From the very beginning, Änterbila was meant to serve as an outlet for Jerff’s historical interest, especially that of bygone Scandinavia. A prime example of this is the band name. An änterbila is a boarding axe – a combined weapon and tool used in sea battles to board enemy ships – developed by the Swedish navy in the 1700s. Another example can be found in the thematic content of “Änterbila”. Growing up as an avid book-reader who spent a lot of time at museums, Jerff was intrigued by tales about ‘statare’: a term for agricultural contract-workers, such as farmhands, who were given accommodation and food instead of a salary. The system reached its peak in the 19th century and continued until its abolishment in 1946.
The band commented:
“Äntergast” is a tale told from the perspective of a man whose fate – like many others serving on a naval warship - ended at the bottom of the sea. The song is meant to reflect not only the anguish but also the dedication he feels about the notion of dying in battle. The music was written with a blend of fiery, austere, and heroic notes to properly convey the adrenaline and energy one feels before the harsh truth that one is about to ‘eat or be eaten’. When your weapon and your comrades are your only hope for survival.