Many a metal fan’s heart broke at the end of 2015 when Sweden’s Sister Sin called it quits. The band’s music seemed to grow stronger with each successive album. Yet shortly after the final Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival Tour, which also tragically ended that year, the quartet dissolved: Half of the band no longer wished to deal with the rigors of the touring lifestyle. Fortunately, vocalist Liv “Sin” Jagrell still raged with a passion to create metal, and the seeds of Liv Sin were planted. Over the next year, Liv put together a new band featuring drummer Per Bjelovuk, bassist Tommie Winther, and guitarists Patrick Ankermark and Chris Bertzell. She inked a deal with Despotz Records, and tapped former U.D.O. alums Fitty Weinhold and Stefan Kaufmann to produce her debut album, fittingly titled, Follow Me.
Over this winter, Liv Sin has teased fans with sneak peeks of Follow Me, releasing the blistering anthem “Let Me Out” which recalls her Sister Sin roots. This was followed by the heavyweight track, “Killing Oureslves to Live,” which finds Liv joined by Destruction frontman Schmeir on vocals. On April 28, Liv Sin’s debut album will release and fans will get their ears on the entirety. It’s a powerful record and this week, Metalholic and Metal Nation Radio connected with Liv to chat about all of it.
The album’s title seems like it might be an invitation to her fans to follow her on this new journey, but that’s only one element of the title’s meaning. “That’s one of the aspects,” Liv reveals. “It’s kind of an invitation to fans to tell them, I’m not gone, but it’s also from the chorus of the song ‘Hypocrite.’ The lyrics go, ‘Follow me into the dark where my demons still hide…’. I think that’s a little bit what you are doing when you are composing and when you sing the music you compose, you invite the audience, and the fans, and the listeners to follow the artist into their deepest thoughts or their deepest feelings. So every time you listen to something you get to follow artists into their heart and into their mind.”
Liv admits that when she initially began working towards her return to music she was a bit lost. “In the beginning you want to jump on everything.” People were drawing her in a more commercial direction, but ultimately she realized that her heart would not be in it, and that she is built to create and perform metal. “I’ve always been a metalhead. I want to play metal,” Liv offers. “Plus I ask myself, the way I sing, what am I good at? I mean there are a lot of very talented female singers out there that play more pop rock, and they are amazing. What I am good at is singing metal. That’s my strength, that I can actually sing metal. So that’s what I want to do. That is my place, to do really heavy metal. It’s as easy as that.”
You can check out the full interview with Liv below as she talks about the various songs on Follow Me, working with Fitty and Stefan, as well as sharing how each member of the band came to be recruited.