ANDERS RAIN - INTERVIEW (december 2001)
...let's give the floor to our Anders-Andrea, to make shed light upon the many shadows surrounded the band in this period...
I think we could start with your official declaration about the situation, not very clear, created with the time between you and your Italian label…
The truth is really simple: we started to work many years ago in an environment in Italy unknown, with the aid of some people which, at the beginning seemed what they were not in the reality. Translated: they had always shown honesty and always said to have had the best for us; unfortunately the facts demonstrated the contrary. We had big difficulties to receive what a band, we think, deserve, after have worked hard. We sold a tot number of copies, that they haven't quantify us, but I think that in many years Labyrinth have made a good work and that it also gave us very good results.
Not having received the fruits of our work, we have wanted to close with people of which I prefer not to talk about because they are not present now.
After this decision how do you think to move from now?
The future policy of the band will surely be the auto production. These years didn't help us just to learn to play, but also to understand the environment, not only musical but also managerial. I mean, we have had the occasion to get in touch with many labels, managers: I think that after the experience thanks to our lawyer – and I take to occasion to thank him – that will verify the REAL honesty of the future contracts, we will be able to move all alone.
The intention of Labyrinth is that the work be delivered in the best way and cost; we will record masters, than we will try to distribute them in the best way. Sincerely labels for Labyrinth have never been a great affair, both because that they haven't time and because sometimes they haven't the means to promote an album, as a musician could do.
For example big bands that were able to go out from the ghetto: their productions are in this way, auto produce and then decide the destination of the master.
Make a product and then look around… a really courageous choice…
Sure, but I think this is the only way out, also because metal has become a suitable genre, labels doesn't care about new bands – and it is well known – but many little labels that know how to work exist but it is difficult to find them. This is the reason of our decision.
After this stasis phase there were also people that said you were near to the dissolution: what do you answer?
They were just rumours and Labyrinth is a name that in many years has grown up! As people know, we have had many changes of line-up, even if they were not seen in a good way. I understand it because it is not so simple leave a person with who you have lived important moments: but Labyrinth did in this way because we have always wanted to obtain the best and I hope that this sentence won't be misinterpret. The rumours about our dissolution: I think they began since our difficulties, that nobody really knew what were.
I want to confirm that we never wanted a dissolution, it was the contrary: we just didn't want to continue our work in a situation – and perhaps here the mistake was created – that didn't satisfied us. Perhaps we would have however taken the decision to change, but now things are going on in a better way. The band is here, stronger than before and we would never think to a dissolution.
There is a new album near, so?
Not one but two!! I think that a merit of Labyrinth has been to have represented the Italian bands live: we have demonstrated to be good in studio but also live. Since the beginning we have been a band known more for our concerts, because of the difficult of record album in the firsts 90': in relation with this, we want to put on CD a live performance because our energy, who knows us will agree, is not expressed in a studio as we want.
"Soft" tracks like Night Of dreams, live have a different impact, from here the decision to make a live album; in the meanwhile we are working to new material and we are sure that for September 2002 it will be ready for a new studio release.
Will there be a continuation of the Sons Of Thunder's style?
It is always the same old story: you see, we have recorded 3 albums, each of them different from the other and at the same time interpreted by the public in very different ways, but often and unfortunately according to the fashion of the moment. When Return To Heaven Denied went out, considered now a power metal album, everyone identify it in songs like Moonlight and Thunder; but in that album there are also songs like State Of Grace, Return To Heaven Denied or Night Of Dreams, totally disconnected from the definition of power.
The same happened with No Limits and Sons Of Thunder: we play what we feel in a certain moment, without planning. I don’t know what I will do in the next album.
Not even an idea?
Our tracks beginning to be written with a guitar riff, often closer to thrash or to other styles, that often become softer with the lyrics,. I don’t know what will be of what we have written until this moment: I have nearly ready 3 tracks, but I can’t identify them… surely they sound Labyrinth!!!
We have to wait for a return of Labyrinth?
I don’t think is a real return: we have always been here. We have always had long times for the recording of our albums, because we want to do the best. Sometimes the result hasn’t been equal to the expectation and Sons Of Thunder is the demonstration; we started with many good ideas but at the end the realisation of the work didn’t satisfied us. This has also been an experience, but since August 2001 I don’t think the band ever interrupted his activity.
The live album is not so far then….
We would have to record this live in January and we will try to put it in shops in summer; in the meanwhile we will organize the managerial aspect.
Will there be also a tour?
I think no….I think no because now we want just to fix in a concert what Labyrinth have been in these years and then start again. I think that is more sensed concentrate on the writing of the new album, work well and then think to a new tour.
A concert recorded live broadcast…
Absolutely… Again for the concerts, a part from some summer show that we hope to do in European festivals and the tour following the new album, the one of January will be the only one concert until May. A show created to fix the moment: what I can anticipate is that we would like to invite in a mini festival the most important Italian bands. Nothing is decided yet: we have to try to meet the necessity of the bands, hoping they appreciate the invitation.
For the public will be a pleasant moment not only for the show, but also under the economical point of view. I want – and everyone of Labyrinth do – that a boy who has just money for a concert or a CD could assist to a show as complete as possible.
Do you think that the new – very introversive and unusual- work of Vision Divine could have damage the Labyrinthic talent of Olaf?
I think that each musician can’t give his best in a band, having to share the need of other 5 people, as happens in Labyrinth. I understand the need of Olaf to create Vision Divine. I know him since years ago, we founded the band together, and if there is a person in which I trust is Olaf: I mean, I trust also in the others boys, but between us there is a mental affinity that joins us, so I can’t see Vision as a danger for Labyrinth. I live it positively and I hope that it could happen to me or to other band members; Chris and I are working to our material.
Time ago you told me about your solo project…
Yes, the album is concluded, but I am not in a hurry: when will be the right moment I will look for the occasion to propose it. Also for my vein this work has been fundamental, because what is present in this album I would have never proposed on a Labyrinth album. For our fans I think it is very interesting listen to other aspect of the individual members of the band: the important is that what a person will listen to, is a product of very good quality.
In conclusion, we are working now and I would like to reassure once again the boys that follow us that they will have the possibility to see us soon and also on line thanks to the site labyrinthmusic.it
As luck would have it you are here at Jungle Sound to record SALA PROVE…
Yes, it is positive and we accepted to take part to it. It is soon to say if it will have a big audience and, also if I don’t want to make advertising considering that I don’t earn money (laughing), I can say that is a new TV, Rock TV, opened since 1st December. Our instalments will be on TV towards the middle of the month and it will be the occasion to see what the hell Labyrinth do as they rehearse! It’s the spirit that characterized us that let us say yes or no to these kind of things: we renounced to Gods Of Metal, but we accepted for this programme just because we want to see HONESTY from the person who propose us something. People who deal with this programme, Tommy Massara of Extrema for example, assure us a clear, amusing situation and this is what we want. We have always played gladly, often also gratis, but it has always been the way in which they propose us that make us accept or not.
We say no to Gods Of Metal at the last moment and cost us dear! I think that for a musician the best is play on such a stage.
But if on the other site I find people I don’t like, it’s me that go away and I am talking for each Labyrinth member! Roby wasn’t behind the stage drinking wine, as I read somewhere!
If you call us for the third time, you do it because it has a sense to play in such a festival, clearly according to the importance we have. I would never pretend to have the importance of Judas Priest! But you can’t call us just to do us a favour; this means that the festival doesn’t improve having Labyrinth and the people who organize don’t care if there are Labyrinth or not; at this point we went away! We do favours to our friends and not to who demonstrates the contrary…
See you next year with many Labyrinthic news…