Interview: POINTLESS FATE

Pointless Fate

Death / Doom Metallers from Sweden, Pointless Fate released their debut EP “Touching the Void” earlier this year. The band has been touring in support of the release throughout the year, and about this guitarist Lars Alatalo tells in the interview below.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your EP “Touching the Void” and the theme it captures.

When we wrote the songs that ended up on Touching the Void we didn’t really have a plan on releasing a EP. Kiss of the Crimson Snake and Touching the Void is written in 2013, Shades of Red in 2014 and Where the Demon Sleep was written this year. We have many more songs but when it came time to record the EP we thought that these 4 songs would fit the EP and the theme we wanted it to have. All 4 songs on Touching the Void has dark themes about my own thoughts about humanity as well as some personal experiences.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Touching the Void”?

The EP has alot about human emotions, our fears, what we love and what we do with those feelings. It’s also about humanity in general, about what we have done in the past and still are doing, all the pain it has brought us.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

We recorded some parts of the music on our phones so that we would remember the riffs and the melodies but other parts of the music we never documented when it was written.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected or is it an organic outgrowth of performing them together?

Usually when I begin writing a song I start to carefully put the pieces together and plan everything about the song, but thats just the demo version of it. After the first version is done I take it with me to the rest of the band and we start playing it together and thats when the song really start to take shape. Everyone in the band comes with their ideas and their own personal touch on the songs so the final version is quite different from the demo version.

Touching the Void

Describe the approach to recording the album.

We had a plan on how we wanted the EP to sound from the start. We wanted a sound from around the late 80′s to the early 90′s but maybe a little bigger than most underground bands sounded during that time. We also wanted to keep sort of a live feeling to the recording and have it a bit organic and not to polished.

How long “Touching the Void” was in the making?

Well as I mentioned earlier some of the songs were written in 2013 so the music has been in the making for some time, but the idea of recording them as a EP came to us during 2015 in the summer. Then we just had to find someone to record the EP with us and of course choose the songs for the EP.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

The bands that influenced us during the writing of the songs on this EP is the same bands that has always influenced us since we started Pointless Fate. Bands from the 70′s and 80′s such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Mercyful Fate, Savatage and Slayer but also bands such as Amon Amarth, Morbid Angel and My Dying Bride.

What is your view on technology in music?

I think that technology can bring with it some amazing things for music but I also think a lot of bands use it a bit to much and the feeling in the music disappears. At some point it doesn’t sound like humans playing the songs anymore and in my opinion thats not how music should sound.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

Well I would like people to really listen to the lyrics in the songs and make them think about the world and our lives in it, all the horrors but alos try to see some of the good as well. When I write lyrics I want the listener to use their imagination, I want them to think and kind of wonder what the song is about but at the same time I think they sould form their own picture about what the message is.

What are your plans for the future?

Our plans for the future is to write more songs and get more gigs so that we can build our fanbase and hopefully soon be able to record and release an album.

Stay tuned for more Pointless Fate news via the band’s Facebook page.

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