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......::::HEATHEN FORAY (Austria)::::......
Realized at: 14th, March 2014
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"Our beliefs are not concerning anyone but us. You can choose if you like the spiritual or maybe religious aspects of our lyrics. But our personal concepts of religion and things like that is ours..."

1. Hails HEATHEN FORAY guys, I think in 10 years in metal scene the band have a long history and, ofcourse innumerous interesting things to tell, about tours, ex-members, boycotts, rehearsals, etc...give me a resume about this. 

Hm... There is a problem! I can not t ell you the things I want to tell you. You know... The best storries from the last few years are... something special and not for the ears of everyone. If we meet someday we can drink one, two or seven beers together and then I will love to tell you our storries. „What happens at touring stays at touring“

2. How would you characterize the development of your band during the last years? What are your greatest achievements and downfalls?

Our greatest achievement is that we are still on stages! That there is still a Heathen Foray. Sometimes it is just a hard work. Great feelings are releasing a new CD. It was special with INNER FORCE because I managed the whole thing. Jürgen Brüder was mainly responsible for the last albums. Another great feeling are giving us the concerts. Every gig for itself is just amazing. Standing on stages infront of a crazy audience. Glorious!!

3. One remarkable point is that your first 2 albums was produced under Black Bards Records, however your third album was self-produced. I have read you decided this because a matter of freedom. What is your whole opinion about the musical industry and the way the labels treat to the bands?

I do not want to bother you with details. I just want to say that we are feeling very free now. There is no pressure and we can do whatever we want to do. And that is important and I think that this is much more the spirit of Heathen Foray, or Metal in general. Like you now is freedom one of the main topics in the scene. I do not want to say that Heathen Foray will never ever have a label. But when then we want to have very good conditions and a label which is willing to work for us and promote us. A label where I now that they believe in us.

4. What would you consider the hardest part about playing in an Underground band?

The whole time you have to spend for it. It is amazing how much work there is to do. And: Yes, we are working besides the band too.

5. Why did you choose exactly this name for your band? It´s curious being German your native tongue and most of your lyrics written on that language, you didn´t chosen a German name.

I do not think that this is curious. Very much people are speaking english. From the beginning we wanted to make music for everyone. Our Band is not just a „german thing“. Lyrics of our songs are of course sometimes in german (or even in styrian). This is because some things you can better say in your mother tongue.

6. I am curious to know more things about your latest CD. Tell us something about the main idea of the 9 tracks. And in which way it differs from the previous works? 

We worked a long time on INNER FORCE. Our last album (ARMORED BARDS) was out in 2010 so we had enough time to realise our thoughts for the new one. I tried to give the hole album this “inner force topic”. Every song is somehow about something giving you a kind of strength. The titletrack is about the reasons for us making music. It is dedicated to our fans. Without them there won't be Heathen Foray. It is about the feeling standing on stage, doing our best. The song “Illusion” is about the point in your life when your realise that you can go forth in your live even when you lost some beloved one. It is about a broken heart but when the one story is ending there is more energie for the next one. “Wahrheit” or „Truth“ is a song about the complexity of opinions and views. There is not just one truth and there is no room for intolerance. “Mei Laund” is written in styrian dialect and the main topic there is the power one gets from his family. I tried to write all the lyrics on this album in a kind to give the listeners a good feeling and the power to get throuh the day and their lives. Another new thing on INNER FORCE is that I tried to involve more friends into the production. Cover Artwork made Fabrizio de Rossi, a very talented friend of mine. Pictures and the whole layout thing is made by Sonja Breiteneder who is a former comrade from my university. The promotional pictures on our bandcamp site are made by Natalie Folie who lived in my flat share. You see that a big part of INNER FORCE is friendship.

7. How would you describe HEATHEN FORAY live? Where does the band feels the best to you, in rehearsal, studio or live?! How do you figure out your live shows setlists?

I do not really like going into the studio. I like to scream around on stages. For the next few shows we are thinking right now to make some specials. We are defenitely working on some „special“ stage set. That may be songs you will never hear on CD.

8. Can you explain the method of songwriting employed by HEATHEN FORAY? Is the writing process generally collective or does one member often craft the song on his own?

In general we are not really teamworking. Bernd is writing the songs and I am doing the lyrics after the music is finished. The others are highly invited to tell us their opinions about our work.

9. Pick a song from the new album, "Inner Force," that you feel to be the most interesting lyrically, musically or having a good story about it and tell me about it. 

My favourite song on INNER FOCE is „Ragnarök“. It has a cool drive and I like to sing about the old goods. I'm also a little proud of myself because I think I did the lyrics here very well. I got a good groove into the words.

10. Are there any certain religious or philosophical beliefs within the band? What are your attitudes towards fans that like your music but do not have your ideals?

Our beliefs are not concerning anyone but us. You can choose if you like the spiritual or maybe religious aspects of our lyrics. But our personal concepts of religion and things like that is ours. 

11. What are some of your interests, occupations and hobbies outside of composing sick music? 

I write sometimes short stories. Sometimes I draw pictures. And I like theater. I also have some ideas to craft some things. I like working creative but also like to make some sports. I mean.. I'm not good in sports. But I like it. 

12. And how are you guys getting alone in private life? Do you hang out as a band or also as friends? Do you think its important to always be friends first and then a band mates? 

Band is band and friends are friends. I do not believe that I have to be „best friend“ with everyone of the band. Of course we hang around sometimes. And of course it is important to get along with your mates. But we are rarely go out as a band. That may be because I used to live 2,5 hours away from the others. It may change now. Actually I hope that.

13. No more questions my friend. Just thanks for your time and good luck for your future plans. Closing is yours…

Greetings to the readers and I hope to see you someday at a concert!

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