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04.08.2008 | KYS-Cam | 2 Comments
Caliban German metal veterans Caliban are heading to our shores for the second time in August, with local hardcore kings Her Nightmare in tow.

Patrick (Drums) was good enough to give us the following interviews…
Interview w/ Caliban (Germany)

By Cameron Chambers 

Can you please us your name and what you do in Caliban? 

Patrick - Drums 

For those that aren’t familiar with you guys can you give us a bit of a run down on how the band got together, any significant line up changes, etc… 

Caliban came together in 1997 and started as a school band with the name “NEVER AGAIN”. After recording our first demo we got signed on LIFEFORCE REC. Then we decided to change our name in CALIBAN and recorded our first album. After a few years and hundreds of shows later we were signed on ROADRUNNER REC in 2004. Now we had the chance to tour with bands like machine head, in flames, play bigger festivals and be on the road all the time. In all these years we had some line-up changes, cause some of them noticed that a life on the road can be harder than it seemed. In the last years we toured the whole world and were very busy bringing our music out to the people. 

The Awakening was released in Europe over twelve months ago. Now that you’ve had some time to sit with the record are you satisfied with how it turned out? Is there anything you’d do differently looking back on it? 

We are very happy with the awakening. The album turned out great and looking back we wouldn’t do anything different. TA were another step forward and most of our fans are very happy with the album. We were a lot on the road to play all the new songs live and of course we are very happy to have the chance to come over to oz to perform and to tour.  

The album’s title is fairly suggestive, are there any significant lyrical themes that were covered on The Awakening? 

All the lyrics are written by Andy our singer. His thing is to write about personal things and feelings he had in the last years. The lyrics on the later albums were more dark and sad. On the awakening it seems like he is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Hahahahaha............. 

The release of The Awakening was delayed by six months in the US due to your label merging with Century Media. How did that affect your ability to tour the record and do you think it impaired how the success of the album? 

That was a very bad thing, cause all our fans in the states already had our album when it came out. But then we were very busy touring Europe so we couldn’t go out to the states. A lot of things went wrong and we are very sorry for our fans in the states.  

Your last couple of records have had a greater emphasis on melody than your older work, has this affected the intensity and energy of your live show? 

No! Our shows are still hard and brutal. We had clean vocals on all our albums. Sometimes more, sometimes less. But our intensity on the shows is still the same. The people like to sing along with us before they have to mosh again. J 

Caliban has always been successful throughout Europe, but the last few years have seen you guys make a bigger push for the US. What’s the biggest difference between the two markets/audiences? 

First of all, the market and the scene in the states are the biggest, I would say...the people/audience are way more brutal then the guys back home or Europe, it looks always like a big fight...and sometimes, more often then in Europe, there are real fights and we have to stop our set, I hate this, but it’s the way it is...

Given the sheer number of metal/hardcore bands in the States, do you think it’s been harder for a group like Caliban to break through over there? 

Yes I do...it’s hard for a German band to get well known in the states, because you have to tour there all the time, even as us band, otherwise the people will forget your band, but that’s not possible, because we have to tour Europe and other countries, too...right ; )...like you said, there are tons of metal/hardcore bands...our advantage over the us bands is maybe that the people don’t get the chance to see us so many times, that’s maybe one point why the shows are mostly packed ; ) 

Your most recent recorded output has had a distinctively American feel to it, was this a conscious move to increase your chances in the US or did you always envision that Caliban would take this direction? 

I don’t see it this way...our intension was to take the best parts of the recent albums of Caliban and put it on the awakening and so we did : ) so for us it was a “normal” way of progression...we don’t write our music for any market or label!!! 

Your last Australian tour saw you guys taking part in the Gigantour Festival, what can we expect from your headline shows in August? 

More songs, more aggression, more mosh and flying bodyparts ; )

on the Gigantour we don’t had so much time to perform our music/set and now we’re back as the headlining band with more time...so I hope you guys will enjoy this... 

Are you going to be playing a good mix of old and new, as you’ve got a lot of long time fans down here in Australia? 

We’ll see...but I think there will be something for everyone’s taste...old, semi-old and of course the new stuff. 

Once you wrap up the tour you’re heading to Japan for a few festival dates, what’s in store for Caliban for the rest of 2008? 

After this Asia tour we will play some more festivals in Germany and after that we’re maybe doing a short Canada tour...and in between we’re writing the new album...it should come out early next year and studio time is around October November...so keep your ears and eyes open ; ) 

Just a quick final five questions to finish up with… 

Favourite place you’ve travelled to?  

On holiday : Toscana

On tour: Moscow

Favourite album at the moment?

Calexico-Feast Of Wire

Most ridiculous thing you’ve done for a buck? 

Never happened, any suggestions ; )  

Most embarrassing onstage experience? 

One time, I was sooooooooo drunk I lost my microphone and it took forever until I found it...same show, I announced a song we just finished...it happened 2 times and I almost fell of the stage..Dont ask me what I said in between the songs, cant remember a thing...I think that’s enough embarrassing for one show... 

Any experiences with crazed fans or over zealous groupies? 

A shut mouth catches no flies... 

Any parting words? 

Everyone of you who read this has to come to our show in your area...otherwise you cocks or boobs will fall of ;)  seriously, thanks for your time and reading this, hope to see some of you on a show, maybe there is some time to hang out, have a little chat or whatever...take care, Caliban loves you*

Thanks for your time! 

For all things Caliban head to their Myspace page.




04.08.2008 06:33:17 AM
lol all i can imagine is this german dude talking and going our fans are da best. needless to say i think it will be fun show. Good interview knackers.



04.08.2008 09:23:34 AM
heaven shall burn
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