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Feleth interview: Act like the chad that picks people up in mosh pits in your daily life

by Vjeran

When we started Metal Jacket Magazine, we wanted to somehow bring our readers closer to bands that might have a harder time breaking through to listeners in the sea of ​bands and music.  Answered by Aleksander Alsen, Drummer of Féleth.

To begin with, it would be best if you introduced your band.
We are a Death Metal band from a small town named Alta, which is situated in the northern part of Norway. We have been playing together for many years, but recently began releasing music with our debut album in May 2020. A somewhat unfortunate timing, but now ahead of our second release “Divine Blight” we have gained some momentum by playing on Tons of Rock 2022 after securing an unexpected win in a band competition.
Our motto in the band is “vi leker ikke dødsmetall” which translates to “we are not playing around with death metal”. In Norwegian, the sentence has a more comedic twist and refers to us not taking ourselves too seriously. When it comes to music, we like to think that we play quite diversely inside the vast genre known as Death Metal. We also try to challenge ourselves with our music so our albums can evolve while we do the same as players. Now that our second release is on the horizon, we are already very optimistic about our future third release.

Is it hard to keep all the members together since this music has no income?
Not at all. We are all people who do this as a hobby, so we don’t spend too much time where it interferes with our personal lives. Even if we are not recognized enough (yet) to make a buck, the joy of getting to play, travel, and meet a lot of great people is a huge privilege. If we never amount to such success, it would of course be a little unfortunate, but we don’t play for that reason. The music itself and the joyous creative outlet are what matters in the end.

How do you finance yourself and can you cover the costs of recording, equipment, and concerts with music?
We use money we earn from gigs solely for the band. We also got some sponsors, apply for funding where it is possible, and involve a bit of personal contribution.

What made you start playing metal music? Who were your role models in the beginning and has that changed over time?
We all individually found a love for metal around the age of 12-13. As with many, it started with music like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, and Slayer, then later evolved to such acts as Cattle Decapitation, Rivers of Nihil, Cryptopsy, etc.

Is it hard to find a publisher or is it better to self-publish considering the internet?
We are still trying to figure out the answer to this question.

What have you published so far?
We have published one EP named “The Covenant” and one album named “Depravity” along with some singles for our second album “Divine Blight” which releases 11. November 2022.

How do you create songs, how do you record them?
We usually have one member structure an entire idea of a song in guitar pro. Then the rest of the band has a look, and might add to it, then we record a simple demo with computer drums. When we decide to record, we throw money at some people so we can record in the studio.

Where do you get inspiration for the lyrics?
Our vocalist writes the lyrics, and the inspiration varies based on the theme chosen. Usually something unpleasant.

What is your favorite song you’ve made so far and why?
The song is unreleased and will be featured on our third album. It’s named “en kjünnslig omgang” which translates from old Norwegian to “a sexual intercourse”. The song is our most technical so far, yet it retains a melodic focus that feels very melancholy while staying heavy.

Where can readers listen to you and maybe buy your material?
Bandcamp and any common music platforms (Spotify, Tidal, YouTube etc.)

How do you organize concerts, is it difficult for you, and how many people come to such concerts?
We hit up revenues that fit our mold and ask if they want us to play. We also get some messages from time to time. The concerts are usually on smaller stages, but from time to time we land a festival and a decent-sized crowd. The largest we have played for was at Tons of Rock with approximately 4000 people.

In which countries have you played and where did you have the best time, where is the crowd the craziest?
We have only played in Norway, and people are very reserved here. We did however get quite a decent pit at Tons so that was a fun memory.

What do you think about the digital release and is it serious like CD or LP?
Digital releases are great because they are both cheap and easily available. We will always sell LPs when we record a new album. LPs have a nice tradition and are sought after by many music enthusiasts.

Was metal music more honest than today?
Absolutely not. It’s hard to earn money in metal, so a lot of bands today go into the genre with the utmost focus on the music. Metal might not have the same popularity as in the 80s, but as a metal fan today I feel spoiled. There are so many amazing acts that are largely unknown, like for example the band Flub.

How do you comment on this bunch of sub-genres in metal and is it good for metal or is it destroying it?
Subgenres are what makes metal so exciting. If people hate creativity and variety because it won’t fit some ideal, they are missing out.

Do you support this commercialization of metal music and how about the wearing of metal t-shirts by some “exposed” people who do not belong to this philosophy of metal music?
It’s only a good thing. I don’t understand what “exposed” is meant to refer to, but I know that with gen Z metal is getting more “normalized”. Philosophy can suck my d*** concerning metal, just enjoy music and enjoy life.

What would you change in the world of metal and would you like to go back to the time before the internet if you remember it at all?
Metal is at a great place musically. I would love for the general population to be more curious about music outside the mainstream, but the music itself is at a great place today.

How important is supporting the local scene and can you single out a band from your area that you would recommend to our readers?
Supporting the local scene is important and makes younger musicians more engaged. I would recommend metal fans to check out Pil og Bue and Sköll.

How do you see this situation in the world and how do you think it will develop? Will they imprison us again, scare us or maybe send us into a big war?
I am enthusiastic when looking at the spirit on display in Ukraine and Iran at this moment.

Finally, what would you say to our readers and why should they listen to you in the sea of ​​bands that are offered to them every day?
Act like the chad that picks people up in mosh pits in your daily life. Also, listen to Feleth, even just for the bragging rights.

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