Friday, October 10, 2014

In Sanity Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We're IN SANITY from Paderborn, Germany, a small town in West Germany. The band started out as the brainchild of our singer back in 2010, and added a full lineup in 2011. Since then, the band devoted most of its time to writing the debut record.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The sound we strived for is a contemporary interpretation of the Gothenburg sound as popularized by bands like At The Gates, In Flames and others, mixed with a modern approach regarding some of the groove elements and chorus structures.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Our lyrics are mainly based around personal topics, stuff the individual band members have had to go through as well as some societal topics. We don't really want to give away too much regarding the lyrics, because we believe that the listener should have the opportunity to find individual meaning in the songs. They can mean something entirely different to us than to the listener, and that is a great way of exploring lyrics in a very personal way.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'In Sanity'?
The name 'In Sanity' resembles the thin line between the sane and insane in our world. Not only do these aspects appear to have a seamless transition, but they can often not be distinguished from another. The question 'what is sane, what is insane?' is the underlying theme of the album and, as mentioned, open for interpretation.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We've played a couple of shows in Germany, and so far the best have been in our home area of East-Westphalia. We also had the great opportunity of playing an outdoor festival for the first time this year, which was a whole other experience and very refreshing.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We're in the midst of booking shows for 2015 and hope to build up on the great shows we've had. While it is a very far stretch and will take a good while, we would be thrilled to have the opportunity of playing in the United States one day, especially since one of our guitar players is from the US.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?
It's probably still a bit early to tell, but so far we've received generally positive feedback. Most people seem to welcome us because we apparently fill in a small musical void that resulted from an absence of melodic death metal the way we play it, at least that is one of the most common comments we receive.

8.Are the band members also involved with any other musical projects or bands?
Yes, our bass player Andrey is in a punk rock band with russian lyrics called Vostok Import. You can check them out on

Our guitar player John is in a hardcore and thrash influenced death metal band called SULAMITH ( They will be releasing their first full-length shortly and embark on a 10-date tour of Germany in December.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We will continue to build on our 90s melodic death metal sound and influences while adding sonic diversity and getting more into the groove elements. That's roughly the plan, but there's no way of predicting what the next album is going to sound like. It's down to the songwriting chemistry, and the unpredictable nature of the creative process is what makes playing music fun in the first place.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We wear our influences on our sleeves bands like Dark Tranquility, At The Gates, Carcass and In Flames are very apparent influences in our music. As for our listening tastes: we have pretty much every walk of metal, so to speak, in our band, with some of us listening to the more Swedish sounding bands, others are more into the full-on groove and death metal thing and some others are more rock-oriented listeners.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
There are interests outside of the music world? ;-)

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yes, we would like to thank Variety of DeathZine for this great interview opportunity and we would like to thank everybody who has listened to our album and commented on it. Your feedback is much appreciated and we hope you enjoyed our work. We hope to see you guys soon live!

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