Charly Steinhauer - Paradox
The German riot squad known as Paradox have just released their new album - 'Tales Of The Weird'. Most of the lyrics were written by Daxx of Vendetta fame. I have always supported this band and their mettle products of the imagination.
I was deeply honoured to speak with
Charly Steinhauer, who has endured so much
hardship and hearsay over the years. Even after decades of sorrow, while
heading for a non-stop collision course, Charley has persevered and celebrated
the mystery. I respect all that he does, and I welcome his wisdom.
MettleAngel: Charly, congratulations on another excellent album.
MettleAngel: This is the best Paradox in quite some time. I understand that you were able to get Achim "Daxx" Hömerlein from Vendetta to write the lyrics for the new album. 'Brain Damage' is my favourite album of all time. I love the music and lyrics of that masterpiece. I even played the music at my wedding! "Fade To Insanity" was our theme.
MettleAngel: He has written words that forever echo in my mettle heart. He has even inspired me with writing lyrics. More on that later. I also heard that you got Michael "Micky" Wehnery to assist with the mixing and production of the new album. Is it true that he played with Paradox before he joined Vendetta?
MettleAngel: That is good to know that you have stayed in touch with Daxx & Mickey. Is there a chance that you may be working with them with their new band called Brain Damage?
MettleAngel: That is so cool. I dig the demos I have heard thus far. After the first listen, I was like, This sounds like old Paradox!"
MettleAngel: Damn that sounds so promising!
MettleAngel: Get out! Man, I would love to hear how you sounded on those demos!
MettleAngel: I wonder if that was before Metallica attempted it. Savage are still active today, but their style, like Tank, has changed drastically. So, how did you go about getting ex-Majesty, MetalForce, Necrophagist, and current Obscura guitarist Christian Münzner to join the band?
MettleAngel: Did he assist you in writing the material, or did he just play the already written guitar parts? Did he at all assist with writing the new album?
MettleAngel: Does Daxx play any of the guitar parts on the album? Did he at all assist with writing the new album?
MettleAngel: I bet! I thought that originally the new album was supposed to be a continuation of the 'Heresy' album. Some of the songs have that feel, but clearly they do not deal with the Cathars and the Church persecution of that religious sect.
MettleAngel: I was wondering if it was an homage to the 'Heresy' cover, kind of like what certain bands do with current album covers, alluding to their best ones. What are the basic themes of the album? I do not feel that it is conceptual, but many of the songs seems to follow a current theme. Would you not agree?
MettleAngel: Sounds like Daxx is up to his old tricks!
MettleAngel: I agree and one day, she will have had enough!
MettleAngel: I plan to get the CD. Right now I only have a digital promo version, but I have the other Paradox titles on CD. Just out of curiosity, it almost seems as if the prophetic "Day Of Judgement" deals with the Mayan Prophecies which we now know were either misinterpreted or altogether wrong. How do you feel about this? Surely, you were not convinced the world would end in 2012?
MettleAngel: I find it hard to believe that Daxx felt any impending doom, either. Vendetta were always known for writing music and lyrics with meaning, purpose, and introspection. The lyrics here seem to deal with the "Evils" of our lives, would you not agree?
MettleAngel: I respect that. Were not the lyrics written for past albums by Kai Pasemann? Is it true that he is a lawyer? Is this why he left the band? I assume his career would make it difficult to tour and play shows?
MettleAngel: I understand that. I actually thought that the band had called it quits in 2010. You were not able to attend Prog.Power, and rumours circulated about your poor health, and the dissolution of the band. What really happened? Were you just in need of rest and a break? What happened with your bassist Olly Keller? How did you get Olly Keller to rejoin the band?
MettleAngel: It seems that you are the only mainstay member of the band after all this time. How have you been able to keep this band active? Is it fair to call it your band? Are you an original member? I thought that one of the founding members was Axel Blaha, the drummer who performed on the first two Roadrunner albums.
MettleAngel: Damn, that is my birthday date! I think the band Overkill formed a year earlier, under the same auspices.
MettleAngel: When you made the band active again with 'Collision Course' you employed the talent of the Holwarth Brothers. How were you able to get them to join Paradox? I remember when I first heard Alex and Oliver in Sieges Even. It was the 'Life Cycle' album, and I was blown away. This was before the band took on a more Progressive flavour.
MettleAngel: I was so excited when I heard there was going to be a new album. I really dug the Scorpions cover of "Dynamite" too.
MettleAngel: Then this was also the beginning of a very prominent deal with AFM Records. 'Tales Of The Weird' marks your fourth album with this label. Are you very pleased with what AFM has to offer you? Are they patient with the band and the duration between albums? Have you fulfilled your contract, or do you plan to continue on with them for many years to come?
MettleAngel: Good deal! I understand that you do all the production for the AFM albums. Do you also do the mixing and mastering? Do you currently have your own studio?
MettleAngel: Is the current line-up one that you hope endures, even unto the recording of the next album?
MettleAngel: Oh really, who might that be?
MettleAngel: What! Damn dude, you have the worst kind of luck! How are you recuperating?
MettleAngel: I bet!
MettleAngel: Yes you will! We will think good things for you! Over the years there have been a number of bands who call themselves Paradox. I actually had the cassette by the U.S. Christian act from San Antonio, Texas around the same time as I had the 'Heresy' and 'Product' titles. What made you choose this name for the band, or was the band already named when you joined?
MettleAngel: I know that song all too well!
MettleAngel: I am not sure how rare their music is. They definitely had a Dokken meets Priest vibe, with poor production. They were popular when acts like Saint, Messiah Prophet, Guardian, Tempest (U.S.) were at their prime. I am curious, what was your take on the Metal Mind Records re-masters of the original Roadrunner albums? Did you approve of this, and were you pleased with the outcome?
MettleAngel: That sucks, because those gold disc and digipaks were not cheap, and limited in quantities. I bought the 'Product Of The Imaginations' CD re-master, but I could never find 'Heresy', which is my favourite of all the Paradox albums.
MettleAngel: Again, someone else is profitting off of your art. I respect that you love Metal for Metal's sake. This is why Paradox have stood the test of time all these years. Do you have any plans to return to play America? I would love to see the band live, and meet you in person. Would your set list consist of new material, as well as the Classics?
MettleAngel: Yeah, I am surprised you have not been asked to participate in that. Tankard finally made it, as did Onslaught.
MettleAngel: I sure hope they pay you the respect you rightfully deserve. One final note. I understand that you used to be in contact with a good friend of mine from Sweden. His name is Anders Lindberg, and he has a one man band project called The Porridgeface.
MettleAngel: He is so damn talented! I, myself, have been very active with this project and we are excited to announce that the new album will be out later this month called: 'Eyes On The Betrayer'.
MettleAngel: I assisted Anders in the writing of several lyrics for this album, and we are both excited for the sophomore release. We both want to let you know that Paradox, as well as Vendetta, Tankard, and Deathrow were a huge influence on us as we committed to this project. Get in touch with him at FaceBook, and check out all the new material.
MettleAngel: Also, please let Daxx & Mickey know that I would love to get in contact with them about their new project Brain Damage. It would be so damn cool to do an interview too.
MettleAngel: Man, I hate Facebook! Yeah, kindly let Daxx know how much I worship Vendetta. Charly, Thank You for taking the time to indulge a long time fan, all the best!
See also: review of the album Tales Of The Weird