Hi! Give a brief history of FALL OF CARTHAGE, music style, and the members.
The band was given birth in 2014, when Arkadius felt like starting something different apart from Suidakra. Martin – founder and drummer of Perzonal War – who produced several Suidakra Albums at his Gernhart Studio said he was in and suggested Sascha for vocals. Sascha hadn’t been shouting for a couple of years but was totally down for the idea. So we recorded BEHOLD, signed MDD-Records, started playing live shows, filmed great videoclips and things were getting more serious about FOC. The Longed-For Reckoning, our second album showed that we don’t like to put ourselves inside genre-borders, not to the likes of everyone of course. Now with Emma Green strenghening that philosophy, our sound is somewhere between MODERN METAL, GROOVE METAL, HARDCORE and THRASH METAL with influences of RAP. (Yes, Rap.)
Give in more detail, some information about „Emma Green“?
“Emma Green” is the title of one of the songs on the album about an abused girl. Story and name are fictitious, but I immediately had pictures in my head while writing the lyrics, which I could also imagine well for a cover picture. The name as a title is totally untypical for a metal album, which also appealed to us very much. Eye-catching and easy to remember. It also looks nice with the cover at first glance, but if you take a closer look and listen to the song you understand what’s really going on.
FALL OF CARTHAGE has signed with MDD Records, tell more about that?
Before we met to professionally record the first songs at Gernhart Studio, we didn’t even know if we’d publish them. But we were so convinced and happy with the recordings that we decided to really get in contact with labels and release BEHOLD, our debut CD. We got in touch with a couple of labels and MDD just turned out to be the best partner for us even though our style didn’t really fit in to the other bands of the label. Markus Rösner and MDD have been a great support for FOC since day one. Emma Green is our third album with MDD, which speaks for itself.
What is the difference between your latest and the very first records?
The song-writing and recording process is different now. All three of us are more involved in all the steps and stages of the process now. For BEHOLD most of the demo songs were almost finished when Sascha came to hear them for the first time and didn’t change much in the studio. Now with the second and third album there are songs that have a lot of finetuning and restructuring in the studio. Some were even fully written while we were in the studio within a day or two. We’re working a lot closer together now.
What inspires FALL OF CARTHAGE music and lyric writing? What does FALL OF CARTHAGE lyrics talk about?
Saschas songtexts usually have a very personal, authentic background but are often exaggerated in expression and the use of words. You shouldn’t take everything too seriously. For him music is an outlet with therapeutical nature. He likes to use metaphors and ambiguous phrasing, leaving enough room for interpretation to the listener. On Emma Green – for the first time – some songs have a political background and clear statements to where we stand.
Do you play live often? Do you like abroad gigs?
We wish we could do more shows and of course we’d love to play in other countries if possible. We’ll see where the new record will take us to. Looking forward to kick some asses live and have a drink or two with the crowd.
How often does the band practice and work on new material?
We’re actually constantly working on new material even though it doesn’t always end up in new FOC-songs that are being published. Arkadius and Sascha are regularly sharing ideas they come up with. Since we don’t live close to each other we mainly practice together right before shows only.
How did the band come up with the name FALL OF CARTHAGE and tell what does it means for you?
The band name comes from the pen of Arkadius. The idea for him is that Carthage represents all the great empires that have disintegrated over the course of time, but from which something great always emerged. This aspect and the symbolism of the phoenix from the ashes, i. e. the resurrection, were decisive for the band name and the logo.
What does the band plan on doing in near time?
There are no specific plans to be honest. Like I said, we’re always sharing ideas and I have no doubt that new songs will grow out of ’em. Let’s see how people outside there like Emma Green as for now.
Any message to Sick and Destroy readers?
Tapeworms are hermaphrodites, think about it.