With with Christian Kolf – Guitars, vocals
Interview by Jo Blackened
Jan Buckard – Bass, vocals
Christian Kolf – Guitars, vocals
Florian Toyka – Drums
Hey, many thanks for your time today! You guys first started in 2002, how would you say you’ve evolved as a band since then?
Hi there! In the beginning it was just late teenage angst and aggression pushed into progressive riffs. We were inspired by Gorguts, old Enslaved, Emperor and harcore stuff like Botch maybe. Then we tuned down because we thought it was cool and our sound changed. We played more one string new metal riffs with blast beats. Then we stopped rehearsing and just recorded experimental stuff that was inspired by minimal music and jazz/fusion rock. We were in our mid 20s and didn’t have a clue but we liked this music. Everything that happened from 2007 was as real band again. We started to record live and on analogue tape, we adjusted our playing to that and it had a major influence on how create music today. After all the years we finally understand that less is really more.
You guys have quite a unique sound. How would you describe yourselves?
At the moment – funeral power doom, in the language of drawers. We are a German metal monster – categorization difficult. Obscure Heavy Metal.
You done quite abit of touring last year…any plans for this year?
Romania in autumn.
You’ve recently released your fifth full length album ‘Romantik’ can you tell us the concept behind this album & how it differs to your previous material?
We turned our backs on riff-based metal songs and used synthesizers as foundation. It was a different approach, and it pushed us away from being too focused on our instruments and instead focusing on the music and the atmosphere – something between grave and space.
Sometimes we just jam and create a song out of it. Sometimes someone has a complete song ready and we just learn it.
What is the main concept behind your lyrics?
Love. The unknown and unthinkable horrors. Reincarnation. Space. Lovecraft.
If you don’t understand German, just embrace the sound and the feeling of this language. The lyrical concept is only important for the inspiration for sound. I think it’s a wonderful thing if you don’t understand the language. I experienced that again with the Italian band Matia Bazar.
You did a split with Ekpyrosis which was never released. Why was this?
Ekpyrosis are old friends. We just did this split on a CD-R for ourselves. I really don’t know how someone got the split and put it on Metal Archives.
Looking back on your discography, do you have a personal favourite release of yours?
Your image as a band is very dark & sinister. Do you think it’s important to have a strong image in a band?
What is the music scene like in Germany at the moment?
It seems that the Doom/Sludge scene is going pretty well here. But we have never been a part of a scene. It’s just us and our rehearsal room.
How did you first get into metal? And what was your first metal album you brought?
Because of my uncle, Judas Priest and MTV. I think the first metal album was – Ace of Spades.
What is your view on people being able to download albums online, instead of buying them on CD/vinyl format?
Old things fade away, new things come. If you are old and sad, praise the fact that you were able to live in the great the old times.
If you could tour anywhere in the world, who would it be with and where?
Preferably in Europe with people we are friends with: Nicoffeine, Triptykon, Ahab, Lantlôs.
What genres/sub-genres of music do you like to listen to? Do you have any favourite bands at the moment?
At the moment I mostly listen to the latest Boards Of Canada album “Tomorrow’s Harvest”. I really enjoy listening to ambient music a lot. When we hang we mostly listen to soul, r’n’b and funk stuff like Isley Brothers, Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Parliament.
Do you think anything has changed within the music industry over the years, or is there anything you’d like to change?
A lot has changed. Some for the good, some for the worse. We have to let go of the old times and embrace the new times.
What do you like to do outside of your music, any hobbies?
Beside music and working I just concentrate on the small things in life, because in the end this is what makes me happy. So I’m living an old man’s life: Eating, reading, sleeping, driving slowly with my bicycle through lonely streets.
What advice would you give anyone wanting to start a band?
This is no advice for progressive maniacs: Don’t be too critical and too nerdy if you want to just make songs. It’s rather better to finish a bad song than never finishing a song ever. Don’t forget the fun and that it doesn’t matter if you are not freaking good at your instrument. Imagination is more important than playing skills. If you wonder why you are not sounding heavy maybe you play too many notes. Reduce for the sake of heaviness. Don’t play that progressive riff if you really can’t play it and you are too lazy to practice. Accept yourself and then work with your abilities.
Lastly, is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?
If you read this, you are cool!
Buy album here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/romantik/id975345010