some annswers in random order.
My drum career. No, no lessons really. I took three from a local drum guy called Joacim Rooke. I used to listen to records. Sometimes slowing down the tape or vinyl. Made the sound "darker" but it was easier to hear what they were doing.
Brother of Metal: It's the same for me. It's how you feel that day.
Sometimes it feels like you need to really push yourself a couple of days and then you are up to speed again. It's also how you are built as a person. Long legs, short legs etc. Heavy/light. As always...just keep doing it. Also it's about tha pedal. I have heavy set springs and large angle and it's good for feel and groov. It's a compromise. If there is a lot of fast stuff I sometimes set the springs and angle a bit lighter, but then you miss the groove and feel and power. When Pontus tried my pedal in the rehearsal room he couldn't believe how heavy it was
We like live albums but nowadays it's just the same versions as on the studio record so it's not that interesting. I think we might put some songs on some special editions as bonus here and there, but there are no plans right now for a whole live album. We did record most shows last tour though.
Wacken was great as always. When we played we had the most people so far ever for us and I think more people than for any other band that day (Friday). I was an idiot and took my car down. Seemed like a short trip. Nearly missed the gig.
Favouite song right now might be Life is now. Just because it's so different than the other songs.
Next tour we probably go to Italy. These things are not only up to us. This goes for all countries. It's up to promoters, maybe there is no venue available? Maybe the routing makes it impossible? Many things that can go wrong (or right).
All the best,