Interview with Carchosa

Carchosa is a one-man progressive death metal band by Henrik Nygren from Malmö in Sweden, who released the self-titled debut album last month. The musician answered our questions about the album, challenges, and influences. Read more below.

Hey Henrik. How are you doing?

I’m doing very well thank you. I’m very excited to have an album out. It’s a dream come true really, something I always wanted to do.

You have recently launched your debut self-titled full-length album. How do you feel about the release?

I’m very satisfied with the outcome, if you consider the limited resources I’ve worked with. My goal was to have a retro-sounding album, and I think I accomplished just that.

How much of a challenge was to work on the album?

A huge challenge for me, since my experience with recording was pretty much non-existent when I started. A friend helped setting everything up and showed me the basics.

I then spent a lot of time watching instructional videos on Youtube on how to program drums, record guitars, vocals and the mixing process. I then I got a lot of help with mix feedback from Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios.

We emailed back and forth a couple of times where he gave me lot of suggestions on how to improve the mix. He then did an amazing job mastering the album.

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What is your opinion about the current prog death metal scene?

I think that the scene is thriving and there are a lot of extremely talented and awesome bands out there.

I’m especially looking forward for the new Fallujah album, their previous effort Dreamless was an amazing album.

Can you tell me something about your influences?

When I grew up Metallica was my favourite band and still is, primarily the albums released in the eighties. Dissection, Morbid Angel, Opeth and Testament have also been huge sources of inspiration for me.

I also listens a lot to movie soundtracks, Hans Zimmer is a favourite. So I guess those influences can be heard in the music as well.

What are you listening to these days?

I’ve been listening a lot to the album Skylight by Swedish band Atoma. They’ve only released one album and it was back in 2012, but I just discovered them a while back. Very atmospheric and amazing stuff.

I’ve heard they’re working on a follow up though. I’ve also been listening a lot to Amorphis and At the Gates latest releases, the dutch band Shylmagoghnar and Devin Townsend Project.

Your 5 favourite records of all the time?

Metallica – Ride the Lightning

Dissection – Storm of the Light’s Bane

Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness

Opeth – Watershed

Sentenced – North From Here

Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “Carchosa”?

I use the software Guitar Pro to arrange the songs. I program the drums in there and import the midi files into the DAW I use, in this case Cubase. Electric guitars have been recorded using to different Edward guitars produced by ESP Japan, I’m very fond of Japanese manufactured guitars. The one equipped with active EMG 81-pickups, I used on all the rhythm guitars. The other one equipped with Seymour Duncan pickups was used on almost all of the melody and solo parts. All guitars and vocals were recorded using and RME Babyface USB audio interface. I used a Röde NT2A condenser microphone to record the acoustic guitars and vocals.

Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?

My plan is to continue to write new songs for another album. But I also have another band I’m involved in, more of a symphonic Metal act with both female and male vocals. The band was put on hold so to speak, about ten years ago. Several of the band members just became parents so it was hard finding time to keep the band going. But now is seems that everyone is interested to pick it up. So we’ll see what happens.

Any words for the potential new fans?

I just wanna express my sincere appreciation to anyone who supports the band. And I hope that the potential new listener enjoys listening to the music, as much as I did creating it.

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