Hi there. Congratulations to your CD. Please describe the reactions to the EP so far.
Kristian: Thanks a lot! The reactions have been mostly very positive and a few more on the negative side, as you would expect due to variations in musical preferences between people.
Do you care for the opinion of your fans, the press and people in general? Or is it just you and your music?
Kristian: I read most of the reviews and listen to people’s opinions and respect them, but we generally don’t think about that when we write music. Of course, it’s always great to get positive reactions but you can’t let yourself be controlled by them….that would be madness.
Some of our readers may never have heard about you. Please give us a short briefing in the band's biography.
Eirin: André and Ole Kristian founded the band in December 2003. They found that they shared many musical visions and wanted musicians to put these visions into practice. During the following months, Kristian, Tom Remi and I was recruited. Soon after the lineup was complete, we started recording what we first thought of as a demo. It turned out that Edgerunner Records wanted it to be a MCD. ;)
Your Label is quite unknown as well. Some facts about them? Good cooperaton?
Eirin: Edgerunner has worked in the underground here in Norway for many years, but I suppose they will be more known from now on, due to some structural changes in the company.
André: Our cooperation with Edgerunner has been very good. I think they do an excellent job on informing the band and following things up.
What is the message of "Dies Irae"?
Eirin: I don´t think there is one overall message in this recording. Each song has its own lyrical concept. The messages are different in all four songs.
Tell us something about the songs. What is their story? Are there some lyrics that are special to you? Tell us something about them.
Eirin: Dies Irae, is about facing difficult life-events, like losing someone in the physical or emotional way. Hollow is about trying too hard to be the best one, as a compensation for human relationships. This song has a special place in my heart because it describes the way I acted and felt when I was younger. I think that situation is common to many growing up today, because society expects too much of everyone. Lose yourself in me is about holding on to something or someone. Requiem is largely about grief.
Which one is YOUR favorite song from the CD and why?
Kristian: Hollow is definitely my fav song on the album because of the groove in both the verses and the chorus. I also like the fact that it differs a bit from the other songs, with a nice hint of rock ‘n’ roll to it. It’s also fun to play. And I can relate a bit more to the lyrics than the other songs.
How and why did you choose the cover? Is there a further meaning behind it?
Kristian: We chose the cover because we thought it sets the perfect atmosphere for the songs on the album. Covers are important to me; a connection between the music and the theme of the cover is imperative. I always like to look at the covers when I listen to music. It would ruin the overall ambiance of the songs if we made a really gory cover or some viking paintings and such hehe. We leave that to Manowar and the death metal bands of the world.
What about the recording process of "Dies Irae"? Any stories or curiosities to report?
Kristian: Nothing exciting to report. The recording went smooth as a baby’s butt and we had very few problems along the way. A very positive experience indeed.
What about a full length CD?
Kristian: We’re planning to enter a studio in April or May and record a full length CD. Some new songs have already been born and I can promise you a heavier and more dynamic songs so stay tuned for more news as we proceed.
How do you create your sound? Which equipment do you use?
Kristian: I use Ibanez 5-string bass with a Hartke 3500 top on different sizes of cabinets. On “Dies Irae”, however, the bass was plugged directly into the mixing table and processed afterwords. The next time in studio I think I’ll be using my amp on a 2x15” cabinet to produce a more dynamic and heavy sound. But that remains to be seen, maybe I stumble upon some money and buy some new gear, hehe.
Please tell us something about your process of songwriting.
Kristian: Someone brings a riff, idea or the outlines of a new song to the rehearsal and presents it to the rest of the band. Then we try to jam and fool around with the riffs until the whole band is happy with the new song. Other times one of us bring a complete song to rehearsal. Most of the songs are made in their own unique way and there’s no masterplan as to how Where Angels Fall compose our music.
What are your musical influences in your opinion?
Kristian: We are different people with very diverse taste in music so there’s not possible to extract WHAT our musical influences are. But different goth bands and classical music could be seen as an influence. I for my part is mostly inspired by rock from the 70’ies, black metal and more Rockabilly bands when it comes to writing bass riffs. I try to let the bass play a bit different than usual in other goth-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?
Eirin: We have all some experience from making music in different ways. Ole Kristian and Kristian has largely been making music by improvising and jamming in different bands. André has been making music on computers for many years. I have been studying music, and composition of music has always been my favourite subject. All these approaches to composition are contributing to our creation of music.
All the bandmembers have learned to play without teachers exept for me and Tom Remi. I have played a lot of different instruments and I have taken lessons in clarinet, piano, bass and singing.
There is many technical influences, and I think both classical and rock. The singer I have learned most from listening to is probably Sharon Den Adel.
What do you think: How will you sound like in let's say five years? Is there a masterplan?
Kristian: Hopefully we’ll be an established band in the goth/doom scene by then and have developed our own style of music. It’s very difficult to predict what we will sound like but there’s no doubt that it will be some gloomy, dark and atmospheric stuff. Time will show. The masterplan is simple: World domination, what else could it be? Hehe.
Please name some lately released CDs that you like to listen to at home.
Kristian: It’s quite a while since I bought some new CD’s but as a writer for a music webzine I come across a lot of new stuff. The records most listened to now is a mix of old and new; The debut album of the heavy heavy Norwegian band Tömmermenn is great, same with Procject: Failing Flesh, My Dying Bride’s ingeniuous “Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light” is often played at home. I generally listen to a lot of different things. An all-time favourite is Nick Cave but I also love listening to Primus, Immortal, Darkthrone, Black Sabbath as well as old WASP, Toy Dolls and Finntroll. Variation is the key here. I’ve just discovered the lovelly wolrd og Rockabilly and Reverend Horton Heat is THE band to play if you’re having a bad day.
Do you still watch other bands play? Have there been some shows lately that impressed you?
Kristian: I love going to concerts and try to go as often as there’s money and time available. One of the most impressing shows I’ve seen latelly is the release consert by the beforementioned band Tömmermenn….that was one of the heavyest and remarkable gigs I’ve seen for a long time. Other than that there was a LOT of superb concerts at this year’s Inferno Festival, My Dying Bride delivered an outstanding gig there.
What makes the difference between you and other Gothic Metal bands?
Kristian: The fact that we don’t have any growling in the songs, the atmosphere of the orcestrations and choir and the elements of pure rock in some of the songs are are some of the things that makes us a little bit different in my opinion.
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?
Eirin: There’s many good underground bands, and of course we enjoy going to a good concert. Since we all have jobs or school there is not much time to “hang out”, but Rock in and Elm is nice places to meet with friends and other bands.
What about the Gothic Metal Scene in general? Do you know some bands, and if so, is there friendship, rivalry or more or less nothing special?
Eirin: Well, I can’t say that I have seen any rivalry between bands here in Norway or in the gothic scene in general. I guess most of the bands in the genre is enjoying music and I suppose there’s more friendships than rivalry.
Please tell us something about further Live activities.
Kristian: We’re currently rehearsing a setlist and hopefully we’ll hit the live scene soon. We’re eager to play live so keep an eye out as we’ll come to a venue near you before you know it. I can promise a grand, exhilarating and doomy experience!
We are looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best whishes to you all. Any last words?
Eirin: Thank you! I hope you will listen to our music and that some of you can relate to it. I listen with my heart, and I hope you will… J