Monday, January 9, 2017

Germany's Centrate interview done by Patrick on 1-9-17

Hope  everyone's   new  year  is  starting  off  good?  Here  is a  interview  with the  German  thrash  metal  band  Centrate  who  discuss  the  band's  future  and  also  their  debut  release  "Ritual"   so  if you  are  a  fan  of thrash  metal  check  out  the  interview  and  be   sure  to  check  out  the  band  and  their  music

Interview   with   Manuel   drummer   of   Centrate   done  by   Patrick
1.Hello   Manuel  how  are  things  going  in  Germany  these  days  for you? Please  introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?
Hey guys! I´m Manu, the drummer of the German thrasher "Centrate". We just released our new Album "Ritual". We do everything by ourselves, so I´m actually very busy to promote and sell our new album. It's a lot of work, but it´s very cool to get in touch with many different people.
2.At  what  age  did  you  become  interested  in  playing  the  drums and  are you  self taught  or did you take  lessons  when  first  starting  out?
At school I had a very cool music teacher. He teached me some grooves at the drums, so that I was infected:-) He supported me and I became a part of the school-band.
My parents supported me, too. They bought me a drumkit and spend me drum-lessons. The first years I took drum-lessons to learn the basics.
3.Who  are  some  of your   influences and favorite  drummers? Besides  drums  do you  play  any  other  instruments  if  yes  what  instruments  do you  play?
Unfortunately, I play drums and percussions only.
My influences aren´t in metal only, but my favorite drummers are most metal drummers.
Actually I like the drumming of Pete Webber (Havok), Gene Hoglan (Testament) and Mario Duplantier (Gojira).
Beyond metal I´m fascinated by Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band) and Neil Peart (Rush).
4. Manuel    when  did you  first  meet the  other  members  of  the  band ?And  who  chose  the  name  Centrate   as  the  band  name?
The band was formed in 2010. At this time I searched musicans to form a band. A friend of mine introduced me Niki and we talked about the idea of a band. Niki get Marcel with him in the band as bass player. After that we were looking for a second guitar player and Chris got in. At this time Niki played guitar and did the vocals as well. After a while Tobi joined the band to support them at the guitar, so that Niki could concentrate on the vocals only.
The name Centrate is an artificial word that's out of centre of hate. This was the result of a brainstorming and it shall reflect the wrath of thrash metal.
5.What   is  the  current  line-up  of  the  band?And  for  the  readers  who  have  never  heard  Centrate's music  how  would  you  best  describe it?
Centrate are:
Niki – Vocals
Tobi – Rhythm and Lead Guitars
Christ- Rhythm Guitars
Marcel- Bass
Manu: Drums and Percussion
 We play Thrash Metal with influences of the 80's Bay Area. But we try to mix it with modern parts and our own style.
6.Centrate   is  getting  ready to  release their  debut  full length "Ritual"  I  believe  this will be a  digital  release  are  their  plans  for  a  physical  release  soon? Where can  the  readers  find  and  buy the  debut?
You can order "Ritual" physically by us. Just write us via Facebook, on our Homepage or a E-mail ( You can download or stream "Ritual" via Amazon, ITunes, Deezer, Spotify etc as well.
7.How  long  did  it  take  the  band to  write  the  music  on   "Ritual"?  Does  the  whole  band  work on  the  music  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?
Most of the songs we written in the first half of 2016. All our songs were formed in our rehearsal room by the whole band. Most of the time Tobi (Git.) came with a riff idea and then we work with this idea to form a song.
8.Who  usually  writes  the  lyrics  for  the  music  and  what  are some  topics  you  write  about?
Our singer Niki wrote all of our lyrics for that record. Ritual is themed about different types of rituals, homicide and evil things. For example: Voodoo is about a ritual to curse someone. Ritual is thematically about a ritual that went wrong and evoke satan.. On "Revenge" a monk feels oppressed by his confidence and take revenge for that.
9.Also  the  band  self-released  the  debut  will  the  band  look  for  a  label  to  work  with in the future or  do you  all prefer to  self-release  your  music?Besides  the  debut  release  does  the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available for the readers  if  yes  what  is  available  and  where  can the  readers  buy  it?
We had some label offers, but we decided to release “Ritual” by ourselves. But we're looking forward to work with a label in the future.
Beside “Ritual” you can order our EP “Tiger Force”, patches and two different shirt designs. We do everything by ourselves. You can order the stuff via our Homepage, Facebook or E-mail as well.
10.Does  Centrate get  to  play  live  very  often  if  yes  what   have  been  some  of the  bands  most  memorable   shows  to date?
We try to play as much as we can, but as a small band without a label or other bookers it´s hard to find a lot of shows.
One of the coolest gigs was our show at the M.I.S.E. Open Air 2016 with a lot of great bands. Another great experience was our first European Tour.
11.Are  their  any tours  or  shows  planned  for  2017  and  if  yes   where  will  the  band  be   playing?
In 2017 we are very happy to play at the Metal Franconia Festival with bands like Legion of the Damned and Ektomorf. Beside this we actually announced for a few more club and festival shows. There is nothing planned for a tour. But we hope to play a tour this or next year.
12.Manuel   in  your  opinion   what  is  the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  scene? And  in your  opinion  what  does  underground  metal   mean  to  you?
It's a difficult question....what is the underground scene? Where is the beginning and where the end of the underground scene?!
One of the best things is the solidarity between the bands, fans and the supporters. It´s sometimes like a big family.
The worst thing is the heavy way to spread your music. But: It´s a long way to the top if you wanna Rock ´n´Roll :-)
13.Besides  thrash  do you  listen  to  any other  forms  of  metal  or  music  in  general?
For shure! I´m a big music fan. I always spend too much money for new CD´s and LP´s...
I´m interested in many different kinds of metal (Thrash, Death, Heavy, Modern...) but sometimes I also listen to other genre of music like Classic Rock, Blues, Ska, Rap and so on.
14. Centrate    comes  out  of  the  German  thrash  metal  scene  what  is your  opinion  of  the  German  metal  scene?
Germany has got a great thrash scene since the 80´s. Sodom, Kreator, Destruction and Tankard leading the scene, but in the last few years new young bands come up and they shaking the "German" thrash scene as well.
15.Who   are  some  favorite  German  band  and  are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the readers   should  check  out  soon?
We´ve got a lot of great new bands in Germany. For example Dust Bolt and Pripjat. Both bands are playing on a high level and play great live shows. Check them out!
16.Besides  bands  are  their   any  good  labels  or  distro's  you could  recommend  to  the  readers?What  about  fan or  web-zines  are  their  any that you   keep  up  with?
Check out our friends and supporters of! They spend their blood, sweat and beers for the underground metal scene.
17.When  not   working  on  new  music  or  band  business  what  do you  enjoy  doing  in your  free  time?
I love to do downhill and endurobiking with my friends and visit festivals and concerts.
18.Thank  you  Manuel  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this  interview  out   do  you  have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?
Thanks for the questions!
Visit concerts, support local bands and the underground!
 Cheers, Manu
Centrate - Thrash Metal
booking und info:
Manuel Ernst
Mühlgasse 19
35745 Herborn (Hessen)