Hi, 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 all?
- The band was formed by four old
friends in late 2000, we named it DOOMSHINE in the beginning of
2002. The current
line-up is Markus Schlaps (dr), Carsten Fisch (b), Sven Podgurski
(g) and me (Timmy Holz – v/g). Our first recordings were the songs
“Shine On Sad Angel” and “Where Nothing Hurts But Solitude”
which we put on our website. The German magazine “Heavy oder was?!”
took “Sad Angel” on their “Metal Crusade”-sampler in
December 2002. We did a few live gigs, especially the first Doom
Shall Rise festival with Thunderstorm, Dawn of Winter, Mirror of
Deception, Forsaken and more. A small underground label called
“Metal Supremacy” was interested in making a 7” vinyl. Of
course there was nothing to be said against this idea. So the title
of the single containing these two songs was “Shining In Solitude”
and it was released in late summer 2003. Meanwhile we recorded 7
more songs, we signed at Iron Glory Records and our debut will come
out on June 28th 2004.
How has your new album been received by the media?
- The reviews and reactions until now are absolutely great and
much better than we expected. We surely know that we have written
some strong material but the 5th position in the german
magazine Rock Hard is unbelievable for us. The 10 best records of
the month they call “Dynamite”. Hey, we are dynamite! Like the
Danish football team in 1992, haha.
I know artists are not happy to categorize their music, but how
would you describe your music to an outsider?
guitar player Sven had a vision to title our music “melodic doomed
metal”. I think this is a perfect description. There's nothing to
add. But if someone writes a Doomshine review you always find
“Solitude Aeturnus” and “Candlemass” in there. We don't
complain about that of course.
Where does your inspiration come from, both musically and lyrically?
- Musically we let ourselves go and
try to direct into our own built Doomshine path. Every friend of
metal will sound out we play doom metal but we compose very open
minded. If an idea doesn't sound like Candlemass it doesn't have to
be bad. I don't know if you really hear our favourite bands when you
listen to a Doomshine song. There are so many influences between
Rainbow and Slayer.
I try to find my own style, a balance of fantasy and reality. Of
course I can't hide the influences of great writers like Devon
Graves (f.k.a. Buddy Lackey), Warrel Dane, Martin Walkyier or John
Arch just to name a few.
What topics do you deal with in your lyrics and why?
are so many trains of thought I like to follow in my lyrics. Not
every song must have a special subject. Sometimes I create the whole
lyrics of a song because of one sentence that arrested my attention.
I heard the words “Where Nothing Hurts But Solitude” on TV by
someone I can't remember. But I was caught! And that's the way I
write songs about loss, life, death, love or war. Except for “The
Cross” which was inspired by a movie called “The Gathering”.
Who has produced and mixed the album, and are you pleased with the
album was recorded, produced and mixed by our bass player Carsten.
Of course we are highly pleased (I can't answer anything else, he
surely will read these lines, haha). I really think he did a
fantastic job and this is one point which is frequently mentioned in
reviews. The mastering was made by Achim Köhler.
Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to
have a great cover?
to believe but our awesome cover and the complete artwork was also
made by Carsten! Strange guy, isn't he? For the booklet I gave him
detailed informations about the lyrics and so he created his own
kind of art. And it matches perfect with the music.
Do you have any touring plans?
- We play some single gigs this
year for example with Count Raven and Mirror of Deception, Sacred
Steel, Tankard and Lunafield, and we are also confirmed for the
third Dutch Doom Day in Rotterdam. Certainly there will come some
more dates, but we have no touring plans.
How do you feel about the co-operation with your label, and are you
- Yeah, we are! And the reason is
quite simple. The guys from Iron Glory Records and Doomshine are old
enough to do plain-talking. They know what we want and we know what
they are able to do for us. We have know these guys for many years,
so the signing of the contract was something like a meeting of old
The 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
I use the internet to see what's going on in the metal scene, to
read the news of today. So I visit just a few webzines continuous.
But I know that it is important and helpful for bands to present
themselves on their own sites. It's 2004 and everything goes faster.
That's the modern way for spreading the word. But if you have in
mind to form a new band you should look after the correct order.
Write songs before you create a website!
How do you see the metal scene at the moment?
can't complain about unimpressive music. Each month I find new CDs
which I MUST have. But it's very difficult to overview all the metal
releases. Nevertheless I think that the metal scene is more healthy
than some of us talk about it, especially in Germany. I still have
fun to be a part of it. There were ups in the 80's and downs in the
90's, that's the way of life.
To finish things off - could you pls. make a all-time Top 5 or sort
of the 5 most important albums in your opinion?
- This is too difficult to answer if
you have to bear in mind all kinds of rock music. So I name 5
records of doom which are the most important for me personally:
Sabbath - Black Sabbath
The beginning of all. The title
track is probably the first and best doom song ever and I also
love cover of this album.
Epecially “Samarithan” is one of the
greatest metal songs on this planet.
Aeturnus - Through The Darkest Hour
An unbelievable high
level of doom metal. A level they never reach again I guess.
Prove that black is white, dudes!
Heaven Wept - Sorrow Of The Angels
Take a deep breath and
listen to “Thus With A Kiss I Die”!
of Winter - Celebrate The Agony
This record is to blame for
that I lapsed into doom.
you for the questions! I hope that I´ve brought some useful
informations to light…
to Timmy for this insightful interview, and if you are at all into
doom metal, then you should get their excellent debut album NOW!
Also a big thanx to
Claus (Intromental) for setting up the interview.