ELVENPATH (GER) - THE QUESTIONING OF STEEL
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HI EVERYBODY ! ANOTHER UNDERGROUND BAND FROM GERMANY YOU MAY KNOW CAUSE THEY RELEASED TWO DEMOS, I'M TALKING ABOUT ELVENPATH !
TILL, WHO IS THE LEADER OF THE GANG IS A GREAT FRIEND I ALREADY MET IN FESTIVALS! THIS KIND OF GUY YOU CAN ASK EVERYTHING HE WILL ALWAYS BE KIND AND SMILING AND TRY TO HELP YOU ! BUT HE PLAYS HEAVY METAL TOO AND SPEAK FRENCH ! TWO GOOD REASONS TO LISTEN TO THEIR BRAND NEW TRACK ON THEIR MYSPACE ! A KILLING TUNE OF WAR BELIEVE ME ! SO LET'S READ MORE ABOUT ELVENPATH !
1/ Could you in few words give us information about you (the place you are from, the year you started, your release(s), your ages) ?
Hello, we're ELVENPATH from Frankfurt, Germany. The band was founded in early 2002, the guys in the band are between 23 and 32 years old. So far we have released two CD's by ourselves, the new one will be our first full length album and it's already recorded but unreleased so far. We hope that we'll find a label willing to release our music.
2/ How could you describe your music ?
We call it Melodic Power Metal. Our roots are dfinitely in the traditional Metal of the 80s and the bands who later continued this tradition. We're mostly influenced by the rather melodic bands like Helloween, Blind Guardian or Gamma Ray, therefore it's Melodic Metal...but we always have a powerful and aggressive touch to our music, we don't use many keyboards and will never sound cheesy like some other bands. Therefore the description Melodic Power Metal fits our music best, I believe.
3/ How is the Traditional HEAVY METAL scene in your country ?
Germany probably has one of the strongest scenes world wide today. There are countless bands, many of them very good, there are lots of concerts and festivals, both underground shows and big festivals. A lot of foreign visitors come to German festivals because they can't find them in their home countries and we can be proud of that. Heavy Metal is alive and well in Germany and there are plenty of fans who appreciate the traditional way of playing Metal. Check out festivals like Bang Your Head, Headbangers Open Air, Keep It True or Swordbrothers and you'll understand.
4/ Give us some other HEAVY METAL bands you know in your area.
The Frankfurt area is mainly known for extreme Metal bands, for example Epicedium, Pyometra, Discreation, Taunusheim etc...Power Metal bands are a bit rare here. I should definitely mention Castle Well, Lightmare, Everfest and Feist. Thrashers will appreciate Abandoned, Braindeadz and of course Tankard, probably the best known band hailing from here.
5/ What are your projects ? Are you in a "Fan" or "professional" perspective ?
Apart from ELVENPATH our guitarist Anastasia plays in another band called Arven. The rest of us is dedicated to ELVENPATH entirely. We're definitely fans, playing the music for our fun. We don't make any money out of it although of course we wouldn't mind if the chance came along. But we don't care. We're simply Metal fans playing our music, collecting records, going to concerts and meeting other Metal freaks. As for other activities, I write for a webzine called www.metalspheres.de and I organise a small underground festival called Dragon's Breath. If there are bands interested in playing, just contact me.
6/ What do you know about French Traditionnal HEAVY METAL ?
Not that much, to be honest. I know some 80s bands like Trust, Sortilège and H-Bomb and some contemporary acts like Mystery Blue, Phenix and Lonewolf. Especially the latter are absolutely magnificent. They kicked my ass at Swordbrothers and since that day I'm a fan of them.
I think it's cool that many French bands used to sing in their native language and I'd like to see this more often again. It makes the music even more original and distinctive, it gives French bands a special feel. Vive la France!
7/ Give me some of your 80's HEAVY METAL bands you are really fans ?
How much space have you got?! I could write an endless list of bands here but I'll only name a few...Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Accept, Helloween, Zed Yago, Manowar, Steeler (Ger), Warlock, Candlemass, Trouble, Bathory, Slayer, Omen, Virgin Steele, Riot...yes this list could be veeery long, haha.
8/ Could you change your HEAVY METAL into more commercial Metal to be famous ?
I guess some of the guys who are more into extreme Metal already regard us as being wimpy and commercial, haha! But of course we'd never change our music just for money. We play Metal from our hearts and we'll never betray it by changing into a more commercial style! Death to false Metal!! For us, Heavy Metal is our religion, it is sacred to us and everybody who betrays Metal just for money should be whipped with chains of pure steel a hundredfold!!
9/ How should be the perfect HEAVY METAL groupie ?
Female, although Rob Halford might have a different opinion, haha. But the days when he was a Metal god are long gone, so who cares...she should be pretty, willing and have a good taste in music. What more can you ask for?
10/ What could be the "Heavy Metal War Cry" of your band ?
We have already written a song which could be described as our war cry. It hasn't seen the light of day yet but will be included on one of our next albums. I don't want to reveal too much yet, but it will be a dedication to all the Metal maniacs supporting the underground scene.
I'd like to hail everybody who read these lines and believes in real Heavy Metal. Check us out at
www.elvenpath.com and be blessed! Thanx to you Brother Raskal for this opportunity!