In an era when too many metal bands are looking to break through with a sub-genre that pays, Sweden’s Ambush was born of a collective love for metal that matters. Just a couple of years ago, the members of Ambush began talking about playing the music they grew up listening to, rather than what passes for popular. They wear their influences–Judas Priest, Accept, Mercyful Fate–on their leather sheathed sleeves. One might say Ambush was born of frustration and fueled by nostalgia and beer.
Offers frontman Oskar Jacobsson:
“We’re basically a group of friends living in a small town. We were all musicians and shared the same interest in traditional heavy metal, so one night we decided to start a band and write some songs that felt relevant to us and to the heavy metal scene as a whole. We tried to create a good ground to stand on, and fought a lot for heavy metal.”
Comprised of Jacobsson, bassist Ludwig Sjöholm, drummer Linus Frtizson, and guitarists Adam Hagelin and Olof Engqvist, the band released its debut effort, Firestorm in 2014. On October 30, the quintet will release its infinitely stronger sophomore album, Desecrator via High Roller Records.
This week, Metalholic and Metal Nation Radio connected with the band’s frontman to talk about the band’s humble beginnings, the new record, and the album which started him down the path of metal. You can check out the full interview below as well as the video for the album’s opening track, “Possessed by Evil”.