The German edition of Metal Hammer magazine recently conducted an interview with UNLEASHED frontman Johnny Hedlund. An excerpt from the chat follows.
Metal Hammer: What made you listen to heavy metal in the first place?
Johnny: "Life itself did, and society back in the early '80s. Metal music in all its forms indicates rebellion against all that is false and unjust. It is also one of very few musical styles in the world to which the fans are loyal and do not escape to what's more commercial for the moment. And death metal in particular is an amazing tool for rebellion. In the early days, heavy metal was the most brutal musical style there was so it was a good start."
Metal Hammer: What's the future of metal, what's the next thing to come?
Johnny: "The future of metal music is fantastic! It will keep flowing and new styles within it will come and go, but it will always be metal. It is eternal, just like rock'n'roll, which is it's roots. There's nothing good enough to take over metal music. And I am then talking about all styles and various labels within it. In UNLEASHED, we have the idea to develop Swedish death metal for the next 15-20 years, just watch and see."
Metal Hammer: What was the craziest thing you ever did as metal musician?
Johnny: "When I sat my ass down inside a bomber aircraft inside a NATO airforce base in Germany (early '90s) with a beer in my hand looking happy and drunk as few. Scary shit. But those military guys at the time were UNLEASHED fans and they wanted to show us their planes and take us to a party at the base. Not recommendable, will make any tour manager go nuts."