at: 31st, March 2015
the band was founded as DAWN OF DESCENT, how so you decided
to start a new era with ENCHIRIDION name and how
was to establish a solid line up?
Hello there! Firstly, Dawn Of Descent was overall just a
solo project established by me (Vocalist and Rhythm
Guitarist Louis) with a few songs which later on became
songs for our band Enchiridion. I started writing my first
songs back in 2009. Actually, the very first song was Silent
Death Curse. Anyway, I was searching for band members all
the time but sadly I couldn’t
find anyone. It was really difficult to find musicians which
were interested in my music at that time. There were a lot
of songs which I wrote until mid 2013 where I decided to
released the demos for Dead Man’s
Calling, Heavy Rain and Vulture Devours under the name Dawn
Of Descent, which got amazingly positive reviews! In October
2013 our bass player Tobias, which I had known for a while
said to me: “Hey,
your stuff is so amazing! If you’re
still searching for a bass player, I will join for sure!“
course I agreed! Afterwards he told me that he’s
going to look for a guitar player and a drummer. He already
had Phil (Lead Guitar) and Stephan (Drums) in mind who he
knew from the band they had before. About ten minutes later
Stephan and Phil joined and I had a band (laughs). I’m
so happy about it because all of them are such professional
musicians and unique in their own way! As a band we changed
a few parts on the songs which were already released. Later
on we decided to change our name to Enchiridion. As I said
before the Dawn Of Descent era was just a solo project
started by me and now the Enchiridion era is a real band
with everyone of us involved.
sound is a mixture of extreme metal with melodic. Having
some finnish bands as main infuences, Is that intentional?
How have you developed a sound without losing your own
Almost all of my favorite bands come from Finland. Bands
such as Kalmah, Children Of Bodom and Norther developed my
sound from the very beginning.
You can definitely hear the strong influence from those
bands in our music. So in the end I guess it was intentional
to sound a bit like them. But still Tobias, Stephan and
Philipp have their own influences and we combine them
how I would describe the unique Enchiridion sound in
/In the near future you will hear it even more from the
songs we wrote for our first album. Overall they have an
even more evolved sound. Phil and I sit together to write
and discuss the riffs. Afterwards Tobias and Stephan add the
bass guitar and drums. I would describe the new stuff as
well-conceived and more complex than the EP songs without
loosing our main sound which we’ve
had from the beginning. So be prepared!/
does your metal fit in with the rest of the German metal
why it matches really great. Germany has so many different
and great Metal bands nowadays with a lot of variety in
their music. Since many people pigeonhole us into the
Swedish and Finnish Metal scene it makes us even more proud
to come from Germany. In the end we can do what the praised
Finns and Swedes can do (laughs).
remember a time when you just had to release an album and
people would be interested. How do you best promote a band
today in order to get people to listen to you and not chose
How almost every band does it nowadays. Through the
internet of course. Through
Metal groups and sites
we reached a lot of people from all over the world.
But also through live gigs, to present our general sound and
our music to the people. Also through reviews from different
magazines. Nowadays there are many ways to promote a band or
an album. That gives every band a great opportunity to get
bigger and bigger.
well are you doing in the rest of the World? What kind of
reactions have you had from the States for example?
We already have a lot of fans from all over the world since
the Dawn Of Descent times and now we have even more since we
released “Silent Death Curse“ as Enchiridion! And also
most of our Facebook fans are from Germany and the States so
I think that should answer your question directly.
back about your release "Silent Death Curse", how
was the response the band gained
so far? If possible share with us some positive and negative
feedback towards this EP 2014?
The reviews and responses were all great! One of the members
from rateyourmusic actually choose it as the best release of
2014. It really is an honor for us and we really do
appreciate something like that! Also a member of the german
website called „Time
for Metal“ really
praised our music and even called us “Maybe
a new Melodic Death Metal giant from Germany.“
really something to be proud of!
hearing your EP several times, I was strongly impressed with
the exclusive technical and precise way of playing. I am
curious to know for how long you play music or if there is
some professional musical education?
I take guitar lessons for almost 10 years now. I still
take it because I also get into other genres such as Jazz,
Blues and Classical music! It helped me to get into the
guitar playing and still helps me to get behind the
comprehension of music in general. My bandmate phil who’s
a born guitar player in my opinion, plays 5 years. He’s
never really taken any guitar lessons as far as I know. It
depresses me sometimes because he plays half as long as me
and is almost twice as good as me (laughs). Stephan told me,
that he never took drum lessons, except for some basic
lessons when he was a kid. He just had to learn the stuff he
wanted to play and that's what he is still doing. He writes
stuff for the drum recordings on the computer, but sometimes
he is unable to play what he wrote. And thus he has to learn
those parts in order to play the drums for Enchiridion. Last
but not least, Tobi took bass guitar lessons for one year
and now he’s been playing for about five years now. He
told me that he made serious progress since he joined the
band. A progress he would have never made all alone.
you have serious opportunities for live shows in your area?
How many times per month can you play live?
We have a lot of great opportunities to play live shows in
entire Germany. The german Metal scene gets bigger and
bigger. So there are a lot of bands we can play gigs with
and also great clubs which are well patronized at metal
So far, we’ve
played four shows this year. Unfortunately, two gigs were
canceled. And also unfortunately nothing is planned for the
rest of the year although we are currently working on
getting a few more gigs. But in the future we plan to play
at a lot of festivals in both Germany and in other
please define death metal with your own words, and if death
metal was a beer, which one would it be?
In my opinion Death Metal is the most varied Metal genre
out there. Especially Melodic Death Metal. You can combine
so many different influences and other metal genres into it
such as Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Power Metal, Symphonic
Metal, Doom Metal, Gothic Metal etc. without changing the
sound too much. Even other musical genres such as Jazz and
Classical Music. That’s
why I love this genre so much.
If Death Metal was a beer …. I would say it's german beer
in general. There are thousands of different beers in
Germany – each with it's own taste. But every beer is
awesome in its own way! There is a beer for every taste!
Except of „Öttinger“ which would be genres I do not
like and can’t get into (laughs).
come to an end. Do you have any final thoughts? Thank you
for your time…
Thanks to all our friends and fans, who has been
supporting Enchiridion from the very beginning! Without you
we would be nothing! And also thanks for your interview. It
was a real pleasure! Have a nice day and stay heavy! Cheers!