Lars Ramcke - Stormwarrior
The german heavy metallers Stormwarrior are just about to release their third full length album Heading Northe and that is a magnificent album if you ask me. I got the opportunity to have a small chat with guitarist/vocalist Lars Ramcke and I was not late to put myself up for a spot on the interview list. He rang me up and below are a few words of his regarding the album, the band and the upcoming summer touring.
Download the interview in mp3 format (10:35, 4,97 Mb)
Tommy: I'm gonna start this up with a standard question, Lars. Most likely a bit boring for you, but nevertheless: Tell us a bit about the work behind the new album, Heading Northe? How do you feel yourself inside when you think about it and listen to it today?
Tommy: Actually, everything you are mentioning there I think you have succedeed with. There is a more spacier sound and, well, a very good production. You recently held a release party at the Headbangers Ballrom in Hamburg. What was the common reaction to the album from people there?
Tommy: Always when people are talking about
Stormwarrior, they always, always mention Walls Of Jericho with Helloween.
Has it been a burden or a curse living with that, or has it perhaps been...well,
flattering or a sign that you are doing something good
Tommy: The new album I personally don't think have much in common with Walls Of Jericho. Did you choose for that to happen, or did it come pretty natural?
Tommy: Kai Hansen was also heavily involved in the production of the two first albums, but not on Heading Northe. Perhaps this was also a step in that direction?
Tommy: I assume that you had a clear vision of what you wanted to do when you started up Storwarrior a few years ago . Do you feel that you are heading the right way now with the band?
Tommy: Is the situation now pretty much what you had in mind?
Tommy: In my own review of the album a few weeks ago, I said that this is one of the very best metal albums I have ever heard, actually. And I still say the same thing. How do you feel when you hear things like that from a simple metalfan like myself, who have heard thousands of albums in my life?
Tommy: Have you heard many similar things about the new album so far?
Tommy: Your vocals sound a bit different on the new album (and it is to the better, if you ask me). Did that come by itself, or did you consciously try to change the vocals a bit and go in that direction?
Tommy: Have you ever taken any lessons over the years, or...?
Tommy: Regarding your lyrics and well, image, if you will: What's with your fascination for the northern, old fashioned language and history? Is it just a concept or are you genuinely interested in the whole thing?
Tommy: I know, or I rather think, that you got help from someone in the beginning writing the swedish lyrics. On the new album you have a part in the song Lion Of The Northe where you also have some swedish lyrics. Did you write this yourself, or did you get help this time too?
Tommy: How much of Vikings are you really? Do you often go berserk on gigs or festivals?
Tommy: And so to one of the most interesting questions, at least to me. I will go to the Sweden Rock Festival this summer. Will also Stormwarrior do that?
Tommy: How does the summer look otherwise for Stormwarrior regarding gigs and festivals?
Tommy: Anything you want to add to your swedish fans, Lars?
Tommy: That was all I had, Lars. I wish you a damn lot of luck and success with Heading Northe. You really deserve the big break with this album.
See also: review of the album Heading Northe