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?
All started when Vanize split back in 2002. We had written a bunch
of songs and were almost ready to record a new CD. After a while we
felt that the songs were too good to stop working on them. We looked
for a new singer, which wasn't that easy to find, but after a while
we had contact with Stefan. He sang some ideas on some tunes and we
were both amazed by the result. So we started working together.
How has your new album been received by the media?
The feedback is very good.
I know artists are not happy to categorize their music, but how
would you describe your music to an outsider?
why I tell you what others say about it. They compare it with Ten,
Whitesnake and Dio. It's pretty hard to define your music by
Where does your inspiration come from, both musically and lyrically?
you walk around with open eyes there is so much you can be
Just inhale life like a vaccum cleaner does and think about it, then
you got tons of material.
What topics do you deal with in your lyrics and why?
are not a political band, but some of our ideas deal with problems
caused by politics. But we decided to not to go deep inside. Most of
our stuff is just normal life issues.
Who has produced and mixed the album, and are you pleased with the
produced and mixed the album in my new studio here (Empire Studios).
It was my first complete production and I think we can be very happy
with the result! I thought it was time to invest some money
in my own studio rather then give it away to other studios.
Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to
have a great cover?
- Peter Klement. This guy was
amazing. He did 10 layouts in 4 days. And he made a second cover
which is that good that we already reserved it for the next CD.
Do you have any touring plans?
- Plans yes, but nothing
How do you feel about the co-operation with your label, and are you
- Yeah, so far everything
works great for us. I think they do a pretty 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
- I personally like the
internet. And I think that it is a very good platform to present
stuff there. Fans can download stuff, you could communicate with
others very cheap and fast. You can get information about different
things very easy. I think today, a good website is part of the
How do you see the metal scene at the moment?
- Two years ago I thought
that the scene would become a little bigger. But
I was too enthusiastic. But at least it has grown in the past three
years so the market for all the bands is a little bigger these days.
Unfortunately there are too many releases day by day so the fans get
an overdose of everything. Labels should risk a litlle more and
don't put everything on the market just to get some small amounts of
money. Crap music kills good music!
To finish things off - could you pls. make a all-time Top 5 or sort
of the 5 most important albums in your opinion?
bit thanx to Rolf for taking the time to do this interview and
do check out their new album: "Animal Anger". Also a big thanx to
Claus (Intromental) for setting up the interview.