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This interview with guitarist Rickard Dahlberg of Construcdead was done through e-mail in May 2002.
Hello, how are you doing?
Just fine, thanks.
Construcdead is probably still a new band to most people, could you please introduce us to the band?
Well, we started out as three guys: Erik, Christian and myself. We wanted
to do something harder than the band that we was in at the moment, so we
started to write some harder and more agressive music than before. And we
came up with enough material to make a band out of it. Thatīs the beggining
Your new album will be released later on in May through Cold Records, what can the listener expect from it?
The listeners can expect everything from a Swedish band... in other words;
Fast, Heavy, Raw, Melodies and a touch of old school metal, blended with
our way of making music.. I promise, you wonīt be disapointed.
I would say that "I've Come To Rule" is the best track of the album, do you agree with me or do you have other favorites?
Thank you very much!! I do like that song and I really like the lead that I
made... But my favorite song is actually "Moral In Corrosion" and "My
Undying Hate". Why?? Because I do like the chorus lines and the leads in
both of the songs.
Who was responsible for the cover design?
Joakim was responisble for the cover on "Repent" and all our other covers.
Cold Records is a new Swedish label, can you tell us a little about it? Why did you decide to sign with them?
Well.. I donīt really know too much about "Cold Records".. All I know is
that they gave us a record deal and that they are brand new to the market.
But they have treated us good. Why we decided to sign with them was because
no one else gave us a fair offer. Cold Records gave us a contract to look
over and we decided to sign with then because they seemed to belive in us.
I just noticed the big news that you will be joining Soilwork for their Japanese tour in July, you must be very happy about this?
YES!!! We sure are!!! We are more than glad to be joining SOILWORK on their
Japanese tour. It will be a blast!!! We are very happy that they selected
us as the opening act in Japan. We will make sure that they made the right
decision and hopefully we will have some more gigs togheter after this!
In the 90's Swedish bands normally played black metal, power metal or melodic death metal, do you feel that there has been a new explosion of death / thrash metal with bands like Soilwork, Darkane, The Haunted and others like you?
I feel like.. After 94ī itīs been pretty quiet.. A lot of the heavy bands
from all over the world tried to do something else than just doing the
thing that they were good at... So until 98īor so when metal started to
take shape again with bands such as: Soilwork, The Haunted, Carnal Forge,
In Flames, Arch Enemy and so on.. Iīd say that the 90īs was pretty dead..
But thatīs just my way of seeing things...
But now Iīd say that Swedish Death, Melodic, Thrash and Black had made it
back to the throne again!! And hopefully we will stay there!!
What kind of musical backgrounds do the members have? Are any of you formally educated musicians?
As far as I know, no one of us are educated musicians.. But we have all
played in different bands before CONSTRUCDEAD. I think that all of us are
just self-learned musicans... The only one with a "real" background is
Joakim, He made two records with "Face Down". So I guess he is the
Do you feel that Sweden is a good country to be playing metal in?
No. Sweden may be a good country to create music in, but to play in
Stockholm, were we are from is not very good.... The audience is pretty
stiff.. unless itīs a well know band. But if you play in a festival or
something bigger than just your local pub.. I guess it could be pretty
What are your top five albums ever?
Ohh.. Thatīs a tough one...
But mine are:
Arch Enemy:Black Earth
Crowbar:Time Heals Nothing
Pantera:Far Beyond Driven
For the rest of the band I really donīt know.. Youīll just have to ask
Now to my own and brand new right or wrong section. You are just going to tell us whether you think the following acts would be right or wrong:
a) If someone killed Hitler prior to his mass murder campaigns.
Hmm.. Let me just say that this question, question nr.12. Is pretty
different.. I mean you canīt change history.. But of course, if someone had
murdered Hitler you would have saved a couple of millions of people. But
what would have happened instead?? Odd question..
b) To burn down a church because it's "evil".
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c) To burn down a church because it represents oppression.
b and c: I donīt think you should burn down a church. People will always have
different opinions about religious things, I donīt think you should burn
down anything just because it doesnīt give you anything.
Hey, there are some weird people...
e) Death penalty.
Donīt really care.. I mean some people do deserve it, but than again who am
I to say so. Am I not just as bad as that person then?
f) To lie if it will be of benefit to yourself.
Hmm.. Well I do lie sometime... and sometimes it is the proper thing to do..
Donīt like censorship.
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h and i: Couldnīt care less.
Any final words for the fans?
As usual.. check our homepage and please add something to the guestbook.
Do buy the record!!! You wonīt be disappointed! www.construcdead.com.
And also a big thanks to all the fans out there who has supported us so
far!! Thank you!!
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