1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Julian: Shattered is a 5 piece technical death metal band from central germany. The band started as a project of mine in 2011. I wrote a 12-minutes-song which was called „The fall of hyperion“ - a song made of four big fragments. At this time i had nobody to play it because of the technical demanding so i've done the best i could - nothing. In 2013 Johannes Laudenbach (git) and I (bass) decided to start a new band which combines technical and atmospheric parts in a group with high tallented mucisians. SHATTERED was born. Soon we discovered two awesome guys: Jonas Pfeiffer on drums and Michael Bachmann on vocals. A few months later i won Florian „Ryan“ Wehner for the lead guitar position.
2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Ryan: Well, we did not release the album yet. We are currently unsigned and looking for a suitable partner for doing an official release. RECORD LABELS get in touch with us!
When talking about our sound I would describe it as a very unique type of death metal.
I see it as a perfect match between different worlds of music genres. We have many catchy melodic passages going on but also have place for brutality and technical complex parts.
Yes we do have alot of technical and challenging parts on our record but while composing and recording we really took care to not exaggerate and make the lines unnecessary complicated because our experience showed that complexity alone does not lead to better music.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Julian: The lyrics are based on several things like science fiction, alien- and conspiracy theories. Me, Johannes and Michael were the writers on NEW ATLANTIS. At first i've tried to create something new but soon i realized that it's way more successfully for me to retell existing stories in my own interpretation. For example the songs NEREIDS, FROM DISTANT SHORES and BIPOLAR DISORDER are a well known game concept of three parts in order. ANCIENT is our interpretation of the happenings in Roswell, New Mexico in the late 40s. INTO THE SHATTERING is a hymn and was planned to open the album. INTO ARCHADIA is also an existing story of a game i like very much. Check out the lyrics. They're full of emotions and meaningfull subjects.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Shattered'?
Julian: Maybe i'll disapoint you here, but there's no deeper meaning behind the name. Nowadays you got a big problem when you start a band and plan to name that individual. Shattered sounded good for me so i decided to use it.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Ryan: So far we openend together with CEPHALIC CARNAGE, FALLUJAH and HAVOC for SUFFOCATION. We did open a few times for ABORTED and played shows together with ICED EATH, OVERKILL, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, MISERY INDEX, GORGUTS, KATALEPSY, BEHEADED, AMON AMARTH, BEHEMOTH, BLIND GUARDIAN, ENSIFERUM and many more...
It was a pleasure for us to play together with all those amazing bands and we had a really great experience.
You should experience our shows yourself and rock with us because I have a hard time to describe
in words what you can expect live.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Ryan: I know its been a few silent months if we talk about live concerts while we were recording our debut. Plans now are to play lots of shows sure. But first we will find a suitable partner to release our album in order to play many shows and promote our music. Meanwhile I do send our CD to as many online magazines as i can to get the attention our music deserves. We are also interested in doing tours but most offers we got so far were pure rip-offs.
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a a label or have received any interest?
Ryan: We are looking for a suitable partner to release our debut. In Fact there is interest into our music by several labels but unfortunately we did not receive any satisfying deal yet.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
Ryan: We are connected with people from all over the world trough social media and we receive positive feedback all the time. The support we receive is really amazing. The people are sharing our posts to spread the word and get our music out there. Some even help finding a suitable record label and make proposals where to apply. Thank you all!
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Ryan: Genre wise we are all very open minded for different types of music besides metal.
I´m a big fan of the classic music and I already wrote new stuff for the next album with orchestral parts in it. And so has each member his specific likings besides metal which will appear on our next record.
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?
Julian: At now the only bands in Metal i listen to are Maladie, Fallujah, Protest the Hero. I also like technical suff like Severed Savior, Spawn of Possession, Exivious and so on. Nothing special i call my main influence.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Julian: I spend a lot of time with my wife and our two kids. Beside this i try to improve my beloved old BMW series 5 and look for new musical gear.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Rian & Julian: Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this interview!
I really appreciate it.
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