Could you please introduce us to the band?
-So, Ira Tenax was founded back in 1999 in Hanau near Frankfurt/Germany. The reason was that we all were crazy about melodic death metal and so we started to play that kind of music. But we always wanted to create a unique sound that’s why we have clean vocals and the typical growling. When we compose songs we take care of beeing authentic and to suprise our fans as well. We don’T want to be on kind of that bands when you know one song, you know the whole record. Diversity is our trademark.
What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
-When we started with the band there were only a handful of melodic death metal bands performing like In flames, Dark tranquility. At that era we decided to make that kind of music but with some changes. Our bandmember all had different influences like death oder power of thrash metal and when we mix it all together we have that unique Ira Tenax sound you can hear even when it has different elements from different metal styles.
How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-So, there are a lot of bands nowadays and they all try to publish their music so it is hard to get on the top. A few years ago I decided to build my own studio and so we can record new songs whenever we want to. That makes it easier to take care a the details. When the pre-production is completed we enter the studio and are well-prepared for the recording session. Without any label in the back it is impossible to release a new record without loosing a lot of money. That’s why we are happy about that cooperation with STF-Records.
Has digital made it easier to get your music recorded and released?
-We do all the pre-production digital, that is really a help, but it does not make it easier to release them, because in our opinion a CD is quite better. As a real metalhead I buy Cd’s and put them in the shelf because metal is timeless. I personally find the lyrics very important so I prefer a booklet.
If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
-Normally we release both version at the same time, but the problem is that there are a lot of people who copy the digital songs and offer them for free. That is a problem, but on the other hand we reach people with our music we cound’t reach with a hard disk. Under the line everything is fine.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-After the release of our album “Portrait of the fallen” we get a lot of positive feedback and we are getting fan mails from all over the world, that makes us proud. And we are getting more and more requests about playing live.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Yes I absolutely agree, so I think the most surpising contact was a fan who sent me a picture where he shows our band logo tattoed on his forearm. That was a great honor for us. We are very proud when people could identfy themselves with our music.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a metal band?
-Not for playing in a metal band, but the best community between heaven and hell is the metal community. The best people in the world wear black and listening to metal! And we are very thankful to be a part of the awsome community. We are all metal heads and it does not matter if you are a musician or a fan, metal keeps us all united.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-The live scene is very important, I would say the most important thing for a band. When we enter the stage and we feel the power and the crowd is getting crazy that is the best thing in the world. Each time when we play live it is a big metal party and everyone has fun. Thats why our following is still growing. To release an album without playing live is the worst thing you can do. And we love it the drink a beer together with our fans and talk to them, because without them we would not stand where we are now.
What plans do you have for the future?
-At the moment we are composing new songs, and we want to release our next album next year. After that we think about a tour and some festival shows. But we will see. I am convinced we will climb the next level with our new record. Until then we will play some club gigs in Europe.