First of all, for those people who don’t know you yet, please tell me something about the history of THE ISOLATION PROCESS!
THE ISOLATION PROCESS is a relative new band, we started for about three years ago, but we played together in the bands Lingua and Come Sleep. When the guitarist of Lingua left the band we felt we had more music to give, so. Thomas was the singer in Lingua and guitarist in Come Sleep so it became natural for him to pick up the guitar and sing.
Your album is out now for several months. How are the reactions so far?
We feel that the reactions have been great so far. A lot of good reviews and so on.
It’s very difficult to categorize your music. Some would call it “Post Metal”, I would simply call it “Doom Metal”. Why did you play this kind of music? How did you find it?
We don’t really care about what type of music we play. We play a mix of music we love and love to play. Thomas is listening to a lot of death metal and old synth, Patrik is more old school like The Who and Black Sabbath and I’m listening to more post rock and mellow music. In my head it doesn’t sound Post metal or Doom Metal, just metal.
Did bands like ISIS, PARADISE LOST or KATATONIA influence you?
ISIS and PARADISE LOST are bands that we like but I can’t say they are big influences.
I would describe your music as “melancholic” and “atmospheric”. Can you imagine to write some “happy” music in the future?
Why is the (metal/ rock) music coming from northern countries like Sweden or Norway mostly “sad” or “melancholic”. Have you any explanation for that?
I don’t really have a good explanation for it. A lot of great “happy” music comes from Sweden, just look at ABBA and Roxette. But if you want an explanation you may find the answer in our long winters, it’s dark up here for a long time of the year, and in Stockholm we don’t even have that much snow so it is just dark and cold for about five month.
For me the strongest moments on the album are the moments on e.g. “Underneath It All” or “Victims Of The Masses” when you put one guitar layer over another and some “dramatic” singing on top of it all. Compared to that, there are some passages on the opener for example where you repeat a riff, overdo an idea, a little bit too much in my opinion. Can you understand this?
Repetition and monotony is something that we love. If a riff feels long, do it some more. Repetition and monotony leads you to some sort of trance if it’s done right. Just one simple idea is, most of the time, enough.
A love the idea of just one bass line or one guitar riff holding a whole song together, then just put more layers over the track and watch it grow.
A thing that sticks out on your debut are the vocals. They sound very unique and cover a broad range of styles. How difficult is it to find the suitable singing-style for a certain moment or certain song?
We always write the music before we are writing the vocals and it always just come out what feels natural. Sometimes the vocals are soft on a heavy riff and some time the other way round. It always comes down to what’s best for the song.
I saw on your facebook-page that you are already demoing new material. Can you tell me something about it? Where do you “go” musicwise?
At the moment we recorded about seven demo tracks. The music feels darker and more progressive so far. One song is probably our fastest and heaviest and another is really monotonous and smooth. But you never know which tracks are going to make it on the next album.
Beside new music, what can the people expect from THE ISOLATION PROCESS in the future?
We are right now working on a video for The Dead End.
After that we really don’t know, any suggestions?
Thank you for answering my questions! If you want to add anything, feel free to do so!
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