Hi there. Congratulations to your great new album. Please describe the reactions to the CD so far.
The response from fans has been incredible, all of it very positive. The response from critics has been like other Jag Panzer albums, some like us and others do not.
Do you care for the opinion of your fans, the press and people in general? Or is it just you and your music?
I appreciate the view of fans more then of critics, but in the end it is the band that must be satisfied. Occasionally Iíll read a review where the journalist is clueless, heís saying things that are inaccurate or simple wrong. I donít like reading things like that.
What are the differences between "Mechanized Warfare" and "Casting the stones" in your opinion?
Casting the Stones is more intense, meaning that the heavy parts are heavier, the melodic parts more melodic, etc.
What are the reasons for these differences?
To make the new album sound different. We always make an effort to make each album sound different from the next. I would hate to make the same album twice.
My favourite song is "Tempest". Can you tell us something about this song and it's history?
Chris wrote that song. Heís an excellent composer, his music is very complex yet it remains very emotional. Lyrically, Harry is writing about the violence of a storm. People normally donít think of nature as being violent, but nature can be very deadly.
And what about "Starlight's fury"?
Once again, another song from Chris Broderick. This is one of the most progressive songs Jag Panzer have ever recorded. I like the different moods in this song. Lyrically, Harry is singing about the birth of a star.
Which one is YOUR favorite song from the album and why?
I tend to like a different song each week. Iíve liked The Mission and The Hearkening in past weeks. This week Iím listening to Achilles a lot, I like catchy melody like in that song.
How and why did you choose the album cover? Is there a further meaning behind it?
I had an idea for a song that the album cover is based on. Itís a futuristic story about a dying planet. We ended up not using the concept for a song, but we kept it for the album cover.
Are there some lyrics that are special to you? Tell us something about them.
I like the lyrics to The Tempest and Starlights Fury. Both songs are about the violence of nature. Most people do not think of nature as being violent, but a hurricane and the birth of a star are very violent acts.
Any plans for some further stuff of "Casting the stones" (like singles, video, DVD etc.)?
Iím not sure about this, that would be a question more suitable for Century Media.
What about the recording process of your new album? Any stories or curiosities to report?
We wrote The Mission based on an answering machine message! Harry came up with a vocal line in the middle of the night. He didnít want to forget it so he called the studio and sang the song into the phone answering machine.
How do you create your sound? Which equipment do you use?
Chris plays 7-string guitars while I use a standard 6-string. We both use quality tube amps. He has an Engl Powerball while I use a Bogner Ecstacy.
Please tell us something about the Jag Panzer process of songwriting.
Chris and I each write our songs individually. We then present our ideas to the other band members, who work on thier own parts. Sometimes I donít know how a part will sound until we get into the studio to actually record it.
What are your musical influences in your opinion?
Rainbow with Dio. Black Sabbath with Dio. Iron Maiden. Many many NWOBHM bands.
We'd like to know something about your background in making music. How did you learn to play, what are your experiences and which musicians are your main technical influence?
I took several years of jazz guitar lessons at Johnny Smithís studio. Johnny was the guitar player for Bing Crosby. Heís a fantastic jazz musician. At the time I hated learning theory and playing jazz, but now I appreciate the knowledge that it gave me. I still donít like jazz, but I am thankfull that I took guitar lessons.
What do you think: How will Jag Panzer sound like in let's say five years? Is there a masterplan?
We have a simple plan. Keep playing metal and work hard to give each album a unique sound.
Please name some lately released CDs that you like to listen to at home.
Blind Guardian Ė Nightfall in Middle Earth. ZZ Top Ė Deguello. Ted Nugent Ė Cat Scratch Fever.
Do you still watch other bands play? Have there been some shows lately that impressed you?
My most recent concerts were shows by Iced Earth and a concert from Symphony X. Both were excellent..
What makes the difference between Jag Panzer and other US Metal bands?
I think we sound a bit different from them. There are some other fantastic U.S. bands such as Manowar, Savatage, Iced Earth, Symphony X and Virgin Steele, but I think we have our own unique sound and style.
We'd like to know something about the underground in your hometown. Are you still in touch? And if so: Where do you hang out? Are there some yet unknown bands that you like?
Colorado Springs has more of a hardcore scene. Denver (one hour away) has more of a traditional metal scene. Silencer are a great band from Denver.
What about the American Metal Scene in general? Do you know some bands, and if so, is there friendship, rivalry or more or less nothing special?
The American scene is getting better but itís still small. We have no rivalries with other bands, we get along well with them. We all have the same goal Ė to play quality metal.
Please tell us something about further Live activities.
We are playing Bang Your Head 2005. We are also looking into touring options for Europe.
Is there something that you have never been asked but always have been eager to say?
I canít think of anything. Sorry! Iíve done so many interviews in my life that I think I have been asked every question.
We are looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best whishes to you all. Any last words?
Thanks for the support and see you on tour!
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