thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview with me. Please
tell the readers a little about yourself.
It is a short story: the band
was formed in 2007, we recorded our first demo in 2008, recorded our mini-cd
“Synästhesie” in 2009 und during the last both years we recorded our album.
During the studio sessions we practiced a lot and gave some concerts.
How did you
all choose the band name? Does it have a
meaning? What is the "current" line-up?
Our first bass player one day
came to our practice room and say´d: “I´ve got it, we have a name that´s all
our music stand for..” Silent Leges Inter Arma”.
In our interpretation, it is
of no importance what you do – find what you love and do it to death. Our
current line up is D:B on drums, T:R on bass guitar and myself on guitars
and vocals, I am writing all the lyrics and the “main theme” and guitar
riffs the songs are based on.
readers who have not had the chance to hear Silent Leges Inter Arma's music
how would you best describe it?
Modern european black metal
recently released it's debut self-titled cd through Eisenwald rec. How did
you all come in contact with the label? Are you happy with them so far?
That´s a short story – we send
our “synästhesie” with reviews etc. to some labels, got answers and in the
end we decided to work with Eisenwald records – that was definitely one of
the best decisions we have ever made, we got very great support and we are
happy that we can work with Eisenwald.
How has the
response been from the press and the fans?
At times quite different – we
got very good reviews on one hand (8/10 or 8,5/10) and on the other some
negative. Nearly everyone who heard our album said that another song is his
favorite and another interesting point is, that often peoples who don´t hear
that style of metal say that they don´t like black metal, but our music is
cool – that´s a great honour we think. When a critic is hearing the cd only
for one time it is too much, there a many details in the music that you
can´t hear in one repeat. I think that one of our strength is our musical
We play many different black
metal styles – “We Are” is a kind of raw black metal, “Falcon-Headed One” is
more death/black metal, “Shades” and “In Shadows Again” are dark folk, “For
The Dead” and “Beyond The Light” are more depressive black metal and “Wings”
is a kind of atmospheric black metal. If you read the reviews of some critic
you can see that these persons only hear one style of black metal and that
they aren´t able to handle more styles or technical refinements, so in that
way there are their reviews. Sad but true
band begins writing a new song does the whole band take part in the writing
process or does one or two members handle everything?
Each song is finished in a
different way, so that every song is one of a kind. But in general I am
writing the main theme of the songs and the rest evolves itself – so a song
can take 2 sessions for being rough finished or it takes plenty of hours
like most of our songs...
usually comes first the lyrics or the music? Speaking of the lyrics who
usually writes the lyrics and what are some topics the bands writes about?
I am writing the lyrics – how
can you sing about things that aren´t interesting you very much? The process
of writing the riffs and writing the lyrics goes hand in hand – one is
nothing without the other.
comes out of the mighty German metal scene. So I was interested in your
opinion of the metal scene in Germany?
The German metal scene is
great, plenty of styles, plenty of good bands and damned good musicians. But
it is very amusing that I am often asked about it. I can´t explain why…
some of your all-time favorite German bands? Are there any new bands you
feel the readers should check out soon?
Accept, Empyrium, Sonic Reign
but there are to much good bands… Any new bands? Mhm, i don´t know but the
new cd of Todtgelichter coming out in next year seems to be very
the term "underground metal" mean to you?
To tell the truth – nothing.
If peoples like your music and buy the cd or congratulate you after a gig,
that´s a honour for us.
the guitars for the band at what age did you start playing guitars? Are you
self-taught or have you taken lessons in the past?
I start playing guitar at the
age of 17 and I am teaching myself. I hate these lessons in music schools,
every time it is the same shit they are teaching you – no own style and not
the slightest innovation.
some of your influences, favorite guitarists? Do you play any other
My initiating event to pick up
an instrument was “Ceremony of Opposites” from Samael and “At The Heart of
Winter” from Immortal. These are cold and filled with hatred atmosphere –
unbelievable, so I decided to honour these great pieces of metal history
through picking up a guitar and do the best I can. Through time my playing
style changed and get more technical but I never try to forget what music is
– atmosphere and feeling.
I think you can imagine which
guitarists are some of my favorites? Vorph from Samael, Abbath from
Immortal, Zakk Wylde and in the last time Fred Brum. My main instrument is
the e-guitar, but I love acoustic guitar and bass too, sometimes when I am
alone in our practice room I play drums, not as good as my drummer but it´s
You also handle the vocals for
the band when did you start singing? Who are some of your favorite
I start singing some weeks
after we found our band, the first vocalist was trustless, so I start doing
the job. Abbath, Vorph and Zakk Wylde, each off them had a great and amazing
Is their anything special you
do to keep your throat/voice healthy?
Nothing special, through the
sessions I only drink a lot of water.
Are you or any of the other
members of Silent Leges Inter Arma currently playing or working with any
side-bands or projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them.
Yes, in my other band our bass
guitarist is playing the rhythm guitar, writing the music and I am playing
bass guitar and recently do the vocals. It is a kind of metal and for me it
is relaxing. With the bass guitar you only have to play – no pushing
channel buttons or stuff like that and if you are in the false freds – it
doesn´t matter, no one is hearing it. At this time we try to finish the
latest details our songs and then recording the whole shit.
Well M:F we have reached the
end of the interview, do you have any final comments for the readers
before we end the interview?
Thanks for the interview and
keep metal alive.