Interview with Kasper...
relatively new in the scene (at least for North Americans!), so please give
us a brief introduction on the "who's who" and on the formation of the band,
"Well, where to start... SHADOWBREED started out two years ago and
was originally founded by Rodg, Remigius, Oll and Dann. They have already been
playing together in a band called MORGANOM for almost ten years but
unfortunately, MORGANOM broke up five years ago. After their split,
all members went separate ways; for instance, Rodg played with BIFROST
for four years. But after being separated for five years, four out of five
MORGANOM members started a new band two years ago.. SHADOWBREED
was born! I myself joined six months after the reunion, on bass. I came
from BIFROST too. Besides me, the other four are: Remigius on Vocals,
Rodg on 7-string guitar, Dann on 6-string guitar and Oll on drums."
band's name is really cool! Any special, obscure meaning for you guys? Why
did you pick this name up???<
"We had been thinking about it for a long time since we thought the name
should represent the band... We had several others but after a selection,
this one suited us the best. We consider ourselves as being a shadow breed
since metalheads always stand in the shadow of the modern society and are
being considered as outcasts. We thought it suited us perfectly and besides,
that it is easy to remember and just sounds great in my opinion."
have been described as a cross between BOLT THROWER and UNLEASHED,
which is pretty much to the point... What are your prime influences? Were
you ever consciously influenced by those two bands?<
"We all have been into Metal for as far back as we can remember and basically
grew up with bands such as BOLT THROWER / UNLEASHED, etc. I
personally don't think we sound like both bands but of course, there are
several things alike in our music. Sometimes Remigius' voice reminds me of
Karl Wilets (BOLT THROWER) and also our moody parts in the music
sometimes remind me of BOLT THROWER, but we are definitely not a
rip-off or something like that! I don't think we are directly influenced
by any band but we listen to a lot of bands. My own personal record collection,
for instance, has something like four hundred different bands... So we listen
to a lot of music..."
now, it looks like the pure essence of Death Metal is making a big comeback...
Do you see it as such and do you believe in your chances of making it big
in the actual scene?<
"Well, all five guys in SHADOWBREED have been playing Death Metal
for almost ten years, so we are definitely not a band that started playing
Death Metal because it was getting more and more popular over the last years.
We have always been big fans of Death Metal and SHADOWBREED simply
creates music that we like... Some call it Death Metal, others call it Thrash...
We prefer to just call it METAL! But of course, I am aware of the big
comeback in the scene. A lot of new bands are getting bigger and bigger but
I don't see it as a bad thing. I prefer Death Metal over Black Metal but
in all sorts of Metal, you have good and bad bands and a lot of bands that
start playing a style of music because they think they can get big if they
do it... The wrong attitude if you ask me!"
you consider SHADOWBREED as a force behind the retro movement, considering
you are practicing a more classic type of Heavy Death Metal? How would you
describe the band's music in your own terms?<
"As I said earlier, we simply play music that we like. I think we sound
like old Death Metal in the vein of BOLT THROWER but then, with a
lot of modern parts in it. We put the old Death Metal form in a new jacket...
I prefer to simply call it METAL since we have a lot of different influences
mixed through the Death Metal!"
SHADOWBREED a good investment in your opinion? What makes the band
different from the others?<
"Hard question..! I think SHADOWBREED is a band that knows how it
works and is willing to give it everything they have to get bigger and bigger!
Also, our music sounds different than other bands; we have several sorts
of Metal in our music and took the best parts out of it and put it into
Light Of The Shadow", your debut MCD, was released under the Unveiling
The Wicked banner, A division of Hammerheart... How's this going sales-wise?
How did you hook up with this label?<
"That's correct. Sales-wise, everything goes directly through Hammerheart's
sources but UTW is mainly for bands that haven't released anything yet and
by releasing a demo on CD or a mini-CD, they get the chance to release something
through a bigger label to get the bands name spread and to get the ball
rolling... After that, the bands get signed to Hammerheart to release their
full-length debut album. When SHADOWBREED had played Live for a couple
of times, we were asked by a small Belgian label called Painkiller to release
a 7" for them... Of course, we accepted this offer and went to the studio
to record two tracks for them. Those tracks sounded killer and were above
all expectations. We gave a copy of those two tracks to the guys of Hammerheart,
who had been visiting a few SHADOWBREED gigs too. They were completely
surprised and asked us to get back into the studio to record some more for
them. This resulted in our mini-CD 'The Light Of The Shadow'!"
MCD the only thing that you will do with them?<
"We don't know yet. After the release of the mini-CD, we have been getting
great reactions from the press and other labels. We had an agreement with
Hammerheart for one mini-CD and an option for a full length. We have several
other labels that are interested in SHADOWBREED too, so we don't know
yet if we will continue our deal with them or if we will sign to another
label..? Only time can tell..."
heard you are touring a bit here and there... I've heard about a tour with
ANCIENT... Tell us a bit about your touring schedule and your shows
in general... Are you guys playing a lot Live?<
"SHADOWBREED has done over thirty gigs in 1999 only. We think that
playing Live is the best way to promote your band. This year, we have five
shows lined up with THYRFING and PRIMORDIAL and next month,
we will go to Denmark to support ANCIENT. We accept almost every
offer we get to play Live! We fucking love it so we do as much shows as we
can, not only in Holland but also Belgium, Denmark, Germany... We will go
to Sweden too. After the release of our full length, we want to go on a
big tour for like thirty days straight but right now, it has hardly any
use. So we stick to the loose shows here and there."
about new recordings? Anything planned for this year???<
"Almost all the material for our full length has been finished. We have
also booked the studio for September 2000 and we are going to record the
album at the famous Abyss studios in Sweden. The working title for the new
album is 'Only Shadows Remain' and it will probably feature ten tracks
and one extra for the digipack limited edition! Thomas of THYRFING
will be helping us out in the studio by doing some backing vocals for us.
That is all I can say about it now..."
what do you think of Canadian bands? What are your top faves right now?<
"To be completely honest with you, I don't know to much Canadian artists.
I would love to get to know some underground Metal bands! So if anyone is
interested, do not hesitate to get in touch! Of course I know Devin Townsend
and OCEAN MACHINE, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, etc. I think he is a great
musician but besides him, I don't know that much about the Canadian scene."
Metal agonizing???? Are we really noticing a Death Metal revival??? What,
in your opinion, is going to be the next big thing in the underground in
the months, years to come???<
"I don't know if Black Metal is agonizing but I hope that the good Black
Metal bands will stay alive and the rip-off bands will die! Death Metal is
getting bigger and bigger, it seems. Of course, that is pretty good for
SHADOWBREED... ;-)) But as
in all scenes, there are too many weak bands and I can only hope that the
strong ones will survive! We have been supporting Death Metal for ten years
and we will continue this... THE DEATH METAL AGE HAS ARRIVED!"
for taking the time my friend! Anything you'd like to add?<
"Thank you for your interest in SHADOWBREED and I sincerely wish you
good luck with your 'zine and your label. People like you keep the scene
alive and hopefully we can work together in the future! For all you Canadians
out there, if stores and distros fail, then don't hesitate to contact me
to order our shit directly from me. If you want more informations, then
simply check out our website at
or just send me an e-mail..."
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