I recently spoke with EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet about the band’s new album, Tinnitus Sanctus. A brief excerpt is available below:
Sammet: “I can’t speak for everybody in the band, but I got sick of that ‘high velocity at any price’ approach. If you really have to say something at that speed, like in ‘Speedhoven’ for example, then it’s fine because it’s supposed to be fast, but I really don’t want people telling me what to do. I’m not going to record a fast song just for the sake of recording a fast song. That doesn’t make sense, and to me the mid-paced songs give you many more opportunities to put energy, melody and atmosphere into them. The music breathes so much more, and that makes it much easier to give the song a heart and soul. There are so many power metal bands playing fast songs and one song sounds like the other, and quite often I get the impression that those songs are being created from a blueprint.”
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As an introduction I figured I’d share a recent interview I did with About.com, conducted by Chad Bowar. Read on…
How and when did you first discover metal music?
High school, 1983. There was a kid in my classes by the name of Jim Watt who wore those cheesy black rock shirts with the long white sleeves – W.A.S.P., Mötley Crüe, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Metallica – every single day. Between the clothes and the long hair he was marked as an “undesirable” by the teachers and always ended up sitting at the front of the class so they could keep an eye on him, so he quite naturally became the center of attention for everyone. He was actually a very cool guy and quite happy to hang with shy and introverted geeks like myself and teach us a thing or two about music. A couple cassette tapes later and I was hooked for life. My parents weren’t exactly thrilled, but I think they were secretly glad my pocket money was being used for records and not drugs.
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