Michael of Metal Covenant hooked
up with Tobias Sammet on his promotion tour
prior to the release of Rocket Ride in order to get the latest on Edguy.
(transcribed by Thomas)
Michael: Tell us, how's life?
Tell us about the new album a bit more in-depth?
Tobias: We have worked in different way a little
bit, we have worked with a producer this time. (With Sascha Paeth
as producer (Heavens Gate, Rhapsody, Kamelot, Aina, Shaman, Angra
etc. etc.) they didn't have to take responsibility for the recording
but could focus more on writing songs instead. Tobias further says
that it was great to have someone coming up with ideas and throwing
in different opinions, he felt Edguy was able to improve without having
to change with including other ideas without straying from the Edguy
sound. And in the end that made the album come out as very diversified
but still Edguy.)
Michael: How do you think it will be received
by the fans?
Tobias: I don't know, I hope they like it as
much as I do, I think it is a very good album. Since the second album
people are always surprised when we release something new, in a way.
When we did Vain Glory Opera people where really celebrating it, it
was the first that got international acceptance and that got fans
everywhere. And when we did Theater Of Salvation they immediately
said that with the new album we had changed, it is more bombastic
than Vain Glory opera and they are not kicking that much ass anymore.
And after a while they said it is great album, and some said it is
the best we have ever done. Then we did the Mandrake album and people
said it is not as good as the Theater Of Salvation album. And with
Rocket Ride I think the first reactions will be, wow, it is not as
good as Hellfire Club, but in five years I think they will consider
Rocket Ride as one of our classics.
Michael: Did you write all the lyrics and
music on the album?
Michael: Rocket Ride seems to have a more
comical atmosphere than the previous albums?
Have you evolved from power metal to heavy metal?
Tobias: I don't know the difference, because
I don't label music. Basically it just heavy hard rock we play - melodic,
kick ass music with heavy guitars and melodic vocals, that's what
Michael: Are you looking forward to the
Michael: And the opening bands will be?
Michael: What do you think of them?
Tobias: Savage Circus are really good, they
are the best Blind Guardian these days. I haven't paid that must attention
to Dragonforce yet, just listened to one of their albums so far. But
they are good, and really really fast.
Michael: What does the future hold?
- Tobias: I don't
know, many more records, many more tours and health, that is the most
important thing. We can travel the world and we can record albums without
looking to much at the budget. So really I am happy as it is and that
it keep going on.
Michael: Choose an Edguy song and comment on it, not from the
- Tobias: Out Of
Control, it is the song we probably have played the most and it is a
song that reflects us so much. No, Vain glory Opera reflects us better,
everyone that thinks of Edguy thinks of Vain Glory Opera... It is straight
forward and shows that we have a hard rock side, something that people
only discover now but that we have had all the time.
Michael: Side projects, any more planned?
Michael: Are there any other things that
you always wanted to do?
Michael: You have worked with some of the
biggest singers in the power/heavy metal scene. Are there any artist you
would like to work with in the future?
- Tobias: Ronnie
James Dio, Paul Stanley, Brain May, Freddie Mercury but there is a bad
chance of that and Rudolf Schenker.
Michael: What do you think of your own
performance on Aina?
Tobias: They where
happy and than I must to be happy. (He thinks it is hard to sing
songs that he hasn't written himself. He found that the phrasing in
the song Flight Of Torek was difficult and that there was too many
words. Although he thought it was great to sing with Glenn Hughes,
even if they weren't in the studio together.)
Michael: Which is the question that you
never have got during an interview but that you wish you had got, and
what would the answer be?
- Tobias: I even
got that question a couple of times. But after a bit of thinking he
comes up with this: What was it like to get your first quadruple platinum
album two years ago?
Michael: And the answer would be?
- Tobias: Well it
hasn't happened yet but something like this: It was great, but it was
just the start. I think the third, fourth and fifth album felt so much
See also: Song
By Song Commentary on Rocket Ride