Ross Allen recently put some questions to Sam Austen, bass player and clean vocalist of Fornost Arnor. They talked about the new album “The Death Of A Rose”, Mikael Åkerfeldt, Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan and future live aspirations.

Congratulations on “The Death Of A Rose”, it’s a stunning album. Was “Death Of A Rose” the notorious difficult second album to write/record?

Well, I personally didn’t lend too much of a hand in the writing process, but in terms of recording I definitely felt there was more pressure than the first, and of course there was always going to be something else to compare it up against for the listener.

You once again used the vocal talents of Elle Torry for “The Death Of A Rose”. Who else would you most like to work with and why?

Mikael Åkerfeldt! (for obvious reasons)

Fornost Arnor played a couple of live shows last year, do you have any plans for more live shows any time in the near future?

Yes, I believe we’ve got one booked for November and would love to do maybe a small tour before the end of the year. It’s just hard to get us all in one place sometimes!

Which bands and artists have inspired you in the past and which bands are inspiring you today?

Opeth, Gojira, Dillinger, Parkway Drive, Rise Against, basically just a very wide range of punk and metal.

There’s a discipline and focus around all the tracks on the record- How easy are you to work with when writing and recording?

I think I’m normally easy until I need to do vocals, and then I just get pissed off at everyone for my own mistakes!

The music business has never felt so crowded or as competitive as it does at the moment- what’s driving you guys on?

The desire to create something original and put my personal mark on music.

If you weren’t playing in Fornost Arnor, what band would you like to be a member of, past or present, and why?

Probably Dillinger Escape Plan, although I don’t think I’d ever be able to play live!

TINAS is buying a round: what’s your poison?

Some sort of Ale or Bitter please.

What are your hopes and aspirations for Fornost Arnor in 2011 and beyond?

Get the album out to as many people as possible and play some awesome shows.

If you could choose one album, and one album only, to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Probably Still Life, because no matter how many time I listen to it, it never bores me.