Celebrating their twentieth anniversary this year, Stockholm, Sweden technical metal band Terminal Function have released their new four-track EP The Great Liberator today, on Swedish label Stupid Dream Records. The four track EP is the follow up to last year’s Krakstören. Be sure to purchase the album right here. Unlike other groups that try to continuously churn out full-length records, Terminal Function enjoys sticking to an EP format as a result of the fact that they can get their music out as quickly as possible to their fans. The band mentioned, “the EP format works great for us because it lets us try out new stuff in faster iterations, which effectively means more music to our fans, more often.” Recorded in their own Stockholm studio known as Soundfraction, Terminal Function will be playing the EP and more at the progressive metal festival Euroblast in Cologne in October, which will also feature Long Distance Calling, Monument and Vildhjarta.
Regarding The Great Liberator, guitarist Stefan Aronsson said, “We’ve really come to enjoy the shorter EP format since it enables us to get more music out to our fans, more often. Right after we released our previous EP Krakstören in October last year, we started writing and rehearsing what would form The Great Liberator. Me (Stefan) and Mikael usually write and do pre-productions of new songs in our home studios and we upload them to the cloud for the whole band to listen and discuss. If the band is in agreement, we take the riffs to the rehearsal studio and start putting the songs together. With this EP, the process was really fast. In early 2018 we had four new songs ready so we decided that we wanted to put out another EP early fall.”
The band collectively said, “Our drummer David was left to his own devices in the Soundfraction Studios in April to record his drum takes and when he was done performing and editing his takes, Mikael and Stefan continued to track guitar DI tracks in the comfort of their own home studios, later to be reamped at Soundfraction Studios. Our singer Victor also tracked all his vocals by himself in his studio and it all came together in the mix that was done by our guitar player Stefan Aronsson. We generally try to see each other as little as possible, evident by the process of this EP recording.”