I love the old school speed metal sound of bands like Razor, Agent Steel or Running Wild. The speed, the frenzy. Even to this day I go nuts over that sound. SKULLWINX gives me some of that fix. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-If it was hard is harder to tell than it was finding the name. We constructed a story about a monk finding a relic of an angel which is the proof of god’s existence. Finding this piece ended up in a war between the different dioceses as they all wanted to get hold of the holy object. Greed and lust for might makes people blind and makes them lose all humanity. So in the end of the war this monk stands on the battlefield wondering if this was worth it. If we got a good god not knowing what will happen if he sends down the sign or if we got a bad god knowing about this.
This relic is “Skullwinx” a wing of an angel.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-Our sound often gets compared to bands like Atlantian Kodex, Running Wild and Virgin Steele and it´s kind of a mixture of the speed of running wild and the epic parts from Atlantian Kodex. So we fixed the two parts of inspiration together and with our powerful singer we get it more epic.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-For us changing the speed isn´t a real problem. It´s rather remaining all the different parts, like we have in our song THE RELIC. But after long rehearsal you get into it, even our drummer 😉
How does your music work in a live environment?
-We have a lot of fun on stage and the people even like our difficult stuff, so for us it´s always a special experience. Our music is mainly based on emotions and atmosphere we want to convey. Often you have to get into it to feel it.
important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-We released our first Album “The missions of Heracles” by ourselves, and there we had a lot dues to pay, because for us as young band it´s very expensive. So now with a label for us it´s way more comfortable to make and release our music.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-I think these aspects are not that big in the metal scene. Most of the people we know mostly buy vinyl and CDs and collect their favorites. I think this concept of collecting your analogue music will keep running, because even young members like us do it.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-For me a good cover has to get me curious to listen to the album and provide a first insight of the album. It depends on the genre of the band, but for us it has to be something special, mostly an epic background with a main figure to put your eyes on.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-This one isn’t easy to answer, I guess it should be asked to other bands or the fans if we are part of the German heavy underground. In upper Bavaria we have not much contact to other bands as we are more or less the only band in this region playing in traditional vein and all the bands we played with in our beginning times disbanded. In our very local scene we are the only ones remaining from that time. National there are some bands we like playing with like Blackslash and Forensick and we know them well, furthermore there are other bands from that scene we have nice contacts with.
But our style differs from them through this epic touch. Lunar Shadow and Atlantean Kodex would be bands fitting perfectly to our sound but we have no contacts to them at all so far.
To speak completely honest, on the one hand the climate is really friendly and supporting in the scene, on the other hands it’s a war for attention. Every band struggles to get more known and like in some sport the others can be seen as concurrence. It’s not a nice idea thinking of it as music is about playing together and not against eachother but that’s how it looks like in the modern music world. Sad but true.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Yeah I think, with platforms like Spotify many people get a wrong access to music, because the people I know (also some Non-metal guys), who use Spotify just start a playlist and when you ask them, who this is or what´s the name of the song, some guys say “I don´t know” or “I don´t care”. With the work we put in an album I really learned, how much work there is to put in.
For us these platforms are rather for getting the people to know us. So we don´t earn money or anything.
What does the future hold?
-We plan some shows in 2017 in order to support our brand new album. Maybe there will be even some tours. And in 2018, 2019 we will possibly make our third album. We are hot and ready for more!