- How did you get into the heavier sounds and Heavy Metal in particular? Would it be correct to say that having a brother being so much involved in Metal had some impact in your musical progress?
- Is it a coincidence that you both are into metal, then?
- What were the beginnings of TYRANEX? At first it was only you and Paloma who sang on your first demo. Was TYRANEX your first experience of being into a band?
- Could you mention a couple of covers you were playing then?
- Were you singing in this band?
- So, singing wasn’t anything new for you…
- So, singing wasn’t your aim, I understand?
- The style of your band is a straightforward result of the NWOBHM, Speed and especially German Thrash Metal influences. What bands apart from the obvious Iron Maiden, Kreator, Sodom, Destruction inspired you the most back in the day and do you still like discovering old and new bands?
When it comes to the second question...yes, I do! But I think I am a bit too focused on the old bands, which is quite sad, because they don’t play anymore. But I think Pontus is more into new bands, he’s better at listening to new stuff.
P: Nowadays I listen mostly to new bands that try to sound old. There is too much new music and not enough time to discover.
L: I think the opposite. There’s too much old music to discover too, to have time to discover new music. It feels unfair to us.
- Like TYGERS OF PANG TANG or JAGUAR?
- First steps for the band meant recording 3 demos between 2006 and 2009. How would you compare them to each other?
- You weren’t singing yet, there was Paloma there, right?
And the second one, two years after that, was “The Blade of the Sacrificer”. That one is actually something at least , we still play songs from that demo today, and that’s kind of cool.
And the third one, “The Evil has arrived”, was made at our rehearsal room with help from other people. I am more satisfied with “The Blade of the sacrifice”, but I like the song “The evil has arrived” a lot.
- What was the response of the fans, press, record labels at this point?
- Was it released in 250 copies or something?
- What made you choose the French Infernö Records? Was it important for you to have your albums pressed on vinyl right from the start or you mainly focused to find a perfect CD deal?
- Speaking of music formats, what is your opinion on the return of the vinyls and tapes within the Metal scene in the past few years? Do you collect those formats too?
- Your debut “Extermination Has Begun” is filled with sheer aggression bringing in mind the greatest German Speed / Thrash Metal bands of the 80’s. This album seems to be crafted in order to whip the public in live situations. Had the fact of having the album out helped you getting more gig offers? What were the most memorable performances till date?
- Your follow-up “Unable to Tame” recorded in 2014 as a trio for Black Lodge Records. I understand you only signed one record deal with Infernö Records. But was the reason to go with Black Lodge and why did you part the ways with Martin Zettmar?
- Lately you are promoting your third strike called “Death Roll” with the help of GMR Music. What are your impressions when it comes to the label’s promotion and distribution so far?
L: And in Germany!
P: Yes, and in Japan.
- Speaking about Japan, was your second album also released through Black Lodge there?
- What about the third one, is it going to be released there too?
- How do you see the evolution TYRANEX made since the first album? Do you draw some borders within which you want your music to stay in? Do the other members contribute to the songs’ creation process?
L: And that’s a huge difference from the first two albums which I have written mostly at my home by myself, because no one really wanted to co-write. The third album has been created a lot more in the rehearsal room together with the other members.
P: Yes, you have written all the riffs but the songs were fully prepared in the studio. I think it is fun to see the development of a song in the rehearsal room.
L: And it’s good to have a feedback as well, when I play something I’m not really sure of. Pontus can help me on the way, so that they actually become songs and not just something that I just throw away.
- Reading the lyrics of Death Roll I got stuck to the track in order to live "You are the voice of the ones unheard", you sing. Who are those unheard? Would you also like to spare a couple of words on your lyrics on that album?
P: I’ve read the book and I recommended it to Linnea.
L: And I read it, so it’s her story, not mine. “You are the voice of the ones unheard", that’s about her.
- As a woman in metal to woman in metal: have you ever felt that the fact of being a woman had been discriminating somehow in your career? Either in the positive or negative way.
- Would you like to share with us which label you have in mind?
- TYRANEX is not your only band you play or played in. Would you like to share a couple of words about GOATSODOMIZER (which you are not with anymore) and ICE AGE? As all of those bands play Thrash Metal, can you imagine yourself in a band playing another style of Metal?
- How was it to play for the maniacs in Norrköping? Are you satisfied with the response? What is your view on the Saving Christmass festival this year?
- What about the incident that happened during your gig, when some guy in the audience started hailing in the nazi way and shouting something from the front row and then asked to leave?
P: A drunk idiot. I didn’t really see it but I’m happy that Nino, the guitarist, saw this. I think he handled it greatly and the guy left the building.
- And I’m happy there was such reaction, both from the stage and under.
Interview by Katia