Applying to Wacken Metal Battle 2012
When it was time to apply for Wacken Metal Battle 2012 we were all set. Since last year we have rehearsed very hard, worked with a producer to make our songs and arrangements better, and played as many shows as possible. In total we managed to play 30 shows in 2011. At each show we tried to get better and better. We also experimented with image/headgear:
Even though we didn’t get Wacken, we got a gig at Sweden Rock Festival through the music organization NEMIS – New Music in Sweden – who, among other things, books upcoming bands to big shows. The first tour in Russia went really well. We had a good chemistry with the promoters and the booker, so they booked us for another tour of Russia in September.
Then it was time to apply for WMB again, and just like last time we needed to send two songs, a biography, and a band photo. Last year it was easy because we just sent them our (then) newly released EP “Wrath of Judgement” and let them listen to the two first songs. Simplicity itself ! This time we had just released a single -“Bleeding Sanity” -together with a new video. But we still needed a second song .
Luckily, Mio had a really good demo of a song called Ghost. Unfortunately, it wasn’t mastered so it wasn’t at the same volume level as Bleeding Sanity. We had been thinking of applying to the contest for a long time, but we always thought we would have the new EP , so then we would just send a copy of that and then forgot about it. But we changed the decision to make a full length album instead of an EP, so that option wasn’t available anymore.
Then on a Saturday we suddenly realized that the application was supposed to be turned in on the following Monday. That meant that we had only two days to fix everything! We already had a cover for the CD because we had ordered it as the EP-cover, which later became a cover for the single “Bleeding Sanity”. Because it was recently done we kindly asked the artist, Vladimir Chebakov, if he could do a Wacken Metal version of the back cover. We felt that everything had to be top notch this time.
Even though it was a weekend, Vladimir took the challenge and made a great cover for us! We even got it the same day. More difficult was arranging the mastering of the second song ,”Ghost”, but we were lucky there as well. One of Mio’s colleagues, Saimon Lindberg, decided to help us, but he was out of town at the moment for a Swedish holiday. He wouldn’t be home until late evening Sunday, so Mary and Mio sat and waited for him. Somehow Mio had managed to send him the wave file thru an iphone internet connection, because she came down from the country that weekend too.
We also printed the cover on Marys printer which can print on CDs. When Mio came down to Stockholm again, she needed to get the special white printable CDs at a store called Biltema, because for now they are the only stores in Sweden selling them. Then we could finally start seeing the result. Somewhere around midnight we started to get mails from Saimon with draft masters of “Ghost”. We listened and asked for some more bass and then sent him the Bleeding Sanity song to have as comparision. We should have done that from the beginning , but hindsight is 20/20. Finally the application was done, but it was late – one hour after midnight – and of course too late for us to send the application by mail. We saved that problem for tomorrow and went to sleep.
Monday : Today was the deadline for the application. The CD and the press kit were ready. For the package to be delivered on time one of us had to drive to the north of Stockholm . Mio got the assignment. It was around an hour drive and Mio was driving her late 90’sVolvo . Everything went fine at first, but suddenly she started to have problems with the car.
Mio: “On my way to the place of the receiver of the package I felt that my clutch on the car started to acted weird. I found the place without problem, but when I stopped the car I noticed that the clutch stopped working totally. I delivered the package on time though but now I had to drive to the nearest garage to repair the car. And what a drive! Driving, stopping and starting on the 2.nd gear. All the cars behind me honking to drive faster.”
Outside Janne “Lunkan” Lundqvist apartment.