Hakim Krim [Dead Lord]

The 70’s is back for sure! Dead Lord, from Stockholm, Sweden, brings to life the roots of rock with their 4-piece rock outfit. Consisting of members from Enforcer, Morbus Chron, Kongh and the Scams, these guys are no newcomers to the scene. Founder Hakim Krim took some time to answer our questions regarding the large scene of classic rock and metal bands and where Dead Lord fits in, in the equation. April 5th they will release the album Goodbye Repentance by High Roller Records.

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  Olle Hedenström, Adam Lindmar, Hakim Krim , Tobbe Lindkvist

How did the idea of Dead Lord start? What inspired you? And where does the name come from?
I have always been a fan of older music. I find that old 60’s and 70’s bands tend to have an organic groove that todays bands often lack. What makes the music sound that way is hard to really analyze, but to me it seems like music was played in a diffrent way back then. It sounded more real. The musicians were often more skilled, and the mentality towards producing music was different. Bands made few overdubs in the studio and had an over all grittier feel to the playing. That was what I wanted with Dead Lord. I also wanted more guitar! I’ve always liked guitar harmonies. Bands like UFO, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and just about every band that plays guitar hamonies and cool leads have influenced me a lot. As for the name, wether it means that the old lords of rock are dead, that we dub ourselves masters of the non-living, that there is no god, or whatever you’d make of it, is free for you to interpret.

Can you describe what it is about classic rock and heavy metal that is so alluring?
What is there not to like? It just sounds insanely awesome. Add to the equation, leather jackets and pyro technics, and you’re hooked.

Since the classic rock/metal sound is very much popular right now (Ghost, Year of the Goat, Portrait etc.), what makes Dead Lord unique?
I’d say we have a sound that’s more “live” than other bands. Our music is basically two guitars, bass, drums and vocals.  No overworked nonsense. Lyrically, we’re a bit more down to earth. No dragons or satanic stuff. I write lyrics about stuff I’ve seen, people I’ve met, things that are nice, and things that suck big time. No fairytales. But to be honest, how unique can you really be as a rock band? Just play your songs and do it like you mean it, is more our approach.

Over how long period have you written the album?
Some songs, like Hank and Ghost Town, was stuff I wrote like six years ago, not knowing what to do with it or where it’d end up. Other songs weren’t even completely finished when we entered the studio. I guess you could say that it varies. High Roller wanted us to record the album as soon as we could, after releasing the 7″. So we booked the studio and tried to speed things up.

During this time, what are you most proud and satisfied with concerning the whole album process?
Not killing each others in the studio. Four guys hanging non-stop for a week easily gets a bit intense. I was surprised over how well it went.. Apart from that, I’d say we owe a lot to Ola Ersfjord. He did a great job with everything. He engineered, recorded, mixed, let us live at his place, put up with us, and mastered the album. Finding the right producer is as important as finding the right band members. If the producer doesn’t get what you’re about as a band, the recordings will sound wrong. We’ve known Ola for long, and worked with him before. He almost feels like a band member, and he made the recording go very smooth. And of course, he made the album sounds just right.

You recorded in Dublin. How did it affect the recording being away from Stockholm and the safe haven of home?
I don’t think I realized it then, but looking at it now, I’ll have to say that it was inspiring. Dublin is nice, and Sun Studios is a really nice studio. It’s got mojo, great gear, and some of the old heroes have recorded there. You don’t really see that much of Ireland when you’re locked in a basement playing you music, but being away from Sweden took away the distractions that comes with being close to home. We got a chance to focus and get it right. We also had a bit of time pressure, as we only were there for a week. Maybe that was a good thing. Maybe it was bad… I don’t really know, but we got the album done.

What can we expect from Dead Lord in the near future?
Live shows. We’ll be playing some festivals and clubs throughout spring and summer. Mostly Sweden, some in Norway, and it looks to be Germany, Swizerland, and some more countries as well. On top of that we are currently writing material for our second album, and another 7″ that will be released this fall.

/Viktoria Colonna

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