first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album. To
new fans could your please fill us in on the history behind it
you! Well, Darkseed exists since 1992 and can be seen as
alternative to the common trend of female fronted gothic metal
acts. We present a sort of "male mix" between hard music
and gothic melodies/atmospheres. We have released 6 albums, three
of them on Nuclear Blast, and the latest one, "Ultimate
Darkness", on Massacre Records was January 24th,
has your new album been received by the media?
am very surprised that especially the smaller magazines (mainly
online magazines) gave us high ratings, even if our music can
easily be seen as "commercial" or "not true enough",
because we don’t work with typical gothic clichés. That’s a
fact, which made me really happy, because it shows me, that
magazines don’t always need Swedish/Finnish black metal bands to
be convinced by the music.
know artists are not happy to categorize their music, but how
would you describe your music to an outsider?
Darkseed - I have no problems with categories.
You can define it as hard gothic metal music with a direct,
does your inspiration come from, both musically and lyrically?
lyrical inspiration comes from my own every-day-life experiences,
as well as from our fans, who often tell me about their problems,
which I then reflect on in my lyrics.
topics do you deal with in your lyrics and why?
album is called "Ultimate Darkness", because our album
"talks" about all kinds of darkness, that could occur in
your own life. Lack of orientation, aggressions, loss of values,
our bad behaviour towards nature/animals, disappointments in human
relationships etc. Well, we talk about this topics because making
music should make sense, and not only fulfil clichés/aesthetics.
We want to talk about real problems, want to help our listeners to
feel understood etc.
has produced and mixed the album, and are you pleased with the end
"Diving Into Darkness" (2000), we have been recording
our albums in our own studio, lead by guitarist Tommy Herrmann. He
invested much energy into the production. We are very pleased with
the result. After the production we spent one day in one of
’s most famous mastering studios (MSM Munich) and also they did
a great job optimizing the EQs.
has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have
a great cover?
artwork was done by a German game developer for whom we made a
soundtrack (for example song "The Fall" of our latest
album "Ultimate Darkness"). Of course cover artwork is
very important, because it must fulfil two demands: fitting the
album content AND looking good. I think our cover does both, so we
are very satisfied. But it was not easy to find a cover for the
topic "Ultimate Darkness".
you have any touring plans?
will play several single concerts/festivals in
between March and May, unfortunately no international concerts
planned so far. But our website www.darkseed.com
will have all up-to-date info once they are available!
do you feel about the co-operation with your label, and are you
think the album sales will show, he he. Seriously, from what I can
say, the promotion work runs very fine; we have many interviews
and therefore seem to get good support.
internet is a very important source for many music fans - how do
you use the internet and how important is it for you and other
all in all internet makes everything worse, due to file sharing
possibilities. Of course internet offers a very personal
relationship to the fans, due to websites etc., but all in all
it’s more negative for the artist since the time of internet.
The sales decrease drastically, therefore also the album budgets.
Being artist in our day’s means "being the clown
entertaining music fans without getting any money for it".
More and more bands lose motivation to continue making music, and
in the end it will harm the fans, because they get less quality
do you see the progressive rock/progressive metal scene at the
I have no idea about progressive rock/metal music, but our bass
player Martin Motnik is a big fan of this kind of music, even if
it seemed to have it’s zenith in the 80's. Progressive rock
music is a very high quality music, done by people with many
finish things off - could you pls. make a all-time Top 5 or sort
of the 5 most important albums in your opinion?
just can name you some alltime-fave bands I like, for example Dead
Can Dance, Paradise Lost (older albums) or ethnic music/soundtracks.