Speed Rap With Per Soläng Of Corroded

Per Soläng

Per Soläng has been working overtime since joining alt-metal rockers Corroded in 2009, and he will only get busier now that the Swedish band has released it sophomore album, Exit To Transfer. Born and raised on a strict diet of vintage Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Soläng took a few minutes to talk to us about the band’s new album and – what else? – drumming. Here’s what the 39-year-old drummer had to say.

How would you describe the feel of the new album?
I feel that we’ve developed from [Corroded’s first album] Eleven Shades Of Black, that we had the courage to try new ways in the process of writing the songs.

What is your favorite drum part on the new album?
As an big Black Sabbath fan, I must say that I’m very proud and happy with the song “Headstone” and the way that the drums sound and groove. And of course the first single, “Piece By Piece” – good groove! [Editor’s note: You can check out both songs at the bottom of this page.]

Did you change your drum parts much throughout the recording process?
Well, as always when we’re working in the studio, it’s a nonstop process of changing ideas and trying new things to develop towards the sound and feeling we’re looking for in every song.

What was it like working with your producer and engineer?
Lovely! We always say that Mr. [Patrik] Frisk is our sixth member in the band. We have the best of cooperation in the studio, we’re in the best of hands.

How prepared were you before going into the studio?
Pretty much in the way of knowing the riffs and the ideas we had to work with. Then again, it’s not often that the idea from the beginning sounds like the final result.

How long did it take to track your drum parts?
Just recording the drums must have took four or five days, but it is a 24/7 mind process as you are in the studio, even though you just record seven to eight hours per day.

Did you record to a click track?
Yes, of course.

How well did that work?
Very well, I'm pretty used to working with click track these days.

Did you record your tracks with the entire band or alone?
In the first situation [pre-production] we’re all together, to get the ideas on tape, and when it’s time to record it for real I mostly just want a guitar to listen to.

Do you play to a click on stage?
Always. I have in ears for that. Some of our songs are very vulnerable to tempo changes, and it’s a safe thing to keep your head cool, no risk to rush away

Do you play your drum parts onstage exactly the same way that you recorded them?
No. I play them pretty much like the recordings but I always try to make the songs more expressive and interesting to make people wake up like, “Uuh, that fill was new!”

How often do you change heads?
Depending on how much we’re out playing – four to five times a year and always before we’re entering the studio

What techniques have you learned by listening to or watching other drummers?
That’s tricky. I'm inspired by every drummer I listen to even though my favorites are Bonzo, T-Bone, Bill Ward, and Mike Bordin.