FEBRUARY 17th, 2014
MORBUS CHRON EXCLUSIVE


Welcome to Metaltitans, Guardians of Metal entertainment worldwide. We are here talking with MORBUS CHRON‘s guitarist/vocalist Robert Andersson. . Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us.

1. Morbus Chron hails from the small Swedish suburb of Kungsängen, what made you all come together to form MORBUS CHRON ?


Originally we were four guys that went to the same school. That's where we met, that's how it started. Our bassist got canned pretty quickly because he wasn't that into it. When we moved closer to the big city (Stockholm) to start high school, we met Adam (our current drummer) when he was sneaking into our school to have a free lunch. We saw that he had a Death Breath-patch on his jacket and started chatting. It turned out that he couldn't play bass, so we invited him to be our bassist. That line-up kept going for a while until we parted with Stefan (first drummer). Adam took over the drums and Dag was invited to play bass. I think Adam asked during a party if there was anyone interested in playing bass and Dag was the first one to raise his hand. How professional of us.

2.  How did you come up with the name for the band, and does it have any special meaning ?


The name came up during a family dinner at Edde's house. His mum told him that he was eating too fast and warned him of the risk of getting Morbus Crohn. When we found out that sufferers from Morbus Crohn could bleed out of their ass, it was pretty much decided as our name. We forgot to spell check the name though.

3.  2011 you released “Sleepers In The Rift“, 2012 a 3 track “Through The Shroud” MLP and now this year you are about to release your newest “Sweven” through Century Media, tell us what we can expect from this album.


If you bought the last EP, you're going to have an idea of where we're going with 'Sweven'. It's a different album. One which will surely raise a few eyebrows. And depending on how far you are willing to move out of your comfort zone, there's a lot of interesting music waiting to be found on it.

4.  You have recorded Sweven with Fred Estby, has he done all your other previous recordings ?  

No, just the two latest releases. The first demo the and first album was recorded with Nicke Andersson. The first EP was recorded with a friend of ours, Ola Ersfjord.

5.  The artwork for the album is phenomenal, and you have once again used Raul Gonzalez, is this because he knows the style of the artwork you want from him?  Do you give him the ideas and he creates ?


We agree! He outdid himself this time. We know his style inside out by now, and he always understands exactly what it is that we want. This time we sketched stuff and bounced ideas with each other long before the recording even took place. He has done a painting for each track. Basically he has illustrated the lyrics, but he has of course had a lot of freedom to follow his own vision as well.



6.  Who wrote the lyrics for this album ?


Just thinking about how small we are in the context of the universe. The kind of bullshit we occupy our minds with on a daily basis, to keep ourselves from facing the fact that everything we do here is pretty much pointless. I'm more interested in the worlds outside of our own, and that inspires me very much. In dreams you're able to fly off for a while, and that's what the lyrics are about.

7.  Where does the inspiration for the writing come from ?


I've written nine of the ten songs, and Edvin wrote one that we finished together. It's an album that was written at home in isolation. I have a pretty clear picture of what I want everyone to play, not just the guitar parts, and what I show the guys is almost always a complete song. But when we get together to rehearse, everyone naturally develops their own take on the songs. So in that way we all add to the finished product.

8.  Who writes the music, or do each of the members come together to create that part of it ?


I've written nine of the ten songs, and Edvin wrote one that we finished together. It's an album that was written at home in isolation. I have a pretty clear picture of what I want everyone to play, not just the guitar parts, and what I show the guys is almost always a complete song. But when we get together to rehearse, everyone naturally develops their own take on the songs. So in that way we all add to the finished product.

9.  What made you decide that your style of music would be a death metal one ?

During early rehearsals with the band we mostly played Metallica and Slayer covers. One day Edde brought a mix CD which had a bunch of bands on it. If there ever was a moment when it was decided that we were destined to play Death Metal, it was when 'Ridden with Disease' started playing. We knew instantly that that was exactly what we wanted to achieve with the band. Rarely are things so clear.


10.  With the new album being released soon (Feb/March), does that mean you will be touring to support Sweven ?


We'll go on a short European tour with Necrowretch in March. That's all the touring we have planned.

11.  When you are putting together the riffs for the songs, where do you get your ideas from ?

It's just from fooling around on the guitar until you come up with something good. It used to be very much trial and error, what sounded good or bad. Today I have a better sense of the guitar, but I'm still very free when it comes to the riffs. I'm not very structured in my writing and the riffs are generally not by the book. So, it can often turn out pretty weird. All in all, writing and putting together songs, it's just a big puzzle.
 
12.  Do you think this new album is going to let the people know just who Morbus Chron really is ?


’Sweven’ is who we are today. But it might not be who we are tomorrow. It's an ongoing transformation that we've only just begun.

13.  Do you have a favourite song on this album ?  Why that one?

It's hard to pick a favorite song. I like the album as an album. Only as a whole do I think the tunes really reach their true potential. But sure, there are some parts on the record that I hold more dear than others. I really like the way the album ends.

14.  How did you come up with the name Sweven for the album title ?

The album's concept is based on dreams. Sweven is an old English word for dream or vision.

15.  Was there anyone when you were young that really got you into music ?

My mum was always very musical and so was my brother. Music has always been around me in some way, although my biggest interest for most of my youth was video games. When I was 14, I got a guitar as a gift from my dad and started playing in the band just a couple of months later. My whole family has been a part in shaping my musical interest, more or less.

16.  Just a fun question - your secret talent is …….  ?

I'm ridiculously good at Super Smash Bros. Melee

17.  Is there anything you would like to add, that you think people should know, that I might have missed asking ?

 I'd like to advise people to check out 'Sweven' and thank you for the interview.

tack så mycket (Thank you very much) Robert for taking the time to do this interview with us here at Metaltitans, appreciate this.  We would like to wish you much success with your new album Sweven.