Interview with Xaver
, Gun Barrel (November 30, 2005)

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?
Gun Barrel - Yes- of cause!!!

How has your new album been received by the media?
Gun Barrel - We the band really can be satisfied. In all magazines we get very, very good reviews with high points (Metal Hammer 6 of 7 points or Metal Heart 9 of 10 points etc.) Seams that people like our kind of metal and it seams that Gun Barrel is on a good way with this new album.

How would you describe your music to an outsider?
Gun Barrel - Hmmm...I would say that it’s a kind of straight heavy metal with a good and healthy dose of rock ‘n‘ roll.

If your music were an emotion, which one would it be?
Gun Barrel - Funny aggressive!!!

Who and what inspire you when you write a song?
Gun Barrel - Look around you. You can find pure inspiration everywhere. It’s all around – you only got to open up your eyes and your mind. There are so many different situations with several emotions in our life. I personally make some notices every day and if something is good enough, make sense and sounds good than I’m starting up to make a new song with that.

Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
Gun Barrel - Piet Sielck (Iron Savior/Savage Circus) produced and mixed the BYS. It was great working with him together because he is not only a good producer, he’s an excellent musician and a very nice guy as well. We are really satisfied by this result.

Do you feel that you sound will evolve in some different direction, in the future, or you will still follow the same path?
Gun Barrel - In January’06 Gun Barrel is starting up to write some new songs for the 4th album. So I can’t tell you right now what will happen than. But one thing for sure-Gun Barrel got to have a very powerful Sound otherwise it’s not Gun Barrel.

Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Gun Barrel - He’s a famous art man in the metal scene here in Germany named Dirk Illing(XMD). We are very proud that he designed our new album as great as it is. To have a good made cover is very important for a band, I mean, when I’m going out to buy some new metal stuff the first thing I hold in my hand is the CD. I take a look at the cover and if the artwork sucks and I even don’t know the Band I’m not so much interested in that. But there are great bands, too who failed with their cover design in the past. We love our sergeant on front of the BYS and we think it fits perfectly with the album title and the bands name.

Do you have any touring plans?
Gun Barrel - Yea we plan it right now but sorry I can’t tell anything about it yet because we’ve got to check it out right now.

Let’s speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
Gun Barrel - MOTÖRHEAD!!!  

How do you feel about the co-operation with your label?
Gun Barrel - Look Gun Barrel is working with our record company since the first Album “Power Dive” together. LMP is standing behind the band and even the voice(me) changed now they do it like they’ve done before and that helps this band a lot. They’re doing a good job.

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 bands?
Gun Barrel - I can’t live without it anymore. I mean everybody needs it in our days. It’s possible to send your music out to the whole wide world with some clicks and you can be very close to the fans by that way.

And how do you feel about the metal scene in general at the moment?
Gun Barrel - There are lots of people, bands or just fans here in gem any who listen to our kind of music. And there are several very good festivals in the summertime, like “Wacken” or “Bang your head”, where you can see your “heroes” live. It’s a very good metal scene here.

Which song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
Gun Barrel - I wrote a lot of songs in the past *gg* but if you mean  songs of the new album it’s “Fearing the fear of my fears” and “ you”.

When did you start playing and how old were you when you became interested in metal?
Gun Barrel - I was starting up singing’ in the early age of 12..or something around that. But I guess I was a little younger than that when I’ve listen to songs like “Stairway to Heaven” or some Punk Rock bands like Motörhead.
Metal is my life!

Name an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your life … and why?
Gun Barrel - As an album I would say Queen ”Bohemian Rhapsody”. As a person - not so easy...there are some big voices that influenced me like Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson or Geoff Tate etc. And I remained  myself of the “ Monsters of Rock” festivals here in Germany in the early ’80 with so many great bands roxx.

Which music do you listen to at home?
Gun Barrel - I’m interested in all kinds of Rock and Metal because it contains so many different bands with so many different styles.

Last question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Gun Barrel - Hay you metal maniacs out there-we, Gun Barrel hope you like our new album “Bombard your soul” like we do and we hope to rock together with you in the near future somewhere on this planet.

Jørgen Ditlev

Gun Barrel - Bombard Your Soul

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