DIE APOKALYPTISCEN REITER INTERVIEW FOR METAL HAMMER/GREECE-BY GEORGE ZACHAROPOULOS -WELL ďHAVE A NICE TRIPĒ. UNUSUAL TITLE! HOW DOES IT FIT TO THE ALBUM? We are the band for the unusual things. We would like to wish every listener a nice trip while listening that album. So therefore its like 2 in 1. A kind of a good advice and of course a perfect summary for the 13 tracks. We see a parallel of our trip with the trip of the daily life. All the ups and downs that happen in life you can find too on this album. So for us, the title is pretty natural. -WHY DID YOULEAVE HAMMERAHEART RECORDS? HOW IS IT WORKING WITH A BIG LABEL LIKE NUCLEAR BLAST? The cooperation with Nuclear Blast is much better. They really believe in us as artist, the donít try to rip us off (what Hammerheart did) and they have really a huge power to support a band like us. We think, a label, that works with us, needs to understand our band philosophy. Its maybe a bit more difficult to understand, why we act in our way, but when you came to the core, you will surely understand that here are hard working metal head trying to give their best, with hearts full-filled with passion for discover the unknown. We really appreciate the big promotion campaign of Nuclear Blast, as they really taking a risk with us. Well, our band is like raw diamond. We had really not much support on our previous labels, nevertheless we sold very very good here in Germany. But in general, the label (Nuclear Blast) really does not know, if we are really can bring many people to buy the album. But we felt from the beginning, that our label has something like a vision with our band, and thatís really the best thing, that can happen, when you sign a contract for some yearsÖ. -YOU WERE ALWAYS COMBINING A LOT OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF METAL TO YOUR MUSIC. HOW DIFFICULT IS THAT AND HOW IS THE PROCESS OF THE SONGWRITTING? Not that difficult as you maybe imagine. I would say, DAR is not purely a Metal band. Me (Volk-Man) and our singer Fuchs are surely the Metal heads in the band, but Dr.Pest (Keyboards) is a fan of classic music, opera stuff, soundtracks, old rock like Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, our Drummer Sir G. plays in some other local bands, very weird stuff from Jazz, Drum N Bass, Fusion, Latin sounds. When we meet us in the rehearsal room, we bring many influences into that room. The songs are pretty much ready written by the different composers, but the whole arrangement of the songs is teamwork. We have a big democracy in the band, so we try to find always compromises with each song. It takes sometimes much longer instead of having only one composer, but in the end, all guys in the band feel TOTALLY great, when a song is ready. -WOULD YOU SAY THAT YOU HAVE CREATED A NEW KIND OF METAL MUSIC? HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE IT? Yez, I heard that now very often, that we creates something new. I think, that combination is pretty unusual. Of course, it needs a kind of "open mind attitude" of the listener, but I think, you can find 2003 more people, who can understand our sound as maybe 20 years ago. When I started with bands like Anthrax or Slayer, Iím sure I would have hated every band who used keyboards in Metal like we do nowadays. But time is changing every day. I have really no definition ī, how I could label our style. It like an airplane, always flying OVER a lot of styles, sometimes we need a pit stop on the ground, but the we start and FLY again. You could call it Freestyle Metal, you could label it Koruzzian Tank Battle Rock or whatever. Once in your ear, you will feel all the passion we bring to our albums, and in the end, thatís the only thing, that countsÖ. -THE NEW ALBUM IS 100% MORE IN EVERYTHING. MORE POWER, MORE SPEED, MORE MELODY! IS THIS YOUR PURPOSE AS A BAND? TO IMPROVE 100% ON EVERY ALBUM? Hard to say. We didnít want to make a better album, but we wanted to do a different album. "All You Need Is Love" was pretty much the most heavy and aggressive powerforce, that we every did. These days, Iím quite shocked about all the thunderstorms and aggression on that album. But we felt this times very pissed off about everything. We can only sing about what we feel at the moment. So this time, we felt, as you can hear, much more positive. Not positive in a way of silly being happy attitude, but positive in the meaning of feeling the power and the sunshine inside your heart and your body. We went with the band through a dark valley of pain and misery in the last years. Both, our drummer and guitar player had some serious injuries in the underarms. So we had to make a break for many many months. Then all the troubles with Hammerheart, finding a new label. 18 months ago, the band was really REALLY down, a some days I felt, a split up would be the best. But then, everything turned into positive. We are very glad to be back on track, I think, all our energy found the way to "Have A Nice Trip". -WHAT IS REITERMANIA AFTERALL?? On one side, itís a big fan movement, especially here in Germany. Fans or our band formed a fanclub called REITERMANIACS. They are totally in our band and really trying to see every single show of the band. Really strange to see that. But Reitermania in general is a disease, that canít be healed. The day will come, when the music means suddenly much much more. You are going deeper and deeper into the crypts of DAR. We see Reitermania is a symbol for the own will, to do, what you want and what your hearts tells you. Reitermania guides you through this world full of lies and betrayer, it gives you courage and power, to continue walking until you see the light at the end of the tunnel. -WHAT ABOUT THE LYRICS, HOW DO THEY FIT IN YOUR CRAZY MUSIC? In the beginning, the lyrics where mostly very negative, about world downfall, end of mankind and those things. Nowadays I would say, we have 3 types of Reiter lyrics. Part I are the little clichee loaded Metal lyrics, like "We will never die" or "Ride on" on the new album Pretty much with a Metal-standing-together-feeling. Then part 2 are the very personal, emotional song, where we tell stories of our own past. This songs are mostly in German, as its very hard to describe such personal feelings in a other language. Part 3, and thatís brand-new, are the positive lyrics. We do not preach here to people, but we wanna shake the heads of every listener. We believe, that too many people are focused too much on all the negative things on this world. Of course, it is not good to close the eyes, when problems appear, but it should be allowed, to find inner peace and to stand for a while on a place, that you really enjoy. -HOW WAS IT TOURING WITH THE PSYCHOS IN MACABRE??? ANY FUNNY INCIDENT? It was the best, that every could happen. Macabre and DAR are really on one level, if it comes to strange humor, strange music and strange movies. Lenc (singer) introduced us into a world of crazy Jazz and psychedelic Rock like King Crimson, John Zorn, we smoked so much pot together, had so many great parties together. We totally love the music of Macabre, there "Murder Metal" album kills fuckin supreme. One we had a day of in Basel (Switzerland). We went all together in a table dance bar. Shortly before we saw on the menu, that a beer would cost 6 EUR (quite okay for a nightclub). So after dinner we entered the bar, we drunk as hell but then we got the bill. Fuckin 800 EUR!!!! What was happened? We did not read the menu exactly. On the bottom of the menu was a very small printed sentence: "After 8 pm, all drink triple (!!!) price". So that mean, we drunk lousy bloody Heinken 0,33 litres bottles for 18 EUR each. Fuckin rip off. It costed us both, Macabre and DAR a lot of money to leave that bar. Luckily we were too drunk to get pissed off by this, we laughed the whole night and the following days about bloody amateurs like usÖ.. haha. -DO YOU THINK THAT TODAYíS METAL BANDS ARE AFRAID OF EXPERIMENTATION BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY MIGHT LOOSE SALES?? I think, bands try to experiment with many sounds. I donít think, that bands nowadays are afraid to include strange ideas. Bands like System Of A Down really did something totally new. With all the genres, itís a steady up and down. At the moment, traditional Black Metal is not more that popular, but Iím sure, that style will return. AT the moment, I really have the feelings, fans and labels are searching for bands, that bring fresh and new ideas into the scene. Itís a very good time for a band like us. Maybe we can catch all those lonely hearts around the world and give them a new harbor. The problem is, that the Metal fans in general are not very open-minded. I think, a band like DAR really walks on a thin line. On step more, and all would hate us for that, what we do. Iím pretty sure with that. I see us in a line with bands like Solefald or Opeth, who putting always great new dynamics in the sound without really leaving there roots. -IS THERE A TOUR ON THE WAY???? Yeah, a big one. Together with Testament, Marduk and Death Angel in April in Europe. 14 dates so far. Sadly we never had the chance to play in Greece, but we hope to do that as soon as possible. I know, there is a huge festival in Athens. Over 10 interviews, just in Greece is totally great for us. We never got so much response from your country. We will play this year in Wacken, so thatís maybe the chance for a few from your country to see us. We are hoping to support a bigger band asap, to come finally to Greece. So we hope the best. Until that time, thanx for your time and "Have A Nice Trip". On www.reitermania.de you can find many infos about our band and you can order in our shop all our cds and many exclusive T-Shirts for very fair pricesÖ Let the metal flow!!!!
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