Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
Michael: We broke new grounds for our new album as we decided to record it by ourselves. The reason for this was the fact that we wanted to have more influence in creation of the final sound. This step mattered a lot of work for us. First we had to purchase recording equipment and then we had to gather experiences for the wanted sound.
The album itself contains 10 tracks and the average length of the separate songs is a bit longer than in our last release. One reason for this is that we spent a lot of time to elaborate and finalize each idea to a completed composition. Our main attention to compose music lies in creation of tight riffs full of pressure and melodies with a high recognition value. I think it is the most manifold and independent work from us. The most songs are based on tight mid-tempo-riffs and then according to the suitable atmosphere they were garnished with blackened speed attacks, slow/groovy death parts and melodies. The balance of the mean characteristics from each song differs considerable and so i think its a complex compilation of songs which don’t wear off after some listening.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
Stephan: A friend of us called it “Blackened Death Metal” when he advertised a concert featuring us and we liked this description - so we kept using it. We hope our music doesn’t sound like anything you heard before, because our main goal is to create something unique and not something that sounds like some genre or band.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
Stephan: This album was recorded at our rehearsal room and it was done by our selves. It took a lot of time because we had high expectations we wanted to fulfill and we had to do a lot of experimenting to get the sound we want. We wanted a natural sound and so we didn’t want to use technical gadgets like amp modellers or drum triggers. It was also difficult because our rehearsal room has no real heating and we recorded in winter. One day we met to a recording session and found out that there was no electricity anymore. We found out that our hirer had an electrician at the place who forgot to enable the power to our room again. We had to search the whole house for a power outlet to be able to play and record ...
What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
Michael: The lyrics of the new Album are basically influenced by the northern/Germanic mythology and different human behaviours concerning mythology, anger, frustration, envy and so on. Thereby it’s not especially a single topic or tale, so it’s not a concept album, but the momentariness of all is omnipresent. Each song tells its own story suitable to the atmosphere of the music. I don't want to interpret and expose the lyrics exactly because I think they offer space for different methods of approach and everyone should feel free to interpret.
The cover artwork was made by a friend of us. In tradition of the last both releases we gave him the lyrics of our title track and based on his interpretation he created our cover. In this case it’s a story about the last journey when life and blood runs out of a withered body and the soul goes home with dark sounds.
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
Stephan: We hope to reach more people with this release than with our previous albums because we put a lot of work into it. Our actual aims are to work out the songs for our next album and not to need so much time as for the last one ;)
Michael: And of course we want to present the album life and are curious about the reactions concerning our new stuff.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats?
Stephan: Our new album is available digitally and on CD, but we actually don’t know how many physical copies were pressed.
Where and how will you promote this new release?
Stephan: Through our label we have with “Shure Shot Worx” a great promotion agency at our side. Besides that we don’t refuse good gig opportunities and are actually looking forward to Hammer Fest in Italy.
Where can we order it from?
Stephan: “Dunkle Klänge” can be ordered direct at our label’s store (http://shop.quality-steel.de/) or at the usual platforms like Amazon, iTunes, EMP, Google Play and so on. You can also stream it e.g. at Spotify.