at: 28th, March 2017
will always be stories in our songs, a
meaning or a certain philosophical
approach behind it, so yes, the lyrics are
a very important part of our music. (...)"
What stands behind THE WATCHER name? Is there any special
meaning behind it? Who has the idea to use that name for the
band? Does this name in a way or another express the music
that the band is delivering?
we had finished writing our first song, "The
Watcher", we still had no name for the band. We knew
that something like the typical brutality-related names that
are common in death metal wouldn't fit for us, as we are not
a typical death metal band. Everyone came up with some
names, but nothing sounded right. One day our guitarist
Pascal had the idea to name us after the first song. We all
liked it, so we became The Watcher.
lyrics of that song are about a being that is looking on
humanity from a non-human point of view, watching their
cruelty and destruction without being a part of it. You will
find this "watching-from-outside" concept in some
more of our lyrics, so the name has a strong connection to
What are you most proud of achieving as a band, and have
there been any defining moments that stand out in your
and recording the EP "A Conscience Removed" is our
greatest achievement as a band yet. When we were in the
studio, the possibility of watching the songs grow as
everyone of us played and recorded his personal part, was
important for us as a band, like a transition from
"four-guys-jamming-around" to something a bit more
serious. And, of course, finally listening to the roughmix
of our first song, that was a great and very motivating
The lyrics seems quite important for the band and your
expression, how do you look upon the importance of the
will always be stories in our songs, a meaning or a certain
philosophical approach behind it, so yes, the lyrics are a
very important part of our music. If you look at great bands
like Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Death and many more,
the lyrics were always important in metal. Cheesy,
self-repeating radiopop lyrics are not for us.
Despite you´re active since 2013, you released your first
EP three years after, How
much time does it take to put a record together? Do you have
extra material that’s left out after choosing what fits
we all come from different musical backgrounds, finding a
style we all were happy with wasn't that easy. The first two
years we were essentially just jamming around, covering some
Maiden songs and trying some riffs. When we finally started
to write our own stuff, we had the songs ready in about half
a year, then entered the studio to record them. Mixing,
mastering, artwork and physical production took another
are a lot of leftover riffs from the rehearsals, but they
mostly stand alone and may be used for coming songs. There's
also some stuff from the studio, parts of a song, but it did
not fit well with the rest of the EP. Maybe we'll release it
You have an interesting sound, can you tell us the
typical approach you take when composing a song?
of the time, at the rehearsals, one of us comes up with a
riff and we start playing around with it. If we like it, we
try to find other riffs that fit the atmosphere, or
sometimes break it on purpose, then we play them in a row,
work on transitions, find new parts... This can go on for
weeks. If we finally think the raw song is finished, we work
on details. The lyrics come last, written to fit the song.
The musical structures are hugely complex. Did you proposed
yourselves to compose complex music or does it came natural
all like certain bands that play complex music, like Opeth,
Gojira, Dream Theater, Steven Wilson, but some of us are
more into traditional metal or totally different genres. As
said before, it took us a long time to find a style that we
all liked and that left enough room for all of us to bring
in our individual influences. When we found that style,
writing complex songs came kind of natural.
"A Conscience Removed" was self edited. There were
no record companies interested? How are sells going on?
the record companies, we did not really try, to be honest.
We wrote to a few small labels, but there were no responses.
Maybe the EP was more like something we did to prove to
ourselves that we can write and record some cool music. That
may change with the follow-up album, though.
is not easy for a complete newcomer to get attention from
media/zines, labels and people in general, even in the
underground scene. There are a lot of bands, they are all on
the internet and they all want attention, reviews, labels,
gigs and stuff. We really would like to get more reviews for
our music, but we also understand that it is hard for metal
zines to filter through all the new bands and new releases.
However, the best chance for us to get more attention is to
write more songs and to play them live. And that is what we
sales, our EP is available on most streaming platforms, but
the web sales are virtually nonexistent at the moment. When
we play live, people buy the physical CD, but we could not
pay a studio production with this. It is our private money
that we put into the music we love making, as it is with
most underground bands.
Would you like to write the soundtrack for a movie? What
kind of movie?
be a great challenge! If you look at our lyrics, there's
quite a lot of sci-fi in them, so a dark science fiction
movie would fit best, something strange, like Alien or Event
so many death metal bands coming up these days, how do you
manage to keep your material relevant? How challenging is it
to come up with newer material?
there are many death metal bands on the rise, but we don't
compare ourselves to others. Although our music could be
described as death metal, our sound and style are different.
We would never change that just to get more attention. And
we like to think that playing death metal somewhat different
gives our stuff a bit of relevancy. But that is for our
listeners to decide.
new material, of course it is challenging to come up with
new music, but its complex stuff, as you said, you would not
expect it to be easy. We are working on material for an
album, so there is a lot to do for us in terms of
songwriting. It's great fun, though.
What are your views on the German/European death metal scene
is an underground death metal scene in Germany, but death
metal is not as big here as it is in other European
countries. The big bands still come from Sweden, like
Entombed, Bloodbath, etc., thats where the heart of the
European death metal scene is. A few years ago, there was a
flood of metalcore bands, maybe that kind of suppressed
death metal a bit. The same may be true today with the
abundancy of doom bands emerging. But death metal isn't
exactly the style to play if you want quick success. So as
long as the underground is alive, there will be enough bands
and concerts for death metal fans. One thing to criticise
about the german scene, though, is that there are not many
people coming to the concerts to check out new bands, that's
a bit sad. We really hope that will change, because there
are a lot of good bands out there who deserve to be noticed.
Could you give us a little insight into the metal-scene in
Siegen? Are there many bands that play metal, and especially
biggest metal band from Siegen is probably "Accu§er",
they were quite successful during the eighties' thrash wave.
They are still around, releasing great albums and playing
big festivals. If you don't know them, check them out.
the underground scene: Siegen is not that big, but there are
some bands here playing metal/death metal. We'll drop a few
names, so if you're interested you should give them a
listen. There is "Steorrah", they play
proggy/jazzy death metal. While officially from Bonn, part
of the band is from Siegen and we have known them since
school. Then there is "Mortal Hatred", they play
death metal/deathcore. You should try their album
"Abandoned/forsaken". "Dead Sun Halo"
play thrash metal, and "Skin Harvest" play some
course there is also a great place to play for metal bands,
the "Vortex Surfer Club". They recently had bands
like Unearth, Napalm Death and Blaze Bayley playing there,
but they are always open for the underground, and they give
local bands the opportunity to open for some of the
How does the matter look with concerts in your country at
present? Do you play any concerts outside Germany?
we don't have that much material yet, we don't play that
often, mainly support gigs. If you look around a bit, there
are good opportunities to play in support of bands that are
a bit bigger. That should be the case in most cities in
Germany. With a bit of persistence, you can work your way up
and get a good live reputation. Of course we would love to
play outside of Germany, maybe we can realize that after
recording our album, but, being an underground band, that's
also a financial matter.
the change in people’s ways of consuming music how do you
go about maintaining a viable economical level to your
music is being "consumed" mainly via the internet,
but, especially in the metal scene, there are still people
who want to buy a physical copy, to support their favourite
band and get a collectors item. That really helps
underground bands, and it brings up the music more
personally. You'll listen
more closely if you sit down with a cold beer and put on
your freshly-bought CD instead of randomly choosing music
from the infinite offers of the internet, so it serves both
being said, our music doesn't pay itself. That's alright for
us, but we would sure like it if that would change in some
now we have finally come to the end of this interview, do
you have some important words for our readers?
you very much for doing this interview with us! We really
appreciate how you are supporting the underground metal
scene. For everyone interested in what we are doing, please
visit us on facebook and bandcamp:
would love to hear what you think about our music, so if you
can spare the time, drop us a line!