Hi! Tell me about Minenwerfer. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
All answers by Kriegshammer
Minenwerfer started in 2007, as a solo project with no real intention of being an actual active band. Eventually a live lineup came together to do a couple shows for fun in 2009, and it just went from there. The name of the band just came from a glossary of German WWI weapons, there wasn’t too much thought put into it.
The original idea when the first demo came out was that there seemed to be a lack of exploration about WWI in music because WWII obviously overshadows it.
“Ich hatt einen Kameraden” split album will be released on Sept 15th. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put your part of split into masses without any wishes to change something now?
It’s great that this split seems to be giving us a bit more exposure. It came together fairly quickly. 1914 contacted us, and within 5 months we had the songs written and we were in the studio.
There’s minor production things that I would change in hindsight, but nothing really major. Overall we’re happy with the finished product.
Tell me more about “Ich hatt einen Kameraden”? Split conception, ideas etc… Do you know guys from 1914 personally?
We agreed early on with 1914 that we would focus on the Eastern Front. We chose to focus on the very early battles of Germany and Russia. The Masurian Lake battles were pretty major German victories. Of course we could have focused on Tannenberg, but we’re kind of saving that as a subject for another time.
Unfortunately we don’t personally know 1914. We’ve just had email contact, but if we ever got the chance to go to Ukraine I can guarantee we would have a grand epic show together
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Books, journals, documentaries, and films mainly. Also a huge hatred and disgust for modern society.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Minenwerfer’s sound?
The soundtrack of no man’s land.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for split feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
It’s nice to see all the reviews coming out, but we’re not stopping at all. We are currently writing for another split and for our third full-length, so we are busy. We also have another album that is already finished and is pending release. We are very much hoping for a release by the end of the year.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Everything from Bathory, Endstille and Peste Noire to Der Blutharsch and Death in June. A bunch of 80s crap too like Yngwie and Dokken. Also a bunch of classical. I leave it up to everyone else to say if they can hear what has influenced us.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Not really. I’m not against it; if Famine or Roman Saenko ever want to collaborate I’m open to it.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
We don’t really have one. If people like it, that’s great, if they don’t, whatever. Bands like Drudkh don’t do promotional stuff at all and they found success. I’m always open to interviews and posting releases online, but we are not spending a boat load of money trying to show off to a crowd of retards. If the music is good enough people will find it.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Weight lifting, reading.
What does your pseudonyms means for you personally?
Nothing really. We don’t take them seriously.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Some more than others. Most of our family members probably think would be better if we focused on having careers.
How’s the metal scene in California right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
It depends on where you’re from. California is very large. If you’re from the bay area or Los Angeles, people will take notice of you, even if your band sucks. If you aren’t from those areas you have to work much harder. We are located in the capitol, Sacramento, which is a total shithole and no one likes. I buy most records online, but there’s a couple places here and there that are okay to go to.