Musicscan: Visiting your facebook profile everybody can find the description: “If you think Isis is too lame, Abandon too tough, Counterblast too dirty and Cult of Luna too pretentious, check this out” – so it’s obvious that you like the competition and have a lot of self-confidence about what you are doing with Moloken. But what is to say about the hidden agenda, the ulterior motive, when you were writing this sentence down? ,-)
Moloken: Well, this is actually a great qoute from swedish online magazine called 'Doomday Magazine'. The qoute is taken from his review of our previous album Rural, and I just thought it was really funny but also a somwhat true.
Musicscan: Moloken is strongly linked to the heavy scene of Scandinavia and has much influence from that scene (death, black, doom, hardcore) from what i've read and heard. I was hoping you could share your thoughts on what makes that scene in the North tick out of your view and on Moloken’s place within it...
Moloken: We all grown up in the 90's when all kinds of metal was more or less mainstream here in Sweden, so it's just a huge part of our background. There was so much great bands coming out back then that had something muscially unique to offer which inspired even more bands to start and then this great circle was created for metal. But the music scene in general here in Sweden produces very high quality bands despite genre, so you really need to get your shit together, believe in what you do and work hard. Moloken has always offered something new to the table musically, but it isn't until this third album it seems we have finally been accepted and established as a "real band" to be counted on. And this is I believe because of the high amount of bands with great potential, but since many bands don't survive the first och second album. People litterly hold their breath until the third album.
Musicscan: And what is to say about the intention and the spirit of your band in general? Why have Moloken once come to be, what different approach to heavy music you are following with this band?
Moloken: In my personal opinion it is that we create and play music from the heart. And thats why our music evokes emotions, because we really invest in our music while writing but also while performing live, which have made us known for our live shows. You feel connected to the music and that is something we share with our fans, true passion for music. And for us, we just happen to be sold on heavy music and have a striving to create something we feel is unique.
Musicscan: What exactly does All Is Left To See sound like from your point of view? Is it any kind of departure to what people might expect from an album having this title?
Moloken: Well the album works as a door opener to a new side of your self but also a new chapter in your life, facing your inner most darkness as a result. For me it sounds like a story being told with music as the foundation on which the lyrics to dwell and expand the experience. The title is so direct so I think its actually quite obvious for most people listening to the album that is something else, an invitation to share something profound with us. We are reaching out by telling this story and hope people take the ride with us.
Musicscan: A strong part of your sound is about feeling and gut instinct. Would you agree? Of all the songs you’ve chosen to be on the new album, what song do you feel is the most representative of all the facets of the band and of what you want Moloken to be known for?
Moloken: Yes, that is correct about our sound, it actually came natural when we started the band. On this album it is clear that we have chosen to show even more facets of the band. And it is the entity of the album, the way it expresses so many different feelings and it really works best as a whole since it was created with this purpose. But if I have to choose, I will say Seventh Circle because it pretty much has it all, a majestic song with a lot of depth and twists.
Musicscan: Words like existential, nihilistic, or apocalyptic are used when people try to describe the sound of Moloken. Is that what you're going for? What do terms like these mean to you?
Moloken: Well, not at all actually. Moloken's music is an outlet of raw emotions and different musical ideas that we use making songs that we love. But if thats what is interperent by our listeners, then that is their experience and I can't say that it's wrong since music triggers us all different. But we have no intention to create despair, self destruction or confusion in our listerners. Our music works as a therapy to process the dark stuff in our every day life.
Musicscan: What influences you to make especially this kind of dark, raw, and churning music? Does most of the influence come from personal experiences and moods, or from listening to similar bands?
Moloken: It is a mixture of both, but the concept of Mörkrets Kärna with All Is Left To See being the first in a trilogy, it is built around a personal experience. But we also strive to create great and unique music, and for that we take inspiration from where ever we can find it. We are all great music lovers and we listen to everything from classic music, modern pop to progressive black metal. But of course literature and movies all contribute.
Musicscan: How important are the elements/aspects of volume and profoundness to Moloken?
Moloken: Tough question since I dont really know what you mean, but I will say this. We try to experiment with both loudness and quitenes through dynamic playing and songwrtiting. Regarding profoundness, I would say that you can't really reach out to the max unless you really give something of yourself to your creations.
Musicscan: What is it that All Is Left To See offers you personally, and what have you been trying to accomplish with it? Are there any songs that stand out in your mind, or songs that have the most value or inner meaning to you?
Moloken: It offers me relief, and a great sense of accomplishment having created this record based on acknowledging and working on your inner demons (and even others). It is a profound and common human experience, but it is what you do with your insight about the matter that separates us apart. The songs All Is Left To See and Burst just speak to me as a listener and the lyrics are so naked.
Musicscan: Have you been able to play the songs live yet? What have been your feelings on performing them? I assume that improvising is a large part of what you guys do live – due to the nature of the music. Did this change the overall feeling of what you’ve created with/for All Is Left To See?
Moloken: Yes, we did play them on a special tour we did before entering the studio. It was great to get our own experience while playing them for an audience but also reciveing their reaction. We actually never improvise live, only while creating songs. Well at least so far in our career we haven't. And yes, it altered the way we approach some songs and made us change some stuff.
Musicscan: Lastly: There are a lot of bands now that are heavy without really using metal aesthetics. Do you feel like a part of that? What current bands do you think of as your peers, or bands that you feel a commonality with? We already learned that Isis, Abandon, Counterblast, and Cult of Luna do not fit properly ;-)
Moloken: Well, yes. I think we all feel apart of that in a way. Our sounds is not based upon any metal band or view of metal in that matter. And that seems to be a bit confusing to some, because we have material that is strongly metal oriented, but the sound is more solid rock with a strong bass (to work tightly with the drums) and low distortion on the guitars as an example. Hehe well all of those bands are great bands. I personally love Abandon as band and Cult of Luna's last album Vertikal is really a great piece of music. But our peers you will find in bands like This Gift is A Curse, Age of Woe, Kongh, Nailed to Obscurity, Bloodway and Morbid Evil to name a few.