With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to EISENHAUER. Answers by Christian “Waxe” Wagner – Vocals, Guitars Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-From how many facebook-likes is it allowed to publish an album? Ha ha ha! We are musicians and doomed to record and publish our songs. That is our destiny, we live for it. We gave everything to write good songs. And good songs are always expected with joy. In addition to the many positive reviews and attentiveness we received worldwide for our “Horse of Hell” EP, we played many concerts to enlarge our “Eisenheads United” army.
Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity??
-I don’t think it has to continue exactly where the last release left off. That way of thinking would block me. You have to take the time that is necessary. And you have to recognize the moment when the muses want to kiss you. Allow yourself to try new things, allow yourself development steps without losing sight of your goal. Our last EP definitely set the direction for our new album “Blessed Be The Hunter”.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-No. I write all the songs and my bandmates know exactly how to implement this material. We work together on the details in the rehearsal room and put the finishing touches on the songs. This is how it works best for us. Fortunately, we have a pretty good idea of how we want to sound. Our sound settings for the recordings are exactly the same as when we play live.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-I write all the lyrics, so they are very important to me. The words give the music the opportunity to create even more intense images.
The topic “Never Surrender” is still a recurrent theme in all of our lyrics. Believe in what you do and do it with your heart. Germanic-Nordic mythology, a close relationship with nature and our ancestral world also play a major role for me. I like to bring new stories and topics in an old guise. „Blessed Be The Hunter“ – blessed be love, life, passion and death. Let the steel sing!
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-The cover artwork is also very important to us. After all, it represents the entire album. We are very lucky to have the great painter, graphic artist and photographer Gabriel Turner Byrne (www.gabrieltbyrne.com) as a friend. We were in constant contact with him from the first idea and sketch to the finished oil painting and the complete booklet. The cover of „Blessed Be The Hunter“shows exactly the first verse from the song “Ghost Warrior”. In which our hero comes back from the realm of the dead to take revenge.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-It is very good for us to have a label because it simply has a much wider reach and more contacts than we as a band. Raphael from Rafchild Records is our direct contact and partner. All decisions are made together. We are not exactly the generation of young musicians who market themselves completely online. Our problem is that we rather play music than sitting at a computer. Ha ha ha. Yes, I think music is too easy to consume these days and therefore loses its long-term effect. What is trendy and pleasing today will be forgotten tomorrow. This is not my way of enjoying music. If you go to a record store, listen to an album, choose and buy it and then work it out song by song at home, reading the lyrics and studying the cover, a lifelong love and relationship can arise.
I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
-A band of our size is about being heard by as many people as possible. We cannot influence people’s consumption behavior. Fortunately, we are in a scene where physical recordings such as CDs and vinyl are still valued.
Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
-To be honest, I don’t think in those categories. If you make good music that appeals to the people you want to target, it doesn’t matter where you come from. There is only good or bad music.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-No way! Our music is far too strong and will never die. Of course, the media are changing, but people can choose what form they want and continue to support. In our first interview I told you that vinyl survived everything and I prefer the black gold.I think online downloading is a form that many prefer because of its practicality. For myself, I occasionally use streaming services to discover new and old stuff. But if I like something, I also buy it on vinyl.
What does the future hold for you?
-We are currently promoting our new album “Blessed Be The Hunter”. For promotion we work hand in hand with Markus Eck from Metal Message – PR. , who does an excellent job. Before the release, there will definitely be two lyric videos. Due to the corona crisis, it is difficult to plan live performances.
Our goal is to play our songs live in front of as many people as possible.
Heavy Salutations to all Eisenheads – EISENHEADS UNITED!
Thank you Anders for the interview!