Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
We are Dark Salvation, a melodic death metal Band from the heart of the Alps, a country called Liechtenstein. We were founded in 2008 because of the Lack of metal bands in our country and released our second record “Der letzte Weg” one month ago. Everybody who’s exited to listening diversified and melodic death metal with Swedish influence will definitely be satisfied with our latest record.
How would you describe your musical sound?
It’s the classic Göteborg sound, somewhere between the early In Flames and Dark Tranquility. We interpret the classic Swedish sound on our own style without drifting into the genre of the modern Metalcore.
What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Many Ideas come from Liechtenstein’s old Legends. But we express it in a way so that every listener itself can make his own interpretation of the lyrics. All the songs on our new record are telling a story; correctly a “love story” of a women concentrating on the changes of her feelings ending in her suicide.
What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
Back in 2008, we didn’t actually think about the meaning, or anything that would describe our music, it’s just that for german speaking people English names sound much cooler. We were collecting various ideas for our new band name and discussed heavily which name fits best. In the end we had a 100% voting for Dark Salvation.
What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
I have to say that the show at the MetalCamp in Slovenia was the best by far. The atmosphere was just amazing. I think the people like our stage performance because we are just trying to have a good time on stage, don’t worry about anything and just enjoy playing our music. It kinda brings a good vibe over to the audience.
Do you have any touring plans for the future?
We just got out of the whole recording and releasing stress and so far we only have 2 planned shows this year but of course we are in contact and negotiate with different organizers over Europe. We are all assured that the “big Highlight” of the year 2013 will be the show at the Metaldays Festival in Slovenia where we are honorably invited to rock on the main stage.
On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?
We could receive many positive reviews and feedbacks for our first record. And so far “Der letzte Weg” could already earn some positive feedback from the whole world. We are grateful that there are many people who appreciate our work. We are also very impressed that a lot of English speaking people are interested in Dark Salvation and really do listen to our songs although they are written in German. This is showing that not every band has to write songs in English to receive attention.
Currently you are unsigned are you looking for a label and if so, what kind of label do you feel that would be a perfect fit for your music?
We are not looking for a label directly, but if we find one that fits our needs, maybe we are willing to “sign the contract” someday. It’s difficult to say which label perfect fits for our music but it should be an international label specialized in melodic death metal.
Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
No, we don’t have time for other serious projects. We are putting our whole effort into the project “Dark Salvation” Also we are all working 1oo% beside the band.
What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Actually we are creating a new concept for our next release and writing new songs. During the recording of “Der letzte Weg” we had a few very impressive ideas for a lot of new songs. We won’t define our style in a classic genre. It will be always kind of how it sounds now but probably there will be new influences in the future.
What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
All the Band members have different tastes in music, and so we landed on the göteborg sound. It’s hard to say what we are listening nowadays, I think it changes on a daily basis. My personal favorites are Amon Amarth, In Flames (the early ones), Arch Enemy and many more.
Outside of music what are some of your interests?
I basically spend most of my time for composing and practicing songs for our band. Also I am interested in photography and of course hanging out with my mates.
Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks to all the metalheads who are, or will to listen to our music. Take a look at our Facebook-Page (www.facebook.com/dsliechtenstein) Also we have a video clip to the song “Eifersucht”. There are two really hot chicks and a lot of diversifying Melodic Death Metal ;) The clip is online on Youtube.
Simon, Dark Salvation Guitarist