SHADOWS FALL : interview with Matthew
e-mail interview by
dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo and Matthew "Newbreed99" Haumschild ___
INTERNET HAS BEEN THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO UNDERGROUND MUSIC,
dalia - Firstly, can you tell us how is the atmosphere in the band now that the brand new album “The War within” is released?
Matthew SF - we are relieved. It is always quite stressful to get an album together with the writing, recording, artwork, etc.
you feel like taking part in a group of American bands
that are applying a revolution in Metal? And if yes, which are your
goals? Which new level of heaviness would you reach?
We have already
exceeded our expectations so we are just trying to make the best albums we
d- May I ask why The
Light that blinds has been chosen as opener for your new cool album? In my opinion it is a
bit extraneous to all the rest, not
so fluent, with raw-shaped
pace changes, and the sonorities of its very beginning are so high,
“per se” …
in my opinion 4 tracks are really outstanding: Inspiration
is within , Those who cannot speak , and
of past Failures, can you tell us which inspiration and work created
these for songs? Is there any anecdote concerning these songs?
Rock and roll
inspired them... The structures, and riffs are much more focused then we
have done in the past and we are very satisfied with the result.
d- To have been
identified by many media
the breakout band of the year 2003
more an honour, a real proud or
a “heavy” responsibility?
Yes and no.
If there is 1 thing that we never pay attention to it’s the media
and the press (no offence, hahaha). Reviews
and comments like that are based solely on 1 persons opinion so its hard
to really take something like that to heart, although it is always nice to
hear the compliments.
Shadows Fall reached now the perfect formula concerning the line-up?
Fall like to insert acoustic passages or acoustic intro’s here and there
that contrast with the hyper heaviness and aggressiveness. This is one of
the things you have in common
with All that Remains…
Well, we have
always done that... It’s just part of our style. Obviously all that remains has a similar style since Phil
(vocalist and main songwriter for them), was shadows fall’s singer for a
is in your opinion the more innovative way to promote music?
The internet has been
the best thing to happen to underground music, EVER.
I remember the days of hand writing mailing lists and flyer
trading. Things are so much
easier now, its great.
Matthew GM - You guys have been using the same producer for all your major releases.
What makes you go back to him every time?
We have known
him since before we were a band and before he was recording.
He knows this band inside and out and knows exactly what we need to
Seems like you guys are always working, do you all
If we stop working we wouldn’t be able to pay the bills!!!
Plus I would get bored, hehe.
you noticed more people showing up at your shows? And would you contribute
that to being on last years (2003) Ozzfest bill? Would you like to do that
again? Or would you like to try out some European summer Festivals?
played a part in that for sure. We
did a few European fests this year and hopefully we can do some next year
M- Where is the best venue you guys have all played at?
The Norva in Norfolk, VA.
have a hot tub, WOOHOO!
you all feel that you have come along way and why?
you guys excited to be touring with the Haunted and Damage plan?
regards to your album art, what are some of the considerations do you go
through in picking out what should be on the cover on your albums? The
last two have been very original and unique.
comes up with a concept that reflects the title of the album.
you agree with this quotation: “An eye for an eye only leads to more
it better a good tattoo or a good song?
song… I don’t have any tattoos. I
dont like anything enough to get it put on my body forever.
space now ;) is for a message of yours only: would you like to tell
something to your fans?
Thanks for the
support, see you on the road, DRINK MORE BEER!
Ok, we are at the last question, our typical gryphonmetal last
question we propose to all bands we’re interviewing for the first time.
one. In flames and Lamb of God
are good friends of ours, don’t know the Dimmu guys personally but
I’ve heard they are great. SO,
I think we would have to keep Lamb of God, ONLY for the reason that we
have a drinking contest that is yet to be finished!!!!
It will end on top of the tower!!!!
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