LUNAR SHADOW has that ambience of being an epic ride from the first glance at the cover to their album. A really nice ride down metal avenue. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-I’m an aesthete, when it comes to words and those two combined did something with me. It’s a little tribute to the “Lunar Strain” album by In Flames, which was quite important for the sound of Lunar Shadow.
Today we see a resurgence of classic heavy metal. More and more bands return to the sound of the 80s. Is this regression a sign of there being no more new things to discover or is it a sign that great music never dies, it just loops?
-I think, that already in the 90s there were tons of great bands with great Heavy Metal albums. It’s just, that today in the age of internet the music is more visible than back in the days.
I am of the opinion, that basically most things in Heavy Metal have been said, it’s hard to show up with something, that is completly new or unique. I have no problem to talk about bands that influenced me and it’s the same with other bands. I’m just of the opinion, that you should always try to put something in your sound, that makes your music stand out. Why should I blindly copy a certain style, that five thousand bands have already done better? And yes, re-discovering music is basically a good thing, almost all my favourite music like BÖC, Wishbone Ash, Judas Priest or old Manowar were released before my birth. But as I said; if you create your own, true musical vision out of it, then this is a good, a sacred thing.
We all carry baggage with us that affect us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
This world, this terrible place. My surroundings, loss, despair and loneliness. Light, beauty, love and the downfall of all things.
Musically I have to name Dissection, the old In Flames (Twin Guitars!), Judas Priest, Wishbone Ash and Blue Öster Cult.
Germany has not been that trend sensitive as for example the UK. But what is the scene like today? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-I think it might have to do with the fact, that the infrastructure for classic Heavy Metal in the UK is basically shit. It’s quite different here in Germany, where you can play live relatively easy. It is certainly helpful, if there is a solid scene, because you can find fellow musicians. But we are the best counter-example. It took me years to find the final line-up of Lunar Shadow, because in my area there is no real Heavy Metal scene and also in the region of Hassia, where the others come from there’s not much. It makes things more difficult, but maybe this fact bonded us together as a band even stronger.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-That’s quite a tricky question. I can say, that I do not see myself or Lunar Shadow as a part of some kind of movement. I think of Lunar Shadow as something strange, odd and out of this world, that in a way stands alone, apart from other things. I had the feeling, that ‘Far From Light’ would make a certain impact, yes. But not in the sense, that we are an inspiration to others or contribute in some new movement.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Maybe we’ll do a birds and bees-cover now for the next release.
No, a great album cover is something, that takes me away. That describes the music without words.
Something unique and beautiful.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Heavy Metal is lucky, to be the one genre, where the fans actually still buy music. Of course there are illegal downloads too, but many people still buy CDs, Tapes and Vinyls. I will always prefer physical music, I have never downloaded a single song in my life, it’s just nothing for me. But in the end I am of the opinion, that everyone should be allowed to listen to my music in the way he prefers it. You cannot force people to buy records. But, and this is important, even digital music should be purchased legally, pay for the music, that others did through lots of hard work. It’s a matter of respect.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-We do not play much live concerts, so probably I am the wrong person to answer this.
As a band you get offers, most I decline, because I only want to play shows with bands I like and where i Know, that the attitude and spirit behind it is one I can agree with. Not many offers have these standards.
If I just wanted to play, play, play, no matter where and what, then Germany is a good place.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We do not party.
We play, send death galopping into the audience and disappear quietly, leaving ash behind.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-Serenity for my loved ones, Valor for Lunar Shadow, Fire and Death.