YOU SCREAM (Germany)::::......
05th, March 2013
by Matwey -
WHEN YOU SCREAM is a German band who plays
melodic death metal as described for themselves. However
they are not the common melo-death metal, they have a lot of
potential and attitude. Judge for yourselves.
1. Hails Matwey, could you please tell us a
bit about some ugly or funny histories during the band
evolution since your foundation in 2010? Was it difficult to
establish a solid line up and musical approach?
Gort ! It all began as an idea by Chris, our guitar guy.
Once I visited him to hang out and get drunk. At that day he
showed me a song by Illdisposed, called "When You
Scream". We got drunk and talked about the idea to
start a project with the name When You Scream. We asked Sven
our bass guy , Michael the drummer and Daniel the other
guitar dude to check in. The breakfast club When You Scream
was born. Chris had a lot of riffs at that time, we all
liked them and started to create songs. Funny stuff during
this time, hmm. I think we had the common funny moments,
like other band guys. To weird for the media, to ugly for
videos, but fucking in love with melo-death. All in all a
Being a "melodic" death metal band as you define
yourselves, and in a world overpopulated by the so called
"Melodic metal" bands. What can we expect from
your sound regarding variety?
always have been open minded to all kind of music. All
members of our little company have this attitude. This is
what you hear in our songs. We love traditional stuff like
At The Gates, Dark Tranquility, In Flames, Callenish Circle,
but also modern melo-death like Black Dahlia Murder, Neaera
or Bleed From Within. I think basically we play a kind of
dark melo death, influenced by black metal. Chris who writes
all the guitar stuff loves death metal and black metal. You
can hear that in our songs. So do I and the other guys .
Don't know if our stuff sounds unique? We just try to create
some metal and hope to play some gigs, where we can get free
drinks and a bratwurst to eat. That's it.
3. Thinking on the matter you got
influences from the Gothenburg Scene, one could hardly
expect to find a melodic Band from "Germany", it
was a favourable point for you to develop in your local
scene or maybe am I wrong??
are some melo-death bands here in Germany, but melo-death is
not so much in demand here. The community is not so big.
Especially not for traditional rooted bands. There is a big
Core/ D Deathcore / Metalcore community here. The metal scene is
divided. In the modern part and the traditional one. Once we
decided to play metal that should sound melodic and heavy,
with all the influence that we had in the ass at that moment:
That was the concept of When You Scream.
Being mentioned ILLDISPOSED as the inspiration for your
bandname, at the moment I listen to your songs I can notice
huge influences on the riffing and the wall of sound created
by the guitar, very similar to them, if I am correct, give
me some extra words about this.
the heavy, groovy and melodic riffing of Illdisposed is
surely a big influence. The music is like a groove whip for
your soul. But all in all we try not to be focused on a
special kind of style. Chris writes a lot of stuff. He shows
us riffs and we choose the one that we like. Some are heavy
and dark others melodic and bright. As long as the stuff
sounds cool, we make a song out of it. What can I say at the
end man ? Illdisposed is a fucking great band!
Let´s Talk about your debut Album "The Alchemist",
tell us which was the hardest part about production process
and how has been the underground feedback until now?
mix was the hardest part of the process. First I have to say:
Shay Ofer, the owner of the Senseless Studio in Berlin is
the man behind The Alchemist. I was the only guy who has
recorded stuff (vocals) in Berlin, the other guys in Osnabrück,
our hometown. All the files had to be sent through the
internet to Berlin, for the mix. You can imagine there was a
lot of internet communication in those days. Day by day. But
Shay made it. This man is great. He has a lot of patience
and the will to work on stuff as long as it needs to be
done. At that moment we had no money to record our songs in
a big studio, and Shay offered us a good deal. Since the
release we got a lot of good feedback from people who have
heard the stuff. But also some bad responses. Some people
love the songs and other can't handle them. Guess that's
just the way it is.
Pick a song from the new album, that you feel to be the most
interesting lyrically, musically or having a good story
about it and tell me about it.
By A Mammoth Tree While Ash Was Kissing Lady G." is a
song based on the horror film "Evil Dead". Also
about traditional metal and modern streams. "Chainsaw-Ash"
represents the dirty roots and Lady G some of the fancy
modern stuff. The song is about a affair of them. About a
guy who is getting raped by a evil tree while Ash is busy.
In Shades Of Red" is a song about the power of people to
change things. About the helplessness of us in these times.
About the ruin of humanity in our capitalistic system, and
the fear to change things like people have done it before.
About sucking out the blood of poor and weak people.
two are Chris' and my favorite songs, both, musically and
Among musicians is common to be under the influence of hard
drugs, so what is your stand on this issue?
never met musicians on hard drugs man. Oh wrong - I did. But
not in the metal scene. I think people who are addicted to
drugs have a big problem. No matter if the drugs are easy or
hard. It s always a very sad thing to see. In the metal
scene it s beer and wheed here in Germany.
You have been a very active band about playing live, What
are your thoughts on the whole touring side of metal?
have played a few gigs so far. The biggest one was with
"Neaera" in Osnabrück. As a small band it's hard
to get gigs. Clubs want to get payed before shows. Often
they want to sell tickets to a band before you get a show -
for a high price, so that they can be sure to make profit.
In an unknown city it s pretty hard for an unknown band to
sell tickets to people. We try to organize gigs with other
bands from other cities. We organize a gig in ours and they
in theirs. To be honest we're just beginning to plan things
a little bit more professional. We have no promoter, do all
the stuff by ourselves and we are not so good in this part
of music business. Me and Sven are working, Michael is
studying so there are only the weekends to play gigs. For us
it's cool to play a gig from time to time.
Have you started to work on new material yet? How does it
sound? Any major development since „The Alchemist
There is new When You Scream stuff in work. During the next
months we ll play some gigs and Chris is writing new stuff.
He has a lot of riffs that we have to work out. We will give
our best to reach the next step in our music. Stay tuned!
Once you get to the studio, is all the music already
composed or is there room for improvisation/experimentation?
last time it was already composed. It was the recording via
the internet. Don't know how it's gonna be the next time. I
think when we get the chance to work on stuff for a longer
time and hang out in a studio, there will be space to
improvise. Whenever there is a chance to make a song sound
better, we will take it. I mean - as long as it sounds cool
all in all.
Matwey, thanks a lot for your answers, I hope my questions
weren't boring. I wish you all the best and good luck my
friend, WHEN YOU SCREAM rules! Please, tell your closing
interview was cool Gort. I have to thank for your interest
in our little music club. Hope to hear more from your
webzine in future. It's amazing. Hails
to The Pain Fucktory!