1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Saku: We are Shadecrown, melodic death/trash/doom metal band from Finland. The band was founded in 2012 and now we're about to release our debut album "Agonia."
2.You have your first full length coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous demo and ep?
Saku: Musically this album is quite unpredictable 'cause we combine many genres of metal such as melodic doom and trash metal. But I personally think that this kind of mixing just makes music much more interesting. When we started in 2012, Shadecrown was just a melodic doom metal band but then something happened. These days our songs are much more diverse than back then.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Saku: My source of inspiration is life itself. Our songs usually tells about loneliness, sorrow and human frailty.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Shadecrown'?
Saku: "Shadecrown" comes from the word "shade-grown". Basically we just changed one letter. But for me "shade" in this case means some kind of misfortune in life. We all know that at some point of our lives we all have to experience some kind of loss, sorrow or loneliness. And "crown" is something you have to wear for as long as it's your duty. Even through desperate times when it becomes a burden. So maybe "Shadecrown" means burden of life or something like that... But after all it's just a name of the band.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would yuo describe your stage performance?
Saku: We always try to be very energetic on stage. Hair and sweat must fly! Maybe the best show so far was here in Finland at Pub Markus. A lot of our friends and other drunken people were there. What an awesome crowd!
6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the album is released?
Saku: Yeah, sure! Our plan is to tour as much as possible.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom and melodic death metal?
Saku: Well, the whole album hasn't been released yet so it's hard to say, but so far the feedback has been very positive! Let's see what future holds.
8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Saku: Actually at the moment all the members are concentrating solely on Shadecrown.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Saku: Our music is going to be a little bit more progressive and technically challenching than before. But no major changes in sight.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Saku: Bands that have influenced me the most as a songwriter are Sentenced, Pantera, Insomnium, Testament, Iron Maiden, In Flames, Swallow the Sun etc. Nowdays I listen to all above-mentioned and numerous other bands.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Saku: Almost all of my interests are somehow music-related, but with the band we've been playing NHL on PlayStation.
12.before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Saku: Huge thanks to all who have supported us, hopefully see you all on tour! Cheers!