Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Scalpture Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Well actually it happened a lot though a few things actually did not work out as planned. Since we've finished our recordings we signed a contract with Final Gate Records and worked on the artwork and layout and so on. We released on 1st of December and experienced a broad positive feedback so far!
Already in Autumn we departed from our drummer, which made it impossible for us to perform live so far and in addition we moved to a new rehearsal room in December. Right this week we've returned to our new room with a new drummer to get back on stage in March.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The recruiting of a second guitarist might be the biggest innovation which makes the album more complex, diverse and vivid compared to our past stuff.
I think the album in general is a classic Death Metal album. We started using an HM2 for our guitars which gives this album a Swedish touch though we never intended to play a simple homage to Entombed or Dismember. The whole composition is rather simple but  energetic which makes it raw and plausible. Of course you can hear the different influences of the composers contributing the album.

3.Your lyrics cover a lot of war themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

I study history and simply have a certain fascination for war anyhow. In my opinion war is the most fitting topic for the music we play as I am a big fan of music and content going together creating a specific mood. War has always fascinated and disgusted people, it was cursed and glorified ever since. Wars shaped countries and societies maybe like nothing else did. 

4.Between 2010 and 2015 there was no new material being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during this time frame?

Haha you are right and after all I am very happy about this. Our first demo from 2010 was crap and I am quiet happy that it was never really published. 2010 we were all really young and inexperienced so we simply needed this time to develop. In addition we were kicked out of a few rehearsal rooms and three of use moved to Bielefeld which prolonged this process. After all it was necessary I think and I am not really angry about it...sometimes it takes time to do a thing well.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Scalpture'?

It is simply a mix between the words Scalp and Sculpture. Call it a pun as you like. There is no deeper meaning behind this just that it sounds quiet powerful and mean in my ears.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We hit the stage first in 2014 if I remember it right and had quiet a few very cool gigs. There is non in particular right now coming to my mind. You are invited to come to one of our future shows and give your impression about our performance. For my part I try to get as angry as possible to give an authentic impression for our kind of music.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

A tour is not planned. We just practiced a few time with our new drummer and now try to play as much gigs as we can get hold of for 2017. 

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?

The feedback was consistently positive especially from the Death Metal maniacs worldwide. Of course most of the feedback comes from Germany but we've got one of our best reviews from Austria, were played on online radio shows in England and France, got a lot of new fans from Spain and South America and received orders from many European countries and the US. A point that was criticized in several reviews is that we are lacking self-reliance compared to Bolt Thrower or Dismember for instance. I can follow this to some extend but especially with the named bands I can live with that.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Our both guitarists are. Tobias is playing in a just-for-fun-and-drinking Hard Rock band, while Felix plays bass for Wifebeater (a great band from Bielefeld for all fans of GG-Allin or Motörhead).

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

That's a difficult one. I think it depends on a couple of factors. I hope that Panzerdoktrin goes as viral as possible and we'll play live as much as possible. In the near future we'll focus on improving on our live performance. In the medium-term we will start working on our second Album for which a rough concept does already exist.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I think it's obvious what our roots and influences are. Often we were compared to Dismember, Hail of Bullets, Bolt Thrower or Asphyx for example.These are all bands influencing us. Besides those legends, of course plenty of other (underground)bands had a massive influence on our music. Not just Death Metal Bands but also some Crust, Hardcore, Grind, or Black Metal Bands did.
Personally I listened to a lot of stoner and doom recently and the last three albums I bought were Krypts – Remnants of Chaos, Mantar – Ode to the Flame and John Garcia – The Coyote who Spoke in Tongues.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Well everyone has a few. Anselm likes hunting and fishing, Felix likes jerking off frequently, Tobias has a family and I'm into football! We also like drinking...just not with Felix.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

“I like dogs better than men and cats better than dogs an myself best of all, drunk in my underwear looking out the window.” C. Bukowski

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