German thrash is one of my all time fave thrash genres. I have had so many great experiences of the years. RAVAGER is yet another. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
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?
-As we were searching for a band name Marcel heard the song „Ravager“ by the Brasilian band Krisiun and he suggested using it as a name. The rest of the band also thought it was a cool name and when we learned that the Mexican Death Metal band called Ravager was split up we decided to go with it.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-When you went through the process of writing and arranging the songs you kind of lose the ability to compare your music to other bands to a certain extent because there is so much more connected to it than just the music itself. But a comparison is of course the easiest way to describe a bands musical style to someone who does not know them. So we just go along whit what our album reviews say: Old School Thrash Metal with obvious Bay Area influences and of course a few hints of ’80s teutonic Thrash Metal.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-The single greatest influence on our sound is probably the fact that all of us prefer different subgenres of Heavy Metal. With Thrash Metal being the one we all love (listening to and playing) our sound is the product of inspiration we get from listening to a lot of other stuff and then make it thrashy.
What is the scene like in your area? 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?
-In our area there is a small Heavy Metal scene which certainly helped us get to know each other back in the day. But regarding concerts and especially other Metal Bands there is not really much going on.
A local scene surely can help aspiring bands and musicians to get a foot in the door but nowadays there are a lot of opportunities because it is really easy to connect to and find likeminded people via the internet for example.
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?
-Somehow. A really cool thing is that you get to know many decent people – especially the other bands you share the stage with. You always see that they have or had to overcome pretty much the same obstacles and have the same struggles as you do even though you may live far apart. And this somehow unites us to form something bigger you could say.
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?
-A great album cover is something which catches the mood of the music and helps people to get an idea of what they are about to experience as soon as they drop the needle. It may be something simplistic or there may be tons of action going on.
What is your opinion on digital versus physical? Is digital killing music?
-It is very easy nowadays for fans to get music, whether via streaming or download. At first sight that is not really conducive to record sales but on the other hand it may help a lesser known band to become a bit more popular and gain fans who will want to buy their stuff and go see their shows.
And most people know that digital hardly sounds as good as a phisical copy.
What kind of live scene is there for bands like yours?
-There is a big live scene for bands like ours – at least here in Germany. It is not always easy to get good gigs to play because there are many great young bands and the organizers of the smaller club shows usually tend to not spend the money to get a semi-known band from all the way across the country to play at a show. Which they can not be blamed for if there are many great local bands to support.
Unfortunately there are many people within the Heavy Metal scene who just stick to what they know, they spend tons of money to see „big“ bands they have already seen countless times and on the other hand believe that ten bucks is too much to pay for an evening where there are three or four young and energetic bands playing in a great club atmosphere.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Most of the time it is a bit of both. If it is a show with bands we are friends with it always turns out to be a party in the end.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-Of course we will be happy if our upcoming record „Thrashletics“ is received well by our fans and critics and provides us with many opportunities to play shows. Furthermore we want to see its successor take form and grant us with at least as much fun as it did itself.
And last but not least: we want to see the clubs crowded with people who go crazy!