German blackened death metallers Arroganz are back with their third full-length release, Tod & Teufel and it’s a real pummeler. This record will bash your face in with a ritualistic style that embraces freedom and liberty, as -P- (Guitars) discussed in our interview. Having almost lost everything in an arson, it’s great to see these guys up and back at it again, not to mention sounding stronger than ever!
Tell me a little bit about the band. How did you guys first start out playing music and who would you consider influences?
The band is -K- (vocals/bass/guitars), -T- (drums/vocals) & -P-(guitars/vocals). Our interest in music and arts has developed at a young age. We have all played several instruments for a long time now. Every one of us came to death metal in different ways, but one thing is common and that is a fascination for darkness and Metal in all of its dirtiness and beauty. I could name some influences and bands, but we don’t want the construct to be associated with our heroes!
The musical onslaught unleashed in Tod & Teufel seems like it mixes black, death and atmospheres to create something that almost sounds a bit like dark, ritualistic art. What was your goal for this recording and do you feel that you’ve achieved it?
The past two years were difficult. All of our equipment and merchandise almost burned down in a fire set on purpose by some assholes, we had fights with bookers and bands, we changed the label and travelled thousands of miles to follow our passion. The goal was to capture everything we went through personally, spiritually and philosophically. The result is Tod & Teufel and we’ve already won before the game started! It shows the band getting better and better.
Lyrically, some of these songs sound like they might have been influenced by Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley and Peter Carroll among others. They all seem to deal with obscure concepts related to magick and occult practice. But instead of me babbling on, tell me what some of these songs are about, like “Arisen From Failure Perished As King”, “Black Aura” and the title track. What does “Tod & Teufel” mean?
It ain’t that easy. Firstly, the lyrics are not influenced by any of those mentioned men. We have our very own view on Satanism, chaos and spirituality. -K- is responsible for the lyrics. The lines of Tod & Teufel are deep and dark philosophical – as well as spiritual. They are a strong outbreak of an inner being. Simple beings probably would translate Tod & Teufel to “Death & Devil.” But it isn’t any gothic bullshit – it is about freedom and liberty, about what life and death should be about. Read these lines and listen to the songs. Try to feel how the content is transported by the sound and the atmosphere!
What was the recording process like for the album? Where did you record it and how long did it take? What was the atmosphere like in the studio? Did you run into any trouble?
In the spring, we went to a studio in Cottbus – the town where the band was founded (nowadays we live in different places). We had about two weeks to record together with our friend Timo Rotten. He did all recordings with us `till today – great guy! There weren’t any bigger problems, because we practiced and planned well. It has been unique and we have already felt the atmosphere of Tod & Teufel. It was a very intense time for us.
Will you be taking this on the road? If so, what kind of mayhem can we expect from you guys?
Yes, we will! You can expect death praising tunes at their best!
What kind of gear do you use? What would you recommend?
You know, since we don’t have any endorsements, we don’t need to advertise any equipment. We play different drums, amps and guitars, so this changes from time to time anyways. But mostly old-school stuff: No gay seven strings or trigger-bullshit!
What are some other bands that we might be able to check you out in and how are they different from Arroganz?
We’re all doing Arroganz mainly. -T- plays drums for a band called Grober Knuppel too. This band follows a different attitude and form of dirtiness. Its music combines metal, hardcore and rock. They just released their new album Angepisster Deutscher Albtraum. It’s porn as fuck! I play drums in a sludge/doom project in Germany. Next to it I helped my friends in Solace Of Requiem to compose and write their latest album Casting Ruin. They are a hard working band from Virginia and play a very different but interesting style of death metal. -K- just supported our friends in Deserted Fear and wrote the lyrics for their new album’s title track Kingdom Of Worms. Furthermore he co-wrote a song for the EP from our brothers in Bitchhammer.
What’s one of the best experiences that you guys have had on tour?
The release show for Kaos.Kult.Kreation was very special. We got to know each other that night. Since that day, every single minute with the band has been unique. Our show at this year´s Party San Open Air was a special one too!
What are some of your favorite albums of all time?
Celtic Frost – Monotheist
Deströyer666 – Unchain The Wolves
The Devil´s Blood – The Time Of No Time Evermore
Aura Noir – Black Thrash Attack
Immortal – At The Heart Of Winter
Obituary – Cause Of Death
Satyricon – Nemisis Devina
Carcass – Heartwork
Rotting Christ – Theogonia,
Dissection – Storm Of The Light’s Bane
Bolt Thrower – The 4th Crusade
Morbid Angel – Altars Of Madness
Pentagram – First Daze Here
Grave – Into The Grave
Demonical – Death Infernal
Endstille – Navigator
Interment – Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy
But fuck this question! The list would be way too long!
What do you think the world will be like in ten years? Do you think we’ll still survive, or is this the end?
I hope it is the end. It simply could stop answering questions about future decades. Really dude, people that got “visions” of how things will be in the future suck ass!
Is there anything else you would like to say that I haven’t addressed in this interview?
Deine Freiheit soll alles andere nichtig machen!
Thanks for putting out a hell of a record and maybe you guys will come down to the states real soon, so I can see you kick ass on the stage. – Eric
Thank you man! Give us a gig. We´ll be there!