Interview by Patrick with Guitarist / Vocalist M:F December 2012…

Silent Leges Inter Arma is a quote from the Roman politician and philosopher Cicero. Roughly translated, it means "Under the weapons the laws keep silent." A fitting name for this black metal band. Patrick was taken by their self titled debut album and contacted this German horde to search out more information and the plague out to the uniniated...



Hails M:F 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 special 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.  

For the 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

The band 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 variety.

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

When the 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...

Which 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.

The band 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…

Who are 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 interesting. 

What does 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.

You handle 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.

Who are some of your influences, favorite guitarists? Do you play any other instruments?

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 loud. :D

You also handle the vocals for the band when did you start singing? Who are some of your favorite vocalists?

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 voice.

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.



The Silent Leges Inter Arma Discography 

Demo I, 2008

Synasthesie CD EP, 2009

Silent Leges Inter Arma Full-length, 2012




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