at: 14th, March 2014
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..."
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
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“
How would you characterize the development of your band
during the last years? What are your greatest achievements
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!!
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.
What would you consider the hardest part about playing in an
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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
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
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
No more questions my friend. Just thanks for your time and
good luck for your future plans. Closing is yours…
to the readers and I hope to see you someday at a concert!