ThrashHead: It's been a while since talking with you guys, let us catch up a bit...rumor has it you have not one, but two new albums about to be released! One is a four song EP and the other, a full length? Who produced them and when are they going to be released?
Søren: That's right. We do indeed have two albums coming up. In March of this year, we went into Death Island Studio with producer Marco Angioni for an entire month where we only focused on recording. So there were no school, no nine-to-five jobs, nothing to obstruct us in the project. What was essentially the true purpose of the recording session was to record our sophomore album, but it became clear that we had time to do more, and so we got the idea of recording a few extra songs and add some cool stuff for an EP, which then became the Prepare For War EP. We expect the EP to be released this year and the album following about 4-5 months afterwards. Many puzzle pieces need to fall into place first, though.
ThrashHead: So what is actually on the EP compared to the album? Is there anything else you can tell us about it?
Søren: The album and the EP only share one song, and that is the titel track, Prepare For War. But even those are different from each other. The EP version will have Lasse Skov from Essence singing some stuff. His vocals add something very cool to the song, and at one point we even go into almost some kind of a duet thing, which turned out awesome. We have also just recorded a video of that version, which we intend to release along with the EP. Besides that, there's a song that isn't going to be on the album at all, called Destination: Warfare, which started out as my attempt at making a punk/crust song. Then we also have two covers on it, one of which we've taped a video for while in the studio.
ThrashHead: Are you guys planning on touring a full blown "let's jump in a van and see where it takes us" European tour to support these albums?
Søren: "Planning" would be a stretch. It's just too difficult due to a lot of reasons. We've tried doing it that way before, and it all got ruined by logistics and economics. It just isn't doable on our own. But we are prepared to cough up the money, because we really want to go out on tour. I guess we're kind of waiting for something to happen. It's not as easy to do as it sounds, that's for sure.
ThrashHead: This is something I knew, but hadn't really spoken to you about the last time, an interesting side note, but Lich King's Tom Martin did the logo for you guys. How did you get hooked up with him?
Søren: When I just started the band in 2007, the thrash resurgence was really going strong, and there was this online forum called Thrash Unlimited Forum based around a thrash radio show. Of course, I was on there, and I met a huge number of people from all kinds of bands like Bonded By Blood, Warbringer, Insinnerator, Havok and others. One of them was Tom from Lich King, who, at that time, was doing it all by himself. I think he had just released his first album, Necromantic Maelstrom, and was mostly known for being a hilarious person online. He also made album covers and logos and did many, many pieces of art for bands on that forum. That's why I got in contact with him, because he was basically the only one I knew. Back then everybody knew everybody through that site. It was like a little family. We listened to each other's tracks, played Halo 3 on Xbox Live. It was a great time.
ThrashHead: Speaking of Tom, have you thought about maybe doing a mini tour with Lich King? They, being from Massachusetts, and with a great network of metal heads willing to provide shelter, Boston, Providence, Bridgeport New York City, Albany, Trenton, etc, the North East could be a great start for Impalers' first appearances stateside...kinda like when Metallica first went to the east coast back in the day.
Søren: We have been getting some offers here and there from US venues. But it just isn't possible financially yet. Lich King is very much a possibility, and I've told the band many times, that if they ever come to Europe, we'd be happy to help them out. But touring America is a lot more far off than touring Europe is, so that is our first and primary concern right now.
ThrashHead: You are guys now have been a part of the European metal scene for some time now, you have yet to tour North America, but from your perspective what are the differences between the two? It's tough for me, as someone who deeply appreciates the musical genre, to see bands like Sabaton or Kreator come over here and play small clubs, which often aren't even sold out, when they are used to playing larger venues and fests in Europe...
Søren: Yeah, that is so weird. You'd think that with all this new technology where everybody can listen to every band's new album instantly and all the time, any time, they'd be a lot more psyched to have LIVE music coming over from Europe and vice versa. I guess it doesn't work that way. It's the same over here, so I honestly doesn't have an answer for you, other than I think it's a shame.
ThrashHead: The time since the release of Power Behind The Throne has been pretty big for you guys, you've played the Royal Metal Fest, you headlined at the Get Into The Pit Festival and supported King Diamond, Testament, Machine Head, Ghost; break down for us, if you could, what were some of the highlights, did you get any comments about your music from the likes of the legend himself, King Diamond?
Søren: It's been a great 18 months that's for sure! Playing Copenhell in 2013, which is the biggest metal festival in Denmark, really helped us on our way at home and opened all sorts of doors. We didn't talk with King Diamond, I'm afraid, In fact I was so drunk that I can't even remember their concert. But Jason Newsted came over to see our show, and said we were awesome. That felt pretty good, as you can imagine.
ThrashHead: Ok, let's put the speculation behind us, because there are some you really need to know the answer to this all too important question, but how long does it really take Tobias Forge to get into his Papa Emeritus makeup? HAHA
Søren: I have no clue! I'm just glad I don't have to put on an entire fucking wardrobe before each show!
ThrashHead: This is one of those questions for those thinking about picking up a guitar for the first time...In our last interview we touched a bit on how your father kinda got sick of what you were listening to as a kid and essentially threw down the gauntlet by placing some CDs on your desk and walking out of your bedroom door, but we never discussed when you actually picked up the guitar for the first time, tell me about when you finally made the decision to become a musician, when did you get your first guitar and which model was it? Did you take to it like a fish to water?
Søren: I bought my first guitar in 2006 with my second paycheck ever. It was a BC Rich Kerry King Warlock. It was a purchase of impulse. I didn't know anything about guitar, so I couldn't base my choice of purchase on anything other than how it looked, and I thought it looked awesome. And it was a Kerry King signature, which I thought was cool. I had been fooling around prior with my mother's electric guitar, and it felt really good to learn new things to play. On YouTube I watched a lot of guitar players play live, and I couldn't stop thinking how much I wanted to play on stage like that. It is still my dream and everything I ever do pales in comparison to that glorious feeling of being on stage and playing music.
ThrashHead: What is it about writing, playing and performing music which appeals to you the most? Is it the creative moments when you may be by yourself and creating a riff which inspires you or is it the throngs of people, the smells, the shouts and cheers from behind the lights of when you actually present it ? What would you say is the most difficult thing about being a musician?
Søren: Interesting question. Writing a song is cool. I enjoy the process of a piece taking form over time, evolving gradually, or spontaneously, as it sometimes does. But as I said before, it doesn't even come close to playing it live and getting a good vibe from the audience. The energy you get out of a raging crowd is just incomparable to anything else. The most difficult thing about being a musician is that it doesn't pay any money, haha! If I had my way I wouldn't do anything else but live in a world of music. Teach it, play it, write it, perform it. But the rent has to be paid and you certainly can't do that with heavy metal. So you get a steady job, and then that becomes a problem if you want to tour. So that's the most difficult thing about being a musician.
ThrashHead: Before we let you go, do you guys have any upcoming show dates we should know about?
Søren: We don't have anything outside of Denmark to announce right now. We've been really working hard on the EP and on the album, so once things click with those releases, we'll start getting out there!