|DOOMSHINE : interview with
questions by Haavard Holm ___
interview shared with Metal Norge
NO STERILE PERFECTION , CAUSE THE SONGS MUST LIVE
Speaking about the album, label, Progressive, recording process, vinyl, Candlemass and Solitude Aeternus, vocals and growls, proud moments, Doom Shall Rise Festival, song-writing, Doom genre, Germany, projects for 2005
of last years greatest surprises were German Doomshine's debut "Thy
Kingdoom Come", a album that is quite special
of all I should of course give you my regards for a fabulous debut album
in "Thy Kingdoom Come"! It was close to a perfect album in fact!
to a perfect album...wow, these are heavy words. I am really at a loss of
words. Thank you very much indeed!
take the latest news from the band first, your debut was out via Iron
Glory Records that threw in the towel last year, but you've now just
don´t think you can call Massacre Records a major label but Massacre is
an established and very well-versed label. And one of the most well known
labels in Germany. We are more than happy about the signing with them. Jörg
from Iron Glory Records wants to have us there after Iron Glory broke
apart and he made the contact with Massacre. I think that Doomshine fits
in next to great and interesting bands like Sacred Steel, Beyond Twilight,
Manticora or Ivanhoe. And hey, which metalhead wouldn´t sign a deal with
a label where King Diamond has signed?
has existed since 2000, but before then the members seem to have quite a
varied musical background, also ranging very
yes, everyone in Doomshine has a soft spot for progressive metal music.
Personally I prefer bands with a darker touch like Evergrey or Pain of
Salvation. Also there always was the presence of enthusiasm listening to
doom metal. There was no masterplan how our songs have to sound, we just
checked out where our strength lies and we found that power in our song ´Shine
On Sad Angel´. From that point we tried to follow that path and...yes, it
suppose that on "Thy Kingdoom Come" you probably did not have
the greatest budget to record it with, still the sound is crystal clear
still unbelievable for us but the magician we have to thank therefore is
our bass player Carsten! He is owner of a small non-commercial studio and
he was responsible for the whole recordings. He was always on location, he
spent countless hours, he did the mix and along the way he created the
album artwork. By the way he has to cope with his daily job, wife,
children, dog, house... I think our bass player is a fucking alien, haha...
of the fact that Carsten has his own studio we recorded on weekends
mostly. But we paid attention not to spend too much time for the
recordings just to keep the spirit of the songs. We used a lot of first
takes and we didn´t push every note to sterile perfection. The songs must
also did a small vinyl EP release just ahead of the CD release, and have
now also done the "Thy Kingdoom Come" as a 2LP set, even
we love our vinyl releases and if it´s just cause of the knowledge to
hold vinyl of our own band in our hands. I don´t know if everybody in
Doomshine owns a working record player, haha... I do, by the way...and I
still listen to my old vinyls constantly. There´s a request for vinyl
releases definitely and we´ve got a lot of great feedback and reviews for
the vinyl stuff. The extra track of the double vinyl version of ´Thy
Kingdoom Come´ is called ´Trouble Fire´ and is one of the first ever
written Doomshine songs. We´ve recorded that track especially for the LP
and you won´t find it anywhere else. If someone is interested to own one
of these limited to 500 pieces 2LP please contact Holger
Welsch, R.-Markmann-Str. 58, 19258 Boizenburg / Germany, E-Mail:
For the vinyl single please visit ´Metal Supremacy´ on
are promoted as a mixture of Candlemass and Solitude Aeternus by pretty
much everyone in the media, as well as your label...
here they are again, the comparisons with Solitude Aeturnus and Candlemass.
What can we say? There are worse bands to get compared with, haha.
Seriously, it´s a huge honour to hear the name of these legendary bands
in connection with Doomshine. We are influenced by them definitely,
although I think there´s an unaffected difference. And by the way, I
really hope and I pray to the gods of metal that I am the lighter
version of Messiah. Not only relating to my vocals, haha. I really feel
honoured when people compare my style of singing with Messiah or Rob Lowe
but I´m down-to-earth to know that these guys sing in a much higher
league than I do.
the future I can´t tell too much where the musical journey of Doomshine
will go. We´re in the middle of creating new songs and the first
impression I can tell you that they are more heavy and more melodic at the
same time. Our aim is to hold the level of ´Thy Kingdoom Come´ without
copying ourselves. Time will tell if the people will say ”yes, they did
new Doom bands of today have the use of growling vocals, how do you
Doomshine would fit to this, and have you ever considered actually
Definitely not. I´m no adversary of death metal vocals but I´m tired of
growls if they are present over the whole album. It would reduce ourselves
and push the melodies in the background. Nothing to be said against some
screams or evil voices in the songs of Doomshine but we use them just in
several suitable moments. And so we´ll probably do that in the future.
a quite young band, I suppose you've still not gone totally into being a
rock-star yet. What has been your proudest moment with Doomshine ?
young band...that sounds great. The band is young, that´s right,
but not the old guys playing there, haha. You´re right, we´ve
been in no rock star situation till now and I hope we never will.
Personally I feel a little queasy when people admire myself. I guess I am
too shy to become a typical rock star at any time. But there were many
moments in the past that made us proud being the guys of Doomshine. For
example the knowledge that we are one of the few European melodic doom
metal bands whose music is reaching that spectrum of different metal fans.
Next to these facts there were some special moments which suprised us more
than making us just proud. The high position in Germany´s best metal
magazine Rock Hard and also that the Rock Hard readers voted us on the
eleventh position in the category ´Newcomer 2004´ !
played the now rather famous Doom Shall Rise festival as well, how was
that experience ? Do you feel to be a comfortable liveband ?
that was a very special day for us. We were highly nervous. It was the
second Doomshine gig, the first was one year before! So we knew nothing
that day! Almost noone ever heard about Doomshine, so it was a big
surprise for us that the people liked it that much although, or maybe
because of, some of them said that it´s no usual doom metal what we are
playing. So that was one of the ”being proud”-situations concerning
your last question.
don´t want to judge what kind of live band we are, I just try to make a
rough estimate. Definitely we are no well experienced live band cause of
our few gigs we played. But when we play we do that with intense feeling.
To me it´s not the most important point to show a boring live perfection
but to make the songs coming alive somehow.
next album is slated for a 2006 release, would you say that you're a band
that like to spend time writing new material instead of being
my opinion there are a lot of bands with too many releases. Sometimes I
think ”wow, another XY-album again!” and when I listen to it I think
”wow, sounds like the last XY-album exactly”, haha. I mean if you´re
making music with commercial intentions you have to stay in the minds of
the people. It´s a fast moving period! Fortunately Doomshine is a band
that will release an album when we are sure that it is worth to be
it´s kind of a bandthing as you noticed when we are writing songs. I
think that Sven, our guitar player, is the one who brings the most
”starters” and ideas. He´s kind of a navigator but no captain. There´s
a natural responsibility assignment in Doomshine and leading our songs is
the specialty of Sven. But never without the help of the others.
general the Doom genre has become a lot more fruitful these latest years
with a massive line of new bands coming along. Do you follow
there´s something going on since a couple of years. I try to follow what´s
up in the doom scene but I´m no permanent underground digger if you know
what I mean. I´m too interested in any kind of metal. I´m glad to have
the Doom Shall Rise festival in reachable nearness to see once in a year
what I have missed in the year before. I prefer the more melodic bands
like Forsaken, Mirror of Deception, Thunderstorm and While Heaven Wept.
And I hope that we´ll get the doom highlights this year from Candlemass
and Solitude Aeturnus!
the first three things you think about when I say "Germany" and
difficult question! Okay, honestly...the first three
Hansen..............and...............Rock Hard magazine! Hm, hope that´s
an acceptable answer...
what is now in line for Doomshine for the remaining 2005 ?
concentrate on creating new songs at the time and we want to start the
recordings for our second album in autumn. There will be just a few gigs.
We´ll play on the Belgian Doom Night (
) in Gent/Belgium together with
Count Raven, Officium Triste, Mirror of Deception, Well of Souls, Esoteric
and more. We are also guests on the Ragers Elite Festival
) where a German thrash metal band called
Delirious will celebrate their 15th anniversary on November 26th in
Hamm/Germany. Maybe there will be some more gigs but the next album has
thanks alot for your time and not to forget a thanks as well for doing a
album I won't likely forget as most others!
again! Not to be buried in oblivion is one of the greatest awards for a
band. So these are the perfect closing words. Norway, we salute you!!!!!!!
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