1. Please introduce yourself.
Hi! I’m Henrik, the vocalist and guitarist of the epic doom band Summit.
2. When your band was created?
We started as a death metal band back in 2007 and slowly transformed into a doom band by around 2010. We’ve had lots of changes to our lineup over the years with the latest being set last year with the addition of Magnus on rhythm guitar.
3. What music genre do you play?
We play slow heavy epic doom metal, I think that’s the best way to label it without going too deep in subgenres.
4. How could you describe your music in several words?
I would describe it as a heavy dark ambience combined with heavier riffs and drums. We seek to make our songs an auditory experience to get lost in and lose track of time.
5. What is the main theme of your lyrics?
Even if I’m mostly a positive person, my lyrics tend to revolve around hopelessness and dystopia. I guess it’s a form of self-therapy to keep me sane.
6. What would you like to achieve with the band activity?
Our primary goal is just to get our music out there. To add to the ever-expanding ocean of great music. Secondary would be to expand our live-playing area. We would love to take our music on the road and spread our narrow genre to more people.
7. How many gigs have you played so far and maybe you visit other countries with concerts?
Since we have been around for so long we have plenty of gigs under our belt. So far we have stayed a local band due to work and education responsibilities but are hoping to expand beyond Norway’s borders and maybe do some concerts around Scandinavia and beyond.
8. Is there anything important about your band that must know fans and labels?
Well, we’ve just released our first serious record. It’s a 30min 2-track EP containing one new and one rewritten old song. The title track «The End» is one we have been working on for some time to get it just the way we wanted. «Catharsis» is one of our older songs with new lyrics and some changes to the arrangement.
We recorded everything in our rehearsal/studio space and had it mixed at Grimsland Studio here in Norway. We are extremely happy with how it turned out and hope that your readers will like it too.
9. What formats you would like to see your releases, CD, Vinyl, Tape…? And how do you see the future of physical releases?
Our recent release is a self-published digital release and we are using the momentum from that to hopefully get a physical release of it sometime soon. We are fans of all formats and would love to make it available on everything from tape, cd and vinyl.
10. When you will get label deal, would you like to help to the label with promotion from your side, or you want label do all without your help?
My philosophy has always been to work the hardest in a group, so we would most definitely help and promote a lot for our self.
11. What’s your reaction towards negative opinions about your music?
We’re lucky here in Norway, metal music isn’t that frowned upon. People mostly just comment with «not my cup of tea» if they don’t like it, and that’s that. But of course, songs in 45bpm isn’t for everyone and even in the metal community slow doom has its critics. I mostly just brush the negative away and focus on the positive. Luckily we’ve gotten mostly positive feedback.
12. And the last question, how do you like our webzine, do you have some remarks towards its look or functionality?
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