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November 14, 2018

Interview Paradox


Four long years has been passed sine German Paradox recorded album “Tales of the Weird”, but one month ago they have finally released the new one, called “Pangea”, soooo, let’s see what they can tell us about new album and even some old days!

Hi! Tell me about Paradox and ‘80s, the times of band’ creation. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?

30 Years Paradox! We have started in February 1986 in south Bavaria.
First we searched for a bandname. It should be one short word with a mystic message.
In one of our pre line-ups we had a song called Paradox. We decided to use this name.
We had countless great moments in the 80`s. We did 2 demo tapes before we signed a worldwide record deal with one of the biggest metal labels “Roadrunner Records” to record our debut album “Product Of Imagination” in 1987. The album were “Album Of The Month” in the big magazines. Later on fans & press voted us for #1 “Newcomer Of The Year”.
At this time we didnt really realized that we were suddenly in middle of the metal business.
A youth dream came true.

“Pangea” album was released a bit more than one month ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?

It feels great! I`m really satisfied with the result of “Pangea”. Everybody did a great job.
Great songs, great lyrics written again by Achim “Daxx” Hömerlein. (ex-Vendetta)
We are also very happy with the production.
If any band search for a good mix/mastering please contact Panagiotis Katsaounis at P.K. Productions in Facebook. Cost/performance is great.
Right now i wouldn`t change something. “Pangea” represents Paradox 2016.

Tell me more about “Pangea”? Album ideas etc…

“PANGEA” includes 10 songs with a total playing time of 60 minutes. On the japanese version there is another 6 minute bonus track called Rage & Anger. It is the most versatile record as well.
The biggest differences in compare to “Tales Of The Weird” will be the deep and dark atmosphere of the songs.
With this album i had the opportunity to close some negative chapters in my life.
I`ve tried to put all this aggression and sadness what happened to me in the past into the songs.
It helped me to rehabilitate and getting back strong. I also tried to do not the same mistakes we did on “TALES OF THE WEIRD”. Especially the drum production.
Lyricwise “PANGEA” should symbolize “the beginning of the end” in different ways on how the planets end could happen.
It`s is not really a concept album, cause some songs contains other topics as well but there is a kind of a central theme on it.

Album was released by AFM Records again. Can you tell us why you have changed Roadrunner to AFM early of ‘00s?

In the beginning of the 90`s this weird grunge music came up. Roadrunner were not interested in thrash bands anymore. We lost our contract with them in 1991 and stopped all activities for a couple of years. In 1999 some labels were interested in Paradox. Short after our reunion show at the Wacken Open Air we signed with AFM-Records and i`m still satisfied with them.

Why Olly left the band? And what can you tell us about cooperation with Tilen? Does he really fits your current line-up? And, does he bringing some his own ideas into the Paradox music?

Olly was not happy with Daniel Buld (ex-drummer). Short after Olly left, I`ve got the same problems with that guy and fired him after the release of “Tales Of The Weird”.
With Olly i still have regular contact, but in the meantime i found Tilen Hudrap for the bass position. He brought his own ideas as a bass player in the Paradox music, but he was not involved in the songwriting process.
Tilen fits to Paradox, cause he is a great bass player, a great character and a big fan of the band. A couple of days ago he told me that “Heresy” is one of his top 5 metal albums of all time.

Where do you take all inspiration from?

I listen to heavy metal for almost 40 years now. Im a big fan of that music. I´m influenced by a lot of bands, but inspiration is a growing process. Nowadays it comes out of me automatically when I play guitar.

In your opinion, what is the best way to define nowadays Paradox’s sound?

Melodic thrash metal, “power thrash metal”, “thrash with class”. A intelligent combination of thrash, speed and power metal. Unlimited thrash metal.

So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?

Well. There is a lot of promotional stuff to do but it makes fun. The pressure of the production is gone. We`ve got overwhelming reviews everywhere in the world., what means the album seems to be successful.
There is a lot of news coming up next. Yet, i can`t reveal much, but it will surely surprise our fans.
In autumn i`ll start writing new songs for the next album. This album will be a step back to the roots with a tentative release in the end of next year 2017.

What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?

I`m influenced by so many bands…
Some of them are Old-Metallica, Anthrax, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Exodus, Forbidden, Megadeth, Flotsam & Jetsam, Testament, Nevermore, Fates Warning, The Haunted, Coroner, Opeth, Mercyful Fate, Judas Priest, NWOBHM and many more…
As single musicians I would mention James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Jeff Waters, Gary Hold, Joey Belladonna, Dave Meniketti, Jim Matheos, Mikael Akerfeldt, Erik A.K., Tommy Vetterli, Tony Iommi and many more…
When you start learning your instrument, the influence of your favourite bands are huge.
You always try to sound like them, but after a while you create your own style.

Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?

I`m always open for guest appearances, but i have nobody in mind right now.
Tommy Vetterli (Coroner) or Jeff Waters (Annihilator) could be cool.

What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?

There is no special strategy behind. When i start writing a song i have no thoughts about how many people could listen to my music. Its passion, talent, sometimes just luck to be on market at the right time. It happens or not. You never know this before.

Do you have any other hobby beside music? And what are you in the common life (of course if music doesn’t allow you to live from it)?

I gather Playstation games. GTA 5 is my favourite one. I like photography, walking in nature, going in restaurants or just hanging out with friends. I also do a small job as a warehouseman for car parts. I`m very lucky that i dont MUST live from music. I do it because I like it. With passion.
Who can live from it? I know a lot of musicians, but none of them can live comfortable from music, except you are on a level like Megadeth.

Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?

Well, my dad was not really a rocker, but mum supported my talent as a musician.
She still do and is proud of what ive created. She tell everybody that her son is world famous, (but not rich) haha.

How’s the metal scene in Bavaria right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?

Its very easy here in Germany to get some gigs if you want, but of course it depends on how famous you are. For a newcomer it`s not so easy.
About buying records… It is really easy to buy records. You get all what you want here. If you search for rarities you will find it.

Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!

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