It's time to focus on Swedish Death Metal again, but
not your average melodic stuff from the Gothenburg area. No, Theory in
Practice are playing technical and complex Death Metal with lots of cool
riffs and memorable moments. Henrik Ohlsson answered the questions.
Your last album "The Armageddon Theories" was released through Pulverised Records in 1999, but has now been re-released through Listenable. Why did you decide to leave Pulverised and sign to Listenable instead?
Our cooperation with Pulverised didn't work out too good, so therefore we decided to search for another label. We didn't get much promotion or anything when we were on Pulverised records, they had constant delays with payments and releases which made us pretty frustrated of course. After we signed our project Mutant to Listenable, I figured it would be a good idea to ask them if they would be interested in signing T.I.P aswell. And it turned they were! Since Listenable had done a fine job with Mutant we knew that it would be better for us to sign for them instead of being stuck on a dead end street on Pulverised.
Will you stay on Listenable for future releases as well?
Yeah, definetly. We've signed for three albums.
It's such a huge difference! I mean, Sunlight was a
great studio when I recorded there in the beginning of the 90's with a death
metal band called Adversary. But when we came there in '96 with Theory In
Practice I saw a deterioration that was horrible. The place had turned into a
punkrock kind of studio, Tomas explained that he would never use the modern
equipment that was available on the market and so on. Fine with me, but I
think that he has stopped developing. It's like he doesn't enjoy working like
a producer anymore, I don't know. The Abyss studio is something totally
different, the Tägtgren brothers are cool to work with and mr. Tägtgren
himself is spending all his money on new equipment, that's the feeling I get
anyway. You can hear the difference between the studios yourself, just
compare the production on "Third Eye Function" with "The
For a long
fuckin´time! Nah, I've been playing drums since I was thirteen and I'm
twenty-five now, feel free to calculate... Peter is thirty years old and he's
been playing since he was a teenager, Mattias is twenty-seven years old and
he started playing keyboards in his teens aswell. Bass is something he picked
up when we formed T.I.P as a matter of fact, although he had been playing
that instrument at home before that of course.
"The Armageddon Theories" was recorded in
August 1998. What have you spent time with since then? When do you for
instance think you'll record again?
Exactly. Mutant is based on creating eerie feelings with lots of harmonies, rather than messing around with time signatures the way T.I.P does. Mutant is more black metal, no doubt about it, but it's a kind of extra-terrestrialized black metal totally devoted to the Aeonic Ones. So therefore you never know what to expect from Mutant since we lend our bodies to the Aeonic ones to serve their purpose. No rehearsals or anything, we're in total possession of the higher developed beings out there.