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Quick introductory interview.

Interview with Dagothar.
1. Who are you and how did the band get started?

We're Dagothar a traditional doom metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Count Dagothar on vocals, The Ghoul and Hin Håle on guitar, The Lich on bass and Iron Lung on drums. The band was formed back in December of 2017. During the autumn of 2017 The Ghoul felt a need to play traditional doom metal. By asking around on Facebook(different music related groups) they found out that Dagothar, The Ghoul and Swamplord were all interested in playing traditional doom metal. The Ghoul (guitar) together with Count Dagothar(bass and vocals) and Swamplord(on drums, Swamplord also plays the drums on the Monument to Evil demo) Dagothar(the band) was formed. Since the start we set out to play traditional doom metal and also to set very clear shared goals on how that should be executed.

2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?

There's something very special about traditional doom metal. Could it be that there's a focus on the heavier aspects of life, the fundaments of heavy metal music, the riff focused songwriting, the dynamics in the song structure? For some reason we share a fascination with this music. Describing our style could be a bit premature since we've only released one demo. When it comes to influences we haven't set anything in stone when it comes to different traditional doom metal bands that we like. If one would go on how we sound on Monument to Evil one could say that the Finnish, Swedish, English and American schools of traditional doom metal are among our favorites. Nevertheless we also share a love for the Australian traditional doom metal style. We also enjoy the rawness of bands like Venom and Celtic Frost.

3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?

The highpoint as of yet must surely be that we managed to record, mix/master, produce our debut demo 'Monument to Evil' on our own.

4. Which three bands most influenced you?

We've tried many times to distill it to three bands that would be the main influence nevertheless we've got so many favorites so we will mention them at the end of this interview.

5. What are your plans for the near future?

Our future plans involve playing live for the first time and writing new songs to our upcoming EP. Getting some merchandise on our Bandcamp page.The EP will be a homage, tribute to COTD(our favorite bands within COTD). We're currently writing our homage to Pale Divine and we're probably going to write around five to six songs in total and each song will be a homage to different bands that we love. Sadly Swamplord left the band shortly after the demo was released. After a couple of months of searching and looking for a drummer we managed to get in contact with a drummer. Iron Lung was actually recommended to us by the vocalist I in Brainwasher. Iron Lung also recommended us to get in contact with his friend Hin Håle who plays the guitar(they had previously been in a band together)

6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.

We'd like to thank Doom-metal.com for existing and we'd like to thank all our influences. You're always standing on the shoulders of giants just like Cathedral and Reverend Bizarre did we'd also like to shine a light on and say hello and thank these giants: Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Saint Vitus, Trouble, Witchinder General, Pagan Altar, Candlemass, Workshed, Reverend Bizarre, Spiritus Mortis, Minotauri, Acolytes of Moros, Spiral Grave, Cardinals Folly, Church of Void, Solitude Aeturnus, Grief Collector, Count Raven, Lord Vicar, Fall of the Idols, The Obsessed, Pallbearer, Warning, The Gates of Slumber, Wretch, Solstice, Paul Chain, The Wounded Kings, Cathedral, The Lamp of Thoth, While Heaven Wept, Orodruin, Mirror of Deception, Revelation, Doomraiser, Iron Man, Pale Divine, Griftegård, Wheel, Electric Wizard, Dawn of Winter, Penance, Cirith Ungol, Doomsword, Arkham Witch, Witchsorrow, Iron Void, Rituals of the Oak, Voodooshock, Magic Circle, Cauchemar, Witchcraft, Death Penalty, Mourn, Cold Mourning, Garden of Worm, Reino Ermitaņo, P˙lon, Crypt Sermon, The Oath, Stillborn, Sea of Trees, Predawn, Burning Saviours, The Skull, Lucifer's Fall, Rote Mare, Death SS, Solemn Ceremony, The Doomsday Cult, Confessor, Dautha, Myopic Empire, Project Armageddon, Opium Warlords, Doomstress, Below, Serpent Warning, Witching Altar, Dire Fate, Eldritch Rites, Church of Misery, Dream Death, Second Grave, Rose Kemp, The Order of Israfel, Bell, Monolith Cult, Dead Temple, Doomdogs, Death Mask, Ningen Isu, Witch Mountain, Frustration, Albino Python, Doom's Day, Grand Magus, Judas Priest, Ocean Chief, Smoulder, Celtic Frost, Hellhammer, Triptykon, Lucifer and Venom

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Interviewed on 2020-03-05 by doom-metal.com.
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