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Conquering The Mountain With ANTON ERICSSON From QUANTUM

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“Sometimes we have a really harsh vocal approach. We’re not really growling, but we’re singing in a kind of aggressive way.”

Anton Ericsson

On the surface, Swedish outfit Quantum can be best categorised as a progressive metal band, but as you start to peel back the layers a deeper, more eclectic personality emerges.

Blending elements from various genres, including prog rock, metal, late romantic era classical music, and jazz, Quantum’s music output transcends just prog, diving into a more all-encompassing sonic landscape that is as captivating as it is expansive.

After the favourable response to debut EP Next Breath Of Air… Quantum are on the cusp of delivering their first full-length offering titled Down The Mountainside which draws from the above genres and more to provide a glimpse into the ever-evolving world that is Quantum.

Frontman Anton Ericsson joined HEAVY to take us deeper.

It’s an album with lots of things happening,” he promised. “There’s lots of heavy riffs, there’s great grooves, longer chords and beautiful melodies.”

We ask Ericsson to take us further into the musical nature of Down The Mountainside.

“We wrote… when I was writing the songs – they’ve been around for a long time some of these songs – you have some of the riffs and some of the songs done,” he offered, “and you realise a lot of these songs fit together nicely so you start writing some of the other songs to fit in with those. I think one of the general sounds of this is like rock with a lot of electric elements of metal and a lot of electric elements of prog and a lot of electric elements of some jazz and some classical music as well.”

In the full interview, Anton discussed their highly anticipated debut album Down The Mountainside in more depth, shared details about the album’s musical influences, sonic diversity, and thematic elements as well as the deep and intense lyrical themes that explore the concept of wearing masks and alter egos in dealing with life’s challenges. He also explained the rationale behind inviting Richard Henshall and Tom MacLean from Haken to contribute guitar solos to the album, detailing their previous collaboration and the transformative effect of their solos on certain tracks. Anton’s eclectic music style was attributed to his diverse musical influences and intuitive writing process, and he explained that the recording process involves starting with the band, adding layers, and sometimes envisioning specific sounds from the beginning, aiming to keep the band’s sound at the forefront.

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