Blistering.com: Lyrically, you've long explored themes of a dystopian society, corruption, etc. What are the best examples of those on the new album?
Bertilsson: Yes, and it's something that we decided on when we started the band. We wanted to write about something that felt fairly relevant, in order to keep it interesting and meaningful (at least to ourselves). I can only speak for the lyrics I've written for this album, which are “A New Era,” “Murderous,” and “Vacuum Fields,” and all of them kind of deal with phenomena that exist throughout most societies in the world. Since we play death metal, lyrics rarely deal with things you would see as positive, or would want to experience.
Blistering.com: You're located in Sweden, a country that is relatively out of the political fray, so where do you get your lyrical inspiration from?
Bertilsson: I think it's a matter of just feeling that certain things are fucked. We're not a political band, but we're trying to write decent lyrics. For us, we've found inspiration in e.g., different events in the world (or here in Sweden), or the prevalence of religious shitheads, etc. But there is also a portion of our lyrics that are inspired by horror movies, video games, books, and so on. To me, the most important thing is to make lyrics that help enhance the listening experience. I'd guess that the same goes for many death metal bands, whether the lyrics deal with decapitation, the Necronomicon, Egypt, or whatever. It's all good!
Blistering.com: At least on our side of the pond, we rarely hear of any sort of strife or conflict in Sweden. Are things really that timid?
Bertilsson: Yes and no. Compared to what's been going on in the Arab world lately for example, things here are probably quite timid. But there are other things/problems that might not sound so serious when compared to the worst possible conflicts. However, I don't think it's completely fair to always compare things that way. You always look first to what's close to you. There are situations in Sweden that are shit, and where many people would like to see a change. Then there's the usual stuff, like for example politicians making empty promises and so on (and this goes for any political party/political direction). Perhaps Jesse Ventura said it best in Predator: "Bunch of slack-jawed faggots around here!" (and no - I don't have anything against homosexuals, neither did I mean to use the word faggot in any association with homosexual people), ha-ha!
Blistering.com: Are you one of those people that constantly reads the news and is disappointed by your findings? Or at this point, are you desensitized to it?
Bertilsson: I think you have to be pretty desensitized to not feel any disappointment at all that so many people live under terrible conditions around the globe. But sure, I tend to push a lot of stuff out of my head after a while, just because I don't want to walk around constantly thinking about horrid shit. There's gotta be some room left for death metal and guitars.
Blistering.com: Have you kept tabs on the Occupy movement over here in the States? If so, what's your take on it?
Bertilsson: Not too much, other than hearing about it on the news and seeing some of it when visiting London in November. But as far as I know, it's basically about economic and social equality, and reducing the influence of corporations on politics. My take on that is that it sounds like common sense. So in a sense, I guess I'm one of the 99%.
Blistering.com: Back to Coldworker: You're on your third album now, so what are some of your immediate goals?
Bertilsson: Playing live as much as possible. That's definitely my main goal. I really want to get out and play our new material and drink a couple of beers. This goes for all the guys in the band, and I think a lot of bands function the same way. I mean, the main reason for locking yourself up in a rehearsal room, putting in all those long hours, must be to perform your hard work (music) for people that enjoy it, right? Not to all bands of course... but at least to me! I really want to do Europe, and hopefully build our way towards being able to go to the US and play for anyone that might be interested.
Blistering.com: What type of touring load do you think the band will take on for this album?
Bertilsson: It's hard to say, but hopefully as much as possible. We'd love to do both festivals and club gigs, and I guess we'll have to wait and see how it turns out. If you know any US promoters interested in bringing us over, give us a call!
Blistering.com: Finally, what's on the agenda for 2012?
Bertilsson: For anyone attending Neurotic Deathfest 2012 in Holland: come see us on Saturday, March 3rd! We're rehearsing right now, keeping our fingers crossed that we land some cool gigs for this year. Thanks to you guys for talking to us, and to everyone reading: pick up our new album The Doomsayer's Call! Cheers!