Here is a new interview done with the German old-school band Scalpture who have released their debut cd "Panzerdoktrine through Final Gate Rec. so if you are a fan of well executed and performed old-school death then be sure to pick up a copy of Scalpture's debut today.
Interview with Thorsten vocalist of Scalpture done by Patrick
1.Hello please introduce yourself to the readers? At what age did you discover metal music and who were the first bands you listened to?
Hey Patrick! My name is Thorsten (25) from Bielefeld, Germany and, in this case singer of Scalpture! I think I started listening to metal when I was about 13. Besides some German hard rock bands my first encounters were with the classics like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Blind Guardian and (not so classic) Totenmond. The last one is a German band and without being able to describe their style they are just fucking sick!
2.When did you first meet the other members of the band?And who came up with Scalpture as the bands name?
The three other founders of our band and me were all living in a rather small town named Detmold. I was about seventeen and was keen to sing in a Death Metal band since I became a big fan of Bolt Thrower and many other bands. Felix and I were friends for a while then and he was already a great guitarist at that time. After a while and a few drinks he finally admit to give the whole idea a try. Anselm admit to play bass shortly after and knew Max from school for the drums.
3.What is the current line-up for the band and for the readers who have never heard Scalpture's music how would you best describe it?
At the moment we are lacking a drummer but recruited a second guitarist a year ago. So its Felix and Tobias on the guitar, Anselm still plays bass and I do the vocals. I usually say we play nothing less than Death Metal. Our lyrics solely deal with war while the music is often described as a mixture of Death Metal Classics like Dismember and Bolt Thrower.
4. Scalpture is getting ready to release the debut cd "Panzerdoktrine" through Final Gate Rec. how did you all come in contact with this great label?
After we´ve published our EP Border Crossing on our own, we realised how stressful it is and how hard it is to make your mark. We tried to find a label which publishes our first full length album and we contacted a bunch. Fortunately Marco from Final Gate liked the EP we sent him and offered us to publish “Panzerdoktrin” via his Label.
5.Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?
Actually Felix had been the musical mastermind behind Scalpture and composed all the music. Since we recruited Tobias we've got two great musicians who do the song writing and they interact
perfectly. From the beginning on I was responsible for the lyrics. I believe I can perform better if I have written the lyrics on my own and the others were never really interested in texting anyway.
6.Thorsten you handle the vocals for the band at what age did you start growling and screaming?Is their anything special you do to keep your voice and throat healthy?
I think my adolescent self started “singing” along with his favourite Death Metal bands in his room. I´ve reduced smoking in the last few years as well as I try to practice quiet often, especially when I'm driving or showering.
7.Who are some of your influences and favorite vocalists? Besides the vocals do you currently play any other instruments if yes what do you play?
I admire a lot of singers. Some because of ther "special" voice, for the authenticy, some for their great lyrics, some more for who they are. From Kurt Cobain or Lemmy to Karl Willets, Martin van Drunen or Chris Reifert there are plenty. I think as an inspiration for Scalpture especially those singers and bands play a part that play comparable music or have compareable lyrics.
Besides singing I sometimes TRY to play the guitar. This is more are spontanious outburst of pure overconfidence because I absolutely suck. My girlfriend would agree a 100%.
8. Thorsten I assume you write the lyrics for the band and I noticed the lyrics are based on war when did you and the band start writing about war? Are their any wars in particular that you write about?
Since we've started, for me war was the only topic I could write about. I have always been interested in history and wars. I study history by now. My “inspiration” comes from all modern conflicts. The song “Keiler” (boar) is the name of an actual German mine flail, while “Dam Busters” is dealing with the 617th English bomber squadron in WWII. Most of our songs deal with war on a more abstract level. Just to give some examples “Not a Single Step Back” is loosely connected to the Red Army's creed in Stalingrad, though the text does not really give a hint as it is the same with “No Rest, No Sleep, No Peace” which is connected to the Wehrmacht's practice giving some tank crews a preform of Crystal Meth called “Panzerschokolade” (tank chocolate). “Lead From Ahead” deals with the strategy of troop leading in the German and other armies, while “Flattened Horizons” is actually an ode to tank howitzers in general.
However, our next Album is planned to be a concept album about a certain conflict...
9.Besides studying and reading about the past wars are their any other times in history you and the other members of the band like to read and study?
Well actually we do not talk so much about history with each others. The texting is my job, which I do alone. For Panzerdoktrin of course I was interested in the tank-topic. So I was interested in period between the Second World War 'till today. Because of my studies I started reading a lot of individual testimonies from soldiers who fought in WW I. Especially the wartime experience and its influence on the soldiers and society are the main focus. Before that I studied on the pre modern Denmark.
10.Does Scalpture get to play "live" very often? Who are some bands you all have gotten to share the stage with?
Haha you are touching us on the raw buddy! We haven't hit the stage for more than one and a half year now. First I studied abroad in Sweden for a semester, then we entered the studio, then we parted from our drummer. We haven't found a new one yet but we plan to get back on stage in 2017 as soon as possible!
We mostly played underground shows with other underground bands so far. Just to mention our friends from Evoked here. Once we shared stage with Deserted Fear which was a great lesson!
11.Are their any shows or tours planned for 2017 if yes where will the band be touring and playing?
Right now there are no officially announced shows but we are planning a lot at the moment. If all works out we'll share stage with Evoked and Carnal Tomb from time to time.
12.When not working on band business or new music what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Haha playing the guitar!
13.Scalpture comes out of the German old-school death metal scene what is your opinion of Germany's metal scene?
Germany's metal scene in general is pretty big. During the summer time you`ll find a whole lot of small and big festivals all over the country every weekend. There are hundreds of concerts every weekend you could actually visit. Like with every big scene the vast majority are pretentious idiots, I don't have much in common with and I don't like them. Still there are really great guys and girls and really cool bands making it worth being a part of the scene.
14.Who are some of your all-time favorite German bands and are their any new bands you feel the readers should watch out for?
There are a few I think. No matter how often I put on Sodom, Accept or Morgoth, they just don't get bad! If you ask me for more unpopular bands people really should watch out for...phew...there are!
First of all there are our home town friends from Wifebeater playing pure scum fuck rock n' roll!Then there are our friends from Evoked playing great real old school Death Metal an just got signed by FDA Records! There is Vulture (speed metal) as they will release their debute album in 2017. I like Cryptic Brood from Wolfsburg playing ugly doomy Death Metal and Carnal Tomb from Berlin and Deathrite from Dresden. Weak Aside plays great war Death Metal as well as Atomwinter.Fuck there are so many god damn good underground bands! Listen to Bastard Grave from Sweden or Division Speed from Leipzig. I could do this for hours....
15.Besides bands are their any good labels or distro's you could recommend to the readers? What about good fan or web-zines you like to read?
Haha of course our label Final Gate Records! There are some other good German labels like FDA Records, which simply has had a knack for picking awesome bands during the last few years as well as the rather new Testimony Records. I am actually not so much an internet guy and usually do not read any fan- or web-zines. Check out Timon Kokott Artwork who painted our Cover Artwork and our designed our shirts for instance.
16.Thank you Thorsten for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Thank you as well. I am not so much a guy for the famous last words though I like to have the final say. It might appear elegant to end with a quote. Some famous last words from Mr. Bukowski:
“‘I think I need a drink.’ ‘Almost everybody does only they don’t know it.’”