Pete Streit - Elis
In God's silence, is the tale of heavenly hell and the sudden demise of Sabine Dunser. Indeed, in the innocent heart of a dead child, barely 30 years old, was contained the heartwrenching saga of Griefshire. Just as the story of two brothers were to unfold upon the masses, the black angel of death would show Sabine the way to heaven, causing sheer grief across a shocked and stunned mettle milieu. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Elis endured, welcoming Sandra Schleret to wake from her Dreams Of Sanity, and embrace the burning passion and spirit of Sabine's songwriting art, as Elis always remembers the promise of perfect love and magic. Join Pete Streit and I as we reflect on this lost soul's legacy, and discuss the new decade of Griefshire.
MettleAngel: Greetings there Mr. Pete Streit,
I'm sorry for the tragic loss of your previous vocalist, I'm sure it was
difficult replacing Sabine after her untimely death, has the band received
lots of condolences on her behalf?
Obviously, you had to find yourself a suitable new vocalist to continue
the Elis legacy and tradition; I'm sure you've found someone who has done
just that, so please tell me a little bit about her and how she will fit
in to the band.
MettleAngel: That is so good to hear. I'm sure the spirit of Sabine is blessing the band, and its honest endeavours to carry on without her. What factors resulted in you selecting Sandra? I know she sang for the band Dreams Of Sanity.
MettleAngel: I agree, proximity is a major factor for keeping a band's sound tight and consistent. I've met so many artists who have recoded on a CD, without ever meeting the other band members. I must say that The Griefshire is an amazing concept album. I'm aware that Sabine created and wrote all the lryics herself; for those unfamiliar with the gist of the story, could you please comment on the story line and the subject matter.
MettleAngel: That is a fascinating story. Is there any historical basis to the storyline or is it pure fiction?
MettleAngel: That's what I assumed, but the story does provoke food for thought. I love when religion is explored through detailed personification. It makes me reflect on Sabbat's Dreamweaver which is based on the book Way Of The Wyrd" by Brian Bates. It is such a shame that Sabine is no longer physically present to extrapolate her intriguing story, and what deeply motivated her to pen this tale. Her sudden death just must have taken everyone by complete surprise. I too have suffered grievous loss in the past few months, so every time I listen to this CD I become extremely emotional, it's almost as if her spirit is speaking through the music. Have other fans suggested this as well?
MettleAngel: I agree with this. I can definitely hear the orchestration and ornamentations. Sabine had a unique vocal style, whether she sang in native German, or English. Essentially, how do you view the band Elis in 2007 fitting in with so many other female fronted bands saturating the market today?
MettleAngel: I wish you the best of success. Do you think your musical pursuits serve to distinguish you from the more commercial outfits such as Within Temptation, Echoes Of Eternity, and other bands of their ilk?
MettleAngel: I agree, and the female presence has become much more beautiful in quality and pronouncement over the years, compared to the thrashier Acid, Holy Moses, and even Warlock style. It as if the gothic bands have found their balance between the commercial female rock bands like Fleetwood Mac, Vixen, Phantom Blue, and Heart; and blended them with the more classical stylings of artists like Sarah Brightman and Annie Lennox to create the heavier female fronted presence. Let's switch gears for a minute. Are you currently happy and pleased with Napalm Records? They obviously have some very Gothic bands on their roster, and Elis is so much more that a typical Gothic metal act. Do you think being on Napalm "pigeon holes" your potential?
MettleAngel: I guess that makes sense and also honors Sabine's memory. I live in America, and until Sabine's death, I was virtually unfamiliar with Elis. Do you find that you are having a strong fan base in the US? Are their any plans to tour America?
MettleAngel: Yes, they are right! Americans love to see our favourite European artists tour America and meet them. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions! Hopefully, next time I'll catch you in person for our next interview, under less morose conditions.