts, compared to the previous albums, and that we’ve managed to write songs like “Harvest” and my favourite “Inquisition” on this album.

Musicscan: Again there are longer instrumental parts on the record and there is some kind of special mood around your tracks: has it been your aim to create some more positive feeling this time? I would say A Final Storm is not as dark as your previous releases have been....

Khoma: I disagree with you. I feel that “a final storm” is the darkest one yet. It might have moments of beauty and hope but I really don’t see or feel the light, you know.

Musicscan: Have there been certain issues you specifically wanted to address with A Final Storm? What did you guys do differently on the new record, that you hadn’t done previously to keep things progressing?

Khoma: Well first of all this is kind of a DIY record. We decided pretty early on that we would do as much of the recordings as possible ourselves. We didn’t have a big budget so mainly we just recorded in our rehearsal room and in a small studio we built in Umeå. That was a huge difference and we learned a lot from it ,ex things takes a lot more time than you think:)

Musicscan: With the direction of Khoma heading a certain way and fans growing with you over the years and releases, do you feel the fans can now relate to what you are feeling or at least understand what you are trying to tell them with your music?

Khoma: I think so, but I’ve never really felt that people doesn’t understand our music and hopefully more people will hear our music in the future.

Musicscan: Have you been surprised by the fact, that listeners from different musical tastes are getting Khoma? At least that’s what I read in the internet?

Khoma: No, I can’t say I’m surprised. I mean, I listen to a shitload of various music myself. But mainly I think that the heavy anger ,frustration in combination with fragility and the way the vocal are presented makes it interesting for people from various genres.