TARTAREAN DESIRE WEBZINE
This interview with the bass player Peter Stålfors of Dream Evil was done through e-mail in March 2002.
Hello, how are you doing?
Hi, I'm fine thank you and I'm very excited about the release of the
"Dragon Slayer" album.
Dream Evil is a very young band, could you please give us a short
Well, to make a long story short..
Fredrik met Gus in Greece on a vacation in 1999, they wanted to form a
band and called up
Niklas to join in as a singer. Niklas then asked me if I was interested
in playing the bass.
So in spring 2000 we recorded a demo with a drum machine which we
showed to Snowy who then decided to join in as well.
Your debut album "Dragon slayer" will soon be released through
Century Media, what can
the listener expect from it?
I think the sound will give a wide range of people listening pleasure
because of the
combination of powerful heavy metal and melodic vocals.
When listening to the music and the way your band is presented I
can't help but think
that Hammerfall made you do this?
Me and Niklas met Fredrik when we sang backing vocals on the two first
Hammerfall albums, so you can say that thanks to Hammerfall we met, but
that's the only link that Hammerfall has
to Dream Evil.
The album contains a very nice song named "In Flames You Burn", did
you have a certain
other Swedish band in mind when writing the lyrics for this song?
Actually not, we laughed about this afterwards when we realised that we
sing "at the
gates" in "The chosen ones" too. So "In flames you burn" is not the
only song containing a band name. We had the purgatory in mind when we
wrote the lyrics and the line "In flames you burn" just felt right to sing
on the melody so it's just a coincidence.
Who is responsible for the music and lyrics respectively in the
Everyone is responsible for the music and lyrics on this album, we
wrote the most lyrics together.
Who came up with the name and why did you pick Dream Evil? Were
there other names up for discussion?
I think it was Fredrik who came up with the name "Dream Evil". First we
called ourselves "Dragon heart" and later "Dragon Slayer" but we felt
that "Dream Evil" was a better name for the band and that we should
title the album "Dragon slayer" instead.
You are probably the most unknown of the band members, have you been
playing with any other bands before?
Yes, I've been playing the bass for twenty years now and I've been in a
lot of different bands with a lot of different band members, some of
them quite known now like Joacim Cans from Hammerfall and Daniel Heiman
and Fredrik Olsson of Lost Horizon.
Niklas Isfeldt is also pretty unknown until now, where does he come
Me and Niklas has been playing together for the last eight years in a
cover band so we have known each other for quite a while. If you're
asking for a location, I think he's from outer space, or maybe from
Fredrik Nordström is known to most metal fans as the owner of
Fredman Studios, has he been active in any bands before other than as a
Fredrik played for a long time in a band called "Snake skin cowboys"
and maybe in other bands as well, I really don't know.
The band is quite an international one with Gus G. (Mystic
Prophecy, Firewind) from
Greece and the rest of you from Sweden, how does this work out?
Well I see your point but actually there's no problem at all just a
question of good planning.
I know that you have some shows planned after the release of the
album, are you looking forward to this or how do you feel about
I'm very excited about the coming live performances and I know that the
rest of the guys are looking forward for it too. Nothing can compare
with the rush you get during a live performance and that's a part of why
I'm in this business.
Will Dream Evil continue as a real band or is this just a one time
No, Dream Evil is not a one time project band, we've already started to
write new songs for the coming albums. We are as real as it gets.
What do you think of the metal scene in Sweden today, is it still
as strong as it has been?
I think it's stronger than ever before, there are a lot of very good
Swedish heavy metal bands right now.
Any final words of wisdom for the fans?
Well, some words of wisdom... "Don't cross the sonic barrier on a
bicycle without wearing a
Links of interest:
Century Media Germany