You are in the process of creating your own record label called Sylphony Creations. What type of bands are you looking for to be on this label?
My small label "Sylphony Creations" was found in 2002 (at that time we released our first MCD "Bloodred Tales") to make one of my dreams come true at first. Basically, according to free time and space I will try to support and help with might and main some underground bands to grow up, play some more gigs or to get a bit more popular in the scene. Some projects are already planned for 2004 as for example the vinyl release of the debut album of STILLE OPROR (one layer of the split up IN THE WOODS…) which is an entirely acoustic album. Other releases are nearly confirmed, thus it's too early worth mentioning.
You are quite the businessman. Not only will you have your own label, but you are also creating Precious Art, which will be your private Artwork Service. You will be selling your own artwork. How long have you been an artist? Will you sell other peoples work or just your own? What kind of art are you into?
Obviously, it seems that I really am a so called businessman. I'm working in my daily life as a graphic designer and preprint-coordinator in a printing company/design agency. Although this work is more or less dedicated to modern and trendy stuff and often has nothing to do with this kind of exposures. Certainly, this was one of the basic reasons why I enlightened my private company "Precious Art" in 1995/1996 - namely to create space for different artwork schemes, basically in the world of Metal. Since this time, I have been creating many band logotypes (e.g. the one of DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, NECROPHAGIST, FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING - certainly.) and some cover artworks for underground acts. For my personal part, it is not important and any kind of basic of "Precious Art" to sell artwork or to sell others pieces of work. More or less I have been trying to figure out over the past years (and I will continue in exploring my entire lifetime) which style fits the best to my individuality. And one thing is definitely sure - there is nearly nothing harder to find! Nowadays I have the impression that I already did one little step forward in creating artworks for different sceneries. For principle, I think that I want to create artwork at first for myself. I just want to be responsible for arranging my own ideas in reflecting mind contents.
I see that the band will be on the road in
In any case, we want to play gigs and festivals as much as we are able to. You already mentioned the biggest event or festival we are playing in summer - we are performing this year on Summer Breeze which is a great honour for us! Some more gigs and underground festivals e.g. the "Zabbedusder"-Festival with "Altar", "Obscenity", "Harmony Dies" etc., two exclusive release gigs with AMON AMARTH in September and many more show in autumn and winter are already planned and confirmed and can be viewed on the homepage www.fragmentsofunbecoming.com. Concerning touring plans, we do not plan to hit the road in Europe that soon as every single one of us is working the whole week, the whole month, the whole year...thus, it is not that easy to jump on a tour or manage a self-financed one. Perhaps, it will be possible to support some tour gigs in
I notice that you have one release before this one called "Bloodred Tales-Chapter One: The Crimson Season". Was that much different from your new release "Skywards"? Can we get the release in
I think it is not easy to buy a copy of our first demonstration release outside
I would imagine that this is a concept story of sorts because there are two parts here and the second release is out now. Can you dive in just a little and let us know what the story is about briefly?
Concerning any parallels to contents of the titles, the choice to give chapters was not really done by purpose. The idea came up just to sequence the albums. Thus, the next album perhaps will be entitled ....-Chapter III ......, who knows? A connection between lyrical basics is not existent. Every album stands for itself and has its own basic concept. To take a look at some kind of concept behind "Skywards", the lyrics are, although this might not be viewable, very personal or close to my emotional exposures. To reduce it to some pertinent words, the lyrics and concept, especially on "Skywards" in substance tell about a certain passion, namely to ascend heavenwards, to leave something behind to step on unexplored virgin territory, to follow some kind of primordial instinct, to let the soul depart, to free oneself, to absorb light. In addition to that I always try to connect the lyrical basics, the compositions itself with artwork fitting to a complex system. To explain it: Starting to think about how the artwork should look like it was the main topic that there is a chromatic and thematic connection to the album title "Skywards" - thus I mainly used blue and white for basic colour arrangements, because of being the elementary colours of heaven. Perhaps, I prefer to create monochromatic artworks, because they offer a special atmosphere and mood. The artwork is basically built upon a mixture of brush and digital drawings or compositions. I wanted to create an artwork rich of light and showing a kind of reflection of the notion "Ascension". In a mysterious way, the Sylphe (poet: an elementary ghost connected to air, wind and breath and incarnated as some kind of beautiful female being) is placed on the cover as an obvious detail.
This CD is filled with complex time changes and mixes the best of melodic Death Metal and Thrash. Do you trace your roots back to the typical German bands of DESTRUCTION,
To be honest, I am not that familiar with all the past Thrash and Power Metal bands from
The Thrash/Death Metal scene seems like it has been picking up a lot of steam over the past several years from all corners of the world. Do you see this sort of as a phenomenon or just a slow takeover?
I don’t know if we can call the growing scene as some kind of either phenomenon or takeover. These styles in Metal have been established over the years like every style in music settles if there is a certain interest or a market for. In addition to that it seems like that there are not any new styles invented as nearly every band gets inspired by traditional roots in Metal. On the contrary, especially concerning the Swedish scene, the change of the spirits in Swedish Death Metal, in short from old-school to modern or the new wave of Swedish Death Metal, was one part of the reasons why I planned to establish FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING. I really missed this old-school sound and the roughness of ancient recordings. Sometimes, while listening to the dusty vinyls of CARNAGE, ENTOMBED, DISMEMBER, CARCASS, I get some kind of impression that these older albums are entirely free from pressure and based on merely impassioned song writing that had not to care about selling accounts. The productions had spirit and expressed a huge space for breath. Concerning actual releases, they are not really boring at all - there are some great bands like e.g. ETERNAL LIES, KAAMOS, UNMOORED, INCAPACITY etc. but in general, I prefer the older ones.
It seems like you have a good head on your shoulders by diving into a couple of businesses while being in the band. Do you have any other ventures you would like to tackle or will you just discover them as you bump into them?
Honestly, I always try to prevent to talk about future plans I’ve made until I will set them up to a kind of business. But, sometimes, as you called it, I also discover them by diving into them, more or less in a spontaneous way. The only thing I am able to say is the fact that I will do artworks or music for customers far beyond Metal in the future, too. I just refuse to draw my attention entirely to only one genre.
THANK YOU FOR THE INTERVIEW AND SUPPORT!!!!!
2002: Bloodred Tales – Chapter I – The Crimson Season (CD, Self-production)
2004: Skywards – A Sylphe’s Ascension (CD, Metal Blade)
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