Martin “E-Type” Eriksson about Dampf to Chaoszine: “I have been flirting with metal my whole life so now it right time to form also a band for it”

Author Arto Mäenpää - 1.5.2022

Dampf is a supergroup of heavy metal royalties, leaded by almighty A-tron who you may know from his career as Martin ”E-Type” Erikson. Many years ago Martin had an idea to combine power of dark metal and pop melodies. But it wasn’t until recently, when he was given a written assignment by Eye – to write the songs for 3 albums in this spirit – that he realized that the time for this dream has arrived. Martin gathered the most talented musician friends and they have now completed their first single to make her and their message audible: the future is not historyless and the dead are not gone. Martin says about the band:

”New single ”The Other side” is about reconnecting and socializing with those who are no longer alive. In ancient times, the dead and the memory of the dead were treated in a more vivid way. You saw them in nature, in the clouds of heaven and the flames of an open fire. The dead were absent but not gone. Everyone has seen a ghost but no one has been beaten by one. They just look scary, are interesting and usually kind. Let them know that you believe in them. “When you feel the other side – reach out. Let them know that you’re there”. And the great thing is that this song can be sung by both sides.”

”I had missed making new music for many years. A new song of E-type must be better than my old ones, which is so difficult that nothing was written. At all. But when I received the letter from Eye, I was really happy and thought that now I can create something new that no one can compare with anything else. Old or new. Just Dampf simply. I’ve been longing for distorted guitars since Back in the loop and Free like a flying Demon. And now it’s time. Although the joy is obviously obscured by an inexplicable war in Europe. It’s very sad. But the world needs new strengthening music.”

Chaoszine had recently the opportunity to catch up with Martin “E-Type” Eriksson via Zoom and we discussed about Eriksson’s roots in metal music, his new band Dampf, the debut album “The Arrival” and what can fans expect from the upcoming live performances. You can check out the interview below:

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Dampf are set to play a series of festival shows in 2022, with more shows to be announced

18th June 2022 Rock In The City – Helsinki, FINLAND
7th July 2022 Rock In The City – Oulu, FINLAND
8th July 2022 Sauna Open Air – Tampere, FINLAND
14th July 2022 Gefle Metal Festival, Gävle, SWEDEN
29th July 2022 Rock In The City, Kerava, FINLAND

The band’s debut album,” The Arrival”, will be out via Gramophone Records 3rd June.

You can listen to the first single from the debut album titled “The Other Side” below: