Hi Albert, this is Ralf from
Hey there Ralf! Cheers for this and the chance to get across to your readers on NOMAD SON. Well, things are good, but damned busy! The work has really multiplied with two bands now (NOMAD SON and FORSAKEN)…but I can’t say that I regret it….I really can’t get enough of this music and both bands are really very special to me.
Please tell me about the beginning of NOMAD SON. How did you get the deal with Metal On Metal records?
The band’s origins are really due to David Vella who runs
“First Light” was done in the
How were the reactions so far?
The reactions have been overwhelming really. We launched the album here locally a few days after the album was released. Both Jowita and Simone from Metal On Metal made their way to
I like the cover artwork very much – who did it?
As you know, our label co-owner Jowita is a fantastic artist and has built a strong reputation for some really mind-blowing cover art with bands like EXODUS,
I like the song “The Light At The End” very much, which is a bit different than the rest. It is very minimalistic but very intense... Got more songs in that direction...?
“The Light At The End” is a very personal song for me. Lyrically, it focuses on my mother’s recent passing and we wanted to capture a mood that is fitting to the song texts. It is a bass-driven track really, with the bass lines meandering between various brooding yet emotionally evocative moods that compliment the lyrics. However, the overall effect of the track is certainly also due to the fantastic embellishments Chris,
As for other songs in this vein, I am presently working on some bass lines which capture a somewhat analogous mood. Whether this will develop into a track for our albums is still to be seen however as I have yet to jam the bass lines with the rest of the band as we are presently working on other new songs and need to finish this work first. However, as in all other cases with NOMAD SON, if these ideas sound right once we jam them together and continue to elaborate the song structure, then most definitely you can expect some more material of this kind. What’s important is that it sounds right and moving. That is the basic pre-requisite in this band!
You are also playing in FORSAKEN which is another great Doom band hailing from
Yes, we shall be unleashing our fourth full-length album called “After The Fall” on I Hate Records (Sweden) later this year and also had some gigs lined up for Germany this fall, including the Metalfest in Friedewald on October 25th and the Days of Doom festival in Dortmund on November 22nd.
Ha ha. Basically, I guess it’s principally due to BLACK SABBATH’s far reaching influence. That band’s legacy is global and speaking for myself and the musicians I know here who are into this music, we draw our main musical inspiration from SABBATH. Obviously, we’re all deeply passionate about the Doom genre itself and we also draw reference from those seminal bands that have forged this music. From a more socio-cultural perspective,
NOMAD SON have this
Yes, I think that this is pretty much a perfect description of the band. Another journalist described us like hearing a jam between members of DEEP PURPLE and URIAH HEEP and WITCHFINDER GENERAL and PENTAGRAM, which I also think is more than fitting to describe NOMAD SON!
Did you ever play outside
No not yet. We hope to start gigging abroad in 2009 and
What are your statements to:
The ultimate Heavy Rock/Metal/Doom band (call them what you want!) in my opinion. That’s were it all really started and their inspiration has been pervasive throughout Metal’s history. I personally prefer the classic Iommi/Butler/Ward/Osbourne line up, but Gillan’s work with the band on “Born Again” comes close in my opinion. The Dio, Hughes and Tony Martin eras had their moments, but for me, SABBATH’s most monumental and monolithic material remains rooted in their “Ozzy” years. Their first album, “Paranoid”, “Sabotage”, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”, “Volume 4” are timeless gems, and I always find myself going back to these albums even though I’ve had them since I was a young teen.
Apart from SABBATH, my introduction to doom came mostly via WITCHFINDER GENERAL and TROUBLE rather than CANDLEMASS; however, over the years I gradually grew very fond of this band. I personally think that their first “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” album is their best, although I’m also really into the “From The 13th Sun” and “Dactylis Glomerata” albums which can be considered more as Leif Edling solo albums really. As for the band’s Messiah Marcolin albums, there’s obviously some classic and trademark CANDLEMASS stuff there and I was also really impressed with their comeback self-titled album. It was a shame that Messiah had to leave but it appears (at least from the interviews with the band that I’ve read) that he was becoming too much of a prima donna for them to handle…so you can’t really blame them for turning their attention elsewhere. Their new line-up featuring Robert Lowe is pretty decent too and “King Of The Grey
A godly band and hugely influential on the Doom Metal idiom. All their different line-ups (with Scott Reagers, Wino and Lindersson) produced some of the most inspirational doom ever, though for me V remains the ultimate VITUS album, with timeless Doom anthems like “Petra”, “Living Backwards” and the simply infectious “I Bleed Black”…which is possibly one of Doom Metal’s most defining moments. I wasn’t too keen on Wino’s post-VITUS work with some of his projects (particularly HIDDEN HAND). Some of his work with SPIRIT CARAVAN was ok but HIDDEN HAND failed to reach the heights of his OBSESSED and ST VITUS work. I also really liked Wino’s collaboration with Victor Griffin on the second PLACE OF SKULLS album “With Vision”. As for
DOOM SHALL RISE FESTIVAL
Two days of Doom bliss! I really missed it this year, as the organisers decided to re-charge their energies a bit before moving on to the next edition. I think it was a well deserved break as it surely is not easy to put on a festival of such magnitude on an annual basis with limited human and financial resources. I’ve been to each edition except for 2006 and each festival was truly outstanding. I’ve seen some of the best live performances ever there (e.g. COUNT RAVEN, REVELATION and PLACE OF SKULLS) and long to return. For me Doom Shall Rise is like a pilgrimage to Doom Metal haven! Any self-respecting Doom head should make his/her way to the Chapel to truly witness the essence of Doom Metal and the Doom Metal community.
My listening preferences revolve around Doom Metal, 80s Metal (particularly NWoBHM and early Thrash Metal) and late sixties/70s Classic Rock, and bands today who still pursue these genres. I really don’t find anything appealing in the modern, corporate-packaged stuff that is considered as Metal these days! I guess I’m in a time-warp, but I don’t really care!
PAY TO PLAY
I guess this is one way of how the big bands/promoters slave off the younger up and coming bands…at the same time, the latter can get a good break if they manage to hook up with a good tour. I have never pursued this practice in either of my bands, although to be honest an offer did once come our way in FORSAKEN. We just simply couldn’t afford the money and didn’t make it even though the bands on the tour were very high profile. We have always had to rely on our resources and the hospitality of friends when playing abroad. In reality, this DIY ethic helps to preserve the bands’ autonomy and we’re lucky that in the true doom and old school community you can rely on like-minded fans/musicians and you rarely come across the unscrupulous bastards that plague the Metal industry. Normally, such bastards are correctly weeded out by those in the know!
Can’t say that I’ve had my fair share of them! Ha ha. In Doom circles what you mostly get back stage is 30-45 year old beer bellied, sweaty men like myself who are often too drunk after a gig too stand on their own two feet…let alone entice members of the fairer sex for a good shagging! At least this is my experience!! Seriously, though, I guess it all depends on what one is after through playing Metal. I’ve been pursuing this music for well over two decades now purely out of love for Doom and Metal and the friendship that I’ve experienced with many people who are similarly motivated, and nothing else. Creating this music and playing live is also an important outlet for personal creativity and that is also an important motivation. Thankfully, I can get my fair share of the action at home!
What are your personal top 10 of all times in music?
This is such a difficult question to answer! Damn it! Here are three tentative lists…one for my favourite Doom Metal albums, another with Heavy Metal stuff I worship and another with more Classic Rock and Prog stuff I enjoy. SABBATH could have easily topped each list…but I’ve listed them in my Doom list just for convenience’s sake. I’ve had to group some entries together…as it’s simply impossible for me to just come up with ten albums.
BLACK SABBATH – Black Sabbath/Paranoid/Sabotage/Sabbath Bloody Sabbath/Volume 4/Born Again
PENTRAGRAM – Relentless/Day Of Reckoning/Be Forewarned
WITCHFINDER GENERAL – Death Penalty/Friends Of Hell
PAGAN ALTAR – Mythical And Magical
TROUBLE - The Skull/Psalm 9/Trouble
ST VITUS – V
PLACE OF SKULLS – Love Through Blood/Nailed
COUNT RAVEN – Destruction Of The Void
CANDLEMASS – Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
SOLSTICE – New Dark Age
IRON MAN – Generation Void
REVELATION – Salvations Answer
JUDAS PRIEST – Sad Wings Of Destiny/Sin After Sin/Stained Class/Screaming For Vengeance
ANGEL WITCH – Angel Witch
MERCYFUL FATE – Don’t Break The Oath/Melissa
CELTIC FROST – Into The Pandemonium/Emperor’s Return
MOTORHEAD – Ace Of Spades/Another Perfect Day
SAXON – Denim And Leather/Wheels Of Steel/Power And The Glory
VENOM – Black Metal
MANOWAR – Into The Glory Ride/Battle Hymns/Sign Of The Hammer
DARK QUARTERER – s/t
KING DIAMOND – Abigail
DIO – Holy Diver
SAINT – The Mark/Tomorrow’s End
W.A.S.P. – s/t
MÖTLEY CRÜE – Shout At The Devil
DEEP PURPLE – Machine Head/Fire Ball
KING CRIMSON – Court Of The Crimson King
URIAH HEEP – Magicians Birthday/Demons And Wizards
ELP – s/t, Tarkus And Trilogy
RAINBOW – Rising
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT – Extra Terrestrial Live
HAWKWIND – Warriors At The Edge Of Time
JETHRO TULL - Aqualung
CAPTAIN BEYOND – Dawn Explosion
MAGNUM – Chase The Dragon
Are there any newer albums in the last months that impressed you?
I just got the two RITUAL (NWoBHM) albums recently re-issued by Shadow Kingdom Records (“Widow” and “The Valley Of The Kings”), and they’re truly mind-blowing stuff to say the least, true gems that are representative of all the magic in NWoBHM. I’ve also just got the new PRIEST album – “Nostradamus” – and I have to say I was impressed by the band’s effort to take a step in a different direction and come up with a concept album of such epic proportions. True, some parts do sound a bit too modern for my tastes, but for the main this is a great effort by the band and should be applauded. Then again, I’m such a huge PRIEST fan that they rarely can do anything wrong in my eyes! Another of my recent acquisitions was the WITCHFINDER GENERAL “Resurrected” album which marks the band’s return after more than two decades absence…I’m still trying to get to grips with Zeeb Parkes’ absence from the comeback line-up but there’s enough evidence on the new album to demonstrate that along with Alan Jones from PAGAN ALTAR, and “Gypsy", Re Bethe from RITUAL, Phil Cope was one of the finest guitarists to emerge from the NWoBHM, and he is still forging some awesome Iommi-esque doom riffs! I should also be getting the new URIAH HEEP album soon – “Wake The Sleeper” – apparently from what the press is saying it is a cruncher of an album – can’t wait to get my hands on it!
What’s next with NOMAD SON?
Well, we’ve already written two new songs titled “Vigil” and “Winds Of Golgotha” and there are ideas for lots more, so we’re already looking forward to a follow-up to “First Light”. I’m positive that it’ll be more than a worthy successor to the debut. We shall be playing more gigs locally this fall and then hopefully, get the band on the road across
Thanks a lot – see ya on tour and have some beers together!
Kudos to you too Ralf. It’s been great talking “Metal” with you and I’m sure there’ll be lots more to say when we meet…so get those beers chilled and prepare for the aftermath of a great Doom night’s out hang-over! Meanwhile, those of you out there who want to grab some unbridled, passionate heavy doom get our debut from the band (firstname.lastname@example.org), or our label (www.metal-on-metal.com) and most reputable on-line stores worldwide.
2008: First Light (CD, Metal On Metal)
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