-First of all, a short summary
for those who don't know you yet.
We are plain and simple, a patriotic, offensive thrash/heavy metal band.
-Your style is connected with the old Thrash and some newer influences
such as Pantera, but you're all quite young. Where does your musical
background come from and which of you has most power during the songwriting?
You pretty much pinpointed it. Old school thrash like Slayer and Exodus
with slightly newer influences of Pantera and Black Label Society. I
write most of the music and lyrics but Luke and Lombardi write a small
portion of lyrics.
-Is the recording very rough because of your choice or since it couldn't
be any better being a self-recording?
There are a few reasons. This album was written, learned and recorded
in a span of a little over 2 months and I rushed the production and
it shows. It has similar characteristics of older Slayer albums
and the stuff Superjoint Ritual has put out in the past few years. Everything
is still defined and nothing is muddy or really fucked up sounding but
the next effort will be done with better equipment and we will take
-Many bands state it's wrong to mix entertainment with political or
social issues, while you seem to go against the mainstream. Has this
ever produced any problems live or wherever?
When we started with this we were just being assholes and never thought
it would go anywhere but personally I couldn't give a shit on what the
mainstream norm is. I have read reviews by people who really hate everything
about us and it doesn't bother me in the least. It is a good thing to
be loved or hated and that seems to be the case so far. Luckily
when it comes to CD reviews it is mostly positive.
-The messages in your lyrics state a clear point of view that doesn't
meet most of the US citizens' approval? Do you think Bush made some
mistakes during his task or is his popularity decrease just due to the
current more weight US soldier victims' mother's associations?
No leader is ever really popular while waging a war and of course he
has made mistakes. I'm not in anyway a military strategist but there
was probably a more effective way to fight this war. On the other hand
no one in the States knows what progress is being made and they only
hear the bad. The soldiers are the ones fighting for our freedom and
that has always been the way and it's a shame many die during this duty.
-The USA are a country notoriously made by immigrants, except for the
native Americans, but it's clear that multiculturalism has failed; I
read that a local school has decided to reinstate separated classes
as before the 60's. A parallel can be thru my parents, who were deaf-mute
and learned and felt happier in a class with people like them than with
mixed classes like they experienced before. Don't you agree on that
different races have different standards, cultures and mental evolutions
and therefore it's the worst solution to put everyone together?
I don't think it has necessarily failed but rather still in an early
developmental phase. Just like your parents people have to make up their
own minds and separate themselves if they choose to be isolated with
their own kind. I agree that there are many different social separations
between races due to cultural history but it doesn't mean it will be
counterproductive to a community. Forced separation doesn't seem to
be the answer but making a choice personally to be part of multiculturalism
or amongst your own, whomever that might be, is a more suitable solution.
-What's thrash metal like in North America today? And how do you see
the response of those who approach you for the first time during a show?
The scene is of course mostly underground and bands like Slayer and
Exodus are still the formidable leaders of thrash. We have for the most
part had positive responses but unless you are a leading well-known
act it is hard to build a fan base especially in the current scene in
-Did you ever get bad treatment by a band you were opening for?
Not yet but I'm sure it will happen somewhere down the road.
-If you could play a date with a legendary band (also a split one is
good), who'd it be?
Personally it would get no better than Slayer. There is an Exodus show
tonight that we were only a couple days late on for getting a slot as
an opening act and that would have been a great experience.
-Are you negotiating with any labels for the re-release of this album?
Because of the political standing and various other factors like maturity
as musicians, writers, and me as a producer we are not at the level
I believe necessary to approach a label seriously. The next album is
going to be much better, less blatant politics but more in your face
brutality, higher musicianship, and better writing. I want to make a
mark independently so we have something to show when it comes to pitching
to a label.
-Is your CD distributed out of your country? If not, how much does it
cost to order it?
It is on sale online at Tower records, which I believe distributes worldwide.
Its current selling price is $ 7.99. If not I don't mind being contacted
by email and mailing a copy out myself but that will include cost of
-How many copies did you sell to date and do you also have demos with
unreleased material available?
We have only been selling for a couple months but have unloaded a few
hundred even though some were freebees. We don't have any unreleased
material but we plan on posting some live footage online and the next
CD will be released within a year.
-Plans for the future? (Live dates, new CDs, DVD's, website updates,
Learning new material is first. I have written 14 new songs that we
have to start playing live before picking the ones we want on the next
album in the fall of 2006. Over the summer we hope to play gigs in various
other states on a small-scale tour.
-Dear online citizens, be sure you'll hear their monicker more and more
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - April