Interview with Frank J. Noras
Hello and Welcome to Acier Doux Metalzine Tunisia , For those who wouldn’t know your band, a few words of introduction could be useful to help them and plug their brain on the right circuits… So you can depose it there ? Why was the name ” Wolfen ” chosen as the band’s name ?
Hello, the name ” WOLFEN ” was chosen a long time ago, in the 1980’s. There is a horror movie with the same name and it sounds cool. We loved this movie and the meaning of the title. That‘s it. It is a short name and you can sing it easily like MaidenMaidenMaiden…
I was mighty impressed with ” Evilution ” album, I assume the response has been generally positive from other sources and what is the best quote you have read ?
It is hard to say which reaction was the best. There are so many great reactions from all over the world. Maybe that this album is for lovers of old Power Metal meets a new era. It shows, that we are from the past and we won‘t forget it, but we are living and celebrating this kind of Metal today. We are not a copy of our heroes from the past. We are making our own kind of Metal in honour to our roots.e that this album is definitely an album for the lovers of old Power Metal meets a new eraefinitely an album for the lovers of old Power Metal meets a new era .
Have you changed anything in terms of your recording technique between ‘Evilution’ and that of Chapter IV ?
No, we have been at the same studio, which was moved to another town, but we were working with Martin from gernhart studios as we did the last time.The main difference between the last two albums is, that Nico joined the band and of course he played the bass. But that is all.
Where does your inspiration comes from for the lyrics ? Is there a particular subject matter you feel Disquiet deals with ?
Our singer Andreas is trying to create lyrics from all type of subjects that will touch him. So, you will find lyrics based on a book or from the history or just stories from his life. Sometimes the other members give him a subject or a story, but Andreas is creating the lyrics.
What is the concept behind Wolfen’s albums artwork ?
Well, we tried to find a cover that was catchy, not brutal, Metal like, but not something like dragons and swords and this stuff. We wanted to get the wolf back in mind, but it has to be modern and not to traditional. There were several suggestions and after a lot of discussing, this was the result and we think it is a great cover.
What is your usual “ set up ” in terms of effects , amps , pickups etc., thus enabling the rich heavy sound you guys produce ?
The setup for the record was quiet simple. Björn and I were playing just through my Marshall head and old Marshall cabinet. We are playing Ibanez and NP guitars and a Frankestein strat with different pickups like Seymour Duncan, Häussel, EMG, PRS. For some effects I used a whammy pedal from digitech and a WhaWha from Vox. Nico played through his Ampeg preamp and a digital poweramp and used a FMC cabinet and he uses different Fender basses, Jazz and Precision. Holger used Sonor drums and all the other sound secrets, you will have to ask Martin from gernhart studios. This is the equipment we are using live, too.
Which bands / artists do you aspire to me like or be on level / higher terms with in your own style ?
We are all big fans of bands like Iron Maiden, Slayer, Judas Priest, Metallica, Megadeth,Testament,Slipknot, Machine Head, Arch Enemy and you will find influences of all of them in our music. We are listening to all kinds of music, for example Andreas is a big fan of the who and I am a big ABBA fan, Nico likes this japanese stuff and so on.And all this different styles have their influence on our music. Sometimes more, sometimes less.
It’s quite refreshing to hear your music, as it doesn’t fit the “usual” categorization that most seem to like to place upon any band or artist. How would you describe your style if at all you wish to describe of course !?
Somebody said, we are the missing link between Power and Thrash Metal. Well , that sounds pretty cool and yes, we are combining elements from different types of Metal like Power and Thrash, but also traditional Metal.For us it is just METAL. We don‘t like all this categories, there is only good music or bad music. It doesn‘t matter which style it is.
Is there a band you have toured with that needs a particular mention or were just really cool with Disquiet ?
There have been a lot bands we played with. The tour with Grave Digger was very exciting, we love to play shows with Nitrogods and Martyr, which are very good friends of us. There are to many bands to mention.
Is there a mission or wish list of artists to play with for the band ?
No, not really. Of course we are all fans of the big names, but these are just dreams. Playing with Slayer or Iron Maiden would be awesome, but I don‘ think that this will ever happen.
Thanks for your time answering my questions. I wish you the best of luck ! Please close the interview in any way you like ….
Thank you very much for asking me / us for this interview. It is always a pleasure and I hope you get the answers you were looking for. And always remember, the WOLFEN is gonna get you ! Stay Metal !
Interviewer : Med Manef Slama