Michael Ehré - Metalium

September 12, 2005

Photo Credit: Earsplit PR

Tell me a little bit about the beginnings of the band.

Metalium was founded in 1998. I've been in the band since 2001 and we've released five records and a DVD!

Who are some of your musical influences?

My personal influences are bands like for example, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. Everyone in the band has their own influences, but in the end we are all big metal fans.

Tell us a it about your latest release, Demons Of Insanity - Chapter Five. I really enjoyed the CD.

Thank you very much! We did, too, hahaha. It's our fifth studio album and it's a kind of “back to basics” because we concentrated on basic things that were important for a song. Like for example, strong melodies and dynamical arrangements to make the music interesting.

Who did the artwork for the CD and how did you come up with that particular cover?

Franz Mensink did the cover artwork. He also made our first record. We thought that this picture describes perfectly the story behind the songs of “Demons...”.

Don Airey played on your CD. How did you hook up with him?

Don Airey is a friend of our bass player Lars Ratz. They've known each other for years so one day we came up with that idea to work with him. It's always a big pleasure to be on one record with such a good and famous musician.

Each album you put out is regarded as a chapter. I was kind of curious as to whether each album is another chapter of a certain theme that you have going.

The first four records dealt with some kind of “science fiction” stories but “Demons...” is about problems of our time, like for example, the air pollution and the technological increases.

Can you tell me who does most of the lyrical writing and what inspires it?

Lars and me are doing the lyrical writing. On our last records we wrote a concept story. That makes the writing process more easy because you have a storyline and you don't need to think about themes! But this time we had to think about all the stories from the different songs. In the end it worked out well.

You guys are very popular in the German power metal scene. How do you account for your success and what do you see in the future of power metal?

Each time we released a record, we toured through Europe. The people see that we are a band and that we care about our fans. The problem is that there are too many so called “power metal” bands, but not every one is good. I know that the fans can decide whether a band is good or tries to get a piece of the pie!

What festivals have you guys been playing and what other festivals and touring do you have planned?

This year we played the “Wacken Open Air” in Germany, “Ondara Rock” in Spain and “Bloodstock” in the U.K. Probably we will go on tour in December, but it's not confirmed yet.

Do you have any plans on coming to the U.S. to do a tour or some shows?

We would love to come to the U.S., but unfortunately it's not that easy. But who knows? We have an offer to come over in May 2006. Let's see.

Any other thoughts or comments?

A big “thank you” to all the people who supported “Metalium” in the past! Stay Metal!!!!