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Firebreather’s Top 5

Gothenburg, Sweden trio Firebreather’s 2019 RidingEasy Records debut album Under a Blood Moon was a powerhouse that most certainly established the band’s incendiary potential. But none of us would be prepared for the suffocating onslaught that is Dwell in the Fog. While that album was in-your-face and raw, Dwell in the Fog rumbles and rages with a fury the band had only hinted at previously. WE grabbed the opportunity to sit down with them and find out what makes them so special.

This is Firebreather’s TOP 5.

TOP 5 pieces of equipment that every musician must own.

1. A tuner is a boring thing to buy but it’s kinda handy I guess.
2. Morley Pedal/Pedals!!
3. Fresh cables. Bad ones sure can mess things up!
4. Cup holder! Axel has one and it always strikes us how great of an idea that is!
5. Orange Amps

TOP 5 pieces of advice NOT to follow, to make it in the music industry.

1. To take whatever show is offered. Your band will not necessarily gain more success from playing in front of 5 regulars and get 2 beers and a nacho plate as payment. It might just cost you a lot of money for the arrangements and kill the spirit! On the other hand that whole thing can have its charm of course! Just saying that if your band is good you should get a decent payment and a promoter that knows what level you’re on!

2. When people telling you what settings or setup you should run just because you are playing a certain genre. The tone comes from your hands and heart! There is really no script to these things and I call a lot of balderdash when “influencers” today saying that “this pedal, this tone, killer amp, etc etc”. Sure, look what gear and amplifiers is out there and try it out yourself with your OWN settings.

3. Forcing your bass player into using the D.I when playing live! DON’T FALL FOR IT!!

4. “Don’t imitate the playing style of your idols”
This could actually be a very exciting way to find your own style of playing! So go nuts and imitate!

5. “You should play more covers”
Playing in a cover band or a tribute band is all fine. If that makes you happy, great!
But if you are in band that writes your own music and want to take that thing on tour, the last thing you want to hear is “Why don’t you play any covers?”
I guess people are too lazy to dig into your music so that they need to hear a song that they’ve already heard a zillion times before just to have a decent evening. Of course there is nothing wrong to include a cover on your setlist. Paying tributes is a beautiful thing but like I said: Playing in a tribute band or a cover band is not something for everyone!

TOP 5 clicks on your playlist. What are you currently listening to, on repeat?

We listen to a looooot of different bands when we get together. Main cats should probably be ZZ Top, Slayer, Kyuss, Entombed, old Metallica and many more. A lot of stuff from the 60s too!

TOP 5 adventures you’ve been on with the band.

1. The recording of Dwell in The Fog!
For me (Nicklas) this was the first album with Firebreather that I featured on. I hadn’t made up my mind at all on what bass lines I  would play. So some songs were like “OK, let’s see how this goes”. It was a bit stressful but I think it worked out well! Heat of the moment!

2. Soulcrusher in Holland last year was a blast! They treated us so nice and everything went smoothly.

3. The past two years.

4. All the preparations for our US-tour with Monolord.

5. What the future has to offer.

TOP 5 ways in which your band is awesome.

1. I think we have a great tone overall and a certain sound that we can identify with. I think that makes us confident in writing songs and perform live.

2. The guttural voice of Mattias and Axels doomsday drumming and the hard punching bass of Nicklas.

3. We ALWAYS have songs in the making.

4. We are in for the kill when playing live.

5. We don’t let anyone telling us into something that we’re not comfortable with.

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