After a brief period of inactivity and lineup changes, Copenhagen’s Rising return in 2016 with their third and, arguably, best full-length album to date, Oceans Into Their Graves. Though the band’s sound has always run the gamut from sludge to classic heavy metal, Oceans Into Their Graves perfectly combines all of these elements into a unique yet familiar sound that is as punishing as it is infectious. Svbterranenan recently caught up Rising’s head cheese and Indisciplinarian Records founder Jacob Krogholt to talk about this newest release, the new lineup and future plans for both the band and his label.
Could you please introduce yourself and your role in Rising?
I’m Jacob, I play guitar and write songs in Rising
How has playing and performing with Rising pushed you as a musician/songwriter?
It has pushed me in the sense that this band is the realization of what I want to do musically. It has allowed my to do my thing and go for what sounds and feels right. And with that comes an internal responsibility to always push your self and examine what music there might be in this body and brain.
From its inception to the present day, how do you feel Rising has evolved, stylistically speaking?
In general, we’ve become better songwriters and players. Stylistically, I feel we have carried our own identity throughout the work, but on the new record, there’s definitely a move towards incorporating our classic metal influences and letting them breath fully, where as they were more subtle on our first couple of more sludgy releases.
The band was briefly disbanded between the release of Abominor and the newest LP, Oceans into Their Graves. What was the driving factor behind Rising’s swift revival?
Primarily me. My decision to give it a shot with our original drummer Martin. And from there, he had a huge role in reviving the band, simply because we loved playing together again and our initial jamming session just kicked ass.
What can you tell us about the creation of Oceans into Their Graves?
Martin and me wrote and demoed the material in a period of circa two years. We just went for whatever sounded good to us. When we did the demos I had all kinds of guitar ideas, so it got apparent that we might had to get a second guitarist at some point. Along the way, we got Morten Grønnegaard onboard for the vocals. He is just a killer singer, but his style was very different from our prior vocalist, so I had my doubts. But we decided to try and finish up the songs with him, and it turned out awesome. We had Bjarke Lassen join us on bass some months before the recording, so all in all it was a simultaneous and sometimes stressful process of writing the record and getting a band together before recording it. I recorded all the guitar parts, and Anders Bo joined after the album was recorded. In hindsight, a lot happened, and I’m just happy about how the album turned out and the fact that we pulled it together.
Oceans into Their Graves features a new lineup for Rising. How do you feel the new additions to the band contributed to the sound and direction of the record?
The new members did the whole difference on how the record sounds and feels. Getting to play with Martin re-ignited the original energy and vision of the band. Morten vitalized the expression with his voice and melody, and he might be the biggest change, but I couldn’t be happier about his contribution to our sound. Bjarke (bass) and Anders (guitar) are cool guys and kick ass players, and they’ve been great to have in the band. Excited to write the next album as a collective with these people.
Death seems to be a very pervasive theme on the record. How do you feel your approach to this topic is different than others who also use death as a theme in their works?
I don’t know if it’s a different approach. But we describe the subject on different levels. Personal death. Death as a consequence of ideology and religion. Universal cosmic death. We have no religion or common life philosophy that we based the lyrics on. I guess it’s basically just us coming to grips with death as a condition in life
Other than death, what else influenced the record and Rising in general, non-musically speaking?
Our lives, I guess. Including the experience of death. We’ve had friends and family around us dying or going through harsh times in the last couple of years. Again, the lyrics are us trying to grasp what’s going on in and around us. Suffering is a neverending inspiration in that sense.
How does the album’s artwork tie into the record thematically?
The artwork is an attempt to capture the album’s general theme. All things being born and dying again. The contingency of matter. As Morten, our singer, expressed it one time: It doesn’t matter how mighty you are, we all have to go down that drain some time. Even oceans fall into their graves one day. Uplifting, huh?
What would you like listeners to take away from Oceans into Their Graves?
Nothing. And everything that’s on it, I guess. If people get it, and they like it, I just want them to have a good time, be aroused and pump those fists in the air. I just hope people appreciate the music, and if they don’t, fuck it.
What is next for Rising and for your label Indisciplinarian?
As for Rising, next up are some national dates and a European tour. No North American dates right now, even though we would be happy to play over there (any takers?). And we want to begin writing as soon as possible. We have a bunch of sketches and the plan is just to dig in whenever we have the time. We definitely want to record next year some time. As for the label, we have some real cool stuff coming up. We like all kinds of music, so we want to spread out and do different things, all kinds of records that appeal to us. We have both a noise rock record and a black metal record coming out within the next year along with other stuff. We’re just excited to work with cool musicians and bands.
Any parting word of wisdom?
Not many. Other than I’d wish we could just all live in peace and harmony. But it’s pretty uphill from here, right? And the mandatory, check out “Oceans…” if you think you have the time for something like that. We’ll see what happens!
Thank you for your time.
Read our review of Oceans Into Their Graves here.