Guitarist Rikard Sundén and three of his band mates departed the group Sabaton and started a new metal band called Civil War. Now with their second album Gods And Generals, Civil War are reaching out to a larger audience with their appealing songs as they delve into history and add their metal to the mix. Rikard recently answered some questions for Sea of Tranquily, so read on to find out more about this exciting band.
SoT: Hi Rikard, I have say that your new album Gods And Generals is just great, how would you describe the album to our readers?
Rikard: I´m very glad to hear that you like it, thank you so much!
Many would describe it as Power Metal but I would describe it as Heavy / Power Metal. Much of our influences come from Heavy Metal and from the old bands from the 70's , 80's and 90's . I would say well arranged Heavy / Power Metal.
SoT: Past events obviously present major inspiration to Civil War and they translate so well into your songs, will future Civil War albums continue in a similar vein?
Rikard: Yes , I believe it will continue in the same spirit . We feel it is more interesting to write about a real event that happened and emotional touches the person who listens . A night out with the guys and pick up chicks would not be a suitable theme for us.
SoT: Why the band name Civil War?
Rikard: We had a bunch of different band name ideas . Many of them were already occupied by old or new bands. The name Civil War came up and we felt that it had a special weight and meaning when pronounced it.
SoT: I haven't heard your first album Killer Angels, is their much difference between the two?
Rikard: Killer Angels was definitely a great album . We still felt that we had to speed up everything to get the album to the fans in time. With Gods and Generals , we have had more time to spend on the arrangements and really add that extra something that you usually come up with when the album is already recorded .
5. How have the Sabaton fans reacted to Civil War's material?
Rikard: Almost everyone has liked it. We see many familiar faces from the time we had with Sabaton at our shows , but what's so fun is that there are so many new faces too. Some believe that we are still in Sabaton!
SoT: I'm not the biggest Sabaton fan, I do enjoy what I've heard but I could honestly listen to a band like Civil War so much more which is mainly due to the different vocal styles. What else sets the two bands apart?
Rikard: As you said , the biggest difference is the voice. But because we are more who are involved in writing the songs and that all are involved in organizing their part they play makes us more diverse .
SoT: What are your touring plans for Civil War?
Rikard: We will do festival shows and some headline shows this summer and in the autumn we will join Powerwolf on their headline tour. Next year we will start our headline tour.
SoT: What songs off the new album do you look forward to performing the most live?
Rikard: We have played almost all the songs now and it feels like Schindler´s Ark, Admiral over the Oceans and Bay of Pigs will be strong songs live .
SoT: Do you plan on adding any visual extras inline with the material for your live shows?
Rikard: This year, we almost only make festival appearances and opening acts so there is not much space to have our own production with us . Next year, on our headline tour we will see what we can do to expand even more.
SoT: How much of a difference has it made changing to Napalm records?
Rikard: On Killer Angels we had Despotz Records. They did a great job in Sweden and we went gold with that album. Outside Sweden things did not work out so good and we felt that we needed to change in order to grow as a band. We 've noticed a big difference already , so we are very happy with Napalm Records.
SoT: What other bands do Civil War's members follow?
Rikard: We are into the old bands like Judas Priest, Accept, Yngwie Malmsteen, Black Sabbath, Dio and bands like that. But when it comes to new bands it varies a lot.
SoT: Thanks for the interview Rikard, and all the best with Civil War and Gods And Generals.
Rikard: Thank you very much and we hope to come to America soon.