at: 18th, December 2015
most important aspect when writing a riff
or a melody is that you mustn't be annoyed
by it yourself at any moment. There are
different degrees of “brutal-ness” and
“epic-ness” that can be achieved, and
every new riff has its place on this
The band counts 9 years of existence, but we have only seen
2 releases. Why was there such a long delay of 5 years from
the first to the second?
Starting in 2006, it was more of a some - school - guys -
get - together - kinda - thing. We really entered the scene
in 2010 with the first ever show and the release of our EP. Unfortunately,
that was also the time when most of us left Luxembourg to go
to university or similar stuff. So the whole thing started
becoming a long distance relation. Throw in some more
problems like a couple of line-up changes and there you have
We had lots and lots of personal and technical problems
during the recordings of our album, so it took us far longer
than expected. I recorded the drums in late 2012, the
release of our album was in June 2015.
I started helping to record and mix the album - that was my
first involvement with Feradur. I felt like we had only just
found the magical key to make the sounds and individual
styles come together nicely. Sometimes you need to let time
pass and gain perspective to make things progress to the
The actual band history is even longer than this. But that's
too far in the past for me to know. When the crucial members
joined, they were still all under age and going to
high-school. At that time we made our demo and wrote most of
the other songs to have something to play on stage. After
school, everyone went to university, and each one of us went
in another city or country. We somehow managed to stick
together and produce the album you can hear today. At the
moment most members are living in the same city, which
increases our songwriting productivity drastically. So if
everything goes smoothly, the next Feradur record could
already be scheduled for 2016.
My point of view, as being one of the 'new' guys, is
that the band has always been very productive. But since I
only joined the ranks nearly 2 years ago, I mainly can tell
that since Feradur started working on their first album, the
motivation never stopped until today and is still on the
would you say are the biggest influences impacting the
music of FERADUR. I have noticed very strong remembrances to
Finnish (Amorphis) and Swedish (Amon Amarth) bands.
we started Amon Amarth was definitely a major influence,
Amorphis... not so sure, maybe some older stuff like Tales
from the Thousand Lakes? I would add some At The Gates in
the mix as well.
I would say there is a huge amount of bands that
influenced our music. As every member of Feradur has his own
taste in music and influences, you can't point out any
specific band that had 'the' impact on the band.
We all listen to a widespread variety of different bands and
music styles, so it’s really hard to say where our
influences are rooted. It’s pretty safe to say though that
Swedish Melodic Death Metal plays a major role concerning
The song which was my personal entry ticket to the band was
“Ragnarøk”. When you listen to it, you can hear an
unmistakable relation to “Amon Amarth”, so yes, your
guess is true. Regarding Amorphis, I like their older stuff,
but I wouldn't say that I actively took inspiration from
them. I was greatly influenced by the older In Flames and
Dark Tranquillity albums, as well as Kalmah and even
Agalloch. I got my metal education through Metallica, so
that obviously has also contributed. I find it difficult to
pinpoint what our true influence is, because we all listen
to many different genres and not exclusively metal. We are
amused when people try to put us in a genre-drawer and we
don't even know ourselves what our style is. “Viking
Metal” is definitely not the appropriate term.
Amon Amarth is an influence, yes. Never properly listened to
Amorphis, so I can't tell you about that. I personally
really like Carcass, At The Gates and stuff like The
Melvins, Helmet or Voivod. Not a huge buff in terms of
scandinavian metal, I personally lean more towards the other
side of the pond. I am trying to get Mich S. into Pantera,
too. We joked about doing a cover of "Fucking
Hostile" at live shows.
I like the most about your album is the combination of the
most brutal moments and the eerie atmospheres featured on
some of the tracks. There are even some cool melodies
floating around the songs. What can you tell us about the
thoughtful work it demanded?
The most important aspect when writing a riff or a melody is
that you mustn't be annoyed by it yourself at any moment.
There are different degrees of “brutal-ness” and
“epic-ness” that can be achieved, and every new riff has
its place on this imaginary chart. It often comes out from
the spur of the moment: we pick our guitars, enable some
kind of rhythm track and we start jamming. Sooner or later,
something cool - or at least something interesting - comes
like pissing, just let it flow.
You write a song, think it rocks and then you just go where
it takes you. But the thing that required the most
"thoughtful work" was getting the guitar tones and
adding harmonies. We wanted to squeeze everything out of the
material and fully get the intention behind the lyrics
also tried to get an Entombed/Dismember-type of guitar sound
in some parts, and even took that sound and twisted it in
new ways. For example: On our FB-page we have a little clip
that shows the tone that resulted when we were recording
lead guitars for Lethal Dose. It sounds really stupid on its
own, but we actually put it on the record. If you listen
closely during the verses you can hear it panning from left
to right, adding chaos.
thing for the vocals and other instruments - The intention
behind every part has to be reflected in the sound. If it
was a song about war, like Dead Or Alive, we made the vocals
sound like they were coming from propaganda speakers. Good
Are there particular songs that you feel best define the
Feradur sound or perhaps ones you find most notable for
notable might be Silence, as it is the first ever written
Feradur song. Best defining? Maybe Mirror Of Deceit?
Not really. For me, every song stands out for itself. Maybe
the three songs from our demo (also included on the album)
might define the sound of early Feradur days.
'Mirror of Deceit' describes the Feradur sound. Hard riffs,
maniac shredding, with a melodic feel on top.
I think this is a very tough question, because our main
concern with our songs is that none of them sounds like
another Feradur song. At least that was my approach when
writing something new. I hate it when you listen to a new
song of a band and you immediately notice a melody they used
before. Recycling your own old melodies into a presumably
new song is a sign that you should maybe stop- or at least
pause and rethink what you are doing right now as an
I think Ragnarøk is a very powerful tune. Some might roll
eyes when faced with the title and Viking-themed lyrics, but
I think out of all the other songs, it actually has the most
rules and canons do you follow when writing music? How much
is this process free and artistic? Or maybe a more technical
and academic approach prevails?
most cases our guitarists start writing a song and then send
it over to everybody. I then write a first provisional drum
track for it, which evolves and changes over time while
rehearsing and getting to know the song better. Also, except
from the basic structure of the songs, I never play a song
twice identically. To me, a song has to be a living entity,
breathing, and malleable. Playing a song means more to me
than just following dead orders carved in stone (or metal).
Playing a song means playing with the song, feeling and
enjoying it is far more important than being a programmed
drum computer. What’s the point of magic moments if they
repeat identically every time? So yeah, I always improvise
quite a lot during gigs and rehearsals. One might see this
as a kind of ever-changing songwriting.
I personally try to just do what's appropriate for whatever
part we're working on: If we want the part to sound
spontaneous in some way, we don't want to write everything
out before picking up the guitar. Sometimes you have to let
accidents happen and then try to make some sense out of it
afterwards. Other times I'll have my laptop open and just
tab out something as a placeholder in Guitar Pro and it ends
up sounding awesome on guitar and we keep that.
only rule when it comes to writing is 'be fucking creative
and try everything'. The process is in general very simple.
You play it, you write it, you play it. Everybody brings in
his thoughts and ideas so that the input never ceases to
increase. 5 musicians that know and understand music, what
do you need more?
As in my answer for question 3, I think it is very important
that you like your own music. If you don't like what you do,
why would you do it? If you go digging on an academic level,
one can say that some melodies or moods are not suitable for
our music, but that is something we can only hear and
determine when we play it. Our drummer Mich is the only one
among us having had some kind of musical education when he
was younger. So I believe our approach is all in all rather
“artistic” and less academic. I have some no-go's
regarding the lyrics; there are just some words that I don't
like to hear in music.
Is there any important message you intend to transmit
with your music? Is it important for you if listeners
understand you or do not?
love stories, myths, etc. All the lessons we can learn about
ourselves from them. The songs have no recurring theme,
except maybe what man does to other man. That's pretty
obvious when you read the lyrics. Being understood, well, I
don't think, that there can be a one-size-fits-all
interpretation of music and lyrics ever. Different people
can relate to different aspects of our music differently,
and that is okay. As long as they don't take us to be some
I honestly don’t care. I’m happy if people enjoy our
music, and even happier for everyone who finds his own
meaning in the things he enjoys.
It clearly is satisfying when people understand the music
linked together with the lyrics and enjoy it. On the other
hand there are people who just listen to the music because
they think it´s great which is absolutely fine.
mean, sure, it is important for people to take their time to
read the lyrics and try to understand the meaning of why a
song is the way it is.
again, if you just like the music and don´t feel the need
to dig deeper into it, that's perfectly fine.
I think it is a quality – but not crucial - when you can
make out what the singer sings or growls, provided that the
lyrics are good and pleasant to hear. That's one thing I
respect Amon Amarth for: Johan Hegg is a monster on the
microphone, but you can almost always understand what he
sings. When we recorded our album, Yannick tried to be as
clear as possible. We even figured out new voice warm-ups to
improve his pronunciation. I think it helped and was worth
the things we have to say, I would be glad if people
understood them or at least check the booklet or the
internet for the lyrics to know what the song is about. I
know most people listening to metal do this because of the
overall vibe and the power of a song it has when you just
hear it, and for most of the time I am one of them. When we
write music, every song treats a problematic issue in our
world using a more or less abstract metaphor or allegory to
describe it. Thus our themes are kind of generic for the
genre, but I think that is okay, since we try still to be
original and honest, treating things we care about or have
As the singer of the band: Of course! Some metal singers try
to hide that they have nothing to say by screaming harder. I
really admired about Yannick that he took his job as the
singer seriously and worked on his technique and breath
control to give a good performance.
that includes enunciating properly!
does Death metal mean for you? Can Death metal be good if
it's too based on brutality or doesn't contain enough of it?
like the rawness of early Death Metal and I love seeing in
what ways it has evolved over time. It has become this wide
ground on which different bands can (mostly) agree and to
which they can add their personal trademarks.
Death Metal is a pretty cool thing. It comes in lots of
different shapes, and I can enjoy the smoothest and most
beautiful Melodeath as much as the most neck-breaking
down-tuned Brutal Death Metal. Music, in my opinion, is the
wrong place for narrow-mindedness. Sadly, especially in
Metal, it's quite common.
My personal definition for Death Metal is: “Metal music
with non-clean vocals”. I know Black- and Thrash Metal can
also have this attribute but feel differently when you hear
or play them. So concerning “brutality”; I believe it
definitely IS a factor, but brutality is a very subjective
and versatile concept in music. “Carmina Burana” is
super brutal, but so are Cannibal Corpse. Every other band
mentioned in this interview is “brutal” to some extent
and in different doses and flavours. So I can only hope that
Feradur is “brutal” enough, in a good manner.
If it isn't Chuck Norris, it's not Death Metal!
Death Metal is kind of hard to define. I've talked with Mich
S. about this a few times. I just think Death Metal needs a
lot of very heavy chugging. Meat and potatoes. Preferably
without sounding like plastic crap like most of the
deathcore guys nowadays.
personally am not a great friend of humans. I think most
people suck big time. What is wrong with mankind in your
think of themselves as more important than they really are.
We place ourselves to be above nature and even above other
humans, not seeing that we are all part of this ride.
I believe humanity is just flawed by design, but I find some
comfort in knowing this. Everyone strives to be good and
does bad things in the process and that's beautiful, because
nobody is truly alone with this experience. There is a
perfect balance of light and dark in all things. It's just a
matter of seeing both sides.
I think that is a rather harsh statement, but I can't really
deny it. However I believe that a person is born “good”
and can be turned “bad”. When you ask me what I think is
wrong with mankind, I would say that we lost the general
view over everything that is happening. The lives we lead
are determined by an uncountable number of events in the
past and present; life has become complicated: it is ruled
by abstract things like money, politics, religion, etc.
Everywhere in the world are factors that determine the
present situation; one thing we certainly (should!) know is
that this whole system is super unjust for most of humanity
for the sake of a few fortunate enough to live in a country
that, in the past, has conquered enough other countries,
exploiting everything man and nature had to give at that
time. People tend to forget all kinds of values; on a
personal and a political level.
I guess they do. I’ve stopped thinking about that a while
ago; you can’t change it anyways; it lies in the very
nature of humankind. I’m just happy I got to know a bunch
who don’t over the last decade.
We went from a survival of the fittest to a survival of the
Are there any legitimate paths of enlightenment open
to man? What would it mean for a man to be enlightened?
there are. But the web of bad shit going on everywhere
around the world is just too dense already. For people with
enough money and a standard of life high enough (like most
Western-European cultures, including ours), it isn’t all
too difficult to not be a shitty person. Hate, pain and
despair seem pretty far away, so why not be happy and nice
(although lots of people here can’t even manage to do
that!). All this is far more complicated if you live in a
poor country ravaged by war and hunger, fighting for your
life every day. As long as we aren’t able to change the
way our ecological world functions, there will never be an
enlightenment of mankind.
be enlightened, for me, would mean to see that it's not
“me and everything else” but just “everything”, to
see the connections every person has to his surroundings and
therefore every other person as well. How to get there? Just
stop being a dick for five seconds.
I believe you are enlightened when you know how to lead a
happy life as a human being. This also includes harmony with
other human beings and nature. I guess it is difficult to
achieve, but not impossible.
Maybe death, maybe nothing. I don't think anyone can truly
be enlightened, but I think you can and should strive for
enlightenment. Actually reaching full spiritual
enlightenment would probably result in a short-circuited
brain or something. You'd be forever amazed of your perfect
knowledge of a larger, shared consciousness and be a
vegetable in “real life”.
What are your thoughts on evolution? In what way has
evolution facilitated worldwide overpopulation by
associating success and the entire meaning of life with
breeding and survival?
is not the problem here. Evolution is just something that
happens, overpopulation will always be there and it always
was, that's the basis of evolution, more people with not
enough resources. Is that a bad thing? No, nature doesn't
think in bad or good categories. We simply have to accept
that we are constantly in an evolving environment.
If by evolution, you simply mean the surviving of the
fittest, it’s a good and bad thing at the same time. We,
as humans, have made our way to the top by being intelligent
and by being able to work together to create greater things.
But there’s one thing that shall not be forgotten
concerning the above mentioned phrase: There needs to be a
balance. If the wolves are so well-adapted that their
population grows to the point where they eat all the deer
there are, because deer just weren’t as well-adapted –
what’s going to happen next? A species working so well
that it disrupts the balance of life and death will
ultimately seal its own doom.
Interesting question. Maybe humans are damned to thrive
beyond the limits of any system we seem to be confined in.
But we live in a time were you can afford to take a good,
hard look at yourself and the human mind in general. We can
question our own survival and we might even be able to
change our genetic code to become superhuman. I hope, the
belief that you have to have a home, a wife, a car and a
family to be a "proper adult" will deteriorate in
the coming centuries. Humans
are pretty fucking flexible. You CAN have a valuable legacy
without procreating. These days more than ever before.
human found its place on top of the food-chain and has no
one to be afraid of but itself. Mankind is on a way of
destroying itself by ignoring everything but its own ways to
Mankind has evolved to its current state because of one
trait that distinguishes us from most animals: no one is
left behind. Self-preservation and that of loved ones is one
main propeller of our thriving. It is actually a beautiful
thing but it has lead to many problems like genetic diseases
that are rare but still spread around the world that
scientists struggle to cure. Again, a beautiful thing and a
sign of greatness, but maybe something we could have avoided
at some earlier point in our evolution. Even healthy people
are better taken care of: less babies die at a young age,
old people get even older, less diseases overall, etc. I
think this whole process is rather logic and traceable, yet
problematic to some extent. But I think there is still
enough space on this planet to fit everyone in, and in a way
that will suit everyone.
What technological development of the last 30 years do you
fear the most?
not technology we should fear, but people who use
technology, science and progress in general in a bad way.
corporations that rule the free internet.
I don’t fear technology. It’s the people you should
Smartphones. Everyone is scared of them and everyone knows
they're getting spied on and analyzed like a lab-rat when
they're using it. But everyone has one. Me included. It's
just this constant discomfort they seem to radiate. And in
combination with Facebook and shit... If some evil genius
was planning to make "1984" reality, he'd start by
manipulating us through our smartphones.
I would say it is artificial intelligence. Even though many
things would be very boring or complicated without it, it is
one of the things that could go out of hand very quick and
unexpectedly. AI's still need to be programmed, and can only
act on its own to a certain extent, but it is one of these
things that “mustn't fall into the wrong hands”, but
heck, it's too late for that.
you a winter or summer man? Does Enviroment have an
influence on you? Do you have a favourite location within
I sure feel influenced by the things around me, simple
example being that my musical taste changes with the
seasons, leading me to more doom and post-metal in winter.
Like musical hibernation.
I like summer. Also, the forest is pretty rad. Fresh air,
sunlight and nature have a positive influence on me. Not too
much sunlight though. If I stand in the sun for too long, it
sucks out all my energy. But gray, clouded skies kind of
make me feel pointless, unproductive and depressed. So the
sun is cool.
I tend to be a summer person, but actually like winter too.
The cold and dark months give me motivation to play music
and reflect on my writing but enjoying a cold beer in the
sun clearly has its pros, too.
Summer, especially since I'm a night owl. Can't get shit
done in the winter and I often get depressed and stuff. Not
a winter guy. Favourite location in the world is the black
forest in Southern Germany. Highly recommended to tourists
around the world!
I enjoy every season as soon as I acclimated myself to it.
This can take some days or weeks. I think the environment
has an impact on everyone, if you want it or not. I try my
best to not be influenced too much by depressing and rainy
days, but one is not always master over one's moods. I guess
this is everyday-normal-life-things. My favourite location
in the world at the moment is our rehearsal room.
you tell us more about the metal scene in Luxembourg? Is
this a quite good state on a metal point of view, and were
there good Death metal bands to check out in the past?
has quite a number of metal bands, which is interesting in
itself. As it is so small of a country it also means that
most of the bands know each other personally, which leads to
good partnerships, but also to a lot of concerts with
similar line-ups. But we manage to get some fresh blood from
abroad in there often enough. I think one band to definitely
check out are Desdemonia, they have been around when I
started listening to metal and are role models, at least to
The scene is pretty representative for a small country like
Luxembourg. If I name one band, it´s pretty damn sure
Desdemonia. These guys will easily give you a stiff neck
When it comes to the Luxembourg scene, there are a lot of
very promising young bands at the moment. I dig Mutiny on
The Bounty, who actually got Matt Bayles to work with them
for their record. Desdemonia are also a proper Death Metal
band you should check out!
Luxembourg has a flourishing metal scene with all kinds of
genres, which is great. But the problem is that the audience
is rather small, and almost every metalhead in Luxembourg
has his own band. It is quite difficult to organize a big
show where you can expect more than a hundred people, if
only local bands play. Not everyone is in the country the
whole time, the same as with us: people study abroad, and
most bands are made of studying/young people. Additionally
people have to be motivated to see gigs by local bands.
Often they are in small locations, sometimes far away, so
that makes it all a bit difficult, because most people tend
to have plans on the weekend. But that doesn't matter; the
bands who really are into their music keep on doing their
thing, and that's great. If you ask me about Death Metal
bands in Luxembourg I can enumerate Desdemonia, Kraton,
Dreadnought, Aversives. However I find it difficult to
classify them in definite genres because many bands are
hybrids of different styles. Or let's just say they try
something new and I still find it difficult to determine
what exactly they are doing.
Luxembourgish Metal scene consists of about 30-40 bands,
only half of them are really active concerning shows. Most
people know each other, and I’d say, including everybody
who’s not playing in a band, we are around 500 people.
It’s ok this way, I find it really cozy. I’ll try to
name all Luxembourgish Death Metal(ish) Bands: Kraton,
Aversives, Feradur, Desdemonia, Decipher, Retrace my
Fragments, Arkaeon, Scarred. All of them are really good in
their own ways, and each playing their very own style of
Death Metal(ish) music. We’re the only Melodic Death Metal
band amongst them. We also got a Metalcore/Hardcore scene of
about 20 bands, but it consists of different people and
rarely mixes with the Metal scene.
this out if you want to find more Luxembourg Metal Bands:
Thanks for your patience bro, that’s my last question for
now. Do you have few more words for our readers?
My message to everyone: be nice to each other, educate
yourself, don't hate blindly, and foremost don't believe
everything you hear or read. Thank you for these interesting
questions, it was quite a ride to answer them. I hope the
readers enjoyed this interview as much as we did. Good luck
for the future!
Thanks for giving us some of your precious time. We
appreciate that! Keep up the good work and we have some last
words for your readers:
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