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Intervju Crematory: Glazba je izgubila na vrijednosti i zato dobru glazbu treba podržavati kupnjom albuma (hr/eng version)

by Vjeran
Crematory

Crematory band 1Crematory je bend osnovan početkom devedesetih godina prošlog stoljeća. Njihove početke je obilježio Death/ doom zvuk da bi s vremenom bend prešao na Gothic metal. Bez obzira na promjene u zvuku uvijek se moglo bez sumnje prepoznati karakterističan zvuk ovog benda. Bend ove godine slavi 25 godina postojanja i u godini slavlja izdaju novi album simboličnog naziva “Monument”.

25 godina je puno u razdoblju nekog benda i Crematory nije ostao pošteđen uspona i padova. S novim albumom bend se vraća jači nego ikada i mi smo iskoristili prigodu da o svemu tome popričamo sa Rolf-om, novim gitaristom u bendu.

MJM: Pozdrav Rolf, uskoro će izaći vaš novi album. možeš li nam reći nešto više o samom albumu?

Rolf: Vrlo smo sretni i zadovoljni kako je novi album ispao. Riječ je o vrlo energičnom albumu. Album je također raznovrstan i sadrži elektroničke elemente te u isto vrijeme zvuči svježe i moderno. Ima žestoke gitarističke rifove i moćan groove, mračne klavijature kombinirane sa ubojiti “growl” i “clean” vokalima. Album je producirao Markus Jullich zajedno sa Kristian Kohlmannslehner-om u Kohlekeller Studio ovdje u Njemačkoj. Također Erik Damköhler i Dirk Riegner su pridonijeli sa svojim idejama za pjesme i pomogli nam da zvučimo svježe.

MJM:  Naziv albuma je ” Monument” (spomenik) da li naziv albuma ima neko dublje značenje?

Crematory coverRolf: Bend je jako ponosan na ono što je postigao u zadnjih 25 godina. Vrlo smo sretni što uopće postojimo nakon toliko vremena. Ime albuma predstavlja 25 godina stvaranja glazbe sa svim usponima i padovima koje glazbena industrija pruža. Željeli smo dokazati sebi i drugima da smo još u stanju snimiti odličan album i priuštiti ubitačan nastup uživo.

MJM: Kako je bilo raditi sa novim članovima benda i možeš li ih predstaviti našim čitateljima?

Rolf: Sada su u bendu Tosse Basler na “clean” vokalima i gitari te Rolf Munkes također na gitari. Oboje smo jako iskusni glazbenici i do sada smo odsvirali i snimili mnogo koncerata i albuma. Probe za sada idu izvrsno i veselimo se prvom zajedničkom nastupu.

MJM: Na vašoj web stranici stoji “…and will mark an unmistakable return to metallic toughness by the band from Mannheim”. Da li to znači da možemo očekivati žešći album i zvuk sličan vašim ranijim radovima?

Rolf: Kako se sada u bendu nalaze dva gitarista bilo je očito da će se to čuti i na novom albumu. Velika je razlika kada su u bendu dvije gitare umjesto jedne. veliki pritisak dolazi od strane samog benda i svi smo to osjetili u prostoriji za probe, tako da nam je došlo prirodno da to prenesemo na album. Sam album sadrži više gitarističke moći i žestine, a nešto manje elektroničkih dijelova, ali i dalje je to čisti Crematory album.

MJM: Koje su tvoje najdraže pjesme na novom albumu?

Rolf: Ravens Calling, Falsche Tränen i Die So Soon.

MJM: Možeš li usporediti  “Monument” sa vašim prijašnjim izdanjima?  

Rolf: Žešći je od prethodnih, ali sadrži sve elemente koje očekujete od nas. To je poseban album jer obilježava 25 godina postojanja benda.

MJM: O čemu govore tekstovi na ” Monument-u”?

Rolf: Album nije konceptualan. Felix i Tosse pišu tekstove i to su priče o životu i smrti, ali bez da se jedna pjesma veže na drugu.

MJM: Ponovno imate pjesme na engleskom i njemačkom jeziku. Da li više preferiraš pjesme na engleskom ili njemačkom?

Rolf: Uistinu volim i jedne i druge, a pogotovo volim kombinirane jer ih to čini posebno atraktivnim i različitim. Za mene pjesme na engleskom zvuče bolje, ali se lakše može izraziti na materinjem jeziku.

MJM: Omot albuma je jednostavan, ali efektan. Tko je radio omot i koja je poruka omota?

Rolf: Omot je radio Peter Sallai koji je radio i na prethodna dva albuma. Željeli smo stvoriti spomenik zaCrematory nas i dokazati da smo još u stanju snimiti izvrstan album. Omot bi trebao pokazati kako smo ponosni na album. I da, ponosni smo i volimo ga i mislimo da će se svidjeti i obožavateljima.

MJM: Snimili ste spot za pjesmu ” Misunderstood”. Da li planirate snimiti još spotova?

Rolf: Da, ustvari već smo snimili još jedan koji će izaći 15. travnja kada izlazi i album. U planu je snimiti još jedan spot krajem travnja koji bi trebao biti objavljen tokom godine.

MJM: Da li planirate veću turneju za podršku albumu?

ROLF: Nemamo u planu raditi veću turneju, trenutno nastupe održavamo samo vikendom i već imamo zakazano nekoliko festivala i klupskih nastupa. Godina izgleda vrlo obećavajuće, a između ostalog nastupiti ćemo i na WGT, Bang your Head Festival te Metal Fest-u u Češkoj.

MJM: Da li ćete svirati pjesme sa vaših prvih albuma?

Rolf: Sviramo starije pjesme, ali smo, s obzirom na to da imamo dva nova člana, smatrali da bi bilo izvrsno da sviramo dosta stvari sa novog albuma. Tako da smo kombinirali oboje i prilično smo zadovoljni set listom koja se dotiče svih razdoblja benda te pokazuje novu snagu koju bend sada ima.

MJM: Da li više preferiraš svirke u manjim klubovima ili na velikim festivalima?

Rolf: Oboje ima svojih prednosti, ali nastupi u manjim klubovima ti daje više kontakta sa publikom te je lakše vidjeti njihovu reakciju na nastup. Na velikim festivalima obično bend ima malo vremena za pripremu nastupa, to je kao da skačeš, a ne znaš gdje ćeš doskočiti. u manjim klubovima možeš se bolje pripremiti tako da ima manje iznenađenja kada izađeš na scenu.

MJM: Tko su tvoji glazbeni uzori?

Rolf: Ja osobno slušam klasike Deep Purple, Rainbow, Maiden, Priest, Gary Moore, Saxon, Kiss, a ovih dana još i Shinedown, Joe Bonamassa,  Five Finger Death Punch te Machine Head. Otvoren sam za sve stilove glazbe.

MJM: Gdje vidiš Crematory za 10 godina od sada? Da li misliš da ćete još snimati albume i održavati koncerte?

Rolf:  Ha, dobro pitanje! Teško je reći, ali nadam se da ćemo još biti aktivni. Mmmmm, da, hoćemo jer život bez glazbe bi bio dosadan.

MJM: Koje je tvoje mišljenje o metal sceni? Možeš li usporediti scenu danas sa onom iz devedesetih kada ste vi počinjali?

Rolf: Prvo bih htio naglasiti da scena još postoji i da je vrlo entuzijastična, što je odlična stvar. Ipak dosta se stvari promijenilo. Metal scena se smanjila i ljudi u njoj su nekako stariji. Puno mladih ljudi sluša druge glazbene pravce, a i sam Metal je rascjepkan na mnogo podžanrova. Novaca u glazbenoj industriji je sve manje i svirati uživo je postalo važnije nego ikada. Mislim da imamo zasićenje bendova i festivala.

MJM: Da li bi želio nešto dodati za kraj?

Rolf: Nikada se ne može dovoljno naglasiti važnost toga da fanovi kupuju albume voljenih bendova umjesto da ih skidaju s interneta. Glazba je općenito izgubila na vrijednosti posljednjih godina i ako želimo vratiti tu vrijednost moramo početi ulagati u nju. Dobra umjetnost treba potporu.

MJM: Hvala ti na intervjuu!

Rolf: Hvala tebi.

Razgovarao i preveo s engleskog: Marin Soldatić

(english version)

MJM: Hi, soon you will have a new record out. Can you tell us something more about that record ( were did you recorded it, who produced it…)?

Rolf: We all are very happy and pleased with the new output. It’s a very energetic album. It has variety, those electronic elements and in the same time sounds fresh and up to date.  It features hard guitar riffs and powerful grooves, dark Keyboards lines combined with killer growls and clean vocals. It’s produced by Markus Jüllich and Kristian Kohlmannslehner at Kohlekeller Studio in Germany. And we have two guys Erik Damköhler from the Band A life devided and Dirk Riegner who both add song ideas which helps us to stay fresh and new.

MJM: The name of the album is ” Monument”. Is there a deeper meaning in that title?

Rolf: The band is very proud of what they’ve accomplished in the last 25 years. We are really happy that we still exist after 25 years. So I think the album name stands for 25 years of making music with all the ups and downs the music business has to offer. We wanted to prove at least for us that we still can make a great album and go out and deliver a killer show.

Crematory band 1MJM: How was it to work with new band members and can you introduce them to our readers?

Rolf: We have now Tosse Basler who does clean vocals and guitars and we have Rolf Munkes who plays guitars too. We both are well experienced players and have played lots of shows and recorded many albums before. The rehearsals are going great so far and we are looking forward to play our first shows together.

MJM: On your website it is stated that “…and will mark an unmistakable return to metallic toughness by the band from Mannheim”. Does it mean we can expect heavier record and maybe a sound closer to bands earlier phase?

Rolf: As the Band now features two guitar players, it was kind of obvious to have that also featured on the new album. It’s quite a big difference with two guitar players instead of one. There is so much more pressure coming from the band and we all feel that in the rehearsal room, so it was very natural for us to transform that on to the album. The album features more guitar power and heaviness and a little less electronic elements. But it’s still a pure Crematory album.

MJM: Your personal favorites from the record?

Rolf: Ravens Calling, Falsche Tränen and Die so soon.

MJM: Can you compare “Monument” with your previous releases?

Rolf: It’s more heavy than the ones before. But has all the trademarks that you’d expect from us. It’s a special album as it marks the Bands 25th anniversary.

MJM: What are the lyrics on ” Monument” about?

Rolf: There is no special concept behind the album. Felix and Tosse do the lyrics and there are storiesCrematory cover about life and death in general but without having a continued story throughout the whole album.

MJM: Again songs are written in German and in English. Do you prefer “English” or “German” songs?

Rolf: I really like both and especially the combination makes it so attractive and versatile. For me it sounds  better to sing in english but on the other hand you can express yourself better in your native language.

MJM: The cover of the album is simple but effective. Who did the cover and is there a message behind that monument surrounded with dark clouds?

Rolf: Peter Sallai did that. He worked on the last two albums too. We wanted to create a monument for ourselves and prove that we’re still able to record a great album. The cover should express how proud we are and show a kind of elevation. Yes we are really proud of it and love it and we think the fans will love it too.

MJM: You have recorded the video for a song ” Misunderstood”. Are you planing to do more videos to promote the album.

Rolf: Yes, we already did one more, which will come with the album release on april 15th and in addition we will record a third one in the end of april for a later release this year.

MJM: Are you planning a big tour to support the album?

Rolf: There is no longer tour planned, we only do weekend shows right now and have already booked  a couple of club shows and some festivals for this year too. We do WGT, Bang your Head Festival and the Metal Fest in Czech Rep.  It looks very promising.

MJM: Are you going to play songs from your first records?

Rolf: We play older songs but as we have new players in the Band we thought it would be great to play lots of songs from the new album too. So we combined both and are pretty happy with the new live set. It touches many areas of the Crematory history and shows the new power that the Band now has.

MJM: Do you prefear playing in smaller venues or on big festivals?

CrematoryRolf: Both have their attractions, but a smaller club show is giving you more contact and direct feedback from the fans. At  bigger fetsivals change over times are mostly short and there is little preparation for the Bands own setup.  It’s like jumping into it and see where it goes.  At clubs you can prepare everything quite well,  go out and have less surprises.

MJM: Your musical influences?

Rolf: I personally come from a Deep Purple, Rainbow, Maiden, Priest, Gary Moore, Saxon, Kiss area. These days I like Shinedown, Joe Bonamassa,  Five Finger Death Punch and Machine Head. I’m open to quite a lot of styles.

MJM: Where do you see Crematory in 10 years? Do you think you will still be recording and touring?

Rolf: Ha, good question. Hard to say but hopefully we are still around, healthy and rocking. Mmmh, yes we will. A life without music would be boring.

MJM: What is your opinion on metal scene? Can you compare today´s scene with one in nineties when you started?

Rolf: First I would say that there is still a scene and it’s still very enthusiastic. Thats great. But lots of things have changed. The Metal  scene has become smaller and people are somehow older. Lots of young people listen to other genres today and Metal has got many subgenres today. Budgets in the industry are much smaller and playing live has become more important. I think we have a kind of saturation with the amount of bands and festivals.

MJM: Is there anything else you would like to add, maybe something you were never asked but want to share it with your fans?

Rolf: It cannot be stressed out enough that fans should buy an album instead of streaming it. There is such a low licensing rate for musicians in the streaming business  that is absolutely makes no sense for musicians to stream their music. Music in general lost a lot of value in the last years and if you want to bring back that value, we all have to invest in music again. Good culture and good art needs support.

MJM: Thank you for the interview and wish you all the best!

Rolf: Thanks you!

Written by Marin Soldatić

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