Friday, January 6, 2017

Interview with Hellschwadron done by Patrick posted on 1-6-17

Here  is  a  new  interview  with  Hellschwadron   who  is  a  two  man  band  with  one  member  from the  U.S.A and the  other  who  lives  in  Germany.If  you  are  a  fan  of  thrash,death  metal  with  War  influences  and  lyrics  you   should  defintly  check  out  the  debut  cd  "Storming  Obliteration.

Interview   with  Hellschwadron    done  by   Patrick

1. Hello please  introduce yourselfs  to  the  readers? I   believe  the  two  members  of  the  band live  in  different  countries  when  did you  two  first  meet?

Z: Hellschwadron currently consist of two members. We are living on different sides of the world, but this is not a problem. Modern technology makes it possible. We have been in touch for many years now and met a couple of times here and there. We both play in various musical projects and music brought us together one day.

2. When  did  you  get the  idea  to  start  Hellschawadron  and  how did you  all come up  with the  name  of  the  band?

Z: As Hellschwadron is a German/American project we thought that a word-play would fit best for the project’s name - and the name “Hellschwadron” fits in my opinion. It expresses the overall feeling of the music / the album quite nicely. Like a troop of bombers directly attacking you from above. Hellschwadron is a project that was formed a few years ago spontaneously with the intent to create aggressive and catchy music. In the beginning it was just a collection of riffs and the whole thing was put aside for a while. One day we thought that we should take all the stuff and release it on CD, i.e. to finalize it with vocals, layout, lyrics, mastering etc. The debut album was released in summer 2016 on Mercenary Musik / Symbolic Art Productions – we are very happy with the outcome.

3. Hellschawadron   just  released  their  debut  full-length  "Storming Obliteration"  how  long  did  it  take to  write  the  music  for  these  songs? Do  you  both  write and  work  on the  music  or  does  one  member   usually  write  everything? For  the  readers   who  have  never  heard   Hellschawadron's  music  how  would you  best  describe  it?

Z: The songs were recorded over a period of several months a few years back. After a few years we decided to bring these records back and to releasing them. It is mainly me writing the music, whereas B is responsible for the concept, vocals, lyrics etc. The best description of Hellschwadron is probably Black-Thrash. It is very difficult to describe the music I would say. It contains elements of Thrash Metal, Death Metal and Black Metal. Also the vocals are quite varying. The overall feeling is catchy and has the “straight-in-your-face”-feeling, I would say. Most of the songs are straight forward and quite aggressive. I usually try to avoid putting the music to a certain “category”.

4. I  believe  the  lyrics  are  based  around  World War 1 and  2   when  did you  guys  first  become  interested  in  studying  the  wars  and  history?  Will  future   Hellschawadron releases  be  based  around  these  wars  or  would you   like  to   explore  other  wars  and  times  in  history?

B: When we thought about putting a “theme” to this music, it seemed that War and especially these wars would fit us perfectly. Because these wars still connect to us in direct and indirect ways. Although they are modern wars they are now very nostalgic in our psyche. War is a function of the Human condition. 

Z: If there will be a next record, the concept of the lyrics will for sure remain the same.

5.Besides  the  first  two  world-wars  are their  any  other  times  in  history that you  like to read  and study? Other  then  history  do you  guys  like to read and study  any other  subjects  if   yes  what  are some  some you  like to  read  and  study  about?

B: We read about everything, but in regards to Hellschwadron, the subject matter will remain strictly World War I & World War II. 

6. Other then  the debut  cd   "Storming Obliteration" does  the  band  have   any  other  merchandise  available  for the readers?  If  yes  please  tell the  readers  what  is  available  and  where they  can  buy  your  release and  merchandise?

Z: for the moment, there is only the debut CD. However, we still maybe plan to get it out on Vinyl and to have some shirts available some day. Check out from time to time

7. As  previously  mentioned  earlier  the  two  members  live  in  different  countries  Germany  and  the  U.S.A    what  are  your  opinions  of your  respected  metal  scenes?

Z: I cannot really judge to be honest. This is simply because I lost the connection to the “scene” many many years ago. I rather prefer to listen to the old classic records.

8. Who  are  some  of your  all-time favorite  bands  ?  And  are their   any  new  bands you  feel  the  readers   should  watch  out  for?

Z: I cannot say much about new bands that I could recommend. My all-time favorite bands are not really located in the Thrash Metal scene. There are many great bands out there that have nothing to do with Metal. There are too many to mention. There is lots of great Ambient/Neofolk/Industrial – stuff out there.

B: I feel the same way, I enjoy all different kinds of music and my taste is varied. As far as influences and favorites that relate to Hellschwadron, it would definitely be everything from the classic 80’s thrash and 90’s death metal and black metal.

9. In your opinions what does  underground metal  mean  to you?

Z: It does not mean much to me. I can just say that we both are underground and that we were part of the scene since many many years. 

10. Besides  working  in  Hellschawadron      do  either  of you  currently  work  with  other  bands  or  solo projects?

Z: I am working on a couple of projects, but none of these have anything to do with Metal. The main project we both work on right now is for sure Battle Dagorath though. 

B: We have 2 albums being released soon by Avantgarde Music. The albums are “I – Dark Dragons of the Cosmos” & “II – Frozen Light of Eternal Darkness”. The first has just recently been released, then the 2nd will come some months later. Check them out please.

11. When  not  working  on  new  music  or  band  business   what  do you  enjoy  doing  in your  free  time?

B: Mostly there is nothing else, only music all the time. And sometimes beer

12.Thank  you  for  taking the  time  to  fill this   interview   out  do  you  have   any  final  comments  for  the  readers?

Z: Enjoy “Storming Obliteration”!

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