Signed to the ever growing Transcending Obscurity Records the Swedish death metal band Crawl made a splash in the vast scene with their punk and crust influenced take on the genre. Here at The Metal Gamer their album “Rituals” even landed in the top 50 albums being released in 2018, and a top 3 debut. The band are embarking on a tour in just a couple of days but I managed to get a hold of founder Martin Sjögren just before said tour started!
Crawl is a new name in the metal scene. How did the band start off?
Hey! The banded started in Kalmar with me and Ämir. I had some riffs and we both wanted to start an old school death metal band. It started in Tormention’s (Ämirs other band at the time) rehearsal and we progressed and developed from there.
You made changes in the line-up two years ago when you became both a bass player and vocalist short. Was it a mutual agreement on the split or how did this come to happen?
No it was not a mutual agreement. We struggled at the time which direction we wanted to take ”Rituals”. It was just to many opinions and it did not work out as I and Ämir wanted to. That combined with personal problems made us finish the album by ourselves. No hard feelings to any of the past members from our side though!
One of the new members that joined Crawl was Joachim Lyngfelt but on vocals and not as a bass player. To me that a shock seeing his past in Decomposed. Did Joachim approach you wanting to be a vocalist or how did that switch take place?
Actually we contacted Joche and asked him if he wanted to join CRAWL and lay down some vocals on ”Rituals”. We did know Joche before we asked him, he released our ”Worship Death” on his label Bloodsoaked Records so we know he was a cool and easy going dude! And later on Ragnar joined us on bass and is now the permanent bass player in CRAWL. We got only love for those dudes.
Your style of death metal has different elements to it, like punk. What bands has fueled you as influences to create this style?
We do love the classics with Dismember, Entombed, Vomitory but is also into the more hardcore/punk/crust stuff. Right now it’s a lot of Black Flag in my stereo!
Rituals got a lot of stellar reviews. Has this increased your own expectations on the future follow-up album?
Of course we want to do a even better album than ”Rituals”. And we got some new songs brewing that are shorter, longer, heavier, filthier. The riffs are in focus as usual and no fucking bullshit here, haha!
You’re going on a Sweden tour in May. Is this your first Crawl tour?
It’s the first tour that we headline yes! We’re really excited for this!
Is there any club or town you have on your wishlist to play live in the future?
Honestly, I don’t know, just glad that people show up on our shows and supports us! That means a lot and makes us keep going!
You guys released one of the best debut albums last year in my opinion. Is the writing process at full speed for the sophomore release?
Yes it is, think we got like 5-6 tracks that are half way done! We take our time, we are a bit slow but I am sure these song gonna slay!
When can we expect more info on the new album, maybe even a release date?
After the summer we’re hopefully heading into the studio. Which one we don’t know yet, I got some ideas for our second album but nothing decided yet. So to answer your question, yes you can expect some more info about the album, just not yet, haha!
Final question! Does anyone in Crawl play games? If so what’s your favorites and what are you playing right now?
I played the Resident Evil series, that’s about it. The other guys I don’t know!
Thanks for the interview! Any parting words?
Thank you for your time and support! Uh!