Who are you and what do you do in your band?
My name is Joel Fornbrant and I do the vocals in Overtorture.
When/where was your band formed?
Overtorture was founded in Stockholm in the fall of 2011 by myself, Magnus Martinsson, Fredrik Widigs and Jonas Torndal. Andreas Hemmander joined on guitar shortly after and we found current bass player Joakim Antman right after doing the first album. Our current drummer Oscar joined us late in 2013.
Why did you choose to play Death Metal?
Because we love it! We grew up listening to the stuff and want to help keep the tradition alive. That and for all the women.
How do you compose your music? Does only one guy do everything or does everyone contribute?
Magnus does almost all of the music, with Andreas and Joakim contributing with a riff here and there (so far). I write the lyrics.
Tell us about your lyrics, writing, inspiration etc.
I often start with a title that has a certain feeling to it and then go from there. It’s mostly about inner torment and the decay of society. If I read a really good book or watch a good movie I might take inspiration from that. Sometimes I have lyric ideas lying around for years before I write them down for a song.
Is there an ideology behind your band?
Our ideology is play loud, drink beer and have a good time. There’s a dark theme to the lyrics and imagery and if people are into that, that’s great. But we don’t have any agenda beside playing the music we like.
How do you see the state of Death Metal music these days in your country and in general?
I think it’s great. There are shitload of bands and a lot of people into the music as well. Though it’s not a new genre anymore by a long shot it feels very much alive and healthy.
What are your long term plans as a band? What do you want to achieve?
We take it one step at a time, but right now we’re looking to get out to play more and then we’ll start doing a new album when the time is right. We want to build a solid foundation and then take it from there and hopefully we’re still alive and headbanging 10 years from now.
Name an other Death Metal band from your country that everyone should hear.
Usurpress from Uppsala. Just awesome.
Thank’s for the interview! Check out Overtorture on facebook for news on upcoming shows and other updates on the band. Hope to see you on the road! Cheers!