Hi from Turkey...Nice to hear from you....I hope everything is ok over
Greetings back from Austria, everything ok here, got some nice rainy weather
after the 37 degrees massacre;-)
First of all,how is Dargaard now? It has been long time,we havent heard
anything about that...
Dargaard layed on ice for a time now, from time to time i played with some new
themes, but due to the problems in releasing the new dominion III album and my
fulltime job i was very busy elsewhere. But at the moment I´m again composing
music for Dargaard, got some songs done, some others are just in the phase where
single melodies are done - I´m working on it.
Is there any new plans for Dargaard's future? Any recorded material or
something,is there anything ready for a release?
ATM nothing is ready for a release, it´ll still take some time to get the new
material so far that i´m satisfied with - only to speak about the instrumental
part - we didn´t even think about the vocals yet.
"Rise and Fall" - your latest release - was out in the year of 2004...Then 2
years break,upto now...What is the main factor of this delay? Or is this really
If you compare the span of time where the first 3 Dargaard albums were released
and then Rise and Fall and now we have 2006 and I don´t have an album ready -
yes, one could say that´s a slight delay. But i don´t have a hurry in releasing
music, i don´t have to live from the sales nor from live performances, so I say
I´m doing the music more relaxed now. with the trilogy i had a kind of inner
unrest, there was something that wanted out of me the whole time. Now i found a
bit rest in myself. of course this delays the release of new music. Besides that
i have a fulltime job which got really stressy the last years and i simply don´t
have the same time left for music as before - growing older;-).
Dargaard has a good distrubution whole in the world.This is also releated
with Napalm Records.Is the dial still lasting for upcoming releases?
Erm - i hope so?!the contract lasts at least for one more release.
I know that you both are not interested with only Dargaard's music making,you
have some other projects also..But we all can see that,Dargaard's music was also
released with the other projects at same time in the past..And the question
is,do you feel that Dargaard is a little bit forgotten now?
Hm, forgotten by the fans? I don´t think so - i just opened a myspace site for
dargaard(i know...) to see if there are still people which are interested in
that music we make, not only the "old" fans - and i can say yes, there is still
interest in what we are doing.
While talking about the other bands of you,what's new? I guess you are more
busy about "Dominion III" nowadays....
No, not really, i did the whole music for the next dominion III release and
recorded a demo with 3 songs and sent it to various labels, but none of them
even answered -hum...but i got many good reactions from the listeners, so the
material cannot be that bad haha.
actually i´m trying to complete the album this or next year and release it by
myself. shit on labels and artist contracts...
Whats the main factor of creating these other projects? Are they growing with
some tunes which dont fit with Dargaard's music?Is it like that or something
Yep, in the beginning of dargaard i had some more futuristic sounds in the music,
but i always had the feeling that they´re not fitting to what i´d like to
express with dargaard, that medieval, fantasy and mythologic inspired tunes. so
i experimented with something that was completely electronic sounding and
dominion III was born.
After making 4 great albums,Dargaard fans are awaiting some more for sure...If
there will be a release in the future,how strong will it be? Can we say,Dargaard's
success will continue again?
Ha, about every album we released the press said it was better as the one before,
but some fans still like "eternity rites" better than our newer releases...for
me the releasei´m working on is the best one, because it´s always exciting do do
something new - otherwise i could lay it down and do someting else...
I think it is common idea,when we see the name Tharen in somewhere,directly
we are looking for Elizabeth's name..I hope this unity lasts for eternity..How
is working with each other?
We had our hard times haha...but in general it works out very good. elisabeth is
somkind of perfectionist, and i have my concrete visions of how Dargaard has to
As in the past,you both were in different releases of the bands like Abigor,Graumahd,Antichrisis
and etc..Will we see you again in different bands' line-up or session part in
Hm,the last things i did for other bands are an intro for Astriaal´s "Renecant
Misanthropy"and the vocals and lyrics for Nocternity´s 7" "times of mist",
besides that i´m still (or again) active with Amestigon, we got a now rehearsal
room and are planning a new release. but time will tell. in general i´m not
involved into other people´s bands that often. Elisabeth is working on her own
project which will contain accoustiv guitar, strings, etc and of course her
vocals, but she isn´t involved into other projects yet too.
I think,as a musician,you are still interesting in world metal scene also..Most
of bands are changing their ways for popularity and earning much more money.We
can see lots of examples nowadays..So,how Dargaard will be affected with this
changing? What do you think?
We will be not affected. as i said above i got a job. and this with good reason.
it gives you freedom to make the music you want to.
Austria has a great scene of music I think.There are great bands.As one of
them,how do you feel about that?
No idea, i´m still in loose contact with Michael and Richard from Summoning, but
that´s all. i don´t have a special feeling about that.
As a well-known band,you might get lots of mails and packages coming from
unsigned underground bands for critizing.What do you think about underground
Hm, i still see dargaard being underground, so it´s not the way someone would
ask me about my opinion and takes that for god´s answar. if someone sends me his
or her music i simply tell what i think about. and i already heard great music
with much potential in this way!
Thank you for answering,nice talking...Good luck...
Thanks to you for doing this interview with me.