Austrian band Relinquished is here!
Hi! Tell me about Relinquished. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
We went through alot of single words that pretty much discribed most of the aspects we have for the idea of the bandconcept. “Relinquished” just felt right from the beginning and still does. I can´t say much about the ideas we explore, because of the storyline that goes through all the albums. New ideas are basically just new ankles and views of an ongoing idea. So…
“Sinister Dreams” album will be released on December 9th via NRT Records. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you will put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
Sinsiter Dreams will not be the album. It won´t even be on the album. It´s a song we recorded some time ago and made a video for because we didn´t had much of an idea in which direction the album will go. Now that the other songs are done, Sinister just didn´t fell right to have a place on the new album which will be called “Addicivities part I”. So we decided that we release Sinister as a single while the new Songs are in the mix and start the new year with the complete new package of a lot heavier material as it is with Sinister Dreams.
Tell me more about “Addictivities Part I”? Album ideas etc…
First there surely has to be said, that this Chapter will be a lot more straight ahead than the previous work. We have more Blastparts and direct riff work as we used to.
Of corse we didn´t let go on the usual atmospheric elements we always include in the songs, but the main idea was creating a lot of songs that will have much more live-capability than before. And lots of surprises on it too.
Your first two albums were released by Noisehead Records, but now you have signed with NRT Records. Why you decided to change the label? Do you see much better experience with NRT recs for Relinquished?
Well that didn´t happen much on purpose. We quit working with Noisehead for the simple reason to have no pressure on a releasedate for the album because we didn´t have a drummer for this period. We discussed signing again when we have most of the material and can set a recording date and such stuff.
While we were in the writing-process we heard the news that Noisehead records no longer exists. So we just continued writing and thought of finding a new label with the finished material.
In that time a friend of ours had spoken about us with NRT contacted us. Throughout the talk we had, the idea of becoming part of the NRT-family just felt the right thing to do. And as far as I can say, it really seems that we found the perfect partner for the project. The future will show how many releases this will include. But for the moment NRT is the most fitting label we can have on this record.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Life itself. As said, it´s all an on going storyline throughout the albums. An allover-concept for the lyrical work on the Longplayers we release. Every Album can be seen as a chapter in a book and every chapter has a new protagonist that brings a new sight to the story. Those characters are just average beings at first. And the situations that appear pn the albums aren´t that uncommon too. When you look out the window or read the newspaper or just have a usual conversation, these are subjects you already came along. Yet, I chose the more thrilling ones of corse.
Still they are songs and I always have too add a bit of a vague part to it. So, the story parts are just ordenary thoughts that may appear in extraordenary situations.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Relinquished’s sound?
That totally depends on which album you´re hearing. Susanna Lies In Ashes can be seen as an Progressive-Melodic-Death Album, while Onward Anguishes was more Progressive, even a bit Alternative Death. Addictivities Part I will have more Black Metal and Depressive Suicidal parts, with the one or two Doom elements we had on the other albums too. It´s not about what Genre it might be. It´s more like trying different moods and play it as we see these Genres. So when I say Black Metal, it´s totally not Black Metal. It´s a Interpretation of Relinquished playing Black Metal. And that´s basically the idea for everything.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
Since there are always Songs left that don´t make it on the album, because it wouldn´t fit for it´s concept, we already have a few backup songs that aren´t recorded or released yet.
Mostly ideas come along averyday, if they will be used is an other question. But we don´t ever really stop writing. We will concentrate on Live shows a bit more, now with the new album coming, but of corse new stuff is already in the making.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Now that´s a question I really can´t answer properly. As for myself (and I´m not quite a bit part of the musical creation inside the band), I can just say that listening to the most different types of music, gives you the most different types of inspiration and ideas. If you only listen to the songs your genre offers you, you will never bring something new to the table. And that´s what I consider very lasy and boring.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
If there is someone interested in such a thing, we are definately down for it. Every fellow musician is welcome to work with us if he or she wants to. That´s exactly what bringing new aspects means. If I limit it to a bunch of musicians I like or listen to, why would I want to do so? If someone new come to write something with us, it only makes sense if it sounds totally different to what we would´ve done whitout this artist.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
I think Sinister Dreams is the best example for this.
We wrote the song, knowing it won´t be anything like the album at all. But it woud have felt wrong not to release it, so we made a video and put it out right away. That it became a single now, wasn´t planned at all, but for me it shows us that the desicion was right and it´s a song that people want to hear even if it isn´t part of the whole new concept. This is the main reason we mostly have EP´s out between the albums, where we put all the songs that we think of as great tunes but don´t have the right mood for what´s planned on the next LP.
If there is a even larger audience can happen for both of these sides. There can be a hit on the Album, or on the EP. You never know what people accept the most. But we release what we think has to be released and is worth to be heard. And those who hear it will decide if we were right about that.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Everyone of us has plenty of hoobies. Myself, I´m a huge Gaming and Movie geek. Everything that has a Soundtrack basically. Music is everywhere and I want to listen to it on every platform that exists.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Mostly yes. Even if Death and Black Metal isn´t for everyones ears. Music is something everyone can relate to and respect for the creative process. There might be less interest in the way it sounds, yet it has something poetic in the words that are used and at least this is appreciated by almost everyone that is interested in it.
How’s the metal scene in Austria right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
Half of the band live in Munich and the rest isn ´t that far from the border, so we have both Austria and Germany to be. Austria for itself is surely a lot smaller and the audience is always a bit less then the bigger cities in Germany but still, those who come to the live shows are die-hard-metalheads and that´s all we ask for. No matter how many others are out there in the country or at other places.
The only thing that really matters is, who´s there that day. And I can´t complain about Austria in that way at all.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!