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
Cede - The
band was founded in 98, when Andy B. Franck decided to leave
Ivanhoe and do something else, …..up to date we have 5 records,
I think people might wanna check us out at www.symphorce.net
to find out more about the history ;-)
has your new album been received by the media?
so far, it has been great really, ……..we didn’t expect a lot
to be honest, I mean we’re damn proud about what we had done
with Godspeed, but you never how press/fans are going to like it.
But so far, what I read about the new album, the response is
know artists are not happy to categorize their music, but how
would you describe your music to an outsider?
Cede - Well,
I don’t hate to categorize ourselves, it’s just so damn hard,
hahaha ……I think maybe we play some style of
Modern-Power-Melodic-Thrash-Groove-Metal ……I think that might
be it don’t you think? hehe
would you compare "GodSpeed" to "Twice second",
and what are the main evolutions and changes for you?
Cede - For sure the production,
…….I think Godspeed has the best sound we had on a Symphorce
record ever, so that’s for sure the main difference. Musically I
just think that it’s that next step we took after Twice Second,
….it’s quite the same way we went writing songs, and how they
sound, so I don’t see that much difference concerning that, all
in all, I just think that we grew up us musicians and songwriters,
which makes "GodSpeed" a better album in my opinion.
personal highlights are "Everlasting Life" and "Wounds
Will Last Within", what is your favourite track on "GodSpeed"
Cede - Hard to say, as it
changes everyday, ………When I wrote "Everlasting
Life" for example it wasn’t one of my faves at all, ….but
after we recorded it, it was one of my personal highlights! …..Other
faves are "Nowhere", "The Mirrored Room",
"Crawling Walls For You" and "Haunting"………….hell
wait, that’s all songs I wrote, so no doubt why they are my
everyone contribute to the songs or is it determined who writes
this is the way it works for Symphorce: me and Dennis write songs,
and after they are arranged Andy comes up with vocal lines and
lyrics, ……….for "GodSpeed" Markus wrote more songs
that fit to the album than Dennis did, …….it’s just a
natural thing where a song begins and ends, ……..so whether it
fits on an album or not, everybody has the right to bring himself
in with ideas and stuff, I mean if you take Sascha for example, he
doesn’t write songs, ……….but without his perfect drumming
on godspeed, the album or the songs wouldn’t sound as cool as
they do now. So all the 5 members in Symphorce have they
responsibility and creativity for our music…..
you describe what the songs are about, one by one or in general?
Cede - In
general we just wanna KICK SOME FUCKING ASS! HAHAHA………
is there a correlation with the cover artwork?
Cede - Not really, we just had
the album title, and then Travis Smith worked that thing out, I
think it looks cool, ……
there any songs that didn't make it onto the album, but will be
used (reworked or not) on a next album?
Cede - Who
knows! I think all in all we wrote like 20 songs and a couple of
Dennis’ song ideas didn’t’ make it for the album, but
let’s see what happens with that stuff…..
are your plans, now that the new album is out?
Cede - Well
we just played a European Tour with Sonata Arctica and we’ve
been to the States for the first time as well……..all that
happened in the last three weeks, and I think we will some more
single shows in the next months, let’s see how things work out.
which band(s) would you like to tour, if you had the choice?
Cede - Musically,
probably Nevermore, because that would be a good audience, …….ticket
sales wise, I’d go for Metallica, hahaha
is the fondest memory you have of the band since its inception and
what is the most bitter?
Cede - We have bitter
experiences all the time, cause music business is a shit business
where all your efforts, energy and heart might get a fist by some
bad decisions, …….but that’s more the smaller part,
……….all in all we’re damn happy to have what we have, and
we have TONS of awesome and memorable experiences!
albums are currently spinning in your stereo right now?
Cede - Children
of Bodom, their new one.
wonder, if you might make all-time albums Top 5?
'n’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
– Dead Heart In A Dead World
Row – Slave to the Grind
– Operation: Mindcrime
new and exciting things can we expect in 2005 from Symphorce and
do you have any last words for our readers?
Cede - I
just hope that you guys will have a chance to check us out at www.symphorce.net
and have fun with our music. This is music from fans to fans! ;-)