The Danish death metal band Dawn Of Demise just finished recording its next album. The five-piece are currently looking for a label to release the as-yet-untitled album. Some days ago I had the chance to chat a little with bassist Bjørn Jensen. It proved to be an interesting talk about a variety of things.

Bjørn Jensen interviewed by PSL

Could you start by saying a bit about the recording of the next CD? What's the status?
The status is that we're done. It's ready to be pressed. We just need to find the right label to release it.

Could you give away any details about the CD?
Yeah, 12 tracks, the running time is 41:45 minutes. The album is much more varied than our previous releases, the production and song- writing is so much better. We have tried to be more death metal than ever.

You chose to record in Antfarm Studios with Tue Madsen this time around. What made you decide on him and his studio?
Hmm, we wanted to try something different and his name came up. Also, his drum sound is amazing and that was something we wanted for our next album. We wanted more of a "real" drum sound this time, and we got what we wanted.

You've previously worked with Jacob Hansen and Christian Bonde. Is Tue different to work with?
Yes, but they are all three nice guys. Production-wise I am happy that we chose Tue this time, for it is without a doubt the best sounding record we've ever made.

How do you go about writing music? Do all five of you contribute?
Yes, we all five contribute in one way or another. Many of the songs were written by one person, but after Simon's ideas for drums, the leadwork and so on, the songs turn out sounding different from the general one-person idea, so it's definitely a band effort.

Have you changed anything in the way you write compared to what you did on A Force Unstoppable?
Yes! The whole process was different. I could go on for hours... the last album was rushed a bit, the songs on the new one were really worked with, changed up, altered and so on. Much more of a band effort.

Do you solely find inspiration in death metal or do different kinds of music interest you as well?
It's mostly death metal. Bands like Suffocation, Pyrexia, Internal Bleeding, older Dying Fetus and Cannibal Corpse, Inveracity, Abominable Putridity, some Malevolent Creation and Morbid Angel, as well as many more. The bands I mentioned are the bands that lurk in the back of my head when I write riffs for Dawn Of Demise. There are of course lots of bands that have inspired me. Some of the Polish death metal bands also pop up once in a while. There's a riff on the new album that sounds like the band Hate. You can say that I'm inspired by good death metal. I like many other metal bands and metal genres, but when it comes to Dawn Of Demise, death metal are the keywords.

Who writes the lyrics and what type of issues do they deal with?
I do. The lyrics are mostly about death, hate, destruction, gore, blood, murder, rape and evil shit.

How big a part of the music are the lyrics? Do you put a lot of effort in writing lyrics that fit the music and vice versa?
The music is the main thing. The lyrics are written to fit the music. They aren't "not important", but the music comes first all the time.

You've booked Marco Hassman to do the artwork. What made you decide on him?
We wanted something old school this time. We were getting tired of all the Photoshop covers, so it was time for something different. Marco does old school covers and is reminiscent of Dan Seagrave and that is fine by us.

You're no longer on Deepsend Records. Would you have preferred to put out the next CD via them as well or is it just time to try something different?
It is time for something new. I have nothing bad to say about Deepsend Records, but you know we've released two albums and an EP via that label, so why not try something new and just a little bigger?

Have you found a new label or are you currently looking for one to release the upcoming CD?
We will start looking in mid January. That will be interesting. We've already been contacted by two labels, but it was nothing for us. We have our top five labels, so hopefully we will be signing with one of them.

You parted ways with your drummer earlier this year. Was it difficult to find the right person for the job?
No, it was actually very easy. We had two days of auditions lined up. Simon was the third drummer on the first day. After hearing his playing we cancelled the other auditions. Simon has helped take Dawn Of Demise to another level.

It seems that you mostly tour in Denmark. Do you plan to tour Europe or elsewhere at some point?
We plan to tour more abroad, but nothing is worked out yet. We are going to Finland in a few weeks, but only for one gig. We would love to play other countries so let's hope that something interesting comes our way.

When you're not playing music what do you all then do for a living?
School and daytime jobs. Nothing interesting really.

Anything you'd like to add to conclude this interview?
Death metal forever.

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