congratulations with your new album, " Free Fall into Fear".
Are you satisfied with it?
- Thanx a lot, I am delighted with it, to be honest:) It was a
very demanding process recording it, but in the end it turned out
to be the best Trail Of Tears album of all times, I think. Also,
the reception from the fans and the press have been nothing else
than overwhelming, so itís no room for complainingÖ
your music is labelled as Gotich metal, sometimes as Black Metal,
and even Deth Metal. But, how would you describe your music for an
of all as good music. Trail Of Tears have always been flirting
with several different styles of music, and we have certainly done
that on the new album as well. Generally I think itís a mixture
between different types of extreme music, but we also have a
melodic edge and some ambient stuff in there as well. Itís a lot
of dark emotions in there, and itís the kind of music you just
want to play as loud as possible ... hehe.
the music of Trail Of Tears was an emotion, which one would it be?
one? I think there are more! But Iíd go for fear.
would you compare the songs on "Free Fall into Fear"
with the ones on "A New Dimension Of Might"?
donít think the actual songs are that different, and I think the
ones having heard Trail Of Tears before, will recognise the band
quite quickly on the new album. But the structure of the songs
might be a bit easier to get into on ďFree Fall Into FearĒ
than on ďA New Dimension Of MightĒ. Even so Ė they have kept
the progressive edge that Trail Of Tears have always had. So Ė
to cut it short Ė I think the sound has developed more than the
actual songs, though the songs might sound a bit different because
of the sound. Does that make sense, hehe??
"Free Fall into Fear" a difficult album to record? It
took almost a year, right?
To be fair, it wasnít musically very difficult, but it was the
computers in the studio, which seemed to live their own lifes,
doing the opposite of what they were supposed to do. And when
putting in so much effort that we did, only to lose what we had
done, was really getting on our nerves. Personally I was on the
brink of giving up on the entire thing lots of times, but we dug
in and had a great desire of putting it right in the end. And we
succeded. I think you could find some of our extra aggression,
when listening to the record ... and thatís kind of nice ...
is your favorite song of "Free Fall Into Fear", and why?
now it must be "Carrier Of The Scars Of Life", because
of the groove and all the music put into one song. Itís also a
live favourite, perfect for a headbanging audience. That was
actually one of the songs, that changed the most from the
preproduction to the finished material, only for the better.
Itís a real blast!
did the cover artwork?
did try out some different things first, but when we recieved the
first things from German artist Katja Piolka we were never in
doubt, who was to do the cover. She seemed to think exactly the
same as we did, and ended up toing what I think is the best
cover-art weíve ever had.
you have plans to support "Free Fall Into Fear"?
are very eager to go back on tour again, and weíre currently
working alot with getting gigs all over the world. The summer will
probably see us returning to South America, plus hopefully play on
some big summer festivals in Europe, and following up with a big
European tour again this autumn. So hopefully it will be busy
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 new
think isís very important! Because of the delays in the studio,
and going directly on tour after the recording, we have also been
delayed in the making of a new web-page for the band, which was
supposed to be online on the day we released the album. But itís
in progress, and will have lots of interesting and neccesary
information for old and new fans. If the web-page is done the
right way, I think it could be a great way of promoting a band.
Itís a lot of work to keep it interesting, but I think in most
cases itís worth it.
music do you personally listen to at home?
really a lot, more different things than most, I guess. First of
all I find much satisfaction in listening to new and unknown
bands, and have discovered alot of great stuff by checking out all
demos and debut records I can find, in all styles really. I have
myself been dealing a lot with different kinds of metal, but also
with jazz and classical stuff, so I am really an open-minded
person when it comes to genres. I think all genres, and I mean all,
have something good within them, if done the right way, with
genuine people. I think thatís a good way into new stuff.
wonder, if you might make a all-time albums Top 5 to finish things
The Beatles Ė Magical Mystey Tour
Sepultura Ė Beneath The Remains
Tom Waits Ė Swordfishtrombones
Anathema Ė Alternative 4
Faith No More Ė The Real Thing
for your time, and good luck in the future!
YOU for your support, for your nice words and for your interest in
the band. Hope to see you once, on tour! Cheers, and take care!