First off, Attilla thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions! You guys have had a busy and beyond successful 2013, but are you at least able to enjoy a bit of a rest right now?
Attilla: Thank you. It is like a big party. We have the chance to play great shows and we entered the German album charts at 1. That is fantastic. But the most important thing is, that we our European Tour was completely sold out..! WOW, that is brillant… We love our fans and the fans love us… Nothing more to say…
Powerwolf has become infamous for a lot of things, but I think the unique vocal style and delivery is one of the main things I hear that is so outstanding to new listeners. So as a classically trained operatic vocalist, how did you find yourself to be in a metal band?
Attilla: I am a classically trained singer and did a lot of opera and musical stuff during my education. Guess I have learned a lot of different ways to use my voice during these years, and I can use a lot of this in Powerwolf. As a matter of fact, Powerwolf is my first rock or metal band I sing in, and if you listen to our debut album you will realize I hadn´t been that much metal back then, ha, ha. In fact you can trace my development from album to album. Matthew always told me, that it was and great constellation to have a singer, who doesn´t sound or behave like a typical metal singer., ha, ha. And not like a typical German one, ha,ha.
What was your life like before the band? And what would you see yourself doing if you hadn’t joined Powerwolf?
Attilla: I cannot really say that… It was destiny and I am not able to imagine something else…
So there is an obvious love in Powerwolf for legends of werewolves, especially in the earlier albums (Return in Bloodred/Lupus Dei), but there was always a religious tone in the lyrics and obviously your costumes. How did the religious themes become the main focus in your music? Does Powerwolf draw from direct historical or mythological influence, or are they from more personal connections and beliefs?
Attilla: Yeah, at Return in Blood-red my Romanian influences came through… Now we put the focus more on these religious themes.
The main theme on “Preachers of the Night” are the crusades. We are not religious fanatics. We are describing these historical dimensions and want to give the people an insight to some historical aspects of Religion. For example our first song in German lyrics “Kreuzfeuer”. The meaning is a burning cross. It was in the 12th century (the chapel, where we recorded the choir stuff, was built in this year), when Pope Innozenz proclaim the fourth crusade… The people (who was promised “Salvation in Heaven”) screamed for it “Deus vult” (-> it is the will of God). This war brought a lot of disaster upon many, many people and very often with burning crosses. The lyrics for “Kreuzfeuer” are about this cruelties and the religious mania by the protagonists.
But there is one thing I want to make it clear: We are observer of the religious scene, not “fighters” for anything. When you read song title like “Amen and Attack” or “Raise your fist evangelist” you could think we are… But when you see a songtitle like “Coleus Sanctus” or “Resurrection by Erection” you can recognize, that we also us deadly irony in our lyrics. We do have lyrics where you can find some tongue in cheek if you choose to realize. If not you´re not necessarily bothered by that, a good metal song still stays a good metal song.
With the release of 2013’s Preachers of the Night, your fans knew that Powerwolf was still very much alive and kicking, and even with strong religious undertones, you kept a great sense of humor. What inspired the song “Coleus Sanctus”? What is the message the band wanted picked up by the fans with that song particularly? [Since most fans just love the fact that it’s about holy balls!]
Attilla: “Coleus” is the Latin medical expression for the human scrotum. The holiest part of man. Which we praise in this song. I think that is important, that a band did that!
Moving on to the touring business, I can’t help but notice you guys haven’t played in the United States. Would there be any possibility of a North American tour? Or maybe an appearance at one of our festivals like ProgPower or 70,000 Tons of Metal?
Attilla: Of course. We are really plan to do that. It would be great honor to visit our fans there… and also to play at these brilliant festivals…!
Looking back at previous rosters, you guys have played with a ton of amazing bands at worldwide infamous festivals, but what was your personal favorite show or tour? Any specifically great moments for you as a vocalist?
Attilla: It was really nice to be on tour with Sabaton. Joakim at me had a great celebration at our last tour gig in Oberhausen. Awesome! But to be honest: For us and for me is the best thing to be on stage. It doesn’t matter there… I love to sing with and for the audience… We had great Metal Masses in Moscow and also in Helsinki or Hamburg… We are one family! The HOLY HEAVY Metal family!
I see the band has already been confirmed for a number of European festivals this year, but does Powerwolf have any major European tour plans for 2014? If not, what will the band be up to this year?
Attilla: Hell, yes of course… We will play the Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium, the Hellfest Open Air in France, the Sweden Rock Festival, the Tuska in Finland, the Metalfest Loreley and so on, …We will have a special 10th anniversary show at the Out and Loud Festival in Germany… The Metal Fest in the Czech Republic and so on… To make it short: a lot of great holy Metal celebrations!! Ha, ha…. And of course, we will begin with songwriting for our next album and the last show for 2014 will be the Metal Mass at the Metal Hammer Paradise…
And to close, is there anything else you would like to add about the past year and what we can expect from you in the future?
Attilla: Not really! We are really looking forward to the next live celebrations… and you can expect a new Powerwolf album in 2015, with a new tour… and maybe an appearance in the USA. Cheers!
Again, on behalf of Metal Wani and myself, I thank you so much for your thoughts and your time!
Attilla: Your are welcome! Metal is Religion!