EMQ’s with EMPYREAL SORROW
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Munich, Germany based Melodic Death Metal band, Empyreal Sorrow. Huge thanks to vocalist/bassist Sebastian Moser for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Sebastian Moser, I play bass and do the vocals for EMPYREAL SORROW, a Melodic Death Metal band from Germany, mainly situated in the area around Munich, Bavaria. The roots of Empyreal Sorrow go back to 2014 when our guitar player Martin Hofbauer recorded the first song ideas at my studio. But, as both of us were involved in other projects at that time, there was never a real plan to do more than just playing around with some cool riffs. After Martin’s band project came to an end and he still had a massive pile of really cool song ideas, the two of us sat together again in my own Grotesque Studios, just plain recording guitars and getting the arrangements in shape. At that time, I was also doing lots of studio recordings with our drummer Julian, and as Julian is an incredibly talented metal drummer it was just a natural thing to ask him to do the drums on the Empyreal Sorrow tracks that were already laid out at that point. So, in the first half of 2019 we also had the first half of instrumental tracks ready. Joining as a second guitarist at that time was Markus Winter, who already played together with Julian in another band. As with Julian before it just clicked and for the rest of the year we concentrated on finishing and recording the instruments for the rest of the song material that we had prepared. With 2020 starting we also began with giving the songs a ‘face’ – as I was working out the vocal arrangements, we decided for another refreshing approach on our songs; we integrated more than just one vocalist to give everything more dynamics and to serve the diversity of the songs. That’s where our singer Martin Szeike came on board. While I am serving more of the Black Metal like singing style, Martin is bombarding you with his utterly deep Death Metal grunts.
How did you come up with your band name?
Most people believe in love as the strongest emotion and bond between one another. But we think that sorrow and pain unite us even more and can push you to grow beyond your own limits. We believe in this out of own personal experiences. Sorrow is more honest than treacherous love, stronger than fragile valour and more divine than hypocritical forgiveness. But with the acceptance of pain as one of the most important parts of life, you can really reflect on your own self and see through other people’s actions. Sorrow is our leader through life and our band is deeply inspired by this emotion.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Bavaria in Germany, mainly from the Munich region. We have a very vital and big Metal scene there with a lot of bands from all sort of genres. Bands like Obscura for example emerged from the Munich scene.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our upcoming debut album is called “PRAEY”, containing 10 tracks of Melodic Death Metal. Release is set for November 20, 2020. We already have released two singles upfront to promote the album, one called ‘Quiet Depression’ and a second one named ‘Source Of (In)Humanity’.
‘Quiet Depression’ (Official Lyric Video)
‘Source Of (In)Humanity’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
The most obvious influence is the Swedish Death Metal tradition with bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Edge Of Sanity. But also, modern bands like Heaven Shall Burn left their mark in our music.
What first got you into music?
The energy that Metal provides was the key factor in also wanting to be a musician. And as we are all from musical households, our parents supported us wherever they could. Nowadays music is one of the main things we are doing, be it as a musician with Empyreal Sorrow and other bands or in the studio, producing bands.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
It need not be a well-known band – it just has to be a band or musicians we feel a connection to. As within the band, the most important part in creating something that feels good and fulfilling is a strong connection between the musicians, I think. Creativity can be born out of so many emotions, but when being in a band, the most creative time is when everyone is feeling in good company.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Definitely the Summer Breeze Festival in Germany – everyone in the band has a strong connection to this festival. Be it, because it was the first festival attended or just because he is visiting the festival every year again. And as I already played there with another band in the past, I can say that they have an amazing crew, and you feel really comfortable even as a small artist.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
That was a cake with the band name on it. Very cool, but also very weird as we didn’t know what was in the cake!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Get naked, drink beer and listen to Metal at full volume! Enjoy music, enjoy the company of your beloved ones and defeat egoism wherever you can.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I think, Pete Steele from Type O Negative would have created so much more awesome music if he would still be alive. Melancholic, sarcastic and powerful. This guy definitely should not have died so soon.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The creative part when I get totally lost in finding the right sound, arrangement or intensity – that’s what drives me most. But I totally hate writing lyrics…
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
At the moment the music industry as it grew for decades is already changing massively. With streaming and all the possibilities you have as a small band to create music and get it out to your audience – you just need the guts to invest time and money. It’s no good anymore for lazy musicians that just focus on “music” and are not interested in the business part. You have to do it yourself and it will pay off. There’s a good partner for everything that a big company could provide you.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Paradise Lost – “Draconian Times”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I would go with CD’s as my collection is growing and growing. They are handy and last long. Sorry for that pragmatic answer, but as I already accidentally crushed some vinyl with my clumsy hands, I rather would invest my money in new CD’s. The streaming is a good possibility to keep an eye on new music as there are so many new bands emerging every day. The normal media (magazines, webzines) is not able to handle this huge amount of new releases every day anymore, I think.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
That was a gig at the Summer Breeze Festival in 2011 with one of my past bands ARSIRIUS (Death Metal). We played the first gig of the day, but there were already a thousand metalheads in front of the stage, cheering and partying, headbanging, creating a circle pit … it was so gripping and intense.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I don’t even want to think about this…
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I’ll reduce them to 4 and invite my Empyreal Sorrow-dudes – fun-time guaranteed.
What’s next for the band?
While recording our debut album we already prepared a set of songs for a future EP release that has the goal to widen our own musical horizon. On this EP we will experiment with some new influences and let other musicians be part of our Cult Of Sorrow.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
You can mainly join the #cultofsorrow on these Social Media channels:
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Depends on the amount of Jaffas you eat at once 😉
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for the chance to introduce EMPYREAL SORROW. We invite all of you to join our Cult Of Sorrow and receive salvation through music. Keep an eye on our online appearances to get the latest news regarding the release of our upcoming album “PRÆY“. And always stay Metal!
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