Iron Fate just presented their debut album Cast In Iron and to learn more about the German outfit we sent over some questions. Thanks to bassist Jan for taking time to answer them.
Congratulations for your new album Cast In Iron. We have a few questions for you: "Shut our eyes now. For something new". What should metal fans expect from Iron Fate?
*laugh* Simply good old heavy metal with a slight new touch. It's like an old, awesome car but with new wheels and paintwork. We love the heavy metal of the 70s and 80s. And rather than producing some new bad shit, we decided to do some classic heavy metal in a revised way.
You started as Crypteria in 2004, but how long have you played together as Iron Fate, and how did you get to know each other? Please tell us if there has been any changes within the band from the beginning in 2004 and until now!
We've got two changes at the rhythm guitar position. The first guitarist was Holger Schützler, who was replaced by my brother-in-law, Dennis Moldt. We all knew each other long before Iron Fate. Denis B. is my partner in crime and Sascha is a co-worker of mine. And some day the twins got the idea to do some music. They wanted to do a kind of old school heavy metal. Yeah and the rest should be known.
How did you get in touch with your label Massacre Records?
We applied at Massacre. We did not send a demo, though, we only sent the finished production, which we recorded in the Pure Sonic Studios. When we got the offer from Massacre, we didn't have to think about our answer for very long. *laughs *
Has it been a long and hard process to create the Cast In Iron album? Or did it go smoothly?
It has been quite a hard process. Each of us did this for the first time and we all have a job. So there was only time in the evening / night to work in the studio. But in the end it worked out and I'm very pleased with the final result.
Is there a main songwriter? Or are you more old school and write songs as a band at rehearsals?
Most of the lyrics are written by me. Denis and Harms composed the music for the songs.
Which bands / artists influenced to when started? And which bands inspire you these days?
Our influences can be heard on Cast In Iron. There are bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden or Nevermore that influenced and inspired us.
I wonder why the main language on your webpage is German. Do you want to win the German metal market first, and then broaden the horizon, or what do you have in mind?
Yes, you are right. But we plan to translate the homepage into English in the near future.
You are from Goslar, not really a metal hotspot... Is there a small metal scene? What about playing live in your area? You played a release show in Goslar, right?
Goslar has a small metal scene. It looks more than a family, though.
The release-show was performed in a small club named Tor 3 (meaning 'Gate 3'), which was, with around 200 fans, sold out. It was a very successful evening.
Denis: As far as I know you are part of the cast of The Who's Tommy. How did you get part of this rock opera? And what does it mean to you? And did the experience help you when you are on stage with Iron Fate?
Denis: That is true. Jan and I participated in that production. It was a lot of fun and we learned a lot, especially about singing, which is for me especially precious, because I can use it to make the singing with Iron Fate even better.
Any other shows scheduled?
We try hard to show some live presence too. There will probably not be a tour because we have to work, but we will be on stage on weekends and show that traditional heavy metal doesn't have to be put on the scar heap yet.
What are the plans for the near future? Writing new songs? Or is playing live your priority for now?
We try to do both. We want to write new songs but we also want to play live shows. We want people to see us (and hear, of course) because it feels so fucking orgasmic for a musician, when people look at you, sing the songs with you and just do there thing, as if in trance.
Thanks for taking time to answer some questions. Any messages to our readers? Greetings to fans etc.?
You're welcome. Thanks for your interest in Iron Fate. We want to make an effort to bring Classic Heavy Metal into the hearts of people again.
Now the guys need some shows to promote their music live and perhaps you will see them on some festivals in 2011... Anyway, I guess we will hear from Iron Fate soon.