interview with MindMaze

What´s the name of your band? MindMaze

How was the band formed? Jeff (guitar) met Kalin (drums) when they were in the 8th grade, and shortly after decided to start playing together, soon enlisting Sarah (Jeff’s sister) on vocals.
Can you tell about your band? We were originally formed under the name Necromance in 2004 when we were just teenagers. After cutting some demos and maturing a lot through gigging, we decided to change our name to MindMaze around the time we set out to record our debut album Mask of Lies, which was released independently in February 2013. We’re now promoting our sophomore album Back From the Edge, which is being distributed by Inner Wound Recordings.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
We’ve always been based out of the Lehigh Valley area in Pennsylvania, in the USA.
Sarah Teets – Vocals
Jeff Teets - Guitar, Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Kalin Schweizerhof – Drums
Mike Lepond of Symphony X played bass on our newest album, and occasionally plays live with us, but when he doesn’t, Rich Pasqualone does.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? I think when we were young, I think that we really thought that anything was possible in the back of our minds, but were honestly only expecting to ever be little more than a local band. It was only after a couple years of gigging and recording a demo that we started to have more legitimate aspirations of something bigger.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Our sound is a mixture of traditional, power, and progressive metal elements, along with some slightly more melodic/hard rock edges. The vocals are more in the vein of singers like Russell Allen, Bruce Dickinson, and Steve Walsh than most other female metal singers, as we don’t do any form of symphonic/operatic stuff or harsher elements.
Where was your first gig? Our first gig under our old name of Necromance was on March 13th, 2005 at a place called Kate’s Kafe in Phillipsburg, NJ that has since closed.

Where was the latest gig? As of writing this, our last show was at DeLand Rock and Metal Festival in DeLand, Florida on November 9th, 2014.

Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics? Usually, Jeff writes the majority of the music, or at least gets the ball rolling, and Sarah wrote all of the lyrics on our new album Back from the Edge.

What genre do you feel you are? I’d  say we’re a mix of a few different genres of metal.  Some songs lean more in the progressive, where as other songs lean a lot more towards power metal.  We also blend some traditional metal in there as well.

What are your songs about? We tend to write a lot about human emotion and real-life experiences. Each album has an epic track with roots in a Sci-Fi story, but each story actually is somewhat tied into the concept of fighting against a force trying to suppress emotion and the human element. A lot of the rest of our songs are at least somewhat inspired by real-life events or experiences.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Obviously our number one priority is writing and releasing original material, but we do occasionally perform covers as part of our live shows, for fun.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Our debut album Mask of Lies was released independently in February 2013, and our follow-up Back From the Edge was recently released in Oktober 2014 through Inner Wound Recordings.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? We don’t have any official videos just yet, but we will be filming and releasing a video for our song “Dreamwalker” early in 2015.
How old are you?/What got you started in music? Sarah is 26, Jeff is 24, and Kalin is 25. Aside from Sarah, who was very involved in music programs in school, we all have very limited formal training and basically just got started in music around the age of 11 or 12 when we began to fall in love with metal music.
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? The band ranged from 14 to 18 when we played our first gig.

What year was the band started? Necromance was formed in August 2004. We changed our name to MindMaze at the beginning of 2012.
Best/worst gig you've played? It’s hard to say what the single best show we’ve played was. DeLand Rock and Metal Festival just recently was right up there, along with our CD release shows for Mask of Lies and Back from the Edge. It was also awesome getting to share the stage with bands like Saxon and Primal Fear, as well as perform on a huge stage opening for Motley Crue.

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? Our next gig is the Flight of the Valkyries 6 festival at Metro Gallery in Baltimore, MD on January 10th, which is a small-scale female-fronted metal fest which will also feature A Sound of Thunder and some other great bands.
Is it always the same songs live? We try to change up our setlists as much as possible from show to show, especially with two albums of material to choose from now. We like to know what people want to hear and try to make them happy, but we usually will open with the same pair of songs and close with the same pair, just for the sake of consistency. Aside from that, anything goes.

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Being selected out of well over one hundred bands to open for Motley Crue was pretty cool. The gig ended up not going down quite the way we imagined, but just to have been selected and perform on that stage was pretty amazing.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? No, sadly. We’ve only done one-off gigs as a support band for bigger touring bands, and have only done some very minimal touring of our own. Doing more touring on our own as well as possibly a support tour are big goals for us in the next year or two.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Not a lot, really. We have one more gig, but we’re mostly going to start working on new material for our eventual third album.

Where do you usually play? We primarily play in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Delaware, but we’ve recently started expanding and plan to continue playing in new places like New England, the Midwest, etc.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? It kind of depends on the gig, but usually it’s not really necessary to work up any excitement.  Just being in the environment of gigs makes us excited.  Seeing the stage and the people in the crowd does a great job psyching us up.
What are your goals with your music? Right now, our biggest goals are to just continue to build our fanbase and reach new people all over the world. More specifically, we’d like to do some more legitimate touring here in the US and make it to Europe soon.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? It’s usually a mix of both.  I think it usually starts out with a lot of inspiration from older bands, some of the classic metal staples like Iron Maiden or Saxon, but I think it’s important to be influenced by newer things as well.  It really helps create something more unique and  relevant, especially because so many of the conditions and the scene surrounding some of the older bands back in the day was completely different than things are now.

What are your sources of inspiration? All the bands we listen to, but especially going to live shows and seeing great performances. Seeing a really tight and exciting live band can really inspire us to want to practice and work on new material. We’re pretty equally inspired by bands from the “old school” (Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Riot, Fates Warning, Kansas, UFO) as the “new school” (Evergrey, Firewind, Avantasia, Seventh Wonder, Primal Fear, etc.), and we always try to find a balance between those two elements in our sound.

What's the first step when making a new song? Most of our songwriting begins with noodling around with one or two riffs, and then building them into something bigger. After we get the general structure together and maybe throw a demo together, we’ll start to work on lyrics and vocal melodies.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? This is such a difficult subject to really address.  I definitely don’t believe it’s right to illegally download albums because you are stealing the music and not supporting the artist.  On the other hand though, some people download music, using it as a way to skim through bands and check out albums and then turn around and buy them.  I don’t think that’s really right either, but it’s getting the music out there and sometimes creating big fans out of people who do support the band after that.

What would be your dreams for the band? Immediately speaking, I think the next big dream we have is really touring. We’ve traveled around a bit for shows here and there, but we haven’t really toured supporting a band or anything and we’d love to do that.  As far as long term dreams go, finding a way to make a living off of music would be an amazing thing for all of us.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? All sorts of Traditional Metal, Power Metal, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Melodic Rock, Proto-metal, etc… Everyone’s got their own favorites, of course.
What do you hold most dear? Our fans are the most important thing in the world to us. The people who actually spend their money and time supporting what we do mean everything and we can’t let them know that enough.

What would be your greatest fears for the future? I guess failure is the big obvious failure. As long as we keep increasing our profile and seem to get bigger with each successive release for now, we will definitely still be here and continue doing this.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Technical difficulties, haha. You can practice and practice, but you can never really be adequately prepared for a cable coming unplugged, a stand breaking, or something like that, especially when you don’t have a proper crew to help you.
Have you been part of any other projects? None of the three of us officially in the band have ever done anything else that was particularly legitimate. In 2008, Sarah sang with a Florida-based Prog/Power band called Alexandria, but they never recorded any material together. Jeff has been involved with an Iron Maiden tribute band formed between friends, and both of us appeared on the Sinister Realm album The Crystal Eye from 2011.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Sarah works at a bakery, Jeff is a delivery driver, and Kalin is a manager at an auto parts store. Nothing terribly glamorous.

What would you do if there was no music? It’s hard to say, but life would certainly be a lot more terrible and mundane!

How important are your fans? They really mean the world to us in every sense. Obviously, thanks to crowdfunding, they give us a lot of financial support, but the emotional support is absolutely immeasurable.

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? The most amazing thing to us is usually the distances people have travelled to see us perform live. There are several people who have travelled up to 10+ hours by car to come gigs, as well as a few that have flown from other parts of the country. The funny stuff always comes along at the gigs when we’re hanging out with people offstage.

How often do you rehearse? It’s hard to measure how many hours we rehearse individually, but as a group we generally will get together once a week and practice formally. We actually all live together, so there’s a lot of downtime to discuss all things related to the band , but yeah, we usually spend a few hours each weekend working on either new material or setlists for live shows.

Where do you rehearse? We practice in the basement of our house. We converted the basement into a pretty nice practice space where we keep all the gear the majority of the time.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Everyone has their own favorites, and they change regularly, but “The Machine Stops” is a heavy favorite from the new album. Kalin has always been a big fan of “Destiny Calls” as well as the new sequel to it, “Onward (Destiny Calls II)”.

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Very tough question, as there are lot of dimensions to a great live performance. Some of my favorites for various reasons (Stage show, performance, technicality, entertainment value, etc.) include: Iron Maiden, Saxon, Primal Fear, King’s X, Accept, Symphony X, DGM, Firewind, and Pain of Salvation.

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Different bands would probably answer this question differently, but for us it’s the support of our fans and the love of the music itself.

Do you have any webpages?
Official Website: www.mindmazeband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mindmazeband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/mindmazeband

Describe your show, visually and musically Our big priority as a live band is always to try to make up for what we can’t reproduce from the studio recordings with a lot of energy and interaction with the audience. We try to also keep the energy flowing as much as possible, usually segueing from one song to another with very few pauses. We don’t use any backing tracks live, which has become very common lately.

How do you view the music industry of today? It’s in a very difficult transitional period right now. Labels are losing relevance, but they are still relevant, at least to a decent extent. It’s increasingly difficult for bands to actually make money because so many people see such little value in the music. However, speaking from experience, we believe that if you put out a quality product and strive to connect with your audience, there’s still a lot of headway to be made.

What advice would you like to give other bands? Don’t listen too closely to cynical people who are only trying to get you down because their own dreams crashed and burned. Take everything you hear with a grain of salt.

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? The intimacy and intensity of the shows on small scales is usually the best, but often the sound and sound people are just not up to par with what you encounter at larger events.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence An exciting mix of new and old school traditional, power, and progressive metal elements that defies typical conventions of female-fronted bands.

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? The time period before we decided to actually change our name and record our debut album Mask of Lies was a time of great uncertainty in the band. I think everyone was pretty much ready to actually get this thing off the ground or hang it up. I think we chose wisely.

Whats your Pre-show ritual? We usually just like to spend time together having a good time, keeping a positive energy around us. We don’t drink much, if at all, before hitting the stage so everyone performs to the best of their abilities. A little light warming up is also usually done right before the start of the show.

Do you have anything to add? Thanks for taking the time to write these questions and express interest in MindMaze!


MindMaze - Consequence of choice, Live in New Jersey 2014


interview with Mental Circus

What's the name of your band? Mental Circus

How was the band formed? It actually all started as a project for school. I was in my last year studying music in college and they asked me to form a band, write music, record an album and to do a release-show at the end of the year. So I started writing the songs and searching for band members. Luckily the year before that I was asked to be the backing vocalist for Hell City were at that time Yorgo was temporarily replacing guitarist Alan. Yorgo and I immediately clicked on a musical level and so I turned to him and asked him to help me out with this project. He brought along Philip to play drums and I asked Nick to play bass. We've worked very hard and recorded the album in no more than two weeks and so they helped me graduate successfully. After the release it wasn't foreseen that the band would continue but we simply couldn't stop. We enjoyed it way too much and we're just a great team. So we decided to become a band instead of a project. Nick then later had to quit the band because he didn't have enough time for it. He still played in other bands and got a great job offer working for a television-show. We miss him but wish him the best. Dirk then took his place. He actually did the artwork on the first album and now he plays bass in the band. We are happy to have added him to our group, he gets the music and he's a really great guy. And that's how the band was formed!

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We're all from different parts in Belgium, only Philip and Yorgo live close to each other, but in spite of the distance we still manage to rehearse twice a week. Everyone in the band does something besides their instrument. Yorgo plays guitar, cooperates in the songwriting process and does most of the practical work and contacts. Philip plays the drums, adds the electronics to the songs and does all of the recordings, mixing and mastering for the band. Dirk plays bass and creates all of our artwork, posters… . And I sing, play the piano and write most of the songs.

What was the ambition of the band when you started? When we really decided to become a band we started to go all in for it. We try to get at many gigs as possible and we are working very hard on our next album. Like most bands we too just want to play as much as we can and play in as many countries as possible. I think the most important thing for any band is to see a lot of people enjoying your music.

Could you explain your music to someone that hasn't heard you? It's female fronted melodic metal with catchy melodies and progressive riffs. Our music is inspired by bands as Evanescence and Evergrey, it carries a lot of emotions but the songs are still easy to listen to.

Where was your first gig? Our first gig was at a local pub in Maasmechelen. It was a try out for the band, first time anyone would hear us, a small pub but a full house. We've learned a lot there. For instance; don't trust hair extensions on stage, they flew into the crowd while I was headbanging and I never saw them again.

Where was your latest gig? Our latest gig was at Oktoberfest. Very nice festival in Genk, great crowd and a great organization. We had a lot of fun, hopefully we'll go back next year.

Who writes your songs?/ Who writes the music and the lyrics? Nowadays me and Yorgo do most of the writing, I write the lyrics and together we create the arrangements. In the beginning I had do to most of the writing myself because it was my project and there was a time limit. But for this next album we're taking more time to write so everyone can really have his input into the songs. Dirk can create really awesome baselines and Philip, besides his cool drumwork, also creates the electronic soundscapes. This way we can all put our stamp on it.  

Who has the best sense of humor in the band? I don't know who has the best but Philip definitely has the weirdest sense of humor!

Why did you pick your particular style? It's the kind of music I've always wanted to make. Luckily I found these great musicians who have the same style and understand the music. When we're working on the songs it's like we read each others minds and that's what you need in a band.

What are your songs about? Most of my songs are very personal, their about bad situations I see around me or have endured myself. whenever something is too complicated to talk about, I'll sing it. I also think that, because the songs are all about real situations more people can connect to them, which makes the songs a lot more interesting.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We have one cover, It's "Bring me to life" from Evanescence. We decided to do this back in the beginning when we were on our way from being a project to try becoming a band. Because we were just a project at that time we had a very short setlist. The cover was mainly added to have a longer set. Today we don't need it anymore but if we have no time limit on a show we'll play it just for fun.

Do you have any clips on Youtube? Most of what you'll find on youtube today are live video's of early shows. They don't really reflect what we're doing right now. Our music and live performance has changed so much. We're making the arrangements to record our first musicvideo so in time there will be better clips on youtube.

How old are you?/What got you started in music? I remember I saw a musicvideo of Evanesence when I was a kid, back in those days when MTV was still big. And I just knew, that’s what I wanted to do. I started taking singing lessons when I was 13. I started singing opera for four years and then I went on to study pop-, rock- and Jazz- music in highschool and continued the rockstudies in college.  Now I’m 23, I’m a singing teacher myself and I put all my time in the band.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? We’ve all been on stage since we were teens, the guys with their former bands and I usually performed alone with my piano.

What year was the band started? Well, the schoolproject started in oktober 2012, but we actually became a band when that was all over and decided to go on. That was in july 2013. We've then decided to take some time and work on our set before we played another gig and then our first real gig as a band (not a project) was in oktober 2013

What places will you be playing in the immediate future? We'll be playing some shows in our home country right now, 'cause we want to invest more time in the upcoming album.

Is it always the same songs live? No, we have a different set at each gig. There are a lot of people that follow the band and that we see at a lot of our concerts so we try to make changes into the songs so they always have a different experience. We'll make a different intro, add a guitarsolo somewhere, sometimes even change the melodies or make acoustic versions of heavy songs and the other way around. We'll also have guest singers on stage or make two songs into one, add a passage somewhere and sometimes we play completely new songs. I think it's really important that the crowd gets a different show each time they come to support us. So they will never get bored!

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Without a doubt Biesenrock 2014! It was an absolutely amazing crowd that really responded to our music. It was a GREAT organization and we just had so much fun on and off stage.

Have you had any bigger tours from starts to now? We went on tour through the UK in Februari together with Hell City and Blaze Bayley (Former Iron Maiden). It was a great experience and we had a lot of fun with the local people and the other bands. We were jammed together in our small mobile homes, had to shower at gas stations and we were all sleep deprived and loaded up on fast-food in the end but it was all worth it.  We'll probably go back in the future.

How big are the crowds you usually play for? Well, that depends on the venue and the promotion off course. We've played concerts for just 20 people and we've played for a few hundreds. Every gig is different but the only important thing to us is that these people will have a good time. If there would be just one fan listening, we'd try to give that person a hell of a show!

What are the plans for the rest of the year? We have a couple of gigs coming up witch we're really looking forward to. On the 22th of November we'll do a show together with La Ventura. They're a really great band and very nice people, so that's gonna be a wonderful evening, I'm sure. We'll also play at this years Hardrock XL fest. We played there last year too and it's just a really nice festival. But next to the live performances we are working hard on our upcoming album at the moment. There's no release date yet 'cause we want to take our time to make it perfect. We're spending a lot of time in the studio, we've also done a new photoshoot with Tim Tronckoe, Harbringer Desings is already working on the artwork and right now we're preparing the arrangements for our musicvideo.

Where do you usually play? We most often play in Belgium (our home country) because there are a lot of people that know the band and ask us to play at their festivals. The nice thing is that we have a lot of fans from different countries that travel big lengths to see our shows in Belgium. They come from Germany and the UK so they spend a lot of time on the road and some even come by plane. We really appreciate their efforts and we hope to be able to travel more to their countries as well. We did the tour in the UK in February (which was awesome) but we hope to tour more often in the future.

How do you get psyched up for a gig? Well, the guys are always psyched so they don't really do anything special before a gig. They will simply give each other a fistbump and head to the stage. I usually do a silly dance, jump up and down and start talking gibberish. I think it may be annoying to be around me before a gig…

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I think everyone in the band get’s most of there inspiration from the bands they grew up with. For the guys this would be bands from the eighties and for me that’s early 2000. But of course we listen to older music as well.

What are your sources of inspiration? I get inspiration from everything. Sometimes just hearing footsteps of people around me can put a rhythm in my head. Or the mechanical sound of a moving train can become a melody to me. Of course I listen to other bands and watch movies for inspiration but basically every sound I hear can become a song.

What's the first step when making a new song? I’ll first have a subject to write about. Then I'll write some lyrics that are usually changed along the way and after that the melodies and chords just enter my head. I'll program and record it with my laptop, add orchestral passages and create structure. When my version of the song is finished I give it to the guys and they change it and make it better. Lately I've also been writing together with Yorgo, we come together and share ideas. Then he'll start by playing some riffs and we create the songs together from start to finish.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I don't consider downloading to be a necessarily bad thing for bands. I think it's a good way to discover new bands. If I like them I'll still buy their album afterwards. And off course it's a good way for us to provide our fans from far away with our album, cause they won't find it in their local recordshop.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I listen a lot to Evanescence, Marilyn Manson, Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil and also to non metal bands like Placebo or older bands as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and many more.

What do you hold most dear? My family, friends, music and of course our fans! Without them We'd be doing it all for nothing… so this is to them "We love you guys!"

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Well, instead of worrying about the music or possible technical problems I actually worry most about wardrobe malfunctions. I create my own stage-outfits and although I think they look pretty good they are sometimes very poorly constructed. I always worry they'd break when I'm on stage and I'd lose half the outfit.  

What songs and what years were they released? We released our first album in May 2013. That album included an intro, Lethal Empathy, Pierrot, More To You, Triggers And Cues, Counting Heads, Shards Of You (Featuring Tom S. Englund), Remember Me and Into The Depths Of Night. It was a short but powerful album. I can’t announce the releasedate for the next album yet but that one will be longer and even more powerful than the first one.

Have you been in any other bands? The guys played in many band before. Dirk played with Chronic Death, Renaissance, Shadowdance and ZeroGravity. Those we're all metal bands but ranging from trash- to melodic- and progressive- metal. Yorgo and Philip joined bands before mental. They had/have Keyrah, jaded. But for me this is my first.

What would you do if there was no music? I'd probably be writing books or short stories, maybe try becoming an actress. I'd just try to find a way to still be writing and be on stage.

How important are your fans? Our fans are everything! You don't want to play in front of an empty hall and we write music so people can enjoy it. Connecting to your fans is one of the most beautiful things in the world. And we're really grateful we can experience that.

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you?

Well, I did get a couple of proposals when I got off stage. But the most memorable for me will always be our fan and now friend Bern from Germany. He was there even before mental existed and was the first one who ever asked me to take a picture with him after a show (with Hell City at that time). He now travels hours and hours to come see almost every show of us.

How often do you rehearse? We rehearse once or twice a week depending on everybody's workschedule. But if we rehearse only once then me and Yorgo will often come together to write new songs or we'll go to the studio with Philip to record some songs.

Where do you rehearse? We rehearse in an old industrial fridge. It's a nice place for us, it's well isolated and we can keep everything set up between rehearsals.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? My merciless angel and Sleepwalker. They're both songs from the album that hasn't come out yet, but I think they're pretty good.

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Wow, that's a tough one. I've seen so many good bands it's difficult to choose. Musically I'd have to say The Small Faces (it's not metal but they're good). I saw them a few years ago at TW Classic, they didn't play flawless but because they are just great musicians they pulled of a great show without rehearsing for it. The best thing about it was that you could see these old guys were going on stage just for fun. Visually on the other hand I was really impressed by Marilyn Manson in 2005.

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? I think it's not a matter of persistence to keep playing. If you're a musician you normally love doing what you do and you can't stop. If you want to turn your hobby into a living I think you just have to work very hard. Everything is possible if you want it bad enough and you work hard enough for it.  

Do you have any webpages?

Yes, we do it's http://www.mentalcircus.be/. You can also check us out on facebook  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mental-Circus/262516440549946?fref=ts. And there even is a fanpage that posts a lot of cool things. So if you’re interested give them a like…    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mental-Circus-Fanpage/497148593709529?ref=ts&fref=ts  

Describe your show, visually and musically. We've grown a lot live, I think our music has changed for the better. We try to be as vivid as we can, connect with the audience and I feel them responding to our new songs. Visually we'll do a lot more on the releaseshows than at the other concerts. We have a lot of ideas for the visual aspects but…they usually come with a big prisetag. I'm really looking forward to the next release show though. I can't give anything away yet but you can imagine it will be a mental circus.

Tell us about upcoming gigs and why we should be at them? I’ve told you about the gigs we’ll do this year already but we’ve got some shows coming up in 2015 as well. We’ll have a great one in Waregem at the Gasolina rockbar on the 7th of Februari. It’s just gonna be us on stage which means we’ll have no timelimit and we can put together a hell of a show. And we’ll also play at the rockmine in Genk on the 21th of March. There are more shows that still need to be confirmed so I can’t announce them yet. But basically you should just come to every gig ‘cause they’ll all be different and we’re looking forward to every single one of them.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence? It’s mature yet catchy female fronted melodic metal.

What’s your Pre-show ritual? My personnel ritual is taking my time for my make-up and clothing. It works relaxing to me and gives me a chance to be creative visually as well. I never know exactly how I'm gonna look until it's finished. I usually finish sowing my outfit the day before a show and than decide to put on clown make up or something an hour before I go on stage. Philip and Yorgo have their ritual too, they need to have their time alone to meditate before a gig.

Do you have anything to add? I love spareribs


Mental Circus 03 More To You 20131228 Genk


interview with The Sarcophagus

What´s the name of your band? The Sarcophagus

How was the band formed? A good friend’s band was formed in 1996 by me and Thyrouth who is not in the band now.

Can you tell about your band? Turkey’s one of the oldest Black Metal band wandering on earth since 1996

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? Niklas Kvarforth (vocal) Nahemoth (guitar) Frostmourne (bass) Oktay (Drums)

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We were just planning to release the cool albums to spread out disease to the whole world.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? It is anatolian raw black metal influenced by Chaos

Where was your first gig?

It was a local gig in Ankara, Turkey

Where was the latest gig?

The last one was in İzmir, Turkey

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? I and our old band member Thyrouth is writing the lyrics and they are about mainly chaos and evil forces.

Who has the best since of humor in the band? What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? I think the only bad thing is all members are working in companies so we  are not doing rehearsals much often and album releasing period is very long.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Our own material

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? A self made album Infernal hordes of the ancienttimes, an album form Osmose Productions called Towards The Eternal Chaos and preparing the new one now.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Not yet, for the new album song maybe

How old are you?/What got you started in music? I’m 35 and Frostmourne is 33.We started music around 14-15

At what age did you start playing? 14-15

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? We were around 20

What year was the band started? 1996

Best/worst gig you've played? We just played in a few gig, most of them was ok

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? It may be any country that people still believe Bm is the wrathful darkest music

Where have you played from then till now? The Sarcophagus is not a live band.We prefer not to play live but in recent times we played in some local shows.

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Emperor, Belphegor and Dark Fortress is cool bands

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? No but maybe this year

How big crowds do you usually play for? Not for big crowds but true less people who understand it

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Releasing the new album and then touring maybe

What are your goals with your music? Our goal is not being a big band.We are just making music because it makes us happy and only goal is spread The Sarcophagus disease to whole world and share it with the metalheads.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? The Sarcophagus gets the inspiration only form the old band and old releases but this doesn’t mean that we will not include different thing into our music.

What are your sources of inspiration? Books about secret arts, chaos, night & woods

What's the first step when making a new song? First step is spiritually being ready for the new stuff and mostly the new guitar riffs define the rest.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? To be honest it is good to reach all bands and albums by downloading because it is not always easy to find and buy them in huge scene, on the other hand it is a disadvantage for the labels and the bands because if everybody downloads it freely then who needs spend large amount of money for recording and publishing the albums

What would be your greatest fears for the future?

Fear is for the weak so being strong makes you successfull.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? I haven’t thought about it but severing of the guitar string would be terrible.

Have you been part of any other projects? I made additional vocals in some other band projects

Have you been in any other bands? Frostmourne is still playing with Turkish band Raven Woods.I am also the old member of the same band.I also played with some BM bands in Turkey

What would you do if there was no music? I would be a photographer

How important are your fans? We are sharing all the darkest things inside us only with them

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? During  90’s all the correspondings were being made by mail and we were receiving mails including bloody letters, funny and cool drawings.

How often do you rehearse? Once a week

Where do you rehearse? In our friend’s studio in Ankara

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Age of demons and Misanthropic

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Watain

Do you have any webpages? Only official one is facebook now.

How do you view the music in durty of today? It is the fate of all the music genres that, at the end they became popular.Black metal also became trend.It is in a very different condition since the beginning.Hundred thousands of bands existed in the scene and most of them doesn’t know about music and especially black metal and new good albums are very rare, I can not find a unique staff to listen and old band’s albums are very ordinary. On the other hand there are still great bands dare to listen.  

What advice would you like to give other bands? We have no advice, everyone knows what is ok for themselves

What are the biggest obstacles for a band?  If the band is not working with a label and manager, financial problems to promote their music

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Stages are mostly small and most of them doesn’t have backstages

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? They are not clear now but if you be there then you must prepare yourself for the wrath of elder gods.

What is your favorite crappy instrument? All of them is ok for me

Do you have anythingtoadd? Thank you for the interview and big hail goes to the fans all arounf the world.Keep the black flame burning.


The Sarcophagus - Hymn to Awakening


interview with Masterpiece

What´s the name of your band? Masterpiece.

How was the band formed? The band was formed in 1998 when me and my brother found the other people interested in doing it together with us.

Can you tell about your band? Well, Masterpiece is a heavy/thrash metal band who has been terrifying the south of Brazil since 1998. We have a couple of EPs released and on full lenght too (2012). We have found a great support in online radios worldwide and it's been really nice to see the people around the world coming and supporting us too.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? All of us are from different places here in the south of the country. In the current line up we hace my brother Denisson Silva doing the rhythm guitars and lead vocals, I play lead guitars and backing vocals, Pedro Bianchi on bass guitar and backing vocals and Thiago Chiarelli doing the drums and also backing vocals.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? I think our ambition was the same of all the bands. Having fun, playin gigs and conquer the world hahaha.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? There ins't too much to explain, you can note in the first chords or riffs that we had work hard to bring our best to you guys. So just cranck the volume up, bang your head and have fun, that's all about!

Where was your first gig? As I remember it was in a friend's birhtday party.

Where was the latest gig? It was few months ago in a local venue.

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? There's no a rule for that, but normally I writte these stuff, Denisson is also very close to me in this process and there are parts of music and lyrics wrote by him.

Who has the best since of humor in the band? For sure we are talking about Thiago. Luck of you that he's not answering these questions lol

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? Good and bad all the bands have, and it's something we do right to keep it only to us.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? It's something that happened naturally, we didn't think too much like "Ooh we would like to sound like this or like that" we just make our music and it's totally natural for us. Noramlly we talk about real things, psychologic, politics, religion, humans conflict in general.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write our own stuff, but we have a little space for covers during our gigs.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Our first full lenght was released in 2012 via Digmetalworld. And you can hear this here http://music.digmetalworld.com/album/heirs-of-freedom

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes we have. That was the first single of the "Heirs of Freedom"s album, you can enjoy it here http://youtu.be/mzZlm61xNLs

How old are you?/What got you started in music? Now I have 33 years old and started playing guitar with 10.

At what age did you start playing? 10.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Hmmm I don't remember exactly when it was lol

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future?

For a while we are seeting new goals for the band, so we have any place booked for now.

Where have you played from then till now?

Lots of places, can't tell ya all of them haha

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? We havend done iny big tour yet, but it's one of our desires for a near future.

How big crowds do you usually play for? Small places 300 to 500 people I guess.

What are your goals with your music? We hope to keep doing good albuns and playing good gigs driving you guys crazy.

When did you decide to go all in for the music? Personally when I was 15 and i got Master of Puppets on my hands hahaha I thought "Woow! Is that shit I want for my life!"

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Good bands inpire me, doesn't matther if it's old or new.

What are your sources of inspiration? A good record, sometimes a good movie for lyrics you know. There's tons of sources, you just need to be ready to capture the idea.

What's the first step when making a new song? To take my guitar and press rec.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? That's a polemical question. We are livng in a new era, the things won't be back as usually was so we have to learn how to work with this now.

What would be your dreams for the band? The same of those when we started haha

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Lots of different things. Since I work as a music teacher here, I have to be aware of what happens in the music world in general

What would be your greatest fears for the future? Not been able to play my music anymore.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Nothing. It's like a book, any gig is a special chapter. When shit happens it's a part of the whole story.

Have you been part of any other projects? Yes, here in my place you have to work your ass off to keep doing this. I still have other projects here, I do music for living.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Teaching, producing, but it's also related with music.

What would you do if there was no music? I would be happy working as a cartoonist. I love Marvel and DC comics and for sure I will try to work with this.

How important are your fans? They are everything, the fuel that feeds our madness.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? It's the same thing to ask a father to choose what son he likes the most haha

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Metallica.

Do you have any webpages? Our official website is under construction again but we still working on facebook. You can find it here www.facebook.com/masterpeicefanpage

Describe your show, visually and musically  Energy! We like to spread energy and we feel great when this comes back.

How do you view the musicindurty of today? Shit hahaaha music is art, people doesn't buy too much art anymore they prefer produts.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Theirselves.

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? You should be at them because of that energy I told before. But as I also said we have anything booked for now. So keep in touch via FB fan page to be aware of our new steps.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Powerful

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Well, my brother is in my band so you can imagine how it is hahahah but it's awesome to work with him, I can't imagine myself doing this without him.

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Ahmm I do some streches and play some pieces of my solos just to warm up a little.

Do you have anything to add? I just would like to thank you for oyu support and interest in our work. We have nice plans to the future and I hope you will hear a lot about us in a future. Be Masterpiece be metal.


MASTERPIECE - Revenge (music video)


interview with Talk-Sick

What´s the name of your band? Talk-Sick

How was the band formed? The Band was formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2006. The original members met while in prison during a Magic; the Gathering tournament.

Can you tell about your band? Talk-sick is a super serious Punk Rock Anarcho-Syndicalist collective driven by a common love of drawing penises on everything.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?

Dorian - vocals/lead guitar/yelling at us when we play bad - Mean Streets, Toronto, Canada

Pike - vocals/lead guitar - Labrador, Canada (North of the Wall)

Travis - vocals/rhythm guitar - Labrador Canada (North of the Wall)

Jesse- drums - Cape Breton, Canada

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Open for NOFX. Find women interested in marriage and bearing our children.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you?

The Short Boring Answer: fast, disappointing skate/street punk, 

Long, More Exciting Answer: Have you ever wondered what kind of sound a dinosaur makes when it makes love to your girlfriend? Why would you think about that? that's a really weird thing to think about. 

Where was your first gig? Some basement somewhere

Where was the latest gig? Fatal @ Fattal in Montreal with The Ripcordz and Sale Gauloise.

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? It's a collaborative effort. Everyone writes lyrics except Jesse because he's shitty at writing lyrics. 

Who has the best since of humor in the band? Jesse - he's quite possibly the funniest and best looking person in Canada. Most people want him to be Prime Minister.

What's good with this band? Playing shows and drinking beer.

what's bad with this band? The small, and the existential terror that comes with the knowledge we will all one day die alone.

What genre do you feel you are? Genre: Definitely Post-Crust, Anarcho-Oi! Disco-fusion. 

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We picked punk because most of us are bad at our instruments. Our songs are about a lot of things - religion, war, man's inhumanity to man, masturbating too much, not masturbating enough, etc....

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? we write our own music, but occasionally cover The Dayglo Abortions. 

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?

yes, we have albums:

1. Waste (2007):  http://unknownrecordsofficial.bandcamp.com/album/waste-u-r-025

2. Wish You Were Beer (2010): http://dumpstermusic.blogspot.ca/2011/11/talk-sick-wish-you-were-beer-2010.html

3. ,Genetics (2012): http://scumrecords.bandcamp.com/album/talk-sick-genetics-canada   

Do you have any clips on YouTube?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbMAMIsKGb0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL7dgaiXFXE

How old are you?/What got you started in music? We are all in our late 20's and early 30's. We all got into music for different reasons but mostly because television told us it would allow us to meet women and wear cool clothes. 

At what age did you start playing? I (Jesse) started playing music at age 6, but starting playing drums at 16.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? 5 - pre-school Christmas concert. I fucking slayed that gig.

What year was the band started? 2006

Best/worst gig you've played?

Best gig: Playing with The Dayglo Abortions

Worst gig: Driving 7 hours to London Ontario to play a show for 3 people.

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? Various places in Montreal; TRH bar, Deathouse, Katacombes.

Where have you played from then till now? This is an interesting question. One could infer you are asking us to list all of the places we have ever played in the last 8 years. As you can imagine, that would be a long, and boring list. Instead, I've decided to list the band's three favorite movies:

1. Back to the Future 2

2. Back to the Future 2

3. Back to the Future 2. 

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Iron Maiden

Is it always the same songs live? What, are they not good enough for you? Fine, Mr. Grumpy Gus, we'll switch it up next time! Jeez!

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? none of our gigs are promising, but the Daylgo Abortions gig was probably the best. Second place would be opening for SNFU.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now?  This seems like another open ended question that would require a very long, boring answer so, instead I've decided to list the band's 3 favorite US supreme court justices.

1. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

2. Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar

3. Potter Stewart

How big crowds do you usually play for? Anywhere from 3 to 500

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Wow, who are you? My Dad? Can't you just leave us alone? Why does everything need a plan? This is why mom left.

Where do you usually play? Mostly in places that allow for performances of live music. We've attempted to play in places that are not set up for performances of live music, but the results were sub par.

How do you get psyched up for a gig? alcohol

What are your goals with your music? Besides making us wealthy beyond our imaginations, we would like our music to annoy as many people as possible.

When did you decide to go all in for the music? This band is and will always be 100% half-in for the music. 

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I (Jesse) am the only person in the band who listens to music made after 1999, so it would be fair to say most of our inspiration comes from older bands.

What are your sources of inspiration? 90's skate punk, anything with a d-beat, Hall & Oates, and our profound hatred for mankind. 

What's the first step when making a new song? Towards the instruments

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Downloading is usually wrong, unless it's that new Taylor Swift album. Everyone should have that album for free because it's, like, the best thing EVER!

What would be your dreams for the band? A really hot foursome in the back of our car....wait, you meant  dreams FOR the band, not ABOUT the band! Right! Um, I wish we can continue to play shows and make albums until one of us dies.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Mostly that new Taylor Swift record.

What do you hold most dear? Family and a type of Polish food that involves a chicken drumstick stuffed with ground pork.

What would be your greatest fears for the future? The inevitable heat death of the universe.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? incontinence 

What songs and what years were they released?

1. "Mad World" - Tears for Fears (1983)

2.  "Because of You" - 98 Degrees (1998)

3. "Cleansed in Pestilence" - Morbid Angel (2003)

Have you been part of any other projects? We have all been in a number of other bands before Talk-Sick. Mostly punk bands.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? We all have really boring, corporate jobs outside of music, except for Dorian who is both a Gem Wizard and warehouse drone.

What would you do if there was no music? Pursue a career in life sciences

How important are your fans? We love and respect each of the four people that like our band. 

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? No joke, a dude got our logo tattoo'd on his forearm. We love you Josh!

How often do you rehearse? Once a week

Where do you rehearse? In our rehearsal space.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? "Poor Me" and "Chicken fried Chicken"

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Iron Maiden! Weren't you listening this first time you asked?

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Chronic delusion mixed with methamphetamine addiction

Do you have any webpages? http://www.talk-sick.com/ 

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Stop now and consider a career in chartered accountancy. Outside of that, write a bunch of songs and play shows, and shut the fuck up about your band on social media unless you are promoting a show you are playing. Noone gives a shit about your 15 sec video teaser for your Myspace concept EP.

Describe your show, visually and musically Most of our shows devolve into fistfights within the first 15 mins. In terms of our visual aesthetic, our bass player wears Crocs and socks, so take from that what you will. Musically, we play 25 min sets that contain 18 songs. Dorian usually likes to tell at least two stories that make people uncomfortable. 

How do you view the musicindurty of today? From a distance

What advice would you like to give other bands? Robex, I am starting to fear you may suffer from some form of Alzheimer's or memory disorder. Please seek help. 

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Location; Canada is a very, very big country.. It's also full of wolves. 

What is best/worst with playing the clubs?

best: when the club provides you with free alcohol

worst: when the club does not provide you with free alcohol

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? December 9th - THR Bar, Montreal, QC w/ Orally Fixated and No Chaser

How would you describe your sound in one sentence. "Talk-Sick sounds like good not garbage"

What is your favorite crappy instrument? It's a toss up between crappy guitars and crappy saxophone. 

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Deciding who was in charge of answering all of these questions. 

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Drink beer and then do naked push ups.

Do you have anything to add? Thanks for the interview!


Talk-Sick -- Dead Lincolns


interview with Heralder

What´s the name of your band?Heralder

How was the band formed? Bjørn: The Band was formed by Volker, Tina and me in 2001.

Volker is an old friend and we made music for years ago.

Can you tell about your band? Bjørn: We are from Saarland, Germany and we`re playing Epic Metal.The Band was formed in 2001. In the beginning there were 3 Members, but the Line-up was growing up to 8 members in 2005, so we could play our first gig.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?

The current line-up is:

Bjørn - Vocals

Tina - Vocals

Stefan - Guitar

Dominik - Guitar

Silke - Keys

Mike - Bass

Marvin - Drums

But we had some line-up changes through all these years...

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Bjørn: To became the gratest Metal Band of this fucking planet. OK, joking aside. The first ambition was to make music for ourselves. Music that we like to play. We wanted to record our music, what we did in 2002 (The Prophecy - Demotape) But through the time, there was the wish to enter some stages. So we had to find some more members. Friends that shared our passion for that kind of music we made.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Bjørn: Huu, that`s not so easy to explain.There are several styles that come together.There are the male vocals (clear and grim) and the female vocals.We call it "Epic Metal", but there are influences from Gothic Metal,Pagan- and Viking Metal (especially on the first album "Twilight Kingdom") and Black Metal and Prog Metal on the current album "Echoes".But the mixture works. So, just check it out.

Where was the latest gig? The latest gig was in October 2013 in Saarbrücken (Garage) in front of 1500 maniacs on the "Wolfsnächte-Tour" as local support for our friends from POWERWOLF. Awesome gig!

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics?

Bjørn: Most of the songs from the first album was written by Tina, Volker, Marco and me.

Songs from "Echoes" are written by Stefan, Dennis, Tina, Volker and me.

Stefan: In principle, everyone is allowed to write the music and the lyrics but in the past few years, the music was mainly written by the guitarists (and then, some further work was done by everyone at home and in the rehearsals – especially for everyones relating instrument); the lyrics were mainly written by the vocalists.

Who has the best sense of humor in the band?

Bjørn:         Huu, there is no special member. When we come together the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. Everyone has it`s special sense of humor, but it all comes together. ;-)

Mike: Dominik, definitely.

Stefan: The two guitarists – who else!?

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are?

Bjørn: Good is to meet with people that share the same passion for music that you do and making music togehter. To see, like ideas became a song and songs became an album. That`s something you can be pride of.

Bad is, when members leave the band and the resulting search for new members.

Our genre is Epic Metal.

Stefan: Good: All members are great people and play their instrument well – I love it to play with them! Bad: It took more than one year that we needed to find a fitting new drummer. Style: On the first record (“Twilight Kingdom”, originally released in 2007) it was clearly Epic Metal. On the second record (“Echoes”, 2012) it is hard to define: There is – amongst others - some Gothic, Black and even Progressive Metal.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about?

Bjørn: We like that style. Its the best way to express our feelings.

The ongs are different. On the first album, the songs are more "Fantasy-Style"

The Songs from the current album are more profound. They hold up a mirror to you...

Stefan: On the one hand, it’s senseful and important that you decide for a special or at least rough direction but on the other, you should do what comes out of your belly! On the first record, it was about exciting stories and myths – i.e. fictional! On the second record, the texts refer to good or bad things in the real live!

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Bjørn: Only own material!

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?

Yes, as mentioned above, we have two albums.

Twilight Kingsom (2007)

Echoes (2012)

Do you have any clips on YouTube?

Of course we have.

Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WbqBrKOwEY

Or check out our YouTube-Channel: www.youtube.com/heralderofficial

How old are you?/What got you started in music?

Bjørn: I`m 33 years but we have members from all ages. :-D

Our youngest member is 21 and our oldest member is 44 years old.

Strange mixture, but it works. ;-)

Mike: I'm 21 and what really brought me into music was my sister's ex, who's a metalhead through and through.

Stefan: I’m 25 years old. I’ve started to play guitar because I wanted to be famous: It is of big importance to tell you at this point that it was not because of any money reasons but because of the glory. But I only want to get what I really deserve – and so it is also in my job!!

At what age did you start playing?

Bjørn: I started making Metal when I was 15 or 16 years.

Most of our members make music for years.

Mike: 15

Stefan: I was 14/15 years old when I started.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage?

Bjørn: 23

Mike: 16 I think.

Stefan: I was 19 years old when I first played a live show with Heralder. But my very first gig was with 18: That was with another band – a cover band.

What year was the band started? In 2001

Best/worst gig you've played?

Bjørn: Huu, best gig...? There are several. For example in Berlin (2006) with Riger and Equilibrium, Local support at Paganfest 2008 with Moonsorrow, Ensiferum, Korpiklaani, Eluveitie,..., Wolfsnächte-Tour (Local Support for Majesty and Powerwolf),...

Worst gig was in... I think in 2006. There was no soundman, almost no audience, generally poor conditions...

Stefan: The best gig in the sense of most well-runned was maybe at 20-Apr-2013 at Noswendel/Germany while the best gig in the sense of reaching the public and of getting success was at 19-Oct-2013 at Saarbrücken/Germany. The last mentioned and the gig on the second Rock Area Festival at Losheim/Germany (30-Aug-2008) were the most promising ones. The worst one was probably on 17-Nov-2012 at Bremen/Germany.

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? Bjørn: Some clubs around Germany and maybe some cool festivals in summer 2015.

Where have you played from then till now? Bjørn: Mainly Germany in our region but also international (France and Luxembourg) and in bigger cities like Berlin an Munich.

Witch band is the best you´ve seen?

Bjørn: Iron Maiden, definitely!

Mike: Very hard question...“Blind Guardian“, „Slayer“ or „Die Apokalyptischen Reiter“. I can't decide for one of them.

Stefan: That’s to hard to say for me: There are a lot of good live bands in the world.

Is it always the same songs live?

Bjørn: No. We make new songs and of course we play new songs and older songs. But some songs like "Battleground" are always in our setlist.

Stefan: In the near past, we had more or less the same songs but as soon as there is new stuff there will also be new songs in the setlist, partly replacing older ones.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now?

Bjørn: No, unfortunately not. Just some littel "Release-tours".

Stefan: We had a smaller weekend tour in relating to our above mentioned second a record: It was a release tour together with our friends of GRAVETY and consisted of five gigs at Germany. The tour was called “Echoes from the Grave”.

How big crowds do you usually play for? Bjørn: That`s different. We`re not that world famous band, so mostly we play in smaller clubs. From time to time some bigger ones or some festivals. So, the size of the crowd varies between 50 and 1500 (seldom) people...

What are the plans for the rest of the year?

Bjørn: To train the new drummer and prepare a new setlist to enter the stages in 2015! And of course, writing new songs for a new album!

Stefan: Since we recently got a new drummer we have, of course, some work to exercise with him in relation to the actual songs.

Where do you usually play?

Bjørn: Smaller clubs. From time to time some bigger ones or some festivals.

How do you get psyched up for a gig?

Bjørn: No special way. Just relaxe and check out the location. Maybe taking some beers.

Stefan: I’m playing some exercises on my guitar and drink a beer.

What are your goals with your music? Bjørn: Our goal is to create music that we like. Maybe other people like it too.

When did you decide to go all in for the music? Bjørn: Never. It was a hobby, is a hobby and it will probably always be.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern?

Bjørn: Ou, that`s difficult. I would say both in a certain way.

Mike: I'm more into older stuff, especially the early 70's music has big influence on me.

Stefan: My influence lies mainly in 80’s and early 90’s Thrash, Death and Heavy Metal Bands. I don’t think that I’ve got a lot of modern influence – but a little bit, for sure.

What are your sources of inspiration?

Bjørn: There are different sources. One of them is nature. Others are the people around me and my own actions. Or sometimes just fantasy...

Mike: My life and nature of course.

Stefan: On the one hand, see the question above; on the other hand, I write a lot of riffs when I am in a state of extreme feelings (e.g. very sad or falled in love)!

What's the first step when making a new song?

Bjørn: The first step is a riff or a short melody. sometime we gather some riffs or melodies an check out if they will sound good together. If there is an harmony. So the song grows...

Stefan: The most times I create – mostly surely by chance – single riffs: Sometimes I can put some of them together.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums?

Bjørn: For checking out the music before buying it, it`s OK, but you can`t avoid donwloading. I like it to hold the CD in my hands, but you can`t buy everthing you want. So, we`re happy when poeple buy our music, but we can`t cover our costs of living.

For the small Bands it may be a good way of promotion. For the bigger ones it can be harmful.

So the best way to get some money with your music is to play gigs and sell some merchandise.

Stefan: CDs and Vinyls are the best and the only “real” thing for me!!! But because of financial reasons I cannot buy every single record I’d like to have: Therefore, I listen to music via youtube.

What would be your dreams for the band? 

Bjørn: A constant line-up for the next years, playing some cool gigs and producing a new album (or more)!

Mike: Just doing what we like as long as possible.

Stefan: As mentioned above, I have nothing against getting famous – but because of our jobs it would be handled like single (or two) but important gigs on a weekend and maybe one bigger tour in the year!

 

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to?

Bjørn: There`s a big range. From Classic Rock, Prog Rock, to Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal or Black Metal.

Mike: Nearly every genre from Grindcore to HipHop but most of time Heavy Rock/Hard Rock such as Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Graveyard, Horisont and all that weird stuff like that coming up for a few years now.

Stefan: I prefer the old school: mainly 80s and early 90s Heavy, Thrash and Death Metal and more recent bands that play a style similar to that. But I also listen to more modern bands like the Göteborg School (i.e. Melodic Death Metal like In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, …) or Gothic, Symphonic, Dark and Black Metal – but clearly preferably with keyboards.

What do you hold most dear?

Bjørn: My family, health and the band of course.

Stefan: The fun on stage, in the rehearsal room and on tour with my band members, friends and fans! Furthermore: the glory!

What would be your greatest fears for the future?

Bjørn: Disease (private) and the breakup of the band.

Stefan: In the moment: not to have success in my main profession (archaeology and egyptology) and to lose my beloved people (parents/family and friends).

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then?

Bjørn: Technical problems.

Mike: I don't fear anything while being on stage. The feeling is just too overwhelming to be worried.

Stefan: The most I fear is to have some embarrassing technical and play obstacles. Furthermore, I am nervous at the beginning of a show!

Have you been part of any other projects?

Bjørn: Yes, but just smaller Underground-projects.

Stefan: I played the guitar in a local metal theater which played “The Human Equation” by Ayreon.

Have you been in any other bands?

Bjørn: With Volker, one of the founding members of the band, I made music for years ago.

Maybe since 1996. There were some other bandnames befor Heralder.

And in 2004/2005 I played keyboards in a Melodic Metal Band, called "Whispering Blood", but the band existed just for a few years...

Mike: Yes, I'm still a member of „Traumata“: We did an interview as well if you remember.

Stefan: Yes, I’ve been a member of a cover band, a Progressive Metal Band and a Thrash Metal Band.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music?

Bjørn: I`m Technical assistant at an engineering firm.

Mike: There is no „outside the music“, actually. I work in event technology business.

Stefan: I’m working within the archaeology: After a BA and MA study I’ve worked within some projects in the Aegaean and I will give guidances at an exhibition related to Ancient Egypt.

What would you do if there was no music?

Bjørn: Ou, that`s hard to say. Maybe I would be a soccer player.

Mike: I would be unemployed, probably. Haha.

Stefan: Archaeology and reading novels).

How important are your fans?

Bjørn: Very important. Maybe the most important in this complete story.

Our fans made us what we are today. Thanx for your neverending support through all these years!

Stefan: They mean very much to me and they give me what I deserve through my work in the rehearsal room, the studio and on stage!

How often do you rehearse? Bjørn: Once a week.

Where do you rehearse? Bjørn: Lebach, Saarland, Germany. Better known as: In the back of beyond.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment?

Bjørn: "Land Of No Return" and "The Forest Hides The Prize Of Wisdom"

Mike: „Sand Of Time“ and „Courage In Times Of Fear“

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen?

Bjørn: Still IRON MAIDEN!

Stefan: I don’t know it exactly: Like I’ve said on the last page, there are a lot of good live bands in the world – but also a lot of bad ones!

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing?

Bjørn: The passion for the music and the cohesion within the band!

Stefan: On the one hand, I will furthermore try to get more famous but on the other, music frees my soul!

Do you have any webpages?

Bjørn: Yes, of course we have...

Official Homepage: www.heralder.de 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/heraldermetal 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/heraldermetal 
YouTube: www.youtube.com/heralderofficial 
SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/heralder 
MySpace: www.myspace.com/heralderepicmetal 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/heralder_official 
Booking: booking@heralder.de 

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Bjørn: Not really, no. I think every band has to find its own way...

Describe your show, visually and musically Bjørn: Visually there are 7 members, good looking guys and girls. If possible, we try to have a good lightshow. But that depends of the location we`re playing. Musically it is an epic journey through several stages. But I won`t reveal too much. Visit our show and see for yourself...

How do you view the musicindustry of today? Stefan: Except for being with a big label like Nuclear Blast it is more or less impossible to get famous and to earn enough money to live.

What advice would you like to give other bands? Bjørn: Play the music you love. Make it your way!

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Stefan: On the one hand, the internet is a blessing for bands – but for the bigger part it is a curse. And in general: not to have enough money. Furthermore: bad music companies and managers.

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Bjørn: The atmosphere in a club can be great, but sometimes there is the other side like bad conditions.

Tell us about upcoming gigs and why we should be at them? Bjørn: Upcoming gigs may just start in 2015. But you should have experienced our special epic mixture. I do not want to give too much away, but you will not be disappointed

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Bjørn & Stefan: EPIC! :-D

What is your favorite crappy instrument? Bjørn: Arschgeige. That`s a german creation. I think there is no exact translation for it but translated literally it means "ass-violin" :-D (but it`s not really an instrument)

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Bjørn: That was in fall 2009 when my brother (Marco) and Steffi had to left the band. There were some disagreements between several members in terms of the musical direction for the band`s future, but also private problems. So it was a hard decision for the rest of the band, especially for me, because it was about my brother... But we survived that difficult times and we have gone ahead. Make it your way!

Whats your Pre-show ritual?

Bjørn: To sacrifice a virgin (female or male, whatever is just available...) to "Heraldokus - The god of Epic" No, seriously... To relax and take some beers.

Stefan: Like said above, to have some exercises on the guitar and to drink a beer.

Do you have anything to add?

Bjørn: Yes. Thanx for your support, your interest and for that entertaining and amusing interview.

Thanx to our fans. You are the best! Thanx for your neverending support!

And for all who have not known us `til now: Come to our shows, book us, like us on facebook, check out the other sites (homepage, YouTube, Soundcloud,...) and buy our music if you like it. Just feel free to contact us.

EPIC THANX!

 

HERALDER - Wraith Hunter


Interview with Serphika

What´s the name of your band? The name of my band is Serphika.

How was the band formed? The band formed around the middle of 2012. Only two members of the original formation are still present. It started as a project between Lorena (Singer), Sergio Tampanelli (Keyboards) and Manuel Rodriguez (Drummer). Until August 2014, the band suffered from various lineup changes, mostly in one of the guitars.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We're all from Neuquén, Argentina. We are: Lorena, singer; Santiago, guitar player; Martín, keyboard player; Germán, bass player; Pablo, drums player; and Cristian, guitar player.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? In the very beginning of the band, the objective was to eventually release one or more albums. We expanded that objective to touring outside our hometown. There have been several invitations to do so, but economical issues are preventing us to.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Serphika is about melodic metal. We chose that tag, because we have elements of many other metal genres, and it's easier to explain. Imagine listening a metal song, not sure how to classify it, and then, when you think you've got the genre, it changes to something else. We try to make each song a unique experience, but in a way you can recognize it has been written by the same group of people.

Where was your first gig? The first gig with the last significative lineup change, was in a local music festival called "Neuquén Vive La Música".

Where was the latest gig? Our last gig was in an event we organized, alongside two other bands: Essovius and Wild.

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? We all have been involved in the process of writing our music and lyrics. Some in a greater degree than others, but we all collaborate in the process.

Who has the best since of humor in the band? That's a tricky one. All of us tend to joke constantly. We try to have a fun time when rehearsing, and when playing live. Even in gigs that turn out to be nightmares, we keep our cool, and keep our smiles.

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? The good thing is that you never know what to expect in our music. We know it's a bit of a worn out thing to say, but it's true: one moment you are hearing a hard rock song, then suddenly you start noticing the thrash/death guitar riffs, and when you think you figured out the genre of the song, it jumps to a more power metal feel.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We make a mixture of all the genres/styles we like to hear (and play). 

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Mainly our own stuff. We do at most two covers on each gig, and it depends on the amount time we are allowed to perform.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We released a Demo CD, which was distributed in a few gigs back in 2013. And now we are about to release an EP, named "Despertar" (Awaken).

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, we do. Our channel is a bit outdated, but we hope to surprise everyone with some stuff we are working at the moment. https://www.youtube.com/user/serphika

How old are you? Four of us belong to the 34-37 age range, while the other two are 21-23.

At what age did you start playing? Most of us started playing around 16.

Best/worst gig you've played? There were a lot of exceptional gigs. Whenever we get invited to anime/comic related ones, we have such a great time. But if we had to choose, the gig opening for Sonata Arctica was amazing. We learned a lot there. Bad gigs... Well, in every single one we like to take the good part. We think the worst was one time when we were in the middle of performing, and the staff were starting to clear the tables and dis-assemble the event.

Is it always the same songs live? We have some battlehorses, which we do not take out of the setlist, but we tend to alter the order and include or remove songs according to the audience we are expecting.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? No, not really. We are just starting in that area.

How big crowds do you usually play for? That varies a lot. One time, when we were just starting, we played for 20 people. When we opened for Rata Blanca, we played for 1800.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? We want to introduce our first EP, and then start recording material for the LP.

Where do you usually play? Lately we've been playing on medium-big events, mostly organized by us. We kind of moved away a little bit from the pub scene.

How do you get psyched up for a gig? Most of the times, we are the organizators, so we don't even have time to psych-up. Even when we aren't, we don't really have a tradition or anything like that. Maybe we should start?

What are your goals with your music? If someone remembers a part of the music or lyrics, or tells us that a song has moved them, we consider our mission accomplished.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Yes, and yes. Older bands present the basis, modern bands show their re-interpretation. We, as unknowns, try to take the best of both worlds.

What are your sources of inspiration? We are constantly listening to music, playing videogames, watching movies, doing other creative stuff, which may or may not have anything to do with music. We find inspiration everywhere.

What's the first step when making a new song? Depends on the song. If we have the concept, but not the lyrics or the music, we jam until we get something to work on. In contrast, when we have something to work on (usually some riff or melody someone brought to the rehearsal), we explore and extend that idea, and create the rest of the stuff. The best part of this process is that there is no real process.

What would be your dreams for the band? To have 3-5 albums, and be able to do an International tour. Not necessarily to be famous, just to tour.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? We listen to a lot of different (REALLY different) genres. Classical music, thrash, hard rock, rock, death, black, jazz, tango, power metal, ... You name it.

What songs and what years were they released?

Búsqueda mágica (2012)

Sombras en vanidad (it was composed in 2001, but arranged for a band in 2012)

Puerta al amanecer (2013)

Cenizas del ayer (2013)

Como una ilusión (2013)

El fuego y el poder (2013)

Escucha esa voz (2013)

We are working on two new ideas, unnamed, and ditched two old ones.

What would you do if there was no music? We'd probable be doing something else, like theater.

How important are your fans? Our fans are mostly what inspire and make us keep pushing. If we didn't have any fans, we would have probably disbanded the project long ago. Their existence shows us that we're doing things correctly.

How often do you rehearse? We tend to rehearse one or two times a week.

Where do you rehearse? Most of the times we rent a rehearsal room, but there have been times when we rehearsed in the house of one of the members.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment?

Puerta al amanecer

Escucha esa voz

Do you have any webpages? www.serphika.com or www.facebook.com/serphika

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there?

Get a manager. That manager must have time, and already be a fan of the band.

Never second guess your instincts.

Opening for a famous band should be a medium, not an objective.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Aggressive, steady nature, masked with sweet melodies and lyrics.

Do you have anything to add? You cannot kill "the metal".


Puerta al Amanecer - Serphika


interview with OVERBLOOD

What´s the name of your band? Hi everybody. We are OVERBLOOD from Italy
How was the band formed? We formed in 1996. The first line-up was composed by high-school friends.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We come from many different parts of our region.
Members:
Marco Felettigh - Voice
Flavio Pasquin - Guitar
Vincenzo Leonardi - Guitar
Matteo Baruffaldi - Bass
Marco Nicola Scarel - Drums 
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? When you are young you have many dreams.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? We play Groove/Post-thrash metal.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? All the members of the band.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? Our songs speak about how difficult is to live in this bad society.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Only our own material. There are too many coverbands out there and we don't like them.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? 
Travel soul (1999)
Our blood (2001)
Infected society (2006)
Excision (2012)
Do you have any clips on YouTube?
Overblood - "Against the Holy Alliance" Official Music Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeQobuZNqCU
Overblood - "Infected Society" Official Lyric Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGUEDB6gNf0
Our youtube channel is  "OverbloodArmy" http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6TDyXk3yfn2rQDfnWCgGaw
At what age did you start playing? 16/17 years old
Best/worst gig you've played? The best gig was last summer with the mighty Obituary. We don't want remember the worst.
Is it always the same songs live? No, we often change our setlist.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? In 2015 we hope to record some new material
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Every member of the band likes different bands.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? We have no fear.
Have you been part of any other projects? Some member of the band has side-project.
What would you do if there was no music? Without music, life would be a mistake. (Nietzsche)
How important are your fans? Fans and friends are more important.
How often do you rehearse? Once a week.
Where do you rehearse? We rehearse in a basement.
What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? We play for passion and not for fashion or for the money.
Do you have any webpages?
http://www.overblood.net/
https://www.facebook.com/officialoverbloodband
https://twitter.com/Overbloodband
How do you view the musicindurty of today? Music business is a bitch.
What advice would you like to give other bands? Don't PAY to PLAY.
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? The best thing is the contact with the audience.
How would you describe your sound in one sentence.Dope heavy aggressive stuff.


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