EMQ’s With Féleth

EMQ’s With Féleth

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Norwegian Melodic Death Metal band, Féleth. Huge thanks to their guitarist Alexander Stamnes, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Alexander Stamnes, I play guitar in Féleth. The band was formed in 2014 after the group transformed from Iron Bound (thrash metal) to the current line-up in Féleth. In 2016 our bassist (Brage Westgaard) joined the line-up. The following years, we wrote our first EP, “The Covenant”. The EP was released in January 2017. Shortly after the release of “The Covenant”, we began to write “Depravity”. Our first full length album released in May of 2020. 

The release gained good reviews both nationally in Norway and internationally. The album is a product of a wide set of influences from every member of the band’s line-up and showcases the band’s many influences. The years following, we began the process of writing our next full-length album, “Divine Blight”. The band has mostly played locally based venues in Troms and Finnmark since the band was formed. The highlight of the band’s career is playing Tons Of Rock in June of 2022. Earlier this year, we also played By:larm in Oslo.

How did you come up with your band name?

We came up with the band name randomly back in 2014 / 2015. it does not have any particular meaning. However, we soon discovered that it was a female first name in South America.

What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?

The band comes from Alta. A small town in Finnmark, Norway. The Metal / Rock scene in Alta is quite small. We are the only death metal band in the region. Although, we have some rock bands in the area (Pil & Bue and Not My Time to Die).

What is your latest release?

Our latest release is ‘USA’, the last single for our upcoming album “Divine Blight”. We have also released two other singles for the album (‘Majesty’ and ‘Avarice’). “Divine Blight” is set to be released on the 11th of November. 

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences are Rivers of Nihil, Architects, Leprous and Sylosis. Josh Middelton of Sylosis and Architects is the greatest influence for myself as a guitarist. 

What first got you into music?

I have always been fond of music. However, I got into playing guitar back in 2008 / 2009. Thinking back to that era, Iron Maiden and Metallica was the reason I got so interested in music and playing guitar. I desperately wanted to learn guitar and play guitar after listening to those bands. 

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Personally, I would love to collaborate with Architects, Rivers of Nihil, Sylosis, Fit for an Autopsy or Bleed from within. These are all bands I think are great and are bands I myself look up to. 

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I would love to play Wacken or Hellfest. These are two festivals with a big crowd, and I believe that the atmosphere there would be amazing. In addition, it would be a great opportunity for us as a band to develop, as well as motivate us to become even better.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I can’t recall getting a weird gift from a fan, like ever. So I don’t actually know. 

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Keep supporting us and believing in us. With your support we can achieve great things. 

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I must say Cliff Burton. 

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

It is a great way to express yourself, as well as getting your ideas out in the world. It is a great way to develop yourself as an individual and it is an excellent way of meeting new and interesting people. And best of all, it is fun being a musician. I can’t think of anything that I hate about it. It’s fun most of the time. 

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

This is a big question. I think this is a question you have to discuss for a long time to find an answer to. The only thing I can come up with, is that modern music, especially popular music, is very template-like. It follows the same formula and it is very predictable. 

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my all-time favourite albums is “And Justice for All…”  by Metallica. It is a fantastic album. 

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl is the best. 

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Up to this date, our best gig must be Tons of Rock 2022. It was a big crowd and an enormous atmosphere. 

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I am a teacher besides being a musician. So, I guess I would have to say that. 

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Josh Middleton, James Hetfield, Sam Carter, Nico McBrain and Bruce Dickinson.

What’s next for the band?

The release of “Divine Blight”. As well as a couple of gigs related to the release. 

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people? 

You can find the band on Facebook and Instagram.

You can listen to our music on Spotify and youtube. You can also find us at bandcamp.

Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake

I have no idea. I believe it is called a Barm?

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I have nothing more to add.

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