Teutonic Knights Elizablumi and Mamonohunter have been opening fire on posers and wimps for nearly 2 decades in Metal Inquisitor and in the German incarnation of Metalucifer. They take over Born For Burning Radio to answer some questions, burst your speakers and bang the head that doesn’t bang. As always, PLAY LOUD! PLAY PROUD! NO WIMPS!
Born For Burning: How did your involvement in Metaluficer begin for both of you? How does the recording process go as far as creative say, production etc, and how much overview did Gezol have over the German recordings? Also, having Heavy Metal Bulldozer recorded in 3 different versions, which version do you like best? (be honest here, pretty sure Gezol won’t be reading this, ha!)
Blumi: Actually at Heavy Metal Bulldozer there wasn’t another German release in plan. But I told to Gezol that we really would like to be part on that album. So we got creative alone and tried to make our own Interpretation of the album. But in the same way we also tried to not deviate too much from the original.
Mamono: Heavy Metal Bulldozer was actually my first professional studio album. I was honored when blumi asked me to join. I didn´t have much creative say during the project but that was totaly ok for since I was new to the band and never had recorded anything. Here and there I could adjust the basslines a bit but that was it. I think I like the German version a little bit more than the Japanese because it has a little more drive to it in my opinion.
BFB: Whats going on in the Metal Inquistor camp? You guys have been keeping it true and free of bullshit trends since ’98, and with Ultima Ratio Regis turning a little bit over two years now, whats next?
B : From now on we will work on the next album and from my view I can say that our the next release will be build on the previous release. This time T.P. will contribute many songs there as well.
M: As Blumi said we are currently working on a new album. I wouldn´t mind going back to a more traditional NWOBHM sound but at the moment everything is open to change. Especially with TP bringing in his ideas which are a bit different. With URR it was a long process as well and songs changed completely during writing sessions so there is no way I could say in which way it´s going haha… Just sit back enjoy the ride and hope for the best.
BFB: Im glad you included that Opium Trail song. If you hadn’t put it in there, I would have. Total banger that gets heavy rotation on my speakers. Was pleasantly surprised when I ran across that record locally and saw Blumi on the back of it(you need to bring that Samson-era Bruce mustache back by the way) How is that project going? Is there something else in the works?
B : “Opium Trail” is in my opinion the best song of the self-titled 12″ EP. I remember that I wasnt so happy about the whole composition because it includes too many different parts. But at the end this is it exactly what makes the song special. Right now we recorded a full length album which will be called “Manifestation”. The line up is now just German and we recorded it in a professional Studio. About Samson indeed I got a typical song in my archives but I’m not sure if this suitable for Midnight Rider. [no mention of return of ‘stash, but were hopeful here at BFB]
M: The recording for the album were tough. With Mersus we found the right guy to help us produce a nice piece of art. He really pushes you to your limits. Our drummer Jan was really run through when he was finished with his parts and I had to use Ice Spray for my sore fingers on regular basis to be able to continue playing. Unfortunate Jan was not able to stay with us but we have found a good drummer in Tim. We will have our first live gig in November at the 20th annyversary of the Hellbangers Moselfranken.
BFB: Could you two elaborate on the playlist you chose? Is this music that gets played for inspiration, heavy metal club meets, shooting off some rounds on your m4-a1? Im surprised I didn’t see Formel 1 coming from Mamono. You introduced me to that band years ago, I never got to thank you for that!
B : My playlist is for example about music that I rediscovered recently. To the song “Paperchaser” Ive been listening many years ago and found it last week again on the last release of Exxcalibur from Germany. What a great song and absolutely British.
M: My playlist consists of some evergreens which I never get tired hearing and some songs from bands of which I think they are underrated. Also I wanted to promote my other band Deathfist a little bit. We also recorded our album at the same studio as we did with Midnight Rider. I usually don´t use my M4-A1 that much because ammo is expensive in Germany. But yes these songs usually come around when I am working out or go out for a night of drinking and carnage. Actually these songs fit in everywhere in daily life for me. Hey and no problem because of Formel 1 haha. Great band! I was thinking a lot about them and if I want them on the list but then I thought it was maybe a bit too German for an English audience. But if you already wondered, I would like to add “Edelrocker” because its the story of almost every young Metalhead that is told with this song.
Metal Inquisitor: Restricted Agony
Metalucifer – Heavy Metal Ambition
Taurus – Paper Chaser
Iron Maiden – Alexander the great
Led Zeppelin – The Ocean
Midnight Rider – Opium Trail
Acid – Max Overload
Bolt Thrower – Those once loyal
Yes – Roundabout
Sign Of The Jackal – Head Over Heels
Mercyful Fate – Curse Of The Pharaohs
Deathfist – Hell Is Here
Ratt – Body Talk
Satan – Testimony
Sabbat (Jpn) – Darkness and Evil
Metal Inquisitor – Daze Of Avalon (Since I started out as a Fan, I still am, sort of.)
Formel 1 – Edelrocker (Live im Stahlwerk 1986)