SCARLET ANGER

I have no idea if there are different nuances to anger but SCARLET ANGER does it for me with their take on metal. Read what Vince has to say in this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-I think a band’s name should be catchy and excite the people to listen to your music. Also, the name should be easy to remember. Also important for us was, that there is no risk of confusion. The name should be unique.

What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Joe (singer) and Fred (guitar) had been doing music together from their childhood on but their band wasn’t heavy enough for them. It had always been a compromise between the members. So they founded in 2007 Scarlet Anger. I (Vince) directly joined the band that year after hearing some demos Joe gave to me in a boozy night in Luxembourg City.

What is your definition of the music you play?
-Thrash Metal ! Our previous album sounded quite a lot like Kreator. The new album FREAK SHOW (2016) is a little darker, the songwriting is more mature but still very fast. You have to listen more than once to get into it.

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-Most ideas come from Fred. He’s our « artistic director » ;). Other songs were written by Jeff and Fred together. They always show their songs/ideas to the rest of us and we’ll do the final composition together.

Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-If you look at our new album FREAK SHOW, you’ll directly see that Fred is a very big fan of trashy horror movies and comics. We prefer to tell stories. We don’t want to be too political, we wanna entertain not telling the people what to do.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-As I mentioned before, Fred is our creative mind. He’s a big Fan (as Joe) of horror movies, b-movies and comics. So we tried to put all that artistic input to our new album FREAK SHOW. Fred has created for every single song a cover-concept. If you buy the album, you’ll not get only one creepy cover-design, but a full booklet with graphic contents in it. Believe me, there were many sleepless nights to put this all together.

Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
-You mean the recordings ? With digital recordings you have a lot more freedom. That’s fore sure. Also, it is much cheaper.
If you’re talking about the final product, personally, a stream on the internet or a mp3 could never replace the feeling of a new album of your favourite band in your hands and looking into all the artistic work they putted together.

Are there any limitations to digital ? Can you do everything you like ?
-I think there’re some limitations, but we try to get the sound of our music as naturally and warm as we can. So we don’t go that far. Todays pop/rap music you hear on the radio is for me the real horror. I have the impression that there is nothing real at all. Worst thing for me is a drum beat which is completely sampled.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-The thrash metal scene of course. The scene had always been active, even during the mid-nineties and the beginning of the new millenium when classic metal was nearly dead. Today the scene is pretty big I think . Thrash metal get’s people together from the classic metalheads to the metalcore kids.

What does the future hold?
-We’ve just finalized the videoshoot for «The abdominable Master Gruesome » which you may check out on the different channels. After that, we’ll play concerts and slowly but surely we’ll start the writing sessions for a new album.

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