METAL PULP AND PAPER: Hello Anna. So glad to be catching up with you. We last spoke in late November of last year, 2017. Once again, it is a pleasure to talk to you. A year has passed since then, so, how are you doing?
ANNA HEL: Thank you very much for the attention. We're doing good.
MPAP: Let's get right down to it, do you have any new music coming out soon?
ANNA: I'm so glad to share some Conflict news with you and Metal Pulp And Paper. The hard work on the upcoming album is getting crazy. It seems like a great volcano under pressure is going to explode! The musical component of the new album is almost ready, and the vocal parts are now in the process. 12 conceptual tracks are waiting for the release, and this whole album is united under a common idea in the way of the best classical dystopia! Along with this, the cover artwork design is in its first drafts. Also, this time we have prepared something special for our fans, definitely surprising, but those details are coming later!
MPAP: That's great news to hear. Looking forward to hearing what you've created. I can imagine it's going to kick ass, like always. So, is there anything else you can tell us and all your fans out there?
ANNA: Other significant news is we started developing for the shooting of the second music video for one of the tracks from the new album! Approximately it begins in February!
MPAP: Wish I was in your hometown in February! Now Anna, before we bring this to a close, we must know, what are your top five most essential albums? What music influenced you and your band over the years? Also, pick one of your favorites songs from that band and tell us why it's your favorite?
ANNA: My top five essential albums? I can't even estimate their influence on my life.
1. Nile "Annihilation Of The Wicked" (2005) I still listen to the whole album as masterpiece unity. I find Nile desperately unique, and their music will live thru time and never get old or irrelevant.
2. Arch Enemy with the song "We Will Rise" from Anthems of Rebellion (2003) brought me the impulse to start extreme singing. I will say this exact album drastically changed the music scene as many girls and women were empowered by Angela to begin musical careers.
3. In Flames "Bullet Ride" of Clayman (2000) I assume that was their last album with classical death-metal sound after which their music approach changed. I listened to all their records, but this song is the track I reminisce when hearing In Flames.
4. Fear FactoryArchetype (2004) - "Archetype" the top FF song I heard and met these guys face to face.
5. Dimmu BorgirDeath Cult Armageddon (2003), the song "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse." First time I experienced the soundtrack to the apocalypse.
Our musical tastes are vast, in general, from Swedish metal to dark jazz, grindcore to synthwave.
MPAP: Those are some killer choices. What about some of the other members in Conflict? What have been some of their influences?
ANNA: Here's what Mike (drums) shared with me: Fear Factory's Obsolete conception and the track "Timelessness," which gave him an idea, and he will begin playing and creating music in this key. In the beginning, Mike fell under the influence of Swedish metal bands such as The Haunted, At The Gates. Now he's listening to Meshuggah a lot. Rodion (guitar) was inspired by FF Archetype and Obsolete from the first notes, Nine Inch Nails his the top fave.
Now we're all under the wave of Bohren & Der Club of Gore and Carbon Based Lifeforms. I think that is how the autumn feeling reflects over us.
MPAP: Anna, it was so great to talk with you. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us at Metal Pulp And Paper, we appriciate it. We look forward to the new music, and hope you can tour the United States soon.