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Realized at: 14th, October 2016
 

"We rather associate our music with snapshots or photographs that capture a certain melancholic mood.  This can be anything  from an impressive landscape to a significant portrait. (...)"

1. Since your inception in 2010, you`ve just released one demo and also appeared on a couple of Festivals. How much of your primary goals have you achieved so far

Since 2010 we were undergoing a constant process of writing songs, taking them to our rehearsal room to figure out whether they're good enough. After struggling with some lineup changes, the band is now complete and we're working towards our album and of course we try to play live as much as possible since those two things have always been our primary goals.

2. Did you have a ‘mission’ and goal ready when you first started out, or did the music and direction first take shape as you crafted songs and so forth?

When our Drummer Nico and I (Manuel)  were looking  for musicians to form a new band I was heavily inspired by Finnish doom-death bands and that's what most of my ideas sounded like. As the band was forming over time, everyone was putting lots of work into our songwriting and of course this  influenced the songs. I guess that is how our sound developed.

3. The lyrics seems quite important for the band and your expression, how do you look upon the importance of the lyrics?

Our lyrics are heavily inspired by the feel the instrumental song emits. Usually we sit together and hear a prerecording of a song and then we come up with whatever theme the song makes you think about. This way the lyrics get more emotional impact than the other way round.

4. Now that your first demo is almost outdated, what are the plans for the band in the close future? Any chance to see a new recording?

That's a good question. All of the songwriting for our upcoming album is done and we're rehearsing and prerecording everything. If everything goes well we'll be hitting the studio in January 2017 and the album should be available shortly after.

5. How do you create the new songs? Is it predetermined process, or do you leave substantial space for improvisations?

Usually one of us comes up with an idea for a song  and if everyone likes it, we work on it together. Sometimes this can be a very straight forward process where everything fits and the song just gets built up part-by-part and other times jamming and rearranging everything takes several weeks.

6. Your music is often tinged with some doom, or slower passages. What doom metal bands influenced you? Did you have any other influences, including non-musical ones?

Actually there is not too much influence from classical doom-bands. As stated above, back in 2010, we were into the Finnish doom-death stuff. But as we developed our sound over the years e experimented a lot and now we just like mixing up fast and slow parts as we see fit. Concerning the lyrics I  would say that all the post-apocalyptic stuff really influenced the way we wanted to go.

7. Writing such slow-paced, melancholic passages and managing to fuse intense feelings to the listener is a hard task. Does it have to do with your personal state of mind? Are you melancholic persons?

This really depends on who you ask in the band. Some of us are more melancholic than others. We all share interest in that kind of music independent of our current state of mind. It's important to us that our music is able to move us emotionally. If we manage to transfer those emotions to the listener, we did a good job.

8. If you had to represent your music with a picture, a painting, sculpture or maybe a "famous" piece of art, what would you choose?

Oh, we're not that much into art in terms of classical paintings and all that stuff. We rather associate our music with snapshots or photographs that capture a certain melancholic mood.  This can be anything  from an impressive landscape to a significant portrait.

9. Finnish bands are one of the main references on your music. Why, do you think, is Finnish metal so valuable?

Finnish doom-death-metal transports the darkness during winter, the vast landscapes, the climate. At least that's what I have been reading from interviews with those bands. The mood of those songs gets to us and I guess that's what inspired us in the first place.

10. With so many death metal bands coming up these days, how do you manage to keep your material relevant?

We just try to write the songs we like and that don't necessarily fit into any genre. Nowadays many bands sound pretty much the same and that's what we want to avoid. We try to do our very own thing.

11. People are migrating more and more towards digital music, with the internet being available to almost everyone. In such a state, how difficult is it for bands to sell their merch? How would you convince today’s kids to buy physical records?

We all love to hold a physical copy of the latest album of our favorite bands in our hands. However, it's important to respect people's decisions not to go to a music store and buy an album but instead buy a digital download. It's 2016 and everyone should realize that the Internet is a thing nowadays :D

If people decide to buy a physical copy of our album we try to make sure they're getting something that you wouldn't get with a digital download - a cool looking digipack or booklet-design for example.

12. How does the matter look with concerts in your city at present? Do you play any concerts outside Germany?

At the moment we're working on recording our debut that's why there's only a few gigs in and around our hometown. In 2017 we plan to do some album-promotion and who knows - if we get invited somewhere outside Germany - why not?

13. What represent the fact of being on stage for you? Is it the best part for a musician? Can you recall one performance, which you just wish you could not forget?

For us it in fact is the best part. We love playing our songs, and if we can show it to some people that actually dig it like we do, that feels great. Of course our very first performance was an exciting experience. Even though we all have been playing in a band before, we really didn't know if our music was going to work for the audience as much as it does for us. We were really eager to show the songs to a bigger audience and it worked out quite good.

14. Please tell us what are the bands to keep an eye on in the German underground at the moment. Do you feel a strong connection between the ug bands in Germany, or is it more like everybody following its own way?

There are no bands I would name in general. The underground-scene here at Münster is pretty active though. There are many concerts and events being organized on a regular base with mainly local bands.

15. Dude, thanks a lot for your answers, I hope my questions weren't boring. I wish you all the best and good luck my friend! Please, tell your closing words!

Thank you! It was a pleasure. Hopefully we were able to answer everything to your satisfaction and to our listeners and fans, be ready for the upcoming album!

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