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Interview von: arne mit Mikkel, am: 02.08.2016 ]

Hinsichtlich des Nachfolgers des 2013er „Oh Death“ ist mehr denn je von einem ganzheitlichen, breit angelegten Heavy-Werk zu sprechen. Schon seit mehr als zehn Jahren ist die Band aus Dänemark für schwergewichtige Crossover-Sounds bekannt. Auf seinem Drittwerk setzt das Sextett konsequent – und erfolgreich – auf diese Karte. Das Spektrum umfasst u. a. Thrash, Sludge, Stoner, Southern Rock, Blues und Post-Metal, doch abschließend eingeordnet ist die selbstbetitelte Scheibe damit noch lange nicht. Es gibt einfach ungeinem viel zu entdecken und zu erfühlen. HELHORSE finden eine spannende Aufstellung zwischen Bauchsteuerung und zum Mitwippen animierenden Heavy-Grooves sowie tiefer reichender Substanz und Forderung der Hörer.


Musicscan: How big was/is the interest in Helhorse releasing an album? Do you get lots of requests from press people? What are they asking or telling you? Are there unexpected questions? Do you feel "understood" from what you’ve heard and read so far?

Helhorse: We have felt quite a lot of interest in this release. Spinefarm has done a killer job and I don’t think i have done so many interviews in my life:-) Everywhere else then Denmark, we are quite unknown, so we talk a lot about what kind of band we are, the new album and stuff like that. A lot of the questions are quite similar , but some are surprising and fun - fx. Aske ( keys & vocals ) was asked “ What is The meaning of life- heheheh:-)

Musicscan: I could imagine that listeners from different musical tastes are getting Helhorse. True? Is this something that matters to you?

That’s spot on . We are six very different people and have our backgrounds in everything from Post rock to metal. For us it’s been a source of inspiration , it great to create music with put boundaries and limits. We are not concerned with genres - we want to create great songs. So yes, it very very important.

Musicscan: Being around with your style for awhile now, does it bother you when you see or meet people ignoring you or having a different understanding of what heavy sound means to you?

Helhorse: well it can be frusstrating having to deal with the “music police” and to be honest I’s has been something that I personally have spent way to much time on. But when we hit the stage all that shits is totallyirrelevant. We kick ass live and it’s great to feel the growing fan base and interest. So now we are really focused on playing as many shows as possible. Heavy metal is about freedom of experation and making music is about creating great art. - who fucking cares about some asashole telling you what you can and cannot hear because it’s “not heavy enough”.

Musicscan: How do you feel about your place within the heavy scene as all as well as in between tradition and gaining new ground to bring forth what the heavy heroes you grew up with did before Helhorse were around?

Helhorse: Well Helhorse is in a pretty important place right now. We are working hard on expanding our international touring. There are many reasons why thats important . but mostly its because its a way to carve our place in the heavy scene. We are a cross over band and hard to pigeonhole . So its on stage that we will prove our place in the grand scheme of things. Our ambition is to strive for the very top and get up there amongst our heroes - COC, Down, Raging Speedhorn and may more.

Musicscan: Do you think it's more important for bands to observe the traditions of a style or to push the genre's boundaries? Is there a way to achieve a balance between progression and tradition? What's to say about what Helhorse are doing in this regard?

Helhorse: I think we are really good at pushing these boundaries . It’s always been our goal to never repeat our selves, but we have never hidden our references and inspiration. You have to know and love you background - just make it into you own thing. I think on this album that we have succeed very well with that.

Musicscan: Do you still remember when you wrote your first song for/with Helhorse and what it felt like and how it feels like now when you finish a song? How has your relationship to the music and the band changed until today?

Helhorse: Oh yeah - a very drunken jam session it was :-) , as was much of the early stuff we made. It wasn’t until we recorded our first album that I really feel that we could go somewhere with this and a sense of pride started growing in me. This album we made now has been really awesome to make. I had some much fun in creating the vocals and melodies and we have a really good vibe. So though the years it just become more fun to make songs for Helhorse. There is not any of the old stuff that we are embarrassed with , but some songs have been cut out of the set list- heheheh.

Musicscan: Helhorse finds separation through passion and honesty. Your music is well balanced, heavy, and having a good dramaturgy to keep things interesting. Is this close to what you've tried to achieve?

Helhorse: Absolutly! this is exactly the filter in which we create and critic our songs. Dynamics, emotion and honesty is the core of our creative being. Thanks man - great comment.

Musicscan: How do you guys make sure to develop as musicians and songwriters? Is there something you do on a constant base beside going to the rehearsal room and practicing at home or on tour?

Helhorse: We constantly push ourselves. This time around we have Michael Beinhorn in the rehearsal space with us, simply picking apart the songs and then we put them back together again. Thats been a really inspirational process and something we learned a lot from. So we can’t to get into the next album:-) When we dont tour , we write new songs. The Helhorse process often takes a long time and a lot of ideas need to be tried out. So we have learned from experience to start that process as early as possible.

Musicscan: Is your latest album selftitled or untitled? Why did you go for the one or the other option?

Helhorse: It’s self titled. We chose to duo that , because we wanted to mark a new start for the band. New label, new bas player and a fresher sound. A lot of people think it’s out debut - and thats great.

Musicscan: Did all of you guys had an equal vision about how the new album should sound like right from the beginning of the working process? What stands out in your mind about the chemistry of the band during the writing and recording of the album? How did this contribute to the overall sound and feel of the final product?

Helhorse: Basically we took 6 peoples ideas put them through a crushing process were only the strongest song would survive. It was creatively liberation to block out ego and let the strongest material win. The vibe of this album was alot of very very hard work, but also a team effort and an end product we are very proud of.

Musicscan: Is there something like a guiding line listeners have to know about to get a better understanding of what you are trying to tell them with your album?

Helhorse: Yeah. You should se the album a a narrative of different core emotions. Ever song is based on a core emotion like love, anger, happiness , isolation, celebration etc. AND - come see us live - the it will all make sense.

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