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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Schattenfang interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Invidia:In the last time after a lot of other musicans come and go, it was possible to recruit a good working new horde to rise out of the ashes.
The new formed battle formation is consisting of Bladur Pest (known from Heimleiden or as a Guest from Frostagrath), Nebel. (known from Nebel Misanthrop) and
Arhymanoth (known from Eisenkhrarh).
The work for the upcoming concept-album "Was blieb, als du gegangen bist"  is going well an just has been thwarted by bow tendon-injury of mine in the last weeks.
We already released a little teaser with snippets of demo-recordings of that.
The Concept that was already written in 2013 will finally implemented or re-composed.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Invidia: The whole development-process is a lot more professional, the songs are a lot more complex and detailed and more atmospheric,maybe a bit more melancholic and despaired.

3.The last full length was released in 2012 and most of the newer material has either been on compilations or splits, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

Invidia: A new full-leigh album actually was planned since 2013 and songs like "An der Eiche" was written for that but then the rumors inside the band started, members were replaced or betrayed the horde and so the studio-recordings never started. So the last newer tracks are just live-recordings from that songs on compilations.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Invidia: The lyrical main-theme are still the facets of human abysses.For example the upcoming Album will tell a story about a soldier who fought at Tannenberg in the first world war and returned mental damaged home.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Schattenfang'?

Invidia: The central meanig of this project is the duality of everything, with every light comes the shadows - so it's with this name. In one way it's the name of an castle, cursed with a werewolf-curse and the werewolf represents humanity and the bestial side inside of everyone. In the second way it could be taken literally with catching shadows - noone could reach or defeat his own shadow or his darkest sides.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Invidia: I would definitly name the one at the Torn-Your-Ties-Festival 2012, which was very powerful and honorific to take a place in this atmospheric ritual.
Also i would name the gig i organized at the european tour of Rotten Souls and Ancient Spheres in Halle/Saale in 2013, where the band worked as one and the atmosphere in this little location were hypnotic. the stage performance in the past was ride somewhere between pure hate spitting and desperation, i hope to get this power back on stage with the new fellows.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Invidia: As soon as the new album is released  indeed we plan a little tour to catch up the canceled or offered gigs from the last two years.

8.Recently you where a part of some splits with 'Mortigor' and 'Forest Of Filth', what are your thoughts on the other bands that have participated on those recordings?

Invidia: The Split with Mortigor was planned after the toursupport for Ancient Spheres and Rotten Souls, because Mortigor includes members of both. The material had a huge odysse left behind and the label there still got issues so still not a single disc of that release reached us.But beside this fact, the band creates a really raw and atmospheric sound and and amazing show.
The Split with Forest Of Filth is planned since 3 years now and got the same problems i named in question number 3 - But as soon as both projects got the time and members back it will be done.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of raw and depressive black metal?

Invidia: Since the first day the feedback was very mixed. When i look back at these past 6 years of the band i can say that we sure reached maybe more than some other bands in this sector (where it feels like every second guy got his own one-man-project with a crappy drum-computer)  and got fans worldwide.It was suprising, how the mentale Disharmonie was spreaded quickly.
But in the first way the music is created as a diary. There was a lot of shit going on because of ex-members and their actings besides the band, lets see what the future brings with the new one.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Arhymanoth: Eisenkrarh is still active, but at the moment the focus of my songwriting lies on Schattenfang.

Invidia: Baldur is still taking place in different project as a guest and got his neofolk-project Wintersonne and Nebel still working at new material for Nebel Misanthrop. In the last year i played a song togehter with Dark Armgeddon, which will be included on their upcoming 20-years-anniversary-Album and also drummed at a song for Coldnight.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Arhymanoth: We hope that we can continue our new work in good cooperation inside the band and being productive, there is nothing more to say at the moment.

Invidia: Hopefully back on stage soon with a few more albums in the back.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Invidia: The roots always are the biggest influence. For me its still  the early Burzum and Nargaroth but also the first self-named Album or the Îsern Himel of Lantlôs (not the later stuff!) and through the new members there are a lot of doom-influences. Also, to get back to the duality, there are more raw stuff like Altar Of Plagues, Vivus Humare or Whiskey Ritual that sure influence the newer stuff.
Also sure the own and past projects from everyone of us are reflected through the upcoming material.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Es wird wieder begangen!


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