Hi there. Congratulations to your great new album. Please describe the reactions to the CD so far.
So far we’ve received nothing but absolutely great reactions from our fans, webzines, magazines and radio stations. Although I’m sure some negative remarks will crop up later…you can’t win them all…everybody is entitled to their personal taste and opinion.
Do you care for the opinion of your fans, the press and people in general? Or is it just you and your music?
No KILLER cares very much about everybody’s opinion; we especially care about what our fans think…that’s why we used fewer keyboards on this album. We exist for and because of our fans, so it’s them we want to please in the first place. Of course some songs were also written and recorded for our personal satisfaction. It’s a combination of both, so we stay creative, and the fans happy.
After all these years, where do you get the energy?
From the music and the fans. I’m a real music freak in the real sense of the word. Without listening and playing to music I could not live through one single solitary day.
What are the differences between "Immortal" and "Broken Silence" in your opinion?
”Broken Silence” was a comeback album on which we wanted to prove how good we could actually play after all these years. That’s why the structures of the songs were more complicated than ever before, and more complicated than on “Immortal”. We also introduced keyboards into our sound, ( a bit too much actually ) which for some older fans was a bit of a surprise, and not all of them liked that. “Immortal” is much more guitar-orientated with the keyboards utilized as a background. And last but not least the production is much better, thanks to our German producer KRISTIAN “KOHLE” KOHLMANNSLEHNER.
What are the reasons for these differences?
On “Immortal” we didn’t feel any pressure to do new things or to prove ourselves. We just played good old straightforward heavy metal. True to the bone. We just wanted to make an uncomplicated hard hitting true metal album. Second reason is the loud and shredding production, as I already mentioned
My favourite Song on "Immortal" is "The Mirror" with its really forcing Bass Guitar. Can you tell us something about this song and it's history?
The song is a little bit inspired by Yngwie Malmsteen. Like many guitar players I am a fan of Yngwie, but I don’t want to copy him or anybody else. I am just filtering some influences here and there in my songs and keep my own style of guitar playing. The lyrics go about the fact that everybody must take a look into the mirror now and then, and conclude if you are a good or a bad person, before you judge someone else.
And what about "Liquid shadows"?
This is a rather epic song and tells the story about what can happen when you are addicted to drugs and alcohol. It’s not autobiographical; I am a clean person who only drinks a few beers or glasses of wine now and then.
Which one is YOUR favorite song from the album and why?
I have several favourites, and this changes according to the mood I’m in. Immortal / Always and forever / Ad tempus Vitae / the mirror
Are there some lyrics that are special to you? Tell us something about them.
Yes the song “Queen of the future” is a message to my teenage daughter. Her name is Quiny and that explains the song title. All my songs are going about everyday situations in life, inspiration enough when you take a look at the tv news. I’m a realistic person and I don’t like singing about demons, dragons and witches, … know what I mean. I mean seriously…have you ever encountered a fucking dragon? I haven’t …
Where do you get your inspiration from ?
By listening to music, playing, trying new things, and as I said, from everyday experiences in life…love, hate, war, family, friends, life and death…whatever…
What about the recording process of your new album? Any stories or curiosities to report?
We recorded in Germany far away from home, high in the snowy and cold mountains somewhere. RALPH, the guy that runs the German MAUSOLEUM office found the studio, and our new producer…
The sound engineer did a great job. How was it working together with him?
He did a great job. We learned a lot from each other. He’s a rather young guy (25, that means he was born the year we recorded the first KILLER album)… who until now had only recorded death and black metal. We were his first true metal/ melodic metal band. But he knew all about the newest recording techniques, so the combination with our years of experience resulted in a great album.
Pleas describe your music in your own word.
We make true melodic metal. We write and play epic, anthem-like songs, with flashy lead-guitars and memorable refrains.
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 Started playing guitar in 1975. My first band was “Mothers of Track”. This was a typical seventies hard-rock band. I am self-taught, never followed any lessons whatsoever. My first influences were the heavy rock bands of the late sixties and early seventies such as : Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath. Later I enjoyed: Michael Schenker, Uli Roth, Judas Priest, Yngwie…
What was the most magical moment in your long career, what was the most distressing one?
Every record and every live concert is magical for me. Distressing was the temporary split of Killer in the early nineties due to upcoming grunge music. But to be honest, I remember the good years, and forget the bad experiences.
Please name some lately released CDs that you like to listen to at home.
Primal Fear, Judas Priest, the new Yngwie, Firewind, Bruce Dickinson, Masterplan, Rob Rock (one of my favourite singers) and many more. This are just a few examples, I try to follow melodic metal releases as much as possible.
Do you still watch other bands play? Have there been some shows lately that impressed you?
Stratovarius, Symphony X, Joe Stump ( a friend of mine), Masterplan
Judas Priest, Yngwie
What about the Belgian Metal Scene in general? Do you know some bands, and if so, is there friendship, rivalry or more or less nothing special?
The Belgian metal scene doesn’t mean so much nowadays. Sometimes we work together with Double Diamond, another band on Mausoleum. They are fabulous musicians, who write great songs, have two great guitar players, and an extraordinary talented vocalist. We don’t have that much contact with other bands.
How important is it for you to play live on stage?
Most important, isn’t it the major reason why anybody would want to play the guitar? Otherwise you’re better off going fishing or playing football. When you play live, you have immediate contact with the fans and this is very important
Are there still some bands that you would die to play with?
Not particalary, I like to play with every band who can take Killer to a higher level. Last year we did a show in a sold out venue in Holland with Motorhead and this was a great and positive experience. I would like to play some big festivals in the future but for this year we are too late, maybe in 2006?
Please tell us something about further Live activities.
We’ll do some shows in Belgium this summer to promote the album, but after summer we hope to jump on a tour throughout Europe. We’ll keep you informed via our website.
Still three questions to go. What do you think of Metal web magazins?
Webzines are very useful for metal bands, because we don’t get much attention from the normal media channels. The same for metal magazines, we need them and they need us, without each other none of us would exist. That’s what a lot of people are forgetting sometimes.
Is there something that you have never been asked but always have been eager to say?
I just would like to ask everybody to have a listen to our new album, even if you didn’t like Killer in the past, because you’ll be surprised, and find out that we have made a damn good record. In my humble opinion every true metalhead must like
“Immortal” because this record contains all ingredients a classic metal album requires..
We are looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best wishes to you all.
Any last words?
Hope to see all of you, on tour, somewhere on tour in Germany…really soon.