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We are a band and, most importantly, the others are my friends. Without them, I am nothing. I may be the head, but they are the legs, on which this band tramples its foes, they are the hand, that smites you. You have been confirmed as the opening act for Harder Than Steel in September. As far as I know, you have not performed When The Last Grave Has Opened - Lunar Shadow - Triumphator (CD) so far. Will this really be your debut gig? Last year almost the complete band went to the first edition of Harder than Steel-Festival as fans, to actually play there now along with Jag Panzer or our friends of Iron Kobra is strange.
Surely it would be safer and rational to play some smaller gigs before that. But Lunar Shadow is a very irrational band. So to hell with that, we are solid musicians and will be properly prepared.
I am not very eager to play live. I think they are one of the better young bands these days and they are touring their asses off. Four weeks tour through all Europe, two weeks relaxing and then again a three week tour, something like that. I respect that.
I really do, but it is simply a model, that would not work for me personally. I would certainly lose my little rest of sanity. The Atlantean Kodex-model would work better for me, that means playing not that many, but selected shows that are interesting and promising. What will your live set look like for this festival? Will you add some new material or maybe a cover song to the tracks from the EP? Right now we are rehearsing new tracks, that will be featured on our debut and which we will be played there for the first time.
The last one would be interesting, for I think it sounds a bit like Dissection. And yes, we will play a cover song too, but I will not reveal that one. Turning the attention to the EP, when were the four songs written? As you do all the songwriting yourself, do you sit down to write, or do you collect ideas over time, then piece them together when you find the time and motivation?
I do not write songs in a rush normally. I write down a certain melody with Guitar Pro, add parts, a bridge maybe, an acoustic interlude and shut the program down. I will then listen to it again the next day, for I need a certain distance.
If I still like it, I continue. Then I try to integrate them into another song, if the tempo is the same. But this rarely happens. My Guitar Pro folders are stuffed. I have written, I just counted it, 42 complete songs in 5 years and have hundreds of unfinished ideas and melodies. Sometimes I have to laugh at what I find there.
There are blues songs in the vein of Mark Knopfler, whom I adore. The next steps then are very methodic. I send a finished song to my bandmates, they learn it and we play it that way. No spontaneous outbursts in the rehearsing room or something like that. Right now I am working on two songs, that are almost finished.
I am very proud of some of the melodies in this one, it sounds a bit like Solstice. And what could be better? Did you check out the possibilities to get someone to release the EP before you put it out yourselves?
We wanted to release this EP by ourselves from the start and then watch what would happen. Keep the reins in our own claws. With one EP released? I am not quite sure. Right now our plan is, to release our debut by ourselves again. But if When The Last Grave Has Opened - Lunar Shadow - Triumphator (CD) label is interested, I will certainly listen to them. There are certain labels within Germany and some outside, which I would prefer, sure.
A label could probably do more promotion, than we are capable of at this moment. It would also be easier to purchase our music and other things, but as always- conditions have to be right and I need to feel, that a real passion for heavy metal exists.
Time will tell. I really like the dark coverart by Adam Burke. Was it made specifically for this release? What did you give him to work with? Full songs, or lyrics maybe? Adam is a marvelously talented artist scoundrel. It was made for this EP, yes. My dear friend Kevin of Diabolic Night gave me the hint to contact Adam. He had done the new artwork for Diabolic Night, which by the way is fucking killer too, as always, so I wrote him.
He is a very companionable person and it was an honour to work with him. I did not give him a song or lyrics then, I never even had that idea, to be honest. I had the idea for the artwork already in my head, every stupid little detail. So, the sun was drowning in its own fire, the dogs of Tindalos roamed the woods and I gripped a pen.
And created the worst sketch for an artwork that has ever been done. Believe me. It was terrible. No perspective, a barbarian, that looked like Conan with Down syndrome, the only thing I managed to do properly was this wench When The Last Grave Has Opened - Lunar Shadow - Triumphator (CD) big boobs.
I told Adam my ideas, we have this cove by the sea, there is a barbarian, looking down, standing in shallow water, sword in hand. There is this girl clinging to him, he is surrounded by cliffs. And what can I say? Each single day I sat in front of my laptop, waiting for the first sketches. And they came. First in lead pencil, then coloured. This man is a wizard, a true wizard of old, the prophet of Portland. He instantly understood what I wanted this cover to be like and he realized it, there were almost no corrections needed.
I remember, that I once told him, that the girl needs even bigger tits, but otherwise…I repeat myself, a great artist. By Set! Thank you, Adam. Not only have you put some resources into the cover art, the booklet has the lyrics and the CD itself is a factory pressed silver CD. You obviously think presentation is important even in this digital age? We did invest not a small amount of money into this CD. The artwork, the pressing. We could have used a simple cover and just copy the CDs at home two-hundred times.
But I will never do that. It is a question of presentation, yes, but not only. To do it like we did is simply convictions of mine. I will never release inferior products. My music is dear and important to me and I want it to be dear and important to others too. That, to me, is also a matter of respect towards our fans.
I would never buy a CD-R. So, why then release something like that? You would not bestow the woman you love with a ring out of a gumball machine, would you?
Same with our shirts, that are to be released soon. Our shirts will be unique, with special designs, symbols, only created for this purpose and special gimmicks. Do you view these four tracks as part of your history now, or can you already say that they will also be used, rerecorded perhaps, for a release in the future? All the spirit is lost. I am just thinking of the terrible re-recordings of Cloven Hoof. Or a once great band from the US…There is a plenty amount of new songs waiting for you all, beware.
Shadows are spreading. Could you please share some details about the recording of the EP? Apart from the line-up there is nothing to be found in the booklet.
Was it recorded over a short, or a longer period? Did you use a professional studio or record at home? We already know each other from our schooldays and he has some recording equipment.
I really hate technics. So it was relieving, to have someone who is competent with engineering. He would bring his equipment to our rehearsal room and we recorded all the instruments, guitars and bass there.
Our drummer recorded the whole drums separately with a friend of his in one single session. And then came the last days of May. No, then came this long period, where we had no proper singer. Finally, in Marchafter almost eight months, in which our recorded EP lay bare, Alex added the vocals and we were finished. The final mix was done by a friend of Kai. Tobias did a great job there, he really pushed our recordings to the limit and he is mainly responsible for the final sound of the EP.
Regardless of what the circumstances were, I think you have achieved a more than decent sound. Are you looking for the same type of sound for future project, or would you change things if you got a small budget from a label? I have a certain sound in my head. Like always. Everything is already planned. I already have a title for our debut. I have the cover.
And the sound…well. This remains a little secret. But you know, there is this band from England,that has done the best comeback in years in I love the sound on their albums…. What adds to your identity is the amount of guitar leads scattered out in the songs. It certainly sets you a bit apart from the rest. Where does this come from? Is it inspiration from certain bands, or just something that you personally like in metal bands?
My love for those twin-guitars origins, not as one could maybe think, in obvious stuff like Iron Maiden. It is old In Flames, that infected me with this. I can listen to this anytime, never get tired of this. A superb guitar sound, warm but somehow still distant, like from another world. It is such a shame, what happened to this band. Tons of bands, that I love have turned into something bad, but In Flames really had an remarkable downfall.
It is irrelevant, to talk about them any further. It is just something, that I like. Strong melodies, two guitars. Maiden, of course. But there are also new bands, that are able to create melodies, that tear right through your brain.
Wonderful band. Christian Horton is a genius, one of the few guitarists these days, that can write solos, that I want to listen to again and again and again. I guess these books are only available in German, but what can you tell us about the content? Is this something you want to pursue in the future? I have written and published three books, starting back in when I was They are only available in German. I sometimes had the idea inside my head to get them translated, but I abolished that. Epic fantasy, I wanted to pay heed and tribute to some of my literary idols.
I created a strange world, called Anxardia in the vein of Tolkien or Robert E. The main protagonist is called Trey Skyrim. It is true, I admit, that I borrowed this name from the old Elder Scrolls-games, simply because I liked the sound, we talked about words already. So in hindsight the naming of my main protagonist was a little bit unfortunate.
But nevermind. Trey is raised by his uncle and aunt, they get killed by evil bastards from the east, he swears revenge and begins a long journey, on which he finds new friends, foes, there are lots of adventures to withstand, terrible monsters, old wizards, libraries with ancient tomes, strange cities, magic swords and of course gloves of metal.
Very classic stuff. I guess it is fun to read. It is funny. When I released the first book inI did not know, what would happen. If it would sell at When The Last Grave Has Opened - Lunar Shadow - Triumphator (CD), how it would be accepted by potential readers.
And then suddenly things literally exploded. I was selling hundreds and hundreds of ebooks. In five years now, I have, all in all, sold over There were two months in a row, when Amazon paid me Euros as royalties.
Imagine, I was 21 years old back then. What do you think in such a moment? I thought, that this whole, goddamn world belonged to me! I am a god unstoppable, a professional author! Things then changed. After the first part could be counted as a success, I was eager to write the second part. But no. I sold some thousand ebooks, yes, but it was a disappointment.
There were also way less reactions to my second release. Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas. I felt empty. Burned out. And did not write for a longer period. I do not write anymore. I have some drafts, but all started and unfinished. I only write poems from time to time still. They are in English, by the way. Wanna read one? Fine, here you go. Sad and melancholic, with a strange, romantic touch.
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