Based out of the much revered Swedish metal underground, Entrench unleash a neck breaking rendition of thrash metal. A sonic assault to the senses, their debut album Inevitable Decay is sure to incite massive head banging from metal fans all across the globe. Now available from Abyss Records, fans of such bands as Destruction and Kreator are sure to enjoy being pummeled by Entrench’s relentless anthems of aggression. Meet the Entrench horde now and get ready to crash into those mighty walls of thrash!
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Entrench, and how long the band has been together?
I’m Fredrik, the guitar player and vocalist of Entrench. The first incarnation of the band started in early 2004 with just me and Hannes on guitar jamming old Blind Guardian and Running Wild songs. We did that for quite some time and started writing material in the same direction. It took until late 2005 when we found a drummer in a fellow class mate to me, Victor, that we had a line up that at least could record some material. We did search for a vocalist and bass player still though, but no one showed interest and I decided after a few rehearsals to handle the vocals temporarily. It was at that moment the sound started leaning more towards a thrash oriented edge. I couldn’t sing the vocals that we wanted for our songs at the time and we developed towards a direction we could perform with the current line up. Joel joined after seeing us playing a local gig and was immediately interested. So first in January of 2007 we had our first complete line up and could finally give it all we got.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend.
We all live in a city called Västerås, which is not known for it’s cultural contributions instead of it’s industrial importance. The local music scene has not much to offer, especially in the metal department, we’ve got some death metal bands in Godhate and Dead Awaken with members from the early Abhoth, other than that it’s really dead, some younger bands who proclaim they play metal exist too but… in kind words, they’re not metal!
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Inevitable Decay?
No not really, but if there is, then the concept is that the earth is rotting. From the actions of humanity and all that we’ve contributed in destroying the world we live in and ourselves. But it’s still up to the listener for what he might hear and see.
Please select two songs from Inevitable Decay and what inspired the lyrics.
Alright. “Blind Illusion” is about the death wish of a human plauged with a fatal disease without cure. The thoughts and questions that might appear in one’s head but cannot be answered or explained. It’s like, if you’re living in your own world and no one understands you. The anxiety of all the time spent not doing the things you wanted or dreamed of while you could.
“Where Only Ruins Remain” deals with the events of the battle of Stalingrad in 1942/1943 and the German 6th army crossing of the river Volga. The Soviet’s loyalty policies, dead coldness and starvation during that winter. It doesn’t get more grim in the history of warfare!
It’s important for us to write lyrics about things we feel strongly for, we don’t want to waste the oppurtunity to reach out with our thoughts and emotions and get the chance to let it all out through our music.
How did you wind up signing to Abyss Records?
First we were signed to a Swedish label called Iron Fist Productions in 2009, but the contact faded and later on after months of no answers Abyss told us that Iron Fist was no more and he was interested in releasing our album. The deal was the same and Abyss seemed serious and professional so we gladly accepted the offer.
Will Abyss Records be re-releasing some of your older demos? And looking back, what do you think of your early work now
I don’t know. But I’m not interested in that! I want to look ahead and release new material which is in the writing process right now. Our demos were for the most part pretty bad, both in sound quality and performance. Though I think many of the songs have a great potential so it’s more likely that we will re-record some older songs for upcoming albums or bonus tracks.
What could one expect from a live Entrench show?
Entrench live these days is a real fist in your face! We show no mercy whatsoever! All or nothing is our unofficial motto. We might not look good, smell very nice, but that’s not our aim, our aim is too run people over musically. They should be thinking: ” What the fuck was that?” when were done. So far it’s been working!
Who did the cover artwork of Inevitable Decay and how much input did you have on it?
The artwork and all layout were made by Joel, the bass player. The concepts were, badly, made by me on a post it note. We wanted a cover that suited the production and music. I think it looks great for what it is, pretentious covers that doesn’t fit the music is deceiving!
If Entrench was invited to appear on a Slayer tribute album, what song would you do by Slayer and why?
Well, I’m not that big of a Slayer fan actually but the first two albums and the “Haunting…” Ep is great. My first thought was “Captor of Sin.” It’s so intense but still mostly mid paced and never that fast at all, it creates some great headbanging moments and has a catchy as hell chorus. I’d probably would want to do that one. Other than that I have to say when we’re talking Slayer that I think “Reign in Blood” is overrated, underdeveloped garbage with no songwriting in my opinion, the riffs are there but the songs are not.
Are you or any other members involved with any other bands outside of Entrench?
There are some side projects, Joel has and have had a few over the years, I’m not too sure if i should show our identity though. I play guitar in some of his projects and I have a doom metal project too which probably contains both Joel and Victor!? It’s not that serious, we just write some songs and have a good time jamming, recording and drinking cheap beer.
Has Entrench ever played in the States or are there any plans to do so?
No we have not and there are no plans right now. We would like that very much though, see a whole new continent and for what I understand the underground scene is much bigger and widely spread than over here! If anyone’s interested or have an idea just contact us and we’ll do our best to get there!
Any final words of wisdom?
Nah… wisdom is not my thing. I just want to say the obvious, that everyone who’s into metal should give our new album a serious try and hopefully it’ll blow your speakers! Keep supporting the underground!
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions!
My pleasure! Thank you for the interview!
Fredrik Pellbrink – Vocals, Guitar
Hannes Lindkvist – Guitars
Joel Sundin – Bass
Joel Gustafsson – Drums
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)