My Dark Rift – Interview

My Dark Rift – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

MDR: We are a five-piece metal band from Stockholm, Sweden. We mix different heavier genres into our own groovy, melodic sound. We’re not on a holy mission to sound ultra unique, we just love to eat from all different plates of the metal ”smorgasbord”.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

MDR: All of us got into metal music a long time ago and we’ve been playing in many different bands. My Dark Rift started as a side project and later evolved into something more serious. Today we’re much more than a side project, and we have a lot of cool stuff coming your way! The name My Dark Rift came from the astronomical phenomenon known as the Great Rift (or sometimes the Dark Rift) the idea was to point out the connection between both the intimate scars that we carry in our human souls as well as the vastness of the rifts that runs straight through our galaxy.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

MDR: We draw most of our inspiration from literature, movies and historical events. Obviously, we’re also influenced by other bands like Soilwork, In Flames, Metallica, Periphery, Slayer, Mastodon and many more.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

MDR: Our main goal is to establish My Dark Rift as a well known Swedish metal act. We want people to hear and hopefully appreciate our somewhat diverse take on modern Metal.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

MDR: We write all songs together and the concepts behind them are often inspired by psychological issues in relation to the mighty horrors of the great unknown.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

MDR: We do our best to promote our music in every way possible. Mostly on social media but also by talking to cool magazines and blogs as this one!


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

MDR: If you’re thinking about legit paid downloads (like iTunes etc) then we think it’s awesome!And if you’re thinking about illegal downloads (like Pirate Bay etc) we don’t really see an issue with that anymore. It’s a lot easier for fans to subscribe to music streaming services nowadays. We also feel that there’s a strong support for hard rock and metal music in general. Fans of heavier music seem to appreciate the time and effort artists put in to their work, and are more than willing to pay for it.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

MDR: This is a hard question to answer, but here we go: ”Distance” by Soilwork, because it’s one of the most epic metal songs ever made. Other songs we wish we’d written are ”The Trooper”, ”Reign In Blood”, ”Take This Life” and ”Blood and Thunder”.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

MDR: We really dislike when ”fans” hate on bands for trying to evolve into something new. ”WTF! This is not reversed-doom-polka-triphop at all! F*ck this band!”.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

MDR: When our debut single, ”Make Me Stronger”, passed 66.600 spins on Spotify. The number of the super-beast made all of us extra proud.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

MDR: We are currently finalizing our third single that will drop later this summer, followed by a limited edition EP in September. We’re also preparing ourselves for the live shows starting later this year.


PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.

MDR: We will start touring this fall and you should definitely be there or forever wither away in an immense ocean of fire and nerve-racking paranoia. And also to buy our merchandise…

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