RUNNING DEATH are back with a stonker of a new album. Jakob-Drums answered my questions Anders Ekdahl ©2017
It’s been a year since I last interviewed you in May 2016. What has happened since then?
-Hey there, nice to hear from you again! Since then we started and finished songwriting for our new record „DressAge“. And besides of that we finally formed a line up which works 100%!
What kind of reaction did you get to your “Overdrive” record? Any reactions that surprised you?
-Overall I think the reactions for „Overdrive“ were quite positive and fulfilled our expectations. There are some issues mentionted in reviews like a dissatisfacion with the vocals. But that didn’t surprise me that much, because I’m also not 100% satisfied with the vocals on this album.
You have a new one coming out now. What can we expect from this new one?
-I would say, that the sound/style of Running Death has changed in two directions. On the one hand we took a step back to our „roots“ in case of straight song structures, riffs and catchy hooklines; but on the other hand we put a lot of beautiful and sometimes a little bit of progy sounding guitar- and vocal-harmonies in these songs. And I personally put a lot of time and thinking in my drum-parts.
Overall, you will get a little bit different, but amazing sounding record. I’m pretty sure you will love it!
Do you as a German thrash metal band feel the legacy of the German great 3? How has it influenced you that Germany has a thrash metal legacy that is incomparable to other countries?
-Honestly I can answer the first question in just one word: no. We totally respect and admire the oldschool-German thrash metal bands, especially the work of Sodom during the late 80s and early 90s, but those bands didn’t effect us at least not in a significant way.
California (Megadeth, Testament, …) and Canada (Annihilator) have influenced us way more than Germany.
The cover to your new album is very graphic. How did you decide on this album cover? What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-The decision for the direction of the album cover came up pretty early during the beginning of the songwriting phase in May last year and went hand in hand with the concept of the lyrics since this point. Oh man, that was a very long process with regard to concept, planning, visualization and things like that! And there were many changes, too.
As you can see, art-work (and lay-out) play a huge part when we release new records. Just look at the album artworks of bands like Iron Maiden or Mastodon. They are all eyecatchers and a form of art in their own way! And that’s our goal as well.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I think you’re totally right about that. I think I can speak for the band when I say, that there is almost nothing good with releasing single tracks only. Everyone of us is a big fan of albums and everything, what comes along with it (cover, great songs of course, booklet etc.). It’s a piece of art, which takes a lot of time and effort to make. With releasing single tracks only we’ll probably gonna lose this form of art.
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?
-The scene in our area (Bavaria) is really wide-ranging and offers a lot of great metal bands just like Dust Bolt, Sweeping Death, Battlecreek etc.. So over all it’s really great!
Definitely, because it can be a little bit difficult – especially for small bands – to find gigs were you can play. Without a (local) scene it would be pretty much impossible to play a specific number of concerts.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It’s a happening in case of playing as good as you can and it’s a party in case of having fun while doing the first thing 😉
What does the future hold?
-Hopefully only the best!