15 years of Queens of Steel: OBLITERATION
-We Queens of Steel have been annoying people for 15 years now. During these years a lot of albums have been released. What albums do you specially remember or are your favourites of these last 15 years? Those you have pretty much worn.
That is a good question. Drowned Vicera Tærre might be my favourite release the last 15 years. The first Antichrist record, In Solitude – The World the Flesh the Devil, Negative Plane – Stained Glass Revelations, Vorum – Current Mouth, Witchcraft – Witchcraft, Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing and Necrotic doom, the Mare EP, Teitanblood – 7 chalices of blood and vomit.
-Even some new bands have born. Which ones are your favourites?
Negative Plane, In Solitude, Spectral Voice and Teitanblood. I guess the list can be endless but I’ll try to restrain myself. The last 15 years have been very good for metal in my opinion.
–And the split up you regret the most?
In Solitude maybe, they were always a blast live. And the ending of Aura Noir as a live band.
-All of us tend to attend gigs, festivals… During 15 years we’ve spent a lot of time in airports, trains, cars. What is the show or festival you recall with special affection?
Not necessarily a single event, but Beyond the Gates, Nidrosian Black Mass, Chaos Descends and Roadburn festival have a special place in my heart.
-They are a lot of years if you think about it. Which would be your most memorable moment(s)? A milestone or achievement, on a personal and/or musical level.
Recording and releasing Obliteration – Nekropsalms maybe, as we did absolutely everything ourselves. It sat the standard for how we would go forward with both Nekromantheon and Obliteration in terms of production values, DIY and atmosphere.
-Everything evolves (involutes sometimes) with time, so does the Metal «community». What do you believe has been the biggest change the Metal scene has experience or is experiencing during this time? For the better or for the worse. Because if we stop and think about it, not even Spotify existed 15 years ago!
Good things: many more women and diversity in the scene, the return of vinyl and tapes as the MAIN format, and the arrival of streaming instead of illegal downloading.
Bad things: that the festival market has almost taken over the small club scene/touring scene. I prefer going to small club shows.
-Looking to the future, what would be the best possible scenario for you if you think about the next 15 years?
If being in a band started to pay off, haha. No idea, I can’t predict the future!