This week we had an opportunity to talk to John and Margie from Deadlock. Deadlock are a German melodic death metal band who have always been about extremes, mixing up death metal, technical prowess, borderline pop-laden melodies, nods to classic metal, and casual flirtation with trance and beats in their musical offerings. Following some line up changes, the band are about to release the awesome new album Hybris [8th July].
Thanks for taking the time to talk to Femetalism. For those readers who might not know the band, can you introduce yourselves and tell us a little about the band and how you came to be?
John: Well – we are Deadlock – six nice persons from Southern Germany, playing metal…for more information see Wikipedia or just watch some videos…we love to let the beat speak!
Margie, you recently joined the band as a replacement for Sabine. What attracted you to taking the clean vocal spot in Deadlock and what have you brought to the band?
Margie: I first joined the band as a parental substitute for Sabine Scherer. After it was clear, that Sabine has to leave the band to put her family on first spot, the boys offered my a full-time job. I didn't need to think about, because I already fell in love with the band ;) I think what I brought in the band is an other wind, not only because I'm another kind person. My voice also sounds different than Sabine's.
You are releasing your new album, Hybris, tomorrow. What was involved in the making of this album, and what are we going to love about it?
Margie: I think it's typical Deadlock to provoke a little bit. On Hybris you can hear that for example on Ein Deutsches Requiem where we took german lyrics from Johannes Brahms and used a Soprano voice (myself). That's why you'll love the whole album. I'm sure!
Your album is being released with a DVD documentary which translates the concept behind the album - can you give our readers a hint about this album concept?
Margie: Every single member of Deadlock had to manage a few things, which happened in their lives. First of all it was the death of Tobias Graf, of course. But there were also many other things to deal with. Hybris was a way to coping with the past and it's a kind of purification.
There have been changes to the band lineup over the years, how has your sound progressed as a band since you formed?
John: Well – the sound progress in the same way our main songwriter Sebastian progressed over the years. As the last founding member he is responsible for the whole songwriting since the very beginning.
If you had to pick one song from the new album, could you pick a favourite?
Margie: On the album are so many great songs and that's what makes it really difficult for me to choose a favourite. If I had to, I would name Wrath/Salvation and Backstory Wound.
John: My favourite is the mid tempo title track Hybris – a real tank…can’t wait to play it live.
You have a busy summer of festivals to play this year, what do you enjoy about playing festivals and which one are you most looking forward to?
Margie: At festivals there is always a different atmosphere than at concerts. It's a little bit stressful, but in a good way. That's what pushes me. And you have the opportunity to get in contact with many interesting people, fans and musicians. I'm looking forward to all of the festivals this summer, because we'll present the new album.
John: When I was a kid my mum’s best friends took me to a lot of festivals during summer. That’s the whole reason why I started to play metal. So as long as there is a stage and a campground – every festival is my favourite.
Do you have any plans for a Deadlock tour in the near future? If so, can you tell us more about those plans?
Margie: There are a few options under discussion, but not yet fixed. Stay tuned!
If you had the chance, is there a country or particular city the band would love to play?
Margie: It would be great to play in the US some day. And also Mexico. Not only because I love Tequila so much ;)
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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.