Johannes Eckerstrom, lead singer of Avatar, reflects on the evolution of the band from their humble beginning in 2006 to the present and what the future holds for the band.

In 2012, Swedish death ‘n’ roll metallers Avatar decided it was time to conquer America with their first official release here in the US, Black Waltz. Since then, they have completed two tours here, released a new album, Hail The Apocalypse, and are in the middle of a third tour which made a stop at the Perani Arena in Flint, MI on Oct 03, 2014.

Johannes honored us with an interview shortly before they took the stage to play in front of roughly 2,000 attendees. He discussed the new album, how the band’s musical direction has evolved and the image of the band, making music videos, touring, and what’s in store for the future of the band.

Interview with Johannes Eckerstrom of Avatar:

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Photo Credit: Thom Seling

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Erik's interest in music began at an early age. In high school, he was the co-host of the underground metal show the Social Mutilation Hour, on 89.5 WAHS, under the name of Neurotik Erik. During this period of his life, he independently promoted shows under the name of Ding Dong Ditch Productions. Erik would rent out local VFW Halls, use space at Oakland Community College Auburn Hills Campus, or simply throw basement parties around the Detroit area. While at college at Ferris State University, he became head of the student run organization, Entertainment Unlimited, and continued to promote shows, but on a larger scale. He also helped start an underground magazine, 'Outpunk', where he interviewed bands and wrote music reviews. Additionally, Erik joined the staff at the Ferris State University Torch and wrote on a larger scale.

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