Interview with Atomwinter done by Patrick
1.Hello how is 2018 starting out for you and the band?Please introduce yourself to the readers?
Hi there and thank you for your interest in ATOMWINTER. 2018 couldn't start better for us, because on February the 9th we will release our new album ''Catacombs''.
It will be the third full length album since we formed ATOMWINTER in 2010. We are four oldschool maniacs from Germany, and with ATOMWINTER we bring the good old vibes back into Death Metal.
2.When did you first discover metal music and who were some of the first bands you listened to?And who are some of your current favorite bands?
I discovered metal music in the late 90's and as far as I can remember I listened to Hypocrisy, Dismember and Gorefest that days. It was a glorious time for old school Death Metal!
Shortly after that I was also interested in classic metal like Maiden and doom influenced music like Black Sabbath. Death Metal bands from the 90's are still my favourites, and on this point nothing has changed to this day.
3.You all formed Atomwinter in 2010 what gave you the idea to start this band?And how did you choose Atomwinter as the name of the band?
We all were in other metal bands before ATOMWINTER and maybe we were tired of making compromises in a musical point of view. So we wanted to create something new but yet old school because our roots lie in old school Death Metal. The name comes from our longtime and good friend Carsten Boritzki. He also created the first band logo for us and has been a big supporter from the beginning. Without Carsten ATOMWINTER would be nothing!
4.What is the current line up of the band?And for the readers who have never heard Atomwinter's music how would you best describe it to the readers?
ATOMWINTER consists of Olle Holzschneider (vocals), Martin Schulz (bass), Patrick Walter (drums) and me Benni Grapp on guitar. Our former singer Christopher Lehmann had to leave the band in 2013 because of his professional activities, and he also moved to southern Germany.
I don't like to describe my music, but if I have to here is a statement:
If you like the filthy and uncompromising atmosphere of 90's style Death Metal, then you are right with us!
ATOMWINTER is like a 60 tons tank that will overrun you before it spits out your guts through its gun barrel.
And after you have died a glorious death we will take you into the morbid catacombs of doom!
That's all I can tell you!
5.Catacombs is the bands third full length release how long did it take the band to write and record the songs for this release?
For us it took quite a long time to create this album, because we wanted to test our own musical limits.
The songwriting process took a little more than a year, but for the recordings we only spent 6 days in the studio. We like to capture the fresh and brutal energy of our songs, and we don't stay in the studio longer than necessary.
6.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some subjects written about on the upcoming release?
Mainly Olle is responsible for the lyrics, but I also contributed the lyrics for 3 songs. On ''Catacombs'' you will find some creepy little stories about the demise of humanity and the abyss of human souls. The lyrics on ''Iron Flesh'' were all about war. Now the mood is more dark and mysterious.
7.Besides the Catacombs release are the previous two releases still availilble for the readers to buy?Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise available for the readers to purchase if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
Yes of course.
All releases and a lot of merchandise like shirts and other stuff are still available here: www.trollzorn.de
The shop guarantees best prices and worldwide shipping.
8.What have been some of Atomwinter's most memorable shows over the years?And who are some bands you all have shared the stage with?
Every gig is a highlight for us, but the most emotional moment in 2017 was our show at the PartySan Festival in Germany, when we played in front of nearly 3000 people.
The PartySan is the biggest extreme metal festival in Germany, and it was an honour to be part of this event.
While we are on the subject, we have had the opportunity to share the stage with bands like Asphyx, God Dethroned, Desaster, Autopsy and many, many other great bands.
9.Are there any tours or shows planned in support of Catacombs?If yes where will the band be playing?
Yes we are already in the preparations for 2018, and there will be a lot of shows all over the country including festival gigs in summer. Also we are planning to tour with our buddies from Collapse Instinct in autumn this year. So watch out for ATOMWINTER in 2018!
10.How do you feel the underground metal scene has changed over the years?And what does underground metal mean to you?
The underground scene is stronger than ever. There are so many current metal bands which are worth to discover. We got much support and the opportunities to play live are outstanding. The solidarity inside our scene is awesome, and that's not going to change soon. We are proud to be part of this scene, and we will die for it if it's necessary.
11.Besides old-school death metal do you listen to any other forms of metal or underground music in general?If yes who are some of your favorite bands and artists?
Nowadays I listen to all kinds of harder guitar music, if it' s honest. I can not name individual bands, but beside Death Metal, Doom, Black Metal and Stonerrock are my preferred styles.
12.When not working on new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time any hobbies?
Beside our Band and our daily work we like to hang around with our metal buddies and have some cold beers or whatever. We also go to metal concerts nearly every second weekend and we like to support the underground scene. Don't you think that's enough for a hobby?!
13.Besides working in Atomwinter do you or any of the members currently play in any other bands?If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
No! There is no place for other projects beside ATOMWINTER. It´s a musical full time job!
14.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any parting comments for the readers?
It was a pleasure to answer this interview and I would like to thank the readers for taking time to read these lines. Our new album ''CATACOMBS'' will be released on February the 9th and hopefully you can handle 10 songs of raw and filthy old school Death Metal. Hails to Canada and support the underground!!!