WOLFEN is band that I thought deserved being heard in the annals of Battle Helm. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-Well, we think this is the best album since The Truth behind. It is powerful and tight, melodic and heavy. We had so much fun writing the songs, especially for me having a new partner in songwriting and on guitar with Andi Doetsch. Siggi gives the sound of Wolfen such a punch in the stomach, it is just awesome hearing him playing together with Nico on bass. What we think of the new album? All killers, no fillers!
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-Wolfen is the title of a 1980ies movie and we loved how it sounds. It is a powerful and cool name and we did like the idea of reborn indian warriors as wolfes fighting against all odds. And so do we. We are still creating our kind of metal, not being a copy of anyone. We are doing our music for nearly 25 years and it does not matter how many difficulties there have been. We are still here. And that is what Wolfen means to us.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It is a great pleasure to make music not only for yourself, but for fans all over the world. Playing our songs live and feeling the reaction of the audience is just awesome. There is no better drug for you. Writing with people around the world, because they want to know what is coming next, is the fuel for every artist.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-We are trying to be authentic. We are not a fake band or something like that. We are five Metalheads, loving the music we play and we want the fans to know that we are this band and music. So, our image is just Metal. No costumes, no playback, just sweat and tears.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It is always a very long way to get the artwork we want to have. It took a few months until we had the final artwork for this CD/LP. So, yes, it is very important for us and we are really satisfied with the work of this album. I am big fan of LP Cover art work. Sitting there, listening to the music and just looking for all the details on the cover, like on Maidens Powerslave, Somewhere in time or Life after death LPs, is just awesome.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Social media can be very helpful to spread your art, but it is always a problem, when everybody can put his art or however you will call it on the net. There is so much bullshit around the planet and for the fans it is sometimes difficult to find the one they are looking for. But without the social media we won’t have the possibility to get in contact with fans all around the world. So it is as always, you have two sides of a coin.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Yes, absolutely. It is a great feeling playing in a band and have this moments of magic, especially live, together with the fans. The metal community is getting bigger and stronger every day and it is great to be a part of it. And for me, the best thing about it is that there are not these stupid fights between the different genres in metal anymore. I think it is a very versatile community and that is the best feeling of it all. Be tolerant and having a good time with metal and the people who love metal.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-At the moment I think the scene is on a good way to be healthy again. Many people want to have their music again on CD or vinyl and the collecting of your favourite bands is getting more and more important. So, yes, I think our music scene, the metal scene, is getting healthy again. Just look, how many festivals we have with some many different bands and types of metal. And it is no problem having a Black metal band playing on a festival with a Poser metal band. It is all just music and everyone is having fun.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We have been on tour with Grave Digger, which was an exciting time. But there are so many barriers you have to fight against. We are all working in normal jobs and it is very difficult to plan a tour and to work in your job. But if there is a chance to play a tour with great bands and venues, we will be there.
What will the future bring?
-In June we will start playing live promoting our new album „Rise of the lycans“ on some festivals and single concerts throughout germany and then we will see what will happen next. We want to play as much as possible to show the fans that Wolfen is still powerful on stage, that our new members are a profit for the band and we will blow your heads away.
Always remember, the Wolfen is gonna get ya!