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Interview with Thomas Hertler of Massacre Records

May 9th, 2016

Interview with Thomas Hertler of Massacre Records

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Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary of Massacre Records!!   I have some very fond memories of bands on Massacre and I have many (what I consider to be rare) items on Massacre in my personal collection. The first CD I ever bought when I decided to transition from cassettes to CD was VIPER-Theater of Fate (Mass 002) so I have been a fan for a long, long time!  During the dreaded grunge era in North America I thought it was amazing that a small little label in Germany was releasing superb Power Metal from Brazil!    Finding early albums by bands like Forte and Winter’s Bane on Massacre Records was a godsend, even if they were very expensive to buy from mail-order catalogues…but worth every penny.  It is a pleasure to ask you some questions. 

Is the founder, Mr. Hartmann still involved?

Yes, Torsten is still president of Massacre Records GmbH including Blue Rose Records

 

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I understand that Baphomet-No Answer was the first record issued on Massacre (Mass 001)  Are you the one and same vocalist of Baphomet?   If yes, do you ever get that desire to get back on stage?   When can we expect a Baphomet reunion?!  

Yes, you are right. Baphomet was my band back at the time. I have quit there already back in 1994 though. No, I am sorry there will be no reunion. We did some rehearsals some time ago just for fun but due to health reasons of our guitar player Gernot there was no chance to continue.

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Tell about an average day for you in the office?  When you were in A&R did you have a favourite artist that you worked with?  Conversely was there a band that was especially challenging?  What was the first band you ever signed to the label?

Well, the working day is not so different than any other office clerk selling and producing some kind of product. Consequently the matter if I like a band of not is not the final point – basically it matters
more if we can sell that band or not, haha. My first signings if I remember well were Mystic and Forte, can’t remember who was first.

According to Wikipedia the best-selling albums on Massacre were Werk 80 and Velvet Darkness They Fear.  Does that still hold true today?

Yes. Velvet Darkness they fear did about 180.000 records and Werk 80 about 100.000, the other Theatre Of Tragedy albums should have sold
more than Werk 80 in the meantime though

This is a tough but fair question.  Why has Massacre historically had such poor distribution in North America?

Well, it I’d knew the answer.. we did try with an own office in the early Nineties, which did not work out. I think that was the problem that we never had
a real US dependance. It has been better though in the last years working with Soulfood/E One and now with MVD distribution.

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Over the 25 years of Massacre what are the biggest changes to the industry in your experience?

For sure the internet with its new digital business, which wasn’t existing when we started – it changed it all

Massacre traditionally has not released as many stand alone DVD’s.  Why is that?

Well, there wasn’t much product and the market for music DVDs ist really small.

An obvious question but has illegal downloading impacted your business model and revised how you do business now?   What is it about Metal fans that they still buy physical products?

It has affected the whole business including us for sure. The complete music scene has changed there are massive losses everywhere, but everybody knows that. The metal fans – god thanks – are very loyal and are still supporting bands and their physical products.

What is currently your strongest selling artist?

Our best selling bands are Eisregen, Mystic Prophecy, Debauchery and Arven.

Why has Massacre succeed in an era of declining sales and literally dozens and dozens of small Heavy Metal record labels have failed?   What is the secret to your success as a label?

We have always kept to our roots. We have the same people working here for more than 15 years – same with our artists. Most of the bands
are here for a decade or longer. We stand for solid, reliable work and it feels like family sometimes. I think that’s what makes the difference.
And, maybe, a little knowledge and experience from 25 years hahaha.

 What are the future plans?

Keep it up, staying sold in our metal market and expanding the family with other great bands and artists to the ones we already have!

Thank you and continued success!  

Thank you for your time, Joshua, and the chance to show ourselves at Metal Rules. Watch out for the coming Exciter album
in original lineup over there in Canada!!!!

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Voices Of Destiny – guitarist/bandleader Chris Gutjahr and singer Ada Flechtner

May 6th, 2015

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Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Masscare Records for the promo pictures of the band.
Promo pictures of the band taken by: Michael Colella at www.michaelcolella.de

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When it was time to interview the German goth/metal act Voices Of Destiny, I turned to guitarist/bandleader Chris Gutjahr and the new singer Ada Flechtner to hear what they had to say about their latest album CRISIS CULT. The album is a theme album, so obviously we talked about the story behind the album and how it was for Ada to join the band. The band once again worked with German producer Andy Horn in his Redd Room Studio. So naturally I had to ask them about that co-operation. I also took the opportunity to ask Ada what’s it like to be the only female in the band as well as a bit about her past. If you want to read more about Voices Of Destiny, check out the metal-rules.com archives.

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Silent Opera – Singer Laure Laborde

July 10th, 2014

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Singer Laure Laborde – Silent Opera

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pictures
Live pictures of the band taken by: Thierry Loustauneau a.k.a Lolito de Palermo

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Silent Opera is a melodic metal act from France and I hooked up with singer Laure Laborde a while ago in order to talk to her about the brand new album REFLECTIONS. We talked of course about the album, the band and what the future has in store for Silent Opera. Enjoy.

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Thyrien – lead singer/guitarist Oskari Koivisto

June 26th, 2014

 Lead singer/guitarist Oskari Koivisto – Thyrien

 Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for getting this interview done.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics

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Thyrien origins from the land of the thousand lakes -Finland and is a brand new battle/folk metal act that currently released their debut album titled HYMNS OF THE MORTALS – SONGS FROM THE NORTH. Me and lead singer/guitarist Oskari Koivisto hooked up and had a talk about the bands history, the debut album and the guests appearances on it and what the band is up to next. If you’re into folk metal with death metal influences then check out the music of Thyrien.

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Hatesphere – guitarist/band leader Pepe

May 14th, 2014

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Guitarist/band leader Pepe – Hatesphere

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pictures.

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Denmark’s deadliest thrash metal weapon Hatesphere released their 8th album last year called MURDERLUST. I had the amazing opportunity to talk to the only remaining original member guitarist/band leader Pepe and together we handled subjects like the new album, the co-operation with legendary producer Tue Madsen and the line-ups that have come and gone amongst other things. Enjoy!

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Schwarzer Engel – band leader Dave Jason

January 22nd, 2014

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Bandleader Dave Jason – Schwarzer Engel

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing me with promo pics

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From Germany comes the once piece  goth metal act Schwarzer Engel which is led by Dave Jason. In May last year came an EP titled SCHWARZE SONNE which is a preview to the studio album IN BRENNENDEN HIMMELN, with all lyrics sung in German, that came in July. Below you can read about what Dave had to say about his band, the new album, the guest performances on it as well as what the future has in store for Schwarzer Engel. Read the rest of this entry »

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Madness Of the Night – Guitarist Daniel Dante

January 18th, 2014

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Guitarist Daniel Dante – Madness Of the Night

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics.

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Madness Of the Night is a Swedish goth/dark wave duo that released their debut album THE ASGARDA in November 2013. Since the duo have a bit of an unusual background I thought it would be nice to learn a bit more about them and their music. I hooked up with Daniel Dante former members of the Swedish gothmetal act Soulgrinder, and here is what he had to say. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trail Of Tears – band leader/ vocalist Ronny Thorsen

November 11th, 2013

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Band leader/ vocalist Ronny Thorsen – Trail Of Tears

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack at Massacre Records for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing me with promo pictures.

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The Norwegian goth/dark metal masters Trail Of Tears released their  seventh album OSCILLATION in April this year and in January of 2013 the band suddenly parted ways. I hooked up with original member and band leader Ronny Thorsen. The vocalist and I talked about the new album and of course also about his point of view when it comes to the bands past present and break up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tears Of Martyr – singer Berenice Musa

November 2nd, 2013

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Singer Berenice Musa – Tears Of Martyr

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pictures.
Additional promo pictures are from Tears Of Martyr Facebook Page taken by: Diana Álvarez

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The symphonic/goth metal act Tears Of Martyr recently released their second album TALES. I got interested of the band when I heard TALES because the album is excellent. I hooked up with singer Berenice Musa in order to get to know the band and their history. The band comes from the Canary Island but lives now in Madrid so it was obvious that I had to find out what the Spanish metal scene are up to. Read the rest of this entry »

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EnChanTya – Singer Rute Fevereiro

July 11th, 2013

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Singer Rute Fevereiro – EnChanTya

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing me with promo pictures

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From Lissabon Portugal comes the progressive goth metal act EnChanTya. The band released their debut album at the end of last year. I recently had the chance to talk to lead singer Rute Fevereiro (ex- Black Widow) and we talked about the band, the metal climate in Portugal, and lots more. Check out EnChanTya if you’re into great music with some brilliant growl/clean vocals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Infernal Tenebra – Singer and guitarist Darko Etinger

May 17th, 2013

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 Darko Etinger – singer and guitarist of Infernal Tenebra

Interviewed by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing me with promo pics.

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Infernal Tenebra is a Croatian death/thrash act that I got really interested in when I heard their debut album NEW FORMED REVELATIONS. I hooked up with Darko Etinger, singer and guitarist, in order to get to know him and the band a bit better. It’s not everyday I come across a band from Croatia and we ended up talking about the brand new album, the bands past, present, and future, and how the metal climate in Croatia is doing. Read the rest of this entry »

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My Black Light – singer Monica Primo

December 7th, 2012

 

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Singer Monica Primo – My Black Light

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Massacre Records for the promo pictures of the band

 

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My Black Light is a new Italian goth metal act that late last year released their brilliant debut album HUMAN MAZE and because of the great album I felt it was time to hook up with singer Monica Primo in order to get to know the band better. The music of My Black Light isn’t the ordinary Goth music instead they have featured some really interesting progressive influences so if this sounds like something you may like then check out the interview.

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Mystic Prophecy – bandleader/singer R.D Liapakis

November 19th, 2012

 

Bandleader/singer R.D Liapakis – Mystic Prophecy

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Daniela, webbattender for Mystic Prophecy for making the interview possible

Thanks to Massacre Records for the promo pictures of the band

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RAVENLORD is the name of the seventh Mystic Prophecy album. I got in touch with bandleader R.D Liapakis (he’s also the only remaining original member in the band) to talk about the new excellent album, the line up changes and the past present and future of Mystic Prophecy. Read more about this great Greek/German heavy metal act down below.

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Nightqueen – guitarist and bandleader Rex Zeco

October 29th, 2012

 

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Guitarist/bandleader Rex Zeco – Nightqueen

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Massacre Records for promotional pictures.  

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FOR QUEEN AND METAL is the debut album from the goth/fantasy act Nightqueen that comes from Belgium. I hooked up with guitarist and bandleader Rex Zeco in order to talk about the brand new album, about the band, the past present and future. If you’re into goth music with female vocals and fantasy influences be sure to check out Nightqueen.

 

 

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Necronomicon – Lead singer and guitarist Freddy

June 15th, 2012

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Freddy- lead singer and guitarist of Necronomicon

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack at Massacre Records for setting up the interview.

Thanks to Massacre Records for providing promotional pictures of the band.

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Freddy is the only remaining original member in the German thrash metal act Necronomicon who released their debut album back in 1985.  Freddy and I talked about the bands seventh album that came out at the beginning of the year called INVICTUS. Besides the new album we also talked about guest appearances on the new album and about the bands past, present, and future. Be sure to check out Necronomicon if you’re into thrash metal the slightest.

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