If you are remotely interested in heavy music, chances are, you're familiar with Denmarks heaviest band, LLNN. If not, you should get familiar with LLNN.
**Photo by Ole Klein
Your new album "Unmaker" is one of the most densely heavy records of the year. How much of it was written pre-covid, and how much of a challenge was it to get together during the pandemic?
Thank you. Unmaker was written entirely during the pandemic. We didn't face any challenges as such, we were in each others bubble and just tried to be smart and responsible about meeting up.
Safe to say 2020/21 were a fucking nightmare for touring bands, and bands and the music industry in general. Other than the lost shows, was it much of a challenge to stay positive and creative?
It's always a challenge to stay positive. Pretty much a fact of life, that it at some point will kick the shit out of you. I feel exhausted, because the pandemic is just another thing in a long line of shit. Financial cracks, wars, idiots in charge and an ever expanding divide between those who have and those who don't.
If you could introduce extraterrestrials to music using only 5 bands, which bands would you choose?
Great question! Metallica, Breach, Slayer, Shora and Will Haven.
Is 2022 the year of the catch up for LLNN, or are you looking at it as a fresh start? A Reset of sorts?
It's hard to be certain of anything - Especially now that omicron is wreaking absolute havoc. That said; people who know a thing or two about pandemics seem optimistic.
I try to not get too caught up on what you can and what you can't do, I just try to take it all in and enjoy it, when I get the opportunity.
Sonically, your discography is akin to running headfirst into a giant wall of sound. What are some of your influences as a band?
It's hard for me to kind of sift through our inspirations, because we all listen to a ton of different shit and we all bring different things to the table. We have made music for so many years, that we just kind of do it in a natural way. It sounds like us. We usually take a good look at our material, see if there's something missing that we can add to our sound.
When I started playing music I was very inspired by Will Haven and it's a inspiration that just endures.
Outside of LLNN, what keeps you guys busy?
Rasmus Furbo (bass), Keti l(synth/good looks) and I all work with caretaking people with special needs. Kinda crazy 3 of us are doing the same type of thing, haha. Rasmus G. Sejersen(drummer) is an accomplished videographer/photographer - Besides that Ketil and Rasmus also has a studio Called Gravitated Sound Studio that keeps them busy with all sorts of sound design!
Thematically, "Unmaker is a dark listen. Not ironic given the genre, but is there an overall theme for the record?
The overall theme is an examination of power-structures viewed from different walks of life.
Anything else you'd like to add?
No, but thank you for reading my ramblings.