POWERWOLF interview. New album out July 16th, 2021.


I spoke with Falk from POWERWOLF about the new album ‘Call Of The Wild’, keyboards, church organs, werewolf legends and religion.

MAL-
Talking to Falk from POWERWOLF. Thanks so much for joining us.
FALK-
You're welcome, nice to be here.
MAL-
It's good to have you on, now since your last album 'Sacrament Of Sin', just give us a recap on what the band has been doing. What plans you had for this next album, and what was put on Hold by covid.? Did it impact that in any way? And how much?
FALK-
Well first question after we released the 'Sacrament Of Sin', I mean, we toured a lot. I think we never toured so much for an album as we did with the 'Sacrament Of Sin', and after that we didn't ever have a break but we released our 'best of' album 'Best Of The Blessed', which was also re-recorded. We played it in studio again a new version and just after that, we started to play another tour in South America with AMON AMARTH, and that was in March last year and at the end of the tour, we had to cancel 3 shows because this situation worldwide pandemic started. But at this time, it was already planned to write new songs for a new album number eight, 'Call Of The Wild' and so we did. Yeah, as you can see, it was never boring for the band. We were always on tour working on new songs, working on new lyrics, recording the new staff we did now for 'Call Of The Wild' and I'm super happy and excited about the results because it wasn't so easy to for the covid situation, for example, to come to the studio, normally that's the most easiest part for for us to travel to the studio. It's quite more difficult and harder to write new songs. And then it was like just when we want to start with a new album to record, it was like, you are not allowed to go to the Netherlands from Germany. So we had to find a way and we found a way luckily, so it's a little bit a release for us that we could could do it and that we were able to do it and in the end, the result is for us, we love it. And with future concerns for your for your question, it's like normally I would say we would tour again and again. It is still the plan to have it, summer festivals are postponed obvious but there is in the first of October this year, our tour should start. And I'm an optimistic person. Like the whole situation, we are optimistic to go on stage again, so they are the plans for now and a lot, of course, we are doing and shooting a lot of videos for the new album and do the promo and everything. But I feel quite comfortable right now to have it and to bring people new music again. That's what it's all about in the end.
MAL-
Now, let's talk about the album 'Call of the Wild'. I just managed to hear it today just a few hours ago. Very nice. I like it. Tell us about that. Tell us the stories behind some of the songs. I'm keen to hear some stories here.
FALK-
A lot of stories I would say. Its first of all, I would say 'Call Of The Wild' is the next step to be 'Sacrament Of Sin' album. And I will call it really a big step because for example, in 'Sacrament Of Sin' album showed us that is much more possible in our typical POWERWOLF sound and that allows us to enlarge our sound a little bit here and there, to do something new a little bit, and that encourages us to dare even more for this album. And, and we discussed about the album title, it was very clear from the beginning to call it, 'Call of the Wild' because this title is presenting typical POWERWOLF. You can can also interpret a bit like Call of the Wild Ones, which is both the band and our audience, our audience can be really loud and wild. And yeah, that's where this title refers to the call of Mankind's to the nature. And in the end we are all wild animals and this title also stands for a very powerful fast and strong album, so it combines everything for us and on this one we have a mixture about, then I'm going to talk about the lyrics. It's a mixture about mythologies, legends, werewolf legends and religion. It's always a topic in POWERWOLF So for example we have the 'Beast of Gévaudan', that is this song about a French Legend from the 18th century and Gévaudan is a region in south of France, called Gévaudan and there has been a beast that killed around hundred people. And it was believed that that has to be a large wolf or something like that. It seems that when people can't explain what's going to happen, it's always a wolf or a wolf-man and this beast was hunted for years but never caught and the killings went on. And then that's the link to one of our main topics, religion .... believed that, this is a vengeance. It's the revenge of God, for all the Sinners and there's a Bible quote, it's called 'and I will send the teeth of wild animals'. So we have a perfect mixture about religion and legends and we are dealing with that. For example, Blood for Blood, that refers to the Irish Faoladh, a werewolf creature from Ireland, so that needs more folkloristic style of a song. So as you can see it's quite diverse to have different approach for the songs, but in the end, you can read that lyrics and can go in further details. You can only listen to POWERWOLF music and you have the entertaining elements, that is always one of our most important things to entertain people and give them a good time.
MAL-
Well, you certainly made me search on the internet because I looked up that Beast of Gévaudan and Varcolac, as well. I was looking at that, very interesting stories there.
FALK-
Yeah, absolutely 'Varcolac' is really typical for us, it's a werewolf creature in Romanian mythology, you know, and normally, if you're reading about werewolf stories and legends, normally, it's more located in Eastern Europe and then we read and go into further details and they recognized like the beast in France like the werewolf creature in Ireland, we found some werewolf creature in mythologies in Northern Europe so you could call it werewolves over here, something like that. And we are interested in these stories always, but we never want to be only in this element. We always have our religious topics, for example, 'Faster Than The Flame' and 'Glaubenskraft' or the German translation thing. It's also a topic, so it's quite diverse, but in the end, there's always, there's no obvious POWERWOLF album, then you need a little religious story like we have with 'Undress To Confess', so that you have like a sort of humor on it, and when it's always the thing, like 'Resurrection By Erection' and 'Undress To Confess', that's POWERWOLF.
MAL-
Okay, so we've got this album coming out in July, 9th of July is the date I've got here. What fills the time in for POWERWOLF in between now and then, you mentioned doing some videos before was that correct?
FALK-
Exactly we are doing a lot of videos. We do a lot of promo stuff And of course, we will prepare our shows and the live situation again because if the world can start again with live music, really, every band in the world will do it and then it would be too late to say. 'Okay now it's possible again'. Now, we prepared our new show elements, and everyone from the crew will tell me. 'I'm sorry, I'm too busy, I can't help you'. So, we're just, we're just working on new stage set ups and everything, and to plan it. Even if it's a little bit strange feeling because you do it right now, without knowing when it's ready to be possible again. But we have to, we are responsible and we have this responsibility for our fans. You know, they were waiting and that's it.
MAL-
Give us a quick rundown on your keyboard equipment, if you don't mind. What's your, what's your preferred keyboard?
FALK-
There's a difference between live situation and studio situation obvious, for example, when the church organ on a studio album of course it's always the same place in France, a small church. We did it for years now. So it's always a quick phone call. 'Hey, I'm back. Can I try? Can I use the church organ again?' 'Yes, no problem'. So there are no discussion, where are you and who are you and what are you doing? On the live situation it's obvious not possible to have a real church organ. So on the live situation I'm playing Nord Electro 5D/6D, I like this red keyboards, I don't like the colour, but I like the keys, and the sounds. I have a lot of stage props around my keyboards. So I have an endorsement deal but no one will see my keyboards ever. So it's quite, it's quite new to tell you that because I never do that and no one sees my keyboard. So I'm playing live a Nord Electro Clavia and I like, I like that.
MAL-
I had a feeling. I was talking to Per who used to be in OPETH, just the other day and he used a Nord Electro.
FALK-
I love this, this handling of this keyboard is a really like, you can throw it on stage and it works, you know, and in former days I was playing organ samples with interfaces and Mac-book and whatever and some master keyboards. It was always a struggle with the cable stuff and everything and put on the stage that have been sometimes on open-air situation, it should be quick and then I have my keyboards on a riser, bam bam bam power on- work. That's what I need on stage.
MAL-
Hey, thanks so much for talking to us, mate.
FALK-
You're welcome.
MAL-
You have a great day and best of luck with your new album. Thanks again for talking to me, good luck with your tour.
FALK-
Thank you very much. Bye bye.

POWERWOLF - a name that fills every disciple of traditional melodic heavy metal with joy and stands for a successful quintet that needs no more introduction after 15 years of steep ascent. The anniversary was celebrated with a best-of release in 2020, which united the highlights of all six studio albums released to date - including both long-running hits from early works, and more recent hits from the gold-awarded records Blessed & Possessed and The Sacrament Of Sin, such as the platinum hit single “Demons Are A Girl's Best Friend”. Now, only about 12 months later, arguably the most successful pack of the contemporary German metal fauna is ready with bared fangs for the next bloody foray. 
The aptly titled Call Of The Wild, which was once again crafted by the venerable production duo of Jens Bogren and Joost van den Broek at Swedish Fascination Street Studios, will be unleashed in July 2021! A new chapter in the band's history will be opened, serving up beloved classic trademarks to long time and newly recruited POWERWOLF devotees alike. Call Of The Wild is surprising and delighting at every stage of this wild 11-track ride, with stylistic advancements on an unprecedented scale! “Faster Than The Flame” - an opening blast that ignites the bonfire in purest POWERWOLF manner as a fiery distillation of such fulminant album openers as “Amen & Attack” or “Fire & Forgive” - bears the distinctive signature of the creative minds around main songwriter Matthew Greywolf even in the first chords, and impressively demonstrates that the five-piece has undoubtedly succeeded in creating its very own, unmistakable sound over the course of the last one and a half decades. 
From this bomb-proof base, the wolves subsequently dare to take the stage with tracks like the outrageously catchy “Dancing With The Dead” (a future classic on every decent headbanger party playlist!), the wonderfully heretical “Glaubenskraft” and Attila Dorn's epic-emotional magic moment on “Alive Or Undead” - a power ballad on the highest level that finally cements the reputation of the frontman as an absolute exceptional bard! 
POWERWOLF enters new musical territory every minute, conquering it for themselves in almost the same second and turning it into one big firework of fresh influences. Lyrically – aside from the usual tongue-in-cheek heresy à la “Undress To Confess” – Call Of The Wild is the hour of mythical scary characters, who would all have good cards in the fight for the rank of official band mascot: While “Beast Of Gévaudan” tells the story of a legendary predator that spread fear and terror in southern France in the middle of the 18th century at top speed, the stomping “Varcolac” pays homage to the eponymous wolfish demon of Romanian folklore, before “Blood For Blood (Faoladh)” evokes the Irish relative of the moon worshiper known to us as "Werewolf" in front of a fitting sound backdrop. Finally, the final offering “Reverent Of Rats” puts a pompous exclamation mark behind a work that can rightfully be called the most multi-faceted in the band's history so far and which – beyond all promotional platitudes – is a hot contender for the top position among this year's metal releases!
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