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Question from Omen (IP: posted July 23, 2009 20:41:38:
Hey, I was wondering; what led you to designing the logo that has been a trademark for Nasum's existence? It's a unique one, surely, was there any inspiration for it?
I remember looking quite a lot at Disharmonic Orchestra's logo when drawing the original. I don't think it's that obvious, apart from perhaps the "S" which is sort of similar. / Anders
Question from Jordan J. (IP: posted July 17, 2009 21:55:34:
Morning, Anders.

From the years I've been listening to Nasum over and over again, "Shift" seems to give me some incredible feeling of nostalgia due to the very melodic parts in the songs. I was wondering what influenced you and the boys from Nasum to lean towards a more melodic side (Mostly the endings of "Closer to the End", "Darkness Falls", and parts of "Ros"), and who made the decision to head down that path?

I read a review online, where someone said that you guys were stealing from "At the Gates", which I thought was complete bullshit. It's really Nasum's own unique sound, and take on it.
What it all comes down to is the drop-A-tuning that was introduced completely on "Human 2.0", which also has the first melodic parts ("Shadows" being the obvious example).
As for the examples you mention - the ending of "Closer to the End" is heavily inspired by Isis and I remember Jon laughing as he said that none of his other bands would let him getting away with such an obviously stolen part. "Darkness Falls" was the last song on the album and demanded a definitive finale (it's the same on all the last songs on the albums), and it's also a sort of sentimental and sad song so the melody was obvious. "Ros" has the same kind of melodic qualities as many other songs by Mieszko, as the mentioned "Shadows" and "Fury".
At The Gates was a source of inspiration as any other Swedish metal band, but perhaps not as obvious in our sound as for example Entombed. The only thing I can certainly say is stolen from them is the break and the word "Go!" in "Sixteen" on "Human 2.0"... / Anders
Question from irvingrind (IP: posted July 16, 2009 08:41:01:
Hi anders, my name is irving diaz, i'm from mexico, I would like to wholeheartedly thank Nasum, especially you and Mieszko for so many songs with that feeling of hatred, despair, frustration but at the end of hope, so characteristic of Nasum... i know that many people say it to you ... but I really love Nasum!... so I have a question ... Exactly what each symbol of the album shift means?? ... I love you guys so much that i will tatuate my chest whit an image that means a lot for me, and of course I include the symbols of the only album on all the world with those fellings printed on it and of curse is the only that I listen without forwarding any song (it+s for truth)... but i do want to understand those symbols (well, the first 2 symbols, the others are, recycle and bio hazard isn't?) ... thank you guys for such satisfaction as your music, lyrics, and knwoleadge ... Nasum forever ¢¾
Well, the first one is some kind of sun symbol and the second one is a political misch-masch that I don't quite remember the exact meaning of. / Anders
Question from Omen (IP: posted June 28, 2009 13:16:28:

figuring this year will be the fifth year since Mieszko's pass-away, I was wondering how you will memorize him? I mean, he will always be on your mind, but I was thinking of arranging a show here in Belgium in honour of him. I never personally knew him, which then again makes it a little bit ridiculous.
Good question. I have something in mind, but I choose not to disclose any details since I can's guarantee something. / Anders
Question from yu (IP: posted June 20, 2009 05:00:32:

Because the lyrics are very genuine, honest and heartfelt. I love them. I am also posting some of them on friends' forum to share.

All the best. \m/

yu (again)

ps: I am looking forward to buy Coldworker's LPs but it seems a little bit complicated.
Not at all, they are very cheap from me... / Anders
Question from armin schweiger (IP: posted June 17, 2009 12:34:16:

By the way! What is it about with this nasum-tribute thing?
We (distaste - grind from aut) would like to perform "fury", cause i (still) think it´s the best grind-song ever.
Do you know, whom we should contact, or what we should do?
Thanks anyway,
It's scheduled to be released at Obscene Extreme, so you are too late. But fortunately for you. no band did "Fury" so perhaps you can be on part two if there is one...
More info at / Anders
Question from Yu (IP: posted June 16, 2009 02:58:26:
Hey Anders, just wanted to let you know that today I was listening to Grind Finale and I was almost crying as I read through the lyrics.
I love Nasum.

The lyrics were so bad...? :) / Anders
Question from Jon (IP: posted June 13, 2009 23:43:32:
I've been a fan of nasum for a while, and randomly decided to listen to shift for nostalgia. While listening to it, I made the sad realization that I will never be able to see Nasum live. Fuck, Anders, keep doin what you're doin. I dont give a shit if you write a response to this, but I hope you read this and know you made someone very happy with your music.
Thanks a lot. / Anders
Question from Matteo Berni (IP: posted June 12, 2009 16:36:02:
Hi, I'm an Italian fan of you, i knew your music when I listened to your Split 7" EP with Agathocles (let me say that the Agathocles' side sucked, while now the Agathocles are really good, as they've improved their technics). I'd like to ask you a few questions:
1-Have you ever been to Italy?
2-Will you be there with Coldworker in some festival?
3-What kind of music do you like, except grindcore?
1. Yes, Nasum was in Italy three times. The absolute last show was in Italy.
2. Perhaps in the future, but not this year.
3. I like a lot of music, most kinds of metal, most kinds of alternative music and some commersial.

This was question #1000 - congratulations! / Anders
Question from Grindersorpresa (IP: posted June 8, 2009 20:36:08:
what do you think about Insect Warfare??? dont you think they were the best real grindcore band in years???
I think I've listened to them, but I can't remember. I'm not keeping track of current grindcore. / Anders
Question from dan (IP: posted June 6, 2009 23:14:59:
hi nasum-anders!
i have a question, why was the shape of the "black swarm" t-shirt such a fkkng mess? i still refer to badly shaped shirts as nasum-shirts.
grind on!
It was a very cheap shirt. What can I say, it was our first shirt (after the debut album) and we were broke. / Anders
Question from Johannes (IP: posted June 5, 2009 12:53:30:
hey there,
is there any chance you'll print some of the "recycle" shirts ever again?
I can't guarantee it. / Anders
Question from Lucas (IP: posted May 22, 2009 11:37:04:
Hi Anders
did Nasum play in poland or had an opportunity to play?maybe you have plans to visit poland with coldworker?:)cheers
Nasum never visited Poland, but Coldworker might show up in the future. Who knows? / Anders
Question from Jordan J. (IP: posted May 17, 2009 05:58:37:
Evening, Anders.

I was checking out some Nasum gigs on youtube and I came across the one at "Groene Engel" in Oss. (

Your snare drum has one HELL of a bang to it. I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of snare model that was? It sounds tight as hell, and extremely pulverizing. I love it!
I wouldn't judge the sound of a snare from a live clip on YouTube... But it's the Black Panther as usual.
Cool clip, I haven't seen it before. Completely out of sync though... / Anders
Question from Hunetele (IP: posted May 14, 2009 20:55:32:
Hi Anders!

Do you know something about the Grind finale LP set repress? Are there any clear vinyls pressed?


Are there any black vinyls pressed from the Doombringer LP?

Mannnnny Thanxxxxx!
"Grind Finale" was limited to 1000 copies all black. No represses are planed. And "Doombringer" was only pressed in weird colors as far as I remember. / Anders
Question from M (IP: posted May 9, 2009 13:31:05:
i play in a band and we are intrested to record a nasum cover for a bonus track in our album
do we need permission from you or from your label for any legal etc issues?
thank you
You should write to for further instructions. / Anders
Question from k (IP: posted April 27, 2009 18:25:43:
was mieszko born in sweden?because he's last name seems to me like polish or something.
is it hard to get the swedish occupation?
anyway nasum was one of the best grindcore bands in the world
Yes, he was Polish and came to Sweden at age 7 if I remember correctly. / Anders
Question from Hunetele (IP: posted April 21, 2009 20:30:18:

I just want to ask that will the videos from the download section be downloadable again?

Did you heard something about the Nasum Napalm Death split?

Thank you!
Apparently the server where I had all the videos and songs have disappeared, so I need some new place to host them...

The split is coming... some day. / Anders
Question from Lènart (IP: posted April 7, 2009 13:44:45:
åh fyfan, jag kollade nyss på spelningen ni gjorde på Hultsfred 2003, jag har aldrig fått sådana rysningar i hela kroppen som jag fick när ni körde igång Scoop. Damn. Jag har dock några frågor. Om Mieszko inte hade dött 2004, hade ni planer på att fortsätta? Andra frågan: spelade du på en black panther eller en pork pie virvel på Hultsfredsspelningen 2003 eller var det kanske någon annan?

Jag saknar Miezsko som fan, jag kan inte föreställa mig hur det är för dig som förmodligen var väldigt tight med honom.

Mvh Lènart
Ja, det fanns inga planer på att sluta. Nasum hade ju i princip bara börjat.
Det lär ha varit Black Panthern för det är den enda virvel jag äger. / Anders
Question from Jordan J. (IP: posted April 7, 2009 05:02:53:
Hello, Anders!

What do you think about the new Nasum shirt on Relapse, "The Engine of Death"?
It's about time a "Shift" based shirt was released.. It's got quite the interesting look to it.
Were you involved with the design/make at all?
I approved it and I think it's fucking awesome! / Anders
Question from Jordan J. (IP: posted March 12, 2009 19:03:56:
Good afternoon, Anders!

What was one of the funnest and most memorable shows you ever played with Nasum? There were obviously a ton of venues you played at, but I was wondering which one you had the most fun with out of them all and why?
I believe that the most fun was at different festivals, like the two times on Hultsfred, Wacken and so forth. As for venue shows... well, you can't really beat CBGB's, can you? But I think the warehouse gig we did in Lancaster at the end of the US tour was the most fun. 100% party and I even played a couple of songs with a blown up baloon - in my mouth! / Anders
Question from Andrew Coutts (IP: posted March 11, 2009 23:16:01:
Hi anders odd question here but any info would be greatly appreciated.

Do you happen to know what bass Jesper used live in the Hultsfred Festival video? Mainly Ive seen him use it in the Human 2.0 era. It was 5 string and black.

Cheers if you have any info.

Yes, it's my old 5-string Washburn bass, that my parents gave me on my 18th (?) birthday. It was used in Necrony and also in Nasum, like on this picture, where Mieszko is playing the bass. It's not a fancy bass at all. / Anders
Question from Anders (IP: posted February 11, 2009 22:20:08:
Vilken är betydelsen av symbolen längst till vänster på Shift-fodralet?
"Ät din spenat varje dag, så blir du go och glad". / Anders
Question from Blastface (IP: posted December 30, 2008 02:37:02:
anders i read the link about the recording of the bass - i wondered what distortion pedal was used live?
Can't remember, but we used a sans amp to boost things up. / Anders
Question from Jordan J. (IP: posted December 29, 2008 05:53:48:
Evening, Anders.

Through all the Nasum albums, I was wondering which one held your favorite snare drum sound? Are you very picky on having the perfect snare sound? Did you use different snares through out each album? I thought the production from each record would change the sound of it. Overall, I really loved it on "Helvete", it had such a bang on clang sound to it.

P.S - Any more info on the Nasum Tribute CD? I'm dying to hear other bands try to cover already amazing masterpieces.
The snare is arguable the hardest "instrument" to get right in a recording, I have yet to experience the perfect snare sound on one of my own recordings. Of course playing death/grind it's extra hard especially if you want to avoid using triggers and go for that natural sound.
I can remember what snares we used. Soundlab had one of two that was primary used because they were better than mine. I don't think I've used my own snare on any (real) recording.
Can't say which album has the best snare right now, and no new info about the comp. / Anders
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