Interview with Michael Kammeyer, Pyramaze (February 5th, 2006)

Talented guitarist Michael Kammeyer, Lance King & co. is back with their second album called “Legend of the Bone Carver”. Once more Michael has written all of the music, with the exception of 3 songs. We have put a few questions together for Michael Kammeyer.

Kenn - Michael, “Legend of the Bone Carver” is your second Pyramaze album – and once more you’ve taken it upon yourself to write almost everything, with the exception of "Blood Red Skies", "Flame and Retribution" (Bonus track for Japan) & "Era Of Chaos", which were written by Jonah Weingarten. The album will be released shortly, what kind of expectations do you have for it?
Michael: I expect this album to take us 'to the next level'. I want the people to understand that "Melancholy Beast" was not a one shot deal, and that we will continue making quality heavy metal. "Legend of the Bone Carver" will also show that we have evolved as musicians, and it will show a more epic side of us. Basically I just expect that this album will open the eyes of the metal community and make them realize that Pyramaze is all about writing and performing music with a lot of heart blood. Therefore I expect that this new album will give us a quality stamp.

Kenn – What do you think set “Legend of the Bone Carver” apart from “Melancholy Beast”?
Michael: Well, first of all "Legend of the Bone Carver" is a concept album, which means, that the writing process was a lot different. Everything had to fit right from the start and by that I mean song structure, story development and the general mood. Musical, lyric wise and production wise I think that "Legend of the Bone Carver" is simply a notch better. Also our general sound has become a bit more epic and orchestral orientated, which adds to the overall epic feeling of this concept story.  

Kenn – On this album you’ve added a lead-guitarist to the band, why and when did Toke Skjonnemand join the ranks?
Michael: Toke started out in Pyramaze as being our second guitarist for our first live shows in 2004. It turned out, that he is a very nice guy and a very talented lead-guitarist and he quickly became a good friend, therefore it seemed like a natural thing, to make him a permanent member of the band.  

Kenn - “Legend of the Bone Carver” is a concept album; could you give us an insight into the story?
Michael: The story takes place in a medieval kind of world, where all the good is slowly being exterminated. Evil is taking over and there is not much hope left. In the middle of all of this, a child is being born. The child has no mother and father and nobody knows where he came from, so it is kind of a divine birth. The story is about him growing up; finding his fate and the story will finally reveal if he is the one, who has to bring back the balance. On his journey to find some answers lots of strange and magical and also frightening things will happen.

Kenn - If you should suggest one single song to understand the full Pyramaze musical potential, which title would you choose and why?
Michael: This is almost impossible ha-ha - but if it is from the new album, then I would probably choose "Souls in Pain", because this song is both fast, midtempo, epic, orchestral and melodic. It's got pretty much all the ingredients that make out Pyramaze.  

Kenn – You have recorded the album with well-known producer Jacob Hansen, and Lance has recorded his parts in his own studio. The result is magnificent, and I bet you are all more than pleased with the result?
Michael: Yes we are very pleased with the production. Once again Jacob has come through and made a fantastic production with a heavy sound. He knows what we want, and therefore he is very easy to work with.

Kenn - If your music was an emotion, which one would it be?
Michael: The music of Pyramaze can't be narrowed down to just one emotion. I think we hit the full spectrum, which is also why many people find our songs to be very fulfilling. Although our style tends to be described as rather melancholic at times ha-ha. Well - let me give it a shot anyways, and just say a really epic emotion ;-)  

Kenn - Is there any plans for you to go out on the road to support “Legend of the Bone Carver” – will we be able to catch you somewhere on the festival scenes in Europe this year?
Michael: Yes - we will play the following shows so far: Banehuset, Klřften Festival and The Rock, all in Denmark in June. Then we are playing the Bloodstock Open Air in the UK and the Headbangers Open Air in Germany , both in July and then we are playing the Prog Power Festival in the USA in September. For more info please visit out homepage at
www.pyramaze.com.  

Kenn - I was wondering – is there a deeper idea behind the – once more excellent artwork from Mattias Norén?
Michael: Yes - the artwork shows the main character seen through something, that I would call a time mirror. You see the child’s face from the young years, but the hands reaching out from the mirror are those of a grown man, thus you have a time effect. All of this is surrounded by hidden creatures and a mystical world. The hands are carving some signs into a bone with a knife, which is related to the story.  

Kenn - If someone told you tomorrow that you can't be involved in music anymore, what do you see yourself doing in 5 years from now?
Michael: As a daytime job I would probably be doing, what I am doing now, which is working as a shipping manager. Besides that I would probably be doing a pilot certificate for small planes. I’ve always been fascinated by flying, and had I not gotten in to music, I’m pretty sure my hobby would be to fly.  

Kenn – Name a person, event or maybe an album, that have had a big influence on you life, and why?
Michael: Musical wise I would say Bon Jovi, because they made me want to play music when I was a teenager. As a creative role model, I would say Peter Jackson, simply because he displays true passion for his work.  

Kenn - What are you doing besides Pyramaze, job wise as well as hobbies?
Michael: Job wise as I mentioned I am a shipping manager. My hobbies are aquarium fish, reading, DVD movies, my wife (hi darling!) and my motorcycle.  

Kenn – When you sit back to relax at home, what kind of things do you do? Listen to music, read, and watch TV or…
Michael: When I finally have some spare hours, I watch movies, read or go to the gym. I also like taking long walks in the forests.

Kenn - We thank you so much for participating in this interview and sharing this information and your thoughts with us - these last lines are entirely for you. Any final words you would like to round off with?
Michael: First of all thank you for the interview and I also want to send a big thank you to our fans. I truly hope you will enjoy our new album. Cheers!

Pyramaze - Legend of the Bone Carver

Album available February 24th, 2006 on Massacre Records.

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