My Dark Rift is a Swedish metal band that enjoys pulling influences from numerous metal subgenres, filtering them through some magical formula and producing good radio-friendly, hard hitting music. Centered in Stockholm and comprised of five veteran musicians, none of this should be a surprise. They are signed to Purple Skull Music.
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- What are your biggest musical influences?
We all share a common love for hard rock, metal, 80’s thrash and melodic death metal. We all grew up listening to bands like Slayer, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Soilwork, In Flames, Meshuggah etc. The metal scene here in Sweden has always been amazing so one could say we were “born into it”.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Absolutely, nowadays so many bands mix different genres together and you can’t really tell what you’re listening to half the time. We enjoy listening to everything from Old-School Rock’n’Roll to Norwegian Black Metal. We are finally old enough not to care so much about genres and what other people might think of the music we listen to or create. “If it’s good it’s good” so to speak.
- What’s next for the band?
We just released our second single “Devil’s Thunder” and are busy promoting it as hard as we can. Our debut single “Make Me Stronger” was a real success for us with over 60.000 spins on Spotify in less than two months. So, we will try to push this new single even harder to break new ground and reach even more people. Our third single will be released later this summer, followed by an EP in September. We will also play a couple of live shows during the fall of 2019.
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
It’s much easier to release songs, but much harder to reach above the “clutter” (i.e. the constant flood of new music). To actually get people to hear your music can be really difficult. Fortunately, one of our guitarists, Kristoffer Folin, who is also our producer, has great knowledge about the music business. He has enabled us to reach a large number of potential fans without falling into any common pitfalls.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
We are inspired by everything from literature to TV-shows, movies and historical events. The name My Dark Rift came from the astronomical phenomenon known as the Great Rift (or sometimes the Dark Rift) the idea was to point out the connection between both the intimate scars that we carry in our human souls as well as the vastness of the rifts that runs straight through our galaxy. So, there’s also a bit of Astronomy and Psychology weaved into the concept surrounding our music.
- Can you describe your sound?
Well, if we describe it as a mixture of Swedish Metal, Hard Rock and 80’s Thrash we think we’re pretty close.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
There are so many great metal bands putting out fantastic music right now, so it’s hard to name only a few, but Soilwork’s latest album Verkligheten is really good. Amon Amarth just released a cool album called Berserker if you’re into the Viking stuff. Periphery’s latest album Periphery IV: HAIL STAN is also on heavy rotation.
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
We all got into music a long time ago and we’ve been playing in many different bands. My Dark Rift started as a fun side project that evolved into something more serious once we realized how awesome we started to sound.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
We all contribute to the writing process. David, our vocalist, usually write the most part of the lyrics, but we have no set rules about anything.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Metallica – Master of Puppets
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
We’d love to tour with other Swedish metal bands like Soilwork, Opeth, Mesuggah, At the Gates, In Flames, Amon Amarth etc. That would be amazing.
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
No one is forcing us to create and release music, right. We can waste our time complaining about how the music industry has changed, or we can realize that in order to reach out to people we need to adapt. Releasing a physical album is still really cool, but it’s not necessarily the best way to reach out to people if you’re a small band on a budget.