Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Well, we rebranded to Reverend Hound in 2008. The band’s immediate precursor was named Savage and I was the last member to join its final incarnation. We then changed the lead singer and decided to go for a band name that’s less generic. The name comes from a comic book that came with the video game Fallout 3. In 2010 Markus our bass player joined, in 2013 Martin took over drum duties and in 2015 Wolfgang joint us as the lead singer.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Old School Heavy Metal. There is no need to dig deeper in any other obscure sub-genre of Metal. It is classical Heavy Metal. There are a lot of bands that influenced us, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Judas Priest and Megadeth being the obvious ones. I’d count Accept, Blind Guardian, (old) Halloween, Testament, some Exodus as well as Riot and Vicious Rumors among our influences.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
I’m not saying that our music is for everybody but certainly for everybody who loves Old School Heavy Metal. I daresay we’re genuine, even though it’s old school stuff. And we’re pretty good songwriters. If you’re looking for great classic Metal tunes with great melodies, heavy riffs and ripping guitars, seek no further.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We have three releases out so far. The first, Beyond Savagery, came out in 2009. It has good songs on it and it sounds nice and raw. However we recorded everything by ourselves and did pretty much every mistake you can make. I’d describe the reception of the CD as benevolent.
In 2015, Release the Hounds came out. Unfortunately we released it after changing singers. We got some nice media coverage in terms of reviews and the album still sells very well. This time we went into a recording studio in our hometown Munich. It has a very modern production, maybe a bit too modern to my taste but people like it.
In 2018, we did our EP Enter My Nightmare. It has two new tunes, two re-recordings and a live track. It is our first release with Wolfgang on vocals. This time we went back to doing most of the recordings on our own and I think you can tell the learning curve compared to our first CD. So far, the resonance has been very, very positive.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We sure do! We are not a professionally touring band or anything near that however we try to play live as much as we can. We have around 8-10 shows per year. Our total highlights included playing with Night Demon twice, doing the Trveheim Festival just outside of Munich, with bands like Satan, Praying Mantis, Portrait or Pokolgep. The Metalheadz Open Air was also amazing. It actually inspired the lyrics to Battle Cries from our EP. We shared the stage with Wolf, Elm Street, Metal Inquisitor and Hell. A total highlight was the Metal Days festival in Tolmien, in the beautiful country of Slovenia. We played on the second stage with bands like Loudness, Suicidal Angels, Evil Invaders, or Death Angel. That was an amazing experience. We got a couple of nice shows lined up for 2019 as well.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
That is a very good question. They should know that there is a hungry band out there that is super enthusiastic Bavarian band out there playing Heavy Metal, taking a Metal audience by storm and giving everybody in the audience a good time. They should be interested because we stick out of the mass of yet another Death Metal, Thrash Metal, or Metalltore band.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We started recording our new album. That’s one of the things that will keep us busy this year.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can easily find us on the internet, on YouTube, on Facebook and also on our website www.reverendhound.com. If you want to buy a CD, just get in touch. We ship worldwide.