Revolution-Music: Hallo. First of I would like to congratulate you on your new album “Sagas Of Iceland” which was released the 30/5/05.
Revolution-Music: Could you start out by introducing your self and tell us what part in the band you have?
Tomi Göttlich: My name is Tomi Göttlich and I play the bass guitar.
Revolution-Music: How did the band get to getter and how did you come up with the name “Rebellion”? Does it have any special meaning?
Tomi Göttlich: The band was put together by Uwe Lulis and me. We had known all the other musicians for a long time, so it was not hard to pick the people we thought right for the band.
Revolution-Music: This is your third album, and is released trough Massacre Records, how did the contract get established, and how are they to work with?
Tomi Göttlich: After we had decided to split from Drakkar we were looking fpr a new label and talked with many people who were interested. Of course the money did play a role but we also were looking for a label, which liked the idea of the concept trilogy about the Vikings and which had their own ideas about the whole thing. We picked massacre not because they paid the most (they gave what they could though others bid higher) but be´cause we had a very good feeling and believed that this small label was the right one to release our album. We are very satisfied till now, nothing to complain about.
Revolution-Music: It must be incredibly to be a part in such great roster, which Massacre Records have?
Tomi Göttlich: Well, they are the smallest Label I have been working with in a long time. I do not think they have a large roster.
Revolution-Music: Why did you choose the title “Sagas Of Iceland” for this record, does it have any special meaning? I’ve heard that this is part one of a trilogy … ?
Tomi Göttlich: Yes, the album is in large parts based on the sagas of the heimskringla by snorri sturlson. He came from Iceland hence the title. This is the first album and it deals about the Vikings from Norway and Denmark, the second one will be about the Swedish and and Russian Vikings, the third will deal with the mythologie of the Vikings.
Revolution-Music: When you started working on this album, how long did the process take from the first step to the final product? Was it hard to write the song-material for this record or did it come naturally for you?
Tomi Göttlich: I started the work in summer 2003. The work never is hard, it always comes naturally, if it did not it would probably not lead to good results. Songs are like children, they tell you what they want and need, you only need to listen, sometimes they really develop a way of their own and turn out totally different than what they were supposed to become. You must only allow them to do so that is the whole mystery.
Revolution-Music: Where did you record this record and who was the producer on the album?
Tomi Göttlich: We recorded it in our studio in Frankfurt and it was produced by Uwe Lulis.
Revolution-Music: How was it to work with him/them???
Tomi Göttlich: As you might know he is the guitar player of the band.
Revolution-Music: What are you trying to express through your music? Is there a hidden statement?
Tomi Göttlich: Well, if there was a hidden statement, the reason it was hidden would be, that everybody should find it for himself, don´t you think so.
Revolution-Music: How has the album been received by the press, the critics and the fans so far?
Tomi Göttlich: The reception has been very positive, many critics say it is the best album the band has put out so far. For me that is hard to judge, because I like every album the same, for me each album has its own unique style, but that of course is always a matter of taste.
Revolution-Music: What is your view on the group’s position in today’s music scene?
Tomi Göttlich: The way we see it, is that we are a newcomer band, that still has to prove its worthiness on stage. Each musician has his own history and experiences, which will help for sure, but as Rebellion we are not the big stars yet.
Revolution-Music: Metal band now days don’t make a lot of music videos, are you planning to record any videos to support the album?
(If so, with song could we expect and why that song?)
Tomi Göttlich: Videos are a very expensive thing. With a market that is still becoming smaller through downloads and home-burning it is hard to get a budget for a video and even harder to get it into TV. We have of course thought about a video but at the moment I am afraid it will be impossible to do it.
Revolution-Music: How would you compare the new material to the previous album?
Tomi Göttlich: Really, I find it very hard to judge my own music, I think you critics can do that a lot more objectively. I do not want to say the same things that every band would answer to that question such as : “ .. best album ever … etc.”
Revolution-Music: Do any of the members have any side-projects you wish to bring out in the open or are you fully committed to this band?
Tomi Göttlich: I think each memeber is doing something besides Rebellion. I do not have a problem with that as long as Rebellion remains the main band. I for myself only work for Rebellion.
Revolution-Music: What kind of stuff did you grow up listening to, and what kind new music do you listen to these days?
Tomi Göttlich: I grew up with the NWoBHM, Maiden, Priest, Motörhead and so on. I also liket the Scorpions and Michael Schenker a lot back then. Today I still listen to the old stuff, I have grown an old man (smile).
Revolution-Music: Have any of these bands been source inspiration for the album? Or where does it come from, both on the musical part and the lyrical part?
Tomi Göttlich: I guess all band have had a little influence on our music but there is no major influence I could name. The lyrics have been inspired by the ancient Norse sagas and a few other sources, such as Adam von Bremens history of the church.
Revolution-Music: What is in your own opinion your biggest musical achievement so far?
Tomi Göttlich: To keep on trying though there have been hard times, it is always easy to put out good albums as long as you have success, yet it becomes harder, when there are downs, but you must always believe in yourself and you must do it for the music and not for the success, that is the greatest achievement any musician can reach.
Revolution-Music: Could we expect any European tour and maybe se the band in action here in Denmark any time soon?
Tomi Göttlich: Well, there will be a tour in the fall of this year, we would gladly play in Denmark, as soon as somebody is willing to organise a show for us.
Revolution-Music: How did you think the music scene is here in Europe, compared to the scene in other places of the world?
Tomi Göttlich: I think in general the music scene is not so different worldwide. With the internet there has been a globalisation. Probably that process has started after World War Two with the US Rock n Roll and it is still speeding up. That development is good for small band, for they get an easy access to a large market yet it always helps the Major Band more than the small band and it also destroys national characteristics, but that is the way the world is going these days and noone will be able to stop it.
Revolution-Music: What would be the ultimate tour, festival or show for you to play at?
Tomi Göttlich: Any show that establishes a close connection between fans and band is ultimate, no matter if it is played in front of 100 or 10.000 people.
Revolution-Music: We would like to say thanks a lot for you’re time. And we wish all you guys all the luck in the future what ever it might bring.