Saturday, August 11, 2012

Interview with Endstille (GER)

War. That's the watchword for Endstille, the German Black Metal band who claim to play “Ugly, aggressive black metal with the fire speed of a MG42 and the power of heavy ship-artillery” and who, after years, managed to get rid of the "right-winged band" label. They are currently working on their new album, which is supposed to be released in 2013.  Keep reading, if you are interested in reading the last interview answered by Mayhemic Destructor.

This has been, so far, the hardest research Lachryma Christi ever did about a band. Why is it so hard to find information about Endstille?

Wow, is it? I don’t know why it’s so hard to find some information. Probably this is due to the language. I think most information about us you’ll find is in German…

How did Endstille start?

Endstille was founded in December 2000. Cruor and Iblis were from the Band Octoria, and L.Wachtfels and me from TAUTHR. So we founded the Band Endstille. It was L.Wachtfels’ idea to name the Band Endstille.

Could you explain a bit better the “Ugly, aggressive black metal with the fire speed of a MG42 and the power of heavy ship-artillery” concept?

When we started we had, and still have, a conceptual background in war. The question rose how to describe our own music. Finally we had the idea with the fire rate/speed of the MG42 and the power of heavy ship artillery. I think it describes our music perfectly!

From your point of view, what else can we find in your lyrics, besides war?

A lot of personal things and some stuff about religion, I think. But in the end, every song has to do with any kind of “war”.

How hard as it been to convince people that you don’t follow any right-extreme tendencies?

Well, this took years. Especially in Germany the people are really getting suspicious when you have an artwork based on war themes… Well, for these peoples we just had to be right-winged. After many discussions and clear statements by now everybody knows, that we are not a political band for sure.

What is your favorite release of Endstille?

For me it is “Dominanz” and the last one “Infektion 1813”.

How do you see the black metal scene nowadays, especially with influence of internet and everything?

What kind of scene? There is a scene? I don’t care about this “scene shit”. We do what we want and do belong to a scene. I don’t belong to a scene. But there are some really good bands, and lot of shit. But this is my personal point of view.

What are your musical influences?

Hmmm…. I think bands like Celtic Frost, Voivod, old Gorgoroth, old Katatonia…

What was your most enjoyable gig so far? Wacken 2009 was pretty good!

There were a lot of fantastic shows. Dresden 2007 with Totenmond was a blast! And yes, again Wacken 2009 was a really good show.

What are the plans for Endstille for the near future?

Right now we are working on new material for a new CD, hopefully to be released in 2013… surprise, surprise… But we also want to play lot of live shows in Europe and hopefully again in Central America. We will see!

Zingultus - Vocals (Agitator)
Mayhemic Destructor - Drums (Artillerie)
Cruor - Bass (Bombenhagel)
Lars Wachtfels - Guitars (Sturmgeschütz)

Latest release:

Infektion 1813 (2011)

You can find more information and music of Endstille on:

Special thanks to Gunnar Sauermann and to Season of Mist 

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