Interview with Markus & Tobias, Harmony (October 13th 2008)

Power of - I am pretty sure most of our readers do not know your background, so could you start by telling us a bit about you and your musical background… 

Harmony - Somewhere 2001 we (Tobias and Markus) started to mess around with some musical ideas which resulted in the demo 2001. The demo gave us a deal with Massacre Records. We released our debut "Dreaming Awake" in 2003. To be able to do live gigs we borrowed Henrik on vocals and Magnus on keyboards, and also Andreas on bass. Andreas left the band to focus on Narnia in 2005. Fortunately we knew Kristoffer who did the bass tracks on Chapter II: Aftermath. Live the four original members play and we have Freddy Zielinsky on bass.

Power of – The album will be out in a month’s time, what kind of expectations do you have for it, and why did you decide to release an EP prior to the release?

Harmony - Hopefully we will reach a new audience but at the same time please our "old" fans. We also hope to get new interesting gigs. We recorded 13 tracks for the new album, and when were to decide which tracks to put on the album we came to the conclusion that it would be cool to release an EP a little time before the release of the full length. One reason for releasing an EP is that many reviewers think that 13 tracks on one album are just too much. I don’t know why, it just seems that way. The EP contains three tracks from the full length plus two exclusive tracks that are a little bit different in style from the rest of the tracks on the full length, that’s also why we put these two tracks on the EP.

Power of – How has the response on the EP been?

Harmony – It seems that people like our new direction in sound. A bit heavier but still very melodic. The reviews have been great.

Power of – Melodic power metal – is that the label you would put on the album?

Harmony – We come from the neoclassical genre, but with the new sound we came closer to power metal, so, yes that would be an accurate label, we guess.

Power of – If you had to choose the song off the new album that represents your style best, which song would you pick and why? Personally I would pick ‘Prevail’ because I feel it summarizes Harmony pretty well. 

Harmony – Yes, in many ways you are right, and that is also the reason that we chose that song as the opening track. It’s a raw song with lot’s of technical stuff but still very melodic, and that would summon the new Harmony sound.

Power of - Who has produced and mixed the album? How does the final result compare to the idea you had going into the studio?

Harmony – We have produced the album our self (Tobias and Markus), and it was mixed by Pelle Saether in Studio Undergound (A.C.T, DARKWATER). We are proud and satisfied with the whole production, especially in relation to our current means. To the next album we hope evolve our sound and production even more. 

Power of - Tell us a bit about artwork…

Harmony - The artwork shows a good contrast to what has happened to us as band music wise since the first album, a bit darker and heavier. It also suits the album title good. The cover shows an angel descending to earth finding it in the aftermath of a war.

Power of – Going back to the EP, why haven’t the 2 ‘left-over’s’ made it onto the record? I really think it’s a shame because they fit right in…

Harmony - Basically two songs out of thirteen had to go, to keep the album from being too long. It was not an easy choice but we decided, along with our record label, to delete these two tracks from the album.

Power of – ‘Chapter II: Aftermath’ is your second album. How well did the first one do, and looking back is there something you would have done different?

Harmony - The first album did really well for being a debut album. We always try to do our best, so we don’t feel that we should have done things different even if a lot of things were far from perfect.

Power of - What’s the ambition for the band on a longer term?

Harmony - We hope to get chances to get on tour and show the new Harmony stuff.

Power of – What inspired you to start playing music in the first place?

Harmony – Of course it was all the great bands from the seventies and eighties that inspired us to play the music we do :).

Power of – Name the five albums that have had the importance for you.

Harmony -

  • Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Key, Part II

  • Yngwie Malmsteen - Fire & Ice and Trial by Fire - Live in Leningrad

  • Symphony X - Divine Wings of Tragedy or V

  • Europe - Live in Sweden '86 )Video)

  • Dream Theater - Images and Words

If you could put together a dream tour what would the bill look like? 

Harmony – Whooo... why not a world tour with Kamelot, Symphony X or something like that? :)

Power of - Thank you very much for answering my questions. Do you have any last rants for our readers?

Harmony - Thank you. Well, if you like melodic metal with technical stuff, check our album "Chapter II: Aftermath" out, and visit us on Myspace:

Markus & Tobias

Interviewed by Kenn Jensen.

Harmony - Chapter II: Aftermath

Album available on Ulterium Records.