Before forming Timeless Miracle you've been playing
together with Fredrik in a band called Trapped. What should we know about that
We formed Trapped in the winter of 1995 with drummer
Kim Widfors, who was a long time friend of Fredrik. We were just three guys who
liked the same kind of music and decided to form a band together. We were
playing a more traditional metal back then that sounded more like Dio or early
Running Wild. I remember that we did a couple of community gigs and there must
have been 30 other bands playing but we where the only metal band. That says a
lot about the Swedish metal scene in the mid 90s. After a couple of months Kim
left the band when he got accepted to a bartender school in England. Fredrik
and I decided to continue writing songs as a duo with the aid of a drum
machine. In 2002 we decided to make a demo of the material we had and so we
recorded “In the Year of our Lord” but we were never really happy about the
production. So we upgraded our home studio and re-recorded some of it and
replaced some tracks and the demo “The Enchanted Chamber” was finished. All the
songs on the album is in a way Trapped songs but under the Timeless Miracle
Was it obvious for you and Fredrik that you'd continue
Yes! Me and Fredrik have always written the songs
together even from the very beginning and this is the only way we know how to
make interesting songs.
How did you hook up with the other members of the
Sten Möller, our second guitarist is an old friend of
ours and has always been around as a silent member. Sten was always the guy we
played new material for and asked for input so for us he was a natural choice
when it became time to complete the line-up. We got in contact with Jaime
Salazar through RoastingHouse, our management, as they had worked with him on
several projects and recordings.
Your most famous player is definitely Jaime Salazar
who is a living legend in Sweden. Was it easy to pursue him to join the band?
Yes, it was easy. We just asked him and he said yes
after hearing our demo. We never had to convince him or anything like that. We
were a bit worried in the beginning that he might decline because of us being a
new band doing our first album. But we had luck on our side. It was actually
the producer Anders “Theo” Theander who suggested him as we needed a really,
really good drummer. So we sent him the demo “The Enchanted Chamber” and asked
if he would be interested in joining us and thankfully he was.
Is he a permanent member or just helped out during the
He is a permanent member. Luckily for us because it
would be very difficult to find a drummer with his extraordinary skills to
Btw, what do you think about his other bands and
I have only listened to Last Tribe and Opus Atlantica
and both of those bands I like a lot. Opus Atlantica is pretty close to what we
are doing ourselves, so when I heard their album I knew we had gotten the
perfect drummer for Timeless Miracle.
How did you end up signing for Massacre Records
We got signed to Massacre through RoastingHouse, our
management who financed and produced the album. When all recording, mixing and
mastering was done it was sent to different labels around the world and we were
signed by Massacre in Europe and Marquee/Avalon in Japan.
Did you also get offers from other labels?
In the beginning of 2004 we actually got an offer from
a small European label that wanted to sign us and because of them we contacted
RoastingHouse studios in Malmö when searching for a suitable recording
location. RoastingHouse gave us a better offer, so we turned down the other
How many albums you have signed for?
I’m not sure because our management handles the
business parts. I believe it's for 1 album and then they have first bids on the
albums we produce for 6 years.
What was the initial musical idea when you formed
Timeless Miracle? What type of music you wanted to play?
Our original idea was to play melodic power speed
metal with touches of classical and folk music. The most important part in our
vision was the melodies! They had to be very defined and accessible to the
listener. We wanted the music and the melodies to stick in the head of those
who heard it so that they would go around and hum it until it drove them crazy.
You know, when you get a song in your head and you just can’t let go of it.
That was our aim and personally I believe that we succeeded.
Rhapsody seems to be an obvious influence for you, but
please tell me about your other influences.
Obvious influences as you said are besides Rhapsody
are bands like Helloween of course, Blind Guardian, Running Wild and Rage.
Others are King Diamond, Candlemass, Manowar and Swedish punk bands like Dia
Psalma who do a folk punk kind of music with swedish lyrics. A musician I
really like is Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee who also played with King Diamond
back in the good old 80s. When I was younger I could never understand his drum
figures and backbeats, so that made the songs more layered and interesting.
The musical ideas for Into The Enchanted Chamber came
from one guy or the whole band is taking part in songwriting?
All music is written by Fredrik and myself and the songwriting
process is always the same. Usually it's either Fredrik or myself who present a
verse, bridge and chorus with the vocal melodies. We then decide what works
best for the melodies with arrangement, tempo and so on. When the basics are
done we start adding the extras like sticks, intro and solo part and work on it
until it's a complete song. Usually we have some guidance in what direction to
go if the melodies themselves have a specific tone, like for instance if the
verse and chorus is very melodic and cheerful, we will most likely add a stick
that’s a bit rougher. An example of this is the title track “Into the Enchanted
Chamber” where the chorus have hymn-like qualities with lots of horns and
choral arrangements the stick with vocals have been scaled down to a simple
guitar driven part with a single lead vocal line and a church organ as
Is it some kind of a concept album?
There is no concept in the sense that the songs
together form a story. It's more of a theme album because all the songs deal
with similar subject matters. In this case its horror, the supernatural, the
afterlife and other similar stuff.
What is your favourite moment on the album?
Hmm, tough question. I must say the third and extended
chorus of “Down to the Gallows” because it has what we call here in Sweden
“beer drinking qualities”. In other words: it makes me want to drink beer and
that is always good.
How long have you been in the studio and what kind of
memories you have of the recording sessions?
We spent a week at RoastingHouse Studios recording the
drums with co-producer Pontus Lindmark. That was a very interesting experience,
we learned a lot that we can use when doing pre-production for the next album.
The thing I remember the most about the drum recording was when Jaime was doing
his warm-up routine between takes, the guy is simply an astonishing drummer.
This was in august of last year and it was really hot, Jaime sat there doing
all those fast parts in like 30 degrees with no air conditioning. The poor guy
was really tired after each take. After the drums were recorded we began
recording of the guitars, bass, keyboards and vocals at our own studio. That
took about 3 months because we all went to our regular jobs and recorded on our
free time. For the most part it went really well but there were some incidents
when our recording equipment overheated due to the hot summer and the extreme
workload we put them through.
The metal scene traditionally strong in Sweden. How is
it in the area you live? Are you in touch with other bands?
Yes there are loads of great metal bands from Sweden
but not so many in the southern parts where we are from. This is perhaps
because there are no places for the bands to perform live, we have one rock
club and they don't even have much rock on their program. So the metal scene is
pretty non-existant here. I believe that Gothenburg, where bands like
HammerFall and Dark Tranquillity are from, is the Swedish metal capital but
that's pretty far from where we live. The only other band we have some contact
with is the great Swedish heavy metal band VII Gates who helped us out a lot in
the beginning before we signed with RoastingHouse.
Have you been able to play many gigs so far?
No, not really, we are still in the planning stages of
doing live shows. We have gotten some invitations to come and play but so far
it has been for smaller club venues in Sweden. But I'm sure that if we tried we
could get a spot as an opening act for another band doing a European tour.
Which band would you like to tour together with?
Hmm, personally I would choose Gamma Ray if it was up
How would you recommend your debut album for fans that
never heard of Timeless Miracle?
I would say, If you like your metal melodic and fast
with a touch of folk and classical music check out the album because that is
what it delivers.
What do you think about the Internet as a promotional
tool for young bands?
Internet has been an extremely good tool for us as a
band because it was thru our old home homepage we got the original record deal
offer. We have never sent a demo to a record company ever and today we are
signed to Massacre Records and it's all thanks to the Internet. So if you play
in a band you should really consider making a webpage for it with some sample
You already mentioned that you have regular jobs. So,
what do you do when you're not playing music?
I have a regular office job for an import & export
company doing book keeping and such. Fredrik works for DHL as a courier. Sten
works at a switch central and redirecting emergency alarms. Jaime is the only
one of us that makes a living on this. He is a session drummer and also tours a