This is a band that I have high hopes for every time they release a new album. So far I haven’t been disappointed. So with a relatively new album to promote I just had to interview them again. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When you started did you ever think that you would be promoting your 7th album? How does this new one stand up to the previous one?
-Actually no! We never thought of making 7 albums with this band when we started with the first one. Of course it feels fine, to realize that there are some listeners out there, indeed, who really like the music we are creating (*g*). This is very satisfying of course! Especially, because we know very well, that we are not writing songs fitting any kind of mainstream,
The new album „Raben im Herz“ has had the most detailed pre-production process we did since a lot of years. Another outstanding item are the orchestral arrangements done by Dennis Schwachhofer this time. He really knows what he is doing! Therefore, the digi pak this time contains a bonus cd featuring the orchestral parts.
Do you feel like you have been instrumental in influencing a whole new subgenre of metal with your music? How do you view the legacy that you have created with CORONATUS?
-Hmm, would be fine to believe, that we have some influence on the genre in total. Unfortunately, I am afraid that we are not popular enough to bring it up to that point, really! However, the small fan base, who likes our music, maybe have been influenced, at least concerning their listening behavior. And maybe, there are some young musicians amongst them as well! If they adopt some of our musical estimates, then we have the chance to leave a legacy, indeed!
Besides, we are not done yet! We still have a lot of new ideas to bring it out to the willing listener.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-For me personally, there are lot of influences of course from popular symphonic metal bands (Nightwish, Within Temptation, etc. ) and bombastic rock’n’roll bands (i.e. Meat Loaf, etc.), pagan metal (Ensiferum, Finntroll), medieval and gothic bands (Subway to Sally, Saltatio Mortis, etc.).But what makes our sound unique, is the mixture! A mixture which I cannot even explain by myself. It is not like picking parts. It is also not like trying to copy some other band. We tried this in the past, but the result was always sounding like nothing else than Coronatus. This is somehow strange, since it also cannot be caused by the actual mix of musicians taking part in Coronatus. We had so many musicians going with, through and out of this band, that it seems not possible to end up with a style that stays almost constant over all those years
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Yes and no. Metal music is one of the resorts that proofed to be among the survivors in music over the decades. It will not vanish. It offers an almost unbelievable diversity. It is a valve to the rest of our lives. But I do not expect metal to become mainstream ever. But it will always be a stronghold to dreamers and fools like me, ha-ha!
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-Of course this is somehow important since the fans also want to see pictures or videos of the band as well! Especially of our lovely front ladies, ha-ha. On the other hand: for me personally it is not important to see my own face on every picture or video of our band. I am getting enough satisfaction out of the music and the drumming. Concerning the cover design of the album or the artwork of the booklet: Of course it is very important to deliver a fine and stylish product, such that there is a reason more for the fans to buy the physical CD and not only a digital download.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Influences have been religious and mystic questions and items especially in the beginning of the band. This changed somehow over the years. Nowadays we have fantasy, science fiction, medieval stories. Tales and fairy tales. This goes along with social things in general but also especially linked to the gothic scene which is still one of our main roots. I think, in the future, importance of our lyrics will even raise clearly.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Difficult to say. We have a completely different situation concerning the music scene in total. There are MUCH more bands than in the 70s or 80s today. On the other hand: back in that days, it was not possible to do records without a company. Nowadays this is no problem, since the costs for recording decayed that much. So it was a chance but also a spell for the recording artist. You can afford it, maybe even without a company backing your band, but you have a much larger competition by far. Because of the small sales numbers of physical albums artists only can earn money by playing live. Concerning the digital downloads: in principle it is a good tool to spread the music worldwide and easily. However, the problem is that most downloads are illegal. And the part of legal downloads delivers too less money. The difference in profit margin between a download and a physical CDs is immense.
I argue that digital could very well be the death of music. What is your opinion on this matter?
-Maybe it is not the death of music in general. But it easily can be the death of any professional musicianship, since one cannot afford to live from his music exclusively. He has to work in other jobs. This is killing time that could have been investigated into the quality of the music otherwise. Thus, the quality of music might decay seriously.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-Unfortunately, at the moment it is not possible for us, to do extensive touring. The reason is the above mentioned one. We all have to work to earn money (e.g. in my case its teaching drums) and touring is expensive for a band like us, since we are not that popular to fill larger clubs. Thus you can only do supports to reach a larger audience. Conveniently this is not for free for the support acts. However, whenever we enter a stage we will leave some lasting impression for the fans!
What lies in the future?
-Okay, of course an additional album, maybe in 2017. This time we will encounter more work with choirs, especially male choirs. Concerning live gigs: we hope that there will be one or the other festival we might play the next months. Of course there will be an additional video from the new album, too!