This interview was made in Essen, Germany the 2nd of december 2006.
Manu has met Scott Vogel (Vocals).
This is only the 3rd day but thats really good, perfect! The first shows have been great besides the fact that this stage looks like its fucking in the clouds, the show will be really good.
And compared with the 2 previous tours, as its your 3rd European Tour this Year after the one with Blacklisted & Donnybrook, and the Sound Of The Underground tour ?
Both tours are really different from each other. The Blacklisted & Donnybrook tour was amazing, thats one of my favourite tours I have ever done in my life. Those are 2 bands I really like as people and as music, and the shows were really good. And obviously the Sound Of The Underground tour was a lot different, different crowds, with more baricades and a lot more metal but we really enjoyed it and I think it really helped the band out. And Madball is like my favourite band ever so... that always helps!
The line-up change a bit this year. Now you have Buske (Bass Player) and Martin from Donnybrook. Why did you finally add them into Terror?
Were lucky enough to have the same line-up with Frank and Carl for 3 or 4 years solid, and for any band its pretty hard to keep a solid line-up sometimes with all the touring and bullshit... Those 2 just wanted to do other things so... And the 2 people we found were very natural and it works out great, everythings been smooth and I couldnt be happier. The new line up is I think the best we ever had and even offstage things feel a lot smoother, were just having fun and playing shows!
How will it work with Donnybrook as Martin plays in both bands?
It really worked out smoothly because Donnybrook is one of our favourite bands and some of my best friends so we wouldnt never got Martin in the band if it was gonna affect Donnybrook, but it just happened at the same time they kind of stepped back and stop touring. Theyre not breaking up, they still gonna do their thing but theyre really slow and down so were just so happy he has a lot more free time. Were on tour a lot so Donnybrook gonna do what they can when hes free.
Youve released a new record called Always The Hard Way, what was the response in general about it ?
Hum... (Laugh) I dont know, I dont really pay attention but most people I talked to really like it. Im not the type of person that goes around talking about how good Terror is but I think thats the best record weve ever done. I love everything about the music, the lyrics, the recording, the layout, the artwork, everything about it I love! But I dont really go out and read reviews and stuff like that but I really havent heard bad things about it so... (Laugh)
You worked with famous producer Zeuss for Always The Hard Way, why him and how was it?
We chose him just because hes a hardcore kid or maybe a hardcore man (Laugh). He knew that we wanted a sound like Killing Time and Leeway and he knows how to get that sound. And from listening his recordings like Hatebreed, Throwdown, Shadows Fall and Agnostic Front and Madball we knew that he could get the sound the way that we wanted to. And it was great, it was easy, it was comfortable, it was calm... I couldnt be happier with the recording, its really what we wanted.
Do you plan to work with him again in the future, maybe for the next record ?
We havent even got to think about this but I definatly wouldnt be opposed to it.
I read on the booklet that Carl (Schwartz ex Terrors bass player) recorded all guitars and bass, why didnt you ask Doug, Martin and Buske to record ?
Thats a great question thats noones ever asked!
Still about the booklet, the artwork was done by Buske right?
No, Buske did the layout and he mistakenly didnt credit the painter whos called Peter Hall Rubens, which really sucks that he forget to do that so if we do a second pressing of the record, well definitely add his name on there.
The artwork is a lot different for a hardcore record. Is there a special message behind it?
We wanted a really different layout from the previous albums. They all kinda looked quite similar . we also wanted something that really caught your eye and stood out. We also wanted something to look at when you read the lyrics and you know, a lot of our songs are about survival and fighting through a lot of problems and knowing you enemy and just try to get through the hard times in life and enjoy life. All the pictures are kind of man vs. animal, its not obviously like a vegetarian thing but its all about struggle and survival of the fittest... Thats kind of what it is about.
And that paint was it made especially for the record ?
No, theyre old paintings from hundreds years ago...
Inside of it, you wrote a few lines to explain the lyrics of each song. Were you frightened that people understand them in a wrong way ?
No but lyrics can be interpreted in lot of ways. Ive never been straight-edge but there are certain straightedge songs I can totally relate to. I can twist those lyrics and others things in my life. I wasnt afraid they wouldnt understand exactly because I think with lyrics you can takeem for what theyre worth but I also think that in 2006 in hardcore a lot of the communications been lost and a lots of bands dont have anything to say. So I just wanted people to know that our lyrics are about something and that Im trying to say something. If you agree or not, thats fine but I think hardcore is a lot more than music and you got to have some brain in it.
its release date the record was available on the web with 15 tracks
as an unmastered version without the track called Dibbs and Murs
Check In but with 2 other tracks called Dead End &
Back At You. Do you have any explanation of the reason that
this version of the record was available ?
Im going to give you some songs names and the thing is just to tell us more about them :
Let The Past Be The Past (Ghost Track on One With The Underdogs)
We kind of the record because its so long and we never have a song that long. Actually a lot of people told us that they like that song but I dont think we ever played it live. Nick our drummer has a studio and hes been remixing it so I dont know, well see...
Dibbs and Murs Check In (Hip Hop interlude on Always The Hard Way)
A lot of people in Terror are really in hip hop and we got some hip hop artists we really respected to do that and its just the interlude to show people that hip hop and hardcore have a lot of things in common and were not afraid to push the boundaries and work with other artists and it was a pleasure. If you dont know any of their tracks you should check out about those guys, theyre really good guys.
So Close To Defeat (Feat. Eddie Suton - Leeway)
Thats a song from the new record with Eddie from Leeway, that was amazing to have him, to meet him and hang out with him. I dont what to say much, thats a good song! (Laugh)
You Cant Break Me (Feat. Aaron Butkus Death Threat)
Its with our friend Aaron from Death Threat and we just hang out with him a couple weeks ago in California, he was there for chilling. Death Threat is Nicks favourite band ever and a band most of us really love. He lives close to the studio so he came in and did it.
Overkill (Overcome Remix by Enduser from Threat Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Ive never heard it! Is it bad? Ill check it out when Ill get the chance...
Heavy Metal Kings (Remix of Jedi Mind Tricks song Feat. Ill Bill & Terror)
You make me feel I have a great life because Jedi Mind Tricks... Do you like hip hop? Well Jedi Mind Tricks called us up and asked us to do a song and we did it and hung out with them, and now were friends and we hope to go on tour with them. And it features Ill Bill also, hes friend with Madball, I met him a L.A show with Madball. I cant really tell you too much about the guy, I met him once.
Back At You (Available on Trustkill Takeover compilation)
A generic Terror song (Laugh)
Dead End (Available on Always The Hard Way japanese version)
You also release a DVD earlier this year (The Living Proof). Can you talk a bit more about it, about the special features...?
The main part of the dvd is a live set in London, we always have great shows in London, we played there yesterday and it was fuckin awesome. In between that theres like dumb interviews and us just hanging out and stuff from the studio... And then theres a section with videos from live shows from everywhere, in Japan, in South America and all over... To tell you the truth I made a Terror show everyday and in between I dont really go and watch our DVD (Laugh) but I flipped through it, I think it came up very cool.
Last week Ive seen Hatebreed in Paris with 2 previous Terror members, Carl and Frank, do you have any special feelings to see them with Hatebreed ?
hope everyones happy and having fun...
Whats your plans for the next month ?
go home from here and then we go to South America and then we have a
little christmas break and then well tour the US...