first off all I just want to congratulate you on your new album.
To new fans could your please fill us in on the history behind it
War - PERZONAL
WAR was founded by Matthias Zimmer (vocals; guitar), Martin
Buchwalter (drums), Sascha Kerschgens (guitar) and Frank
Buchwalter (bass) in 1996. After a couple of demo releases the
band recorded their first album "The Inside" in 1998
which got very good reviews in the magazines all over
In the beginning of 2000, the band recorded their second album
"NewtimeChaos". The album was released in May 2000 with
the label "B.Mind Records". In March 2002, Personal War
changed the name from "Personal War" to "Perzonal
War" because of legal reasons and signed a deal with
July 2002 the 3rd album "Different but the same" was
released worldwide over AFM Records. Also Victor Smolski from RAGE
played a couple of guitar solos on the album and helped the band
in the studio. The album got amazing reviews and lots of high
sound check positions in the important Metal Magazines.
After lots of live gigs and Festivals (among other on the Sziget
, as support for RAGE and NEVERMORE) bass player Frank Buchwalter
split with the band in January 2003. In June 2003, PERZONAL WAR
entered the studio again to begin with the work on the album
"Faces". During the recordings, bass player Sven
Krautkraemer joined the band and completed the strongest PERZONAL
WAR line up so far.
band also recorded a video for the single "My Secret"
with a very popular German film team. After that the band played a
very successful Tour together with "Circle to Circle"
and "Blaze". "Faces" is the band’s strongest
release so far and the very high sound check positions (Rock Hard
Germany 10 x dynamite, Metal Hammer Germany Sound check position 7
etc.) and also the entry in the German Metal-DJ Charts at position
10 speak for themselves. The Clip to "My Secret" is
shown in whole Europe and especially in
it runs 10 times a day in "High rotation" on "The
in 2005 the youngest release ”WHEN TIMES TURN RED” is a huge
step forward for the band and they have finally find their own
style. The superb reviews in the magazines ( Metal Hammer Germany
Sound check position 3, Rock Hard Germany 10x Dynamite ) speak for
themselves again !! So be prepared what happens next ;-)
has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
War - Martin
(..Our drummer ) did all the work – and we all think he did a
killer job !!!
has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have
a great cover?
War - …A friend of us. Normally
Metti doing this, but he don’t have the time for it.
just wanted a cover with a simple message and with a simple logo
– and it should be “catchy” for the eyes. So we all like it
and we think the result is really cool.
has your new album been received by the media?
War - Really good so far
- especially the big Zines like Metal Hammer and Rock Hard
like our music, too. That is a good feeling and made us believe in
would you describe your music?
War - It could be a mixture between
Thrash, Power and Heavy Metal with modern elements in it and with
alternative moments…or just ROCK’N’ROLL!
bands from then and from nowadays have their influence on Perzonal
War - Bands
like Testament, Forbidden, Nevermore, Morgana Lefay, Paradise Lost
from the past – and Bands like Korn, Creed, Tea Party and so on
influences Metti when writing songs and in what way are songs made
within Perzonal War?
War - People,
all the shit happens in this world now, love.
lyrics written prior to a song or are they written to fit the
War - …They
are written to fit the music.
song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
War - Hmm,
I don’t know what is Metti’s favourite song…but for me
it’s every song on the new record, especially “hope dies
last”, ”when time turns red” and “inferno” – because
they fit absolutely in this shitty world without much hope for
some better days.
you have any touring plans?
War - We’re on tour in December
with Destruction and Candlemass, and we hope that we can do a tour
in the beginning of the next year too ! Be prepared...
speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your
own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
War - Nevermore, Testament, Morgana
Lefay, Rage, In Flames…and for myself
of course RED HARVEST.
internet is a very important source for many metal fans – how do
you use the internet and how important is it for you and other
War - The
internet is very important for us – we need it to stay in
contact with the fans, the bands and to spread our music and our
site around the world.
band wants to become famous, touring etc… But what would you
absolutely not do with Perzonal War or you don’t want to reach
with the band?
War - …We wouldn’t sell our
souls for the industry – that means we would never do music we
you finish this sentence: In five year Perzonal War will be…
War - Bigger than every band
on this planet …or four old and randy guys, he he.
do you feel about the metal scene in general at the moment?
War - I think it’s o.k.,
maybe a little bit too much metal core- bands in the moment…but
I think most of the new Metal Bands are on a very high musically
seems that thrash metal comes back again…and hopefully we can
help with our music to spread the metal all around the world!
we should still be happy about every Rock / Metal Band who we can
see on TV…
albums do you listen to the most at the moment and why these
- music for nurses…
awesome Band, very emotional and atmospheric Songs.
Killing Joke – S/t. …this record gives me power & sickness
for the day…also very emotional and doomy.
Meshuggah – I …these guys are totally crazy, I love them –
and they motivate me in making music.
for your time; the last
words are completely yours:
War - First
of all : Thank YOU for the interview!
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