WITH IVORY TOWER (italian
by Giancarlo Bolther
You are at your second record, what has changed since your
Our record company and the promotion agency did a great job
for the first album! So we and our music has become a little bit more
popular. We also got a lot of experiences resulting from the first
album and so we got the possibilty to work faster in the studio(that
saves money) and spent more time to the important things in the music
like the vocals and choirs. But it seems to us that getting gigs becomes
more difficult. 2 years we got phone calls from a lot of agencies
to play gigs at alot of festivals and now they don´t call us
and if we send material to them they are not interestet in Musically
we change our concept a little bit from the first album. We put the
guitar a little bit more in front of the music and the keyboards more
in the back. Listen...it works great.
During the songwritng processs I wrote more guitar orientated riffs
and songs. We also put some "classic" metal influences in
our music like twin guitar solos and the music becomes more straight
Are you satisfied with your last record?
Yes!!!! The album cotains great songs and the production
was also great. We received a lot of fantastic reviews from all over
the world. we also enjoy to play the songs live.
are the subjects that you like best for your lyrics?
The subfekts are very different. Andre writes about real
things that happened to us our some of our friends or in the society.
He prefers storries from the real life, no fictional things about
dragons e.g. For example game of life is about violence against women,
Beyond the stars is about aperson that is dying and the lyrics describes
the feelings the person has during this period, treehouse is about
a man that comes home to the place where he grew up and he learns
to forgive his parents all the bad things they did to him.
In your sound I can hear all the typical German metal influences,
what are the bands that inspire you most?
Oh, there are alot of bands that inspired us so much. But
I think you mean especially the vocal lines: So first of all Andre
is most influenced by Helloween with M.K. But he also loves the former
stuff from Judas Priest with R.H. and Iron Maiden with B.D. And for
me there are important bands like Saga, Dream Theater, Savatage, Fates
Warning, AC/DC, Kansas, Gentle Giant, Pink Floyd, Whitesnake, Robben
Ford, Mike Stern, chick corea....... The others in the band also love
music from Bad Religion, Gang Green,.....even Offspring..
Do you feel more tied to the Heavy Metal scene or the new
Difficult.....I think we are tied to ourselfes. I think there
is no borderline between HM and PM, because I always discovered in
ad´s of record companies the lable prog metal or prog power
metal for a band. I went to our record store and listened to that
cd and thought: Oh , It´s shitty 80 ies Rock! The companies
use that lable because it´s very popular and the hope the will
sell much more cd´s. I think we are tied to both scenes, but
even to many more, cause we try to combine a lot of styles in our
music and try to mix ` em up but only on bottom of metal.
What do you think about the success of the new prog and symphonic
I think it´s fantastic, but also difficult because
there are a lot of bands coming up playing that style. But now I think
here in Germany speed melodic metal is much more popular now.
What can you tell us about your frienship with Mob Rules?
After the previous album we played a tour in the north of
Germany with Mob Rules. They are funny cool guys and we had a lot
of fun with them. They are playing next weekend at the Wacken Open
Air and we´ll be there to support them...
Are you working on any projects together?
yeah, we are planning for the next album an all-star-project
for one track and of course one of them will participate then.
Don't you think that there is a risk of excessive crowding
of bands in your genre right now?
Yes, there are alot of bands, but they always have a handicap.
They are playing good music but always the singer is not that good
and so the instant feeling of the music becomes much lower. I think
quality of the music and the presence of a band will be the keys to
Which are your future projects?
The production of the next album and to play a support tour
Will you be playing in Italy?
Yes we would if we could!! We are very keen on to play live
everywhere. But that is very difficult, because it´s business.
It makes only sense when you sell a lot of cd´s in a country
to play there, because the money effort is very huge for a tour because
you have to pay technicians, Transport, Hotels/Nightliner, Insurance,
a daily buy on and....... So we need financial support from our record
company and more than 20 sold cd´s in a country.... But we hope
it will work in the future to play live in Italy, maybe at a festival.