|Sven Phalanx - photo provided courtesy from Sven proper|
|Relics of an older era: a split release of Phalanx feat. The White Rabbit and Hrossharsgrani and an appearance on the Andre Zeiten compilation from Skullline (both from my personal collection)|
|The Schattenspiel logo featured prominently on the Follow the White Rabbit release (CD from Michele Brittany's personal collection)|
|The ornate limited edition of Lichtgestalten - CD, postcards, stickers, buttons - all housed in a tin. CD from Michele Brittany's private collection|
Between 2008 and 2013 I have released 5 studio CDs and for the 5-year anniversary, I wanted to release a Best Of and tribute CD, on which I have revised some old songs new again. We also have added many vocals, samples or additional instruments to the old songs, so that it actually is a real new album. Furthermore, Licht und Schatten contains some still unreleased songs from the upcoming album.
This CD will be 3 months for free download, as a small thank you for all loyal listeners. Then there will be this CD as pressed edition with a bonus EP.
I'll surely make more compilations in the future, but probably not in such large proportions as it was with The Seven Deadly Sins. 2013 appeared Au Bout Du Monde, our Jules Verne tribute compilation, which was designed in collaboration with Lionel Verney.
The interaction of one's own voice, accompanied with various samples, is a beautiful sound collage to me.
|Aus Dem Dunkel.... (CD from my private collection)|
When we were working on a song together for the Au Bout Du Monde compilation, which should have been a "Schattenspiel vs. Verney 1826" collaboration song, the spark is finally hit us and we decided to make music together in the future.Lionel and I complement each other music-wise just perfectly and also human-wise. He's like the brother I have never had ...
We develop our ideas, talk about it. Then one of us begins with the first notes, shows them one another ... and we just usually have the same brilliant ideas and the work on the song continues.
|Sven Phalanx and Lionel Verney - photo courtesy of Sven proper|
Many, far too many comrades are killed ("Der Vorhang ist gefallen"). It is a lonely resting place, far from home, to lie in cold soil or in a cold sea ("The Grave at the Bottom of the Sea") . Soon he is close to giving up his inner struggle, when one evening the west wind voices and singing snatches from the enemy camp wafts to him: "We shall fight". At an abandonment is no longer to think of. The war is drawing to a bitter end. In captivity he hears one day the immortal poem "A Thought - Flower", which gives him comfort and hope.
When he returns home after the war, his first thought is devoted to the loved ones in the hometown. The reunion is overwhelming, but a few agonizing weeks later, both have to admit that too many things have changed in her life. The war has not only destroyed lives, he has also left a cold heart. As both their masks ("Masks") drop, the final separation is unstoppable ("To the Ocean"). The next day, our protagonist wanders aimlessly searching through the streets of his city ("Good Morning Sick World"). It will take a long time until he can overcome this latest shock.
Reconstruction after the war is in full swing and our hero witnesses the two new nations raise from the ashes of destruction ("Two Nations"). But once more he has to watch how little someone has learned from the mistakes of the past. Resentment, paranoia and human errors are blocking the way of progress again ("Midnight In Pripyat") so that it will take many generations before a person can finally raise "Aus dem Dunkel" to the light. But then the circle closes for him. At last he finds rest in eternal "Zikulat" of existence
|A small sampling of the many collaborations between Barbarossa Umtrunk and Schattenspiel. First there is the split CD La Couronne De Glace between the two bands proper (CD provided from Michele Brittany's private collection - note the stately autograph). There is also the split CD La Clairiere Des Eaux Mortes between Umtrunk and Pale Roses in which Schattenspiel makes an appearance on the track "Gwer Nemeton". Finally, from this picture, Umtrunk and Schattenspiel both worked together on the track "Vive Le Quebec Libre" on this 5 Year Anniversary sampler from the Skullline Label (both these CDs are from my private collection).|
But seriously, I think that it is especially important that you make the music in the first place with a passion and not just want to be a shooting star..
A: [Sven] I have been to many different scene at home before it has driven me ultimately in the black scene in which I am now for years and feel comfortable. When you hear the music of Schattenspiel, you're going to a lot of styles and influences, including those from other musical genres, see: electronic, classical, noise, pop. In principle, we both have a pretty open-minded taste in music what is reflected in our wide range of songs. However, common to all the songs is a rather minor-heavy, melancholy mood.
|Sven and Lionel sporting some fashionable Schattenspiel T-shirts - photo courtesy of Sven proper|
But for musicians it's a bad medium. There was at that time MySpace much better! But unfortunately MySpace has made some wrong decisions and destroyed itself.
So far I've got no complaints, which shows me that the listener exactly know it is not a glorification of some ideology with my music, but we usually deal with issues that have nothing to do with the war theme. Or (as in the case of Aus dem Dunkel…) does not glorify the war and ideology, but look at it from a different side and criticize.
No politics, just music!
|Sven Phalanx - photo courtesy form Sven proper|