Interview with Rolf Munkes, Razorback (June 2, 2004)

1. 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?

Rolf - Thanks. 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.

2. How has your new album been received by the media? 

Rolf -  Great. The feedback is very good.

3. I know artists are not happy to categorize their music, but how would you describe your music to an outsider?

Rolf - That's 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 yourself.

4. Where does your inspiration come from, both musically and lyrically?

Rolf - If you walk around with open eyes there is so much you can be fascinated by. Just inhale life like a vaccum cleaner does and think about it, then you got tons of material.

5. What topics do you deal with in your lyrics and why?

Rolf - We 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. 

6. Who has produced and mixed the album, and are you pleased with the end result?

Rolf - I 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.

7. Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?

Rolf - 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.

8. Do you have any touring plans?

Rolf - Plans yes, but nothing concrete yet.

9. How do you feel about the co-operation with your label, and are you satisfied?

Rolf - Yeah, so far everything works great for us. I think they do a pretty good job.

10. 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?

Rolf - 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 promotion.

11. How do you see the metal scene at the moment?

Rolf - 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!

12. To finish things off - could you pls. make a all-time Top 5 or sort of the 5 most important albums in your opinion?


  • AC/DC - Back In Black

  • Kiss - Dynasty

  • Dio - The Last In Line

  • Deep Purple - Machine Head

  • Gary Moore - Victims Of The Future

A 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.

Razorback - Animal Anger

Album out on Massacre Records.