Interview answered by Nick Kolar (Guitar/Vocals)
- Hail, welcome to Sick And Destroy. Before we start the interview, I would like you to introduce COMMANDER to our readers. To begin with where are you from and a brief history about your band?
Commander were founded in 2011. After some years of playing live, we released our debut “World’s Destructive Domination” in 2006. After that we went on smaller tours with Dew-Secented and Equilibrium and played festival gigs and support shows for bands like Destruction, Obituary and Behemoth. In 2008 we released our 2nd album “The Enemies We Create”, followed by a European tour with Unleashed, Krisiun and One Man Army & the Undead Quartet.
From 2009-2012 we played only a few live shows and wrote new material, that ended up on our new album „Fatalis (The Unroken Circle)”. In 2012 I retired the band. But, because I kept in touch with our guitarist Steffen and we both agreed that the new songs are the best songs we ever wrote, we started thinking about a fresh start for Commander. It wasn’t easy, but Commander finally returned in 2014. As you can see, it still took as a few years to finalize and record the album.
- How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most? Of course we can label your genre like Traditional Death metal but maybe you have some personal feelings what does your music is all about?
We always set out to combine the groove of BOLT THROWER and other old school Death Metal acts, like OBITUARY and CARCASS with Bay Area melodies in the vain of TESTAMENT and EXODUS. We always try to infuse our songs with emotion and not just play as fast as possible. We’re not that interested in the more recent competition for shear heaviness and brutality.
Our Music is massive, melodic, emotional – we play Death Metal Munich style.
- Are there some unknown demos/splits/rehearsals has COMMANDER released ever?
No, there aren’t, but that’s about to change. We’re planning to do a split Vinyl, before recording our next full-length album. But it’s too early to give any details.
- Which ones happens to be your favourite songs? of COMMANDER and personal.
Hmm… Our band faves are really all the new songs. I guess some of us prefer one over the other, but that’s really only about nuances. My personal favorite is “And Death Swings the Scythe”. I guess there are some older songs, that I don’t like as much anymore, but right now I really like the new album. You should ask me in two years…
- Do you feel that COMMANDER’s music has changed over the years and how?
I don’t think there were significant changes to the musical style, but our songwriting has matured.
Our songs still feature the same important traits, like the choice of rhythms, melodies and vocals. We just tried to pay more attention to all the detail. We like our music to the point with enough harmonies and lyrics that fit the music word for word.
I think you can evolve, but your band should still be recognizable and preserve some of that sound that defined it to begin with.
- How much time does it take for COMMANDER to record an album?
Tough question. We wrote the first album over the course of 4 years and recorded it in 6 weeks. The songwriting for the second album took 6 months and we recorded it in 4 weeks.
But then there is „Fatalis (The Unbroken Circle)“… We recorded it in increments. The songs were written in 2009 – 2012 with the exception of Shattered Excistence, which is from 2014. But we kept working on details. The vocals i.e. were recorded last, over the course of 3 months. I mean it already took us 10 years, so a couple of months didn’t seem to matter anymore.
- Tell us something more about the latest album ‘Fatalis (The Unbroken Circle)’.
We’re very happy with it, since we felt that our previous album “The Enemies We Create” couldn’t quite keep up with our debut “World’s Destructive Domination”, musically and production-wise. We really feel that we did end up recording our best material with “Fatalis”. It was a difficult birth, but it’s the result that counts.
- Whats next? Working on any new album? If so, some details please.
Right now we’re busy with promoting the new album and of course our day jobs. But we’re also working on album number 4. We have 6 rough songs so far and aim to release the next album in late 2019. Let’s see, if we can make it, but we’re very motivated!
- Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album?
We really want to play more shows right now and aim for a tour in fall. Then of course festival season is coming soon and we always like to play single gigs, as well.
- Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
We’re focusing on Europe at the moment, but of course we’re not against playing in other countries. We’ve so far played in 11 countries and love to mark new territories on our map.
- Has COMMANDER done any opening acts for other major heavy weight bands? If yes, then when and where?
Early on we played with several big acts. One of the highlights was definitely supporting Behemoth on “The Apostasy Balkan-Tour” in 2007. We also shared the stage with acts like DESTRUCTION, OBITUARY, GOD DETHRONED or DEW-SCENTED.
Our personal favorite was probably the 2008er “Hammer Battalion” European tour with Unleashed, Krisiun, One Man Army & the Undead Quartet.
We of course hope to add a few highlights more in the near future.
- What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in Munich, Bavaria now? Has it changed since 1999 so much?
The metal scene in Munich is actually bigger than ever. The turnout is good for bigger and smaller shows, alike. In the beginning we were one of two death metal acts in Munich. Now, there’s at least a dozen great bands. But there are only a few left that have been around as long as we have, hahaha…
- Any messages for the readers?
Check out our new album “Fatalis (The Unbroken Circle)” and enjoy music, veer and life…
Thanks for supporting the underground!!!