FEBRUARY 12th 2016
GEHENNAH EXCLUSIVE



Welcome to Metaltitans, Guardians of Metal Entertainment Worldwide, we are here with vocalist Mr. Violence of Sweden's "Gehennah". Thank you for taking time to do this interview with us.


Thanx for showing interest in the band!

1. You have a new album, "Too Loud To Live, Too Drunk To Die", being released through Metal Blade Records,  your first after many years, how did you come up with the name ? You can never be too loud to live, but you can be too drunk ;)


Well, we weren’t that active for a lot of years during the early 2000s, and that combined with the fact that we never been known for living life very healthy resulted in a lot of people thinking one or all of us had died. To the disappointment of a lot of posers, that wasn’t the case. I guess that influenced the title a bit. But mostly, we just thought Too loud to live, Too Drunk to Die sounded cool, and the title gave us the idea for the cover as well…

2. What can people/fans expect to hear on your album ?


Raw and filthy street metal, the same kind we always stunk up the airwaves with.

3. Who wrote the lyrics for the album's 13 tracks?

Me and Knuckleduster wrote about 50/50. A few we even wrote together

4. Do you personally have a favourite amongst those 13?

It’s a bit early to tell, since we haven’t played a lot of the songs live yet, and it’s during shows you usually get a feel for which songs are favorites. I like the title track, and ’Cause we’re a Street Metal Band is another one I’m really pleased with. In a year or so I can probably give a more definite answer.


5. Who created the artwork for the album, and how did they come up with the design?

 
Our friend Peter Wallgren, also known as Völcanic Wölf, made the cover. He has done all our covers, since our first album Hardrocker back in 1995. The band came up with the concept after some lively discussions. Somebody wanted a grave, somebody wanted an explosion and somebody wanted a picture of the first Tank-album. We got tired of all the arguing and somebody said: ”Lets put all of that shit on the cover and get it over with!”. We asked Peter if he could do something with our very loose ideas, and he blew us the fuck away with the result. The man is a genius.

6. Being that it has been awhile since you recorded a full-length, were there any noticeable changes when you went to record?


We never been to Studio Cobra and never worked with producer Martin Ehrenkrona before, and that is something that we hope we can do again. Other than that it was pretty much business as usual, drinking, arguing and an occasional song put to tape, ha ha. We had a lot of fun, really.

7. Do you notice any changes in the music industry from back then (1997's 'Decibel Rebel') to now?


In the music industry I guess everything has changed, but we never really felt like a part of that anyway. We do things the way we always did it, with an occasional Facebook-post as the main difference, ha ha. I guess it’s a lot harder to sell physical copies of albums nowadays, but on the other hand the interest for vinyl, which always was our favorite format, is bigger now than in the mid 90s. You win some, you lose some.

8. Tell us something about Gehennah, that we might not know?

I once saw Hellcop all covered in whipped cream, with his head shoved down an aquarium, drinking the water. A terrible sight, hard to get out of your head…

9. Is there anything you would like to add to this interview that you want people to know.

No, I’ve said too much already. In fact, I want people to forget what they just read.

tack så mycket (Thank you so much) for taking the time to do this interview here with us at Metaltitans, and we wish you much success with "Too Loud To Live, Too Drunk To Die".

Thanx for the interview!