Revolution-Music: Hallo. First of I would like to congratulate you on your new album. Could you start out by introducing your self and tell us what part in the band you have?
Joe: I am Joe, bassist and songwriter of DISBELIEF since 1995!
Revolution-Music: First the basics, how did you come to be the band you are today?
Joe: We started as a local band, first we released demo-tapes, did some shows! This increased with our first record deal, we did our first tour with SFU using a little van and driving 10000 km in 2 weeks, then after the next releases we joined the tourbus, did show all over Europe supporting some really cool bands like BOLT THROWER, DEATH ANGEL, HYPOCRISY, CROWBAR and many many more! Our fan base increased, we were able to produce first video-clips and even had some airplay on TV, but as a summary we became what we are by being convinced of our music, which is the center of our lives!
Revolution-Music: What is the history behind the band name? Is there any special meaning behind it?
Joe: There is no history, it is catchy and Jagger found it in some lyrics of a band! But it fits pretty good to our attitude, we are critical and have our own way doing things!
Revolution-Music: Why did you choose this title for the record, does it have any special meaning?
Joe: We had a lot of fan response who told us that our music is a kind of medicine for them in difficult moments of their lives! This album is dedicated to the fans and HEAL! Is the term that describes this phenomena of music as a means of healing!
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 new material for this record or did it come naturally for you?
Joe: It was a pretty short process, I started songwriting in June 2009, in December and January we recorded and mixed the CD and then it was released in May 2010, so we were pretty fast and it was easy going! Of course it is easier to record coverversions and only 4 new songs instead of doing a new full-length DISBELIEF-album!
Revolution-Music: Where did you record the album, and who produced it? How was it to work with?
Joe: This time we produced it on our own at the Fillitalli-studios of our guitarist (now former guitarist) Witali Weber! We had fun doing this session and made a lot of new experience! The result is really good and we are proud that we managed this as a band and community!
Revolution-Music: Are you trying to express something through your music?
Joe: Of course, we try to express ourselves and our feelings! Our songs contain power, desperation, anger, pain, fear, anything you can imagine and that everyone has to live through!
Revolution-Music: How has the album been received by the press, the critics and the fans so far?
Joe: Pretty good, some did not get the idea of the 4 new songs we did, who are homages to some of our favorite bands! The fans really like HEAL!, in the live setlist the songs we do from this album work very good!
Revolution-Music: How would you compare the material on this release to your previous material?
Joe: You cannot compare it, on HEAL we did songs who have trademarks of other bands and a little DISBELIEF, on our regular CD´s you will find pure DISBELIEF, more unique and independent sounding!
Revolution-Music: What kind of stuff did you grow up listening to, and what kind new music do you listen to these days?
Joe: A lot of different stuff, I started with hard rock – bands like early BON JOVI, WHITESNAKE, SCORPIONS, the Metal-icons like IRON MAIDEN, OZZY OSBOURNE and this developed over the years, I really listen any kind of extreme, interesting, progressive, cool music, there are no barriers!
Revolution-Music: Have any of these bands been source of inspiration for the album?
Joe: The source of inspiration were BOLT THROWER, DEATH, SLAYER and CROWBAR, with the exception of DEATH we had the honour to share the stage with all of those bands and they impressed us a lot, and of course their music all over the years!
Revolution-Music: In your time as musicians, what is your biggest musical achievement so far?
Joe: We are happy to be able to release records, do shows, and even live a little bit from the money we earn with DISBELIEF!
Revolution-Music: Could we expect any European tour and maybe see the band in action here in Denmark any time soon?
Joe: We are planing to do a tour in April 2011, hopefully also in Denmark, we did only 2 danish shows so far, I think in Kolding and Kopenhagen at the Rock – Club, maybe we appear again!
Revolution-Music: What would be the ultimate tour, festival or show for you to play at?
Joe: For me. With SLAYER all over the world, all the big festivals – some of them we already played! I like HELLFEST in France, this would be cool!
Revolution-Music: Do you have any breaking news with the bands?
Joe: We have a new line-up: CORNY ALTHAMMER (drums), WOLFGANG ROTHBAUER (guit) and ALEX HAGENAUER (guit) joined the band and we are totally happy with them!
Revolution-Music: That´s all we´ve get this time, do you have anything that you´d like to add or say?
Joe: Thanx a lot for your interest in DISBELIEF and watch out for us being on tour very soon! Cheerz to all metal and DISBELIEF- fans in Denmark, take care and hope to meet you soon!!
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 whatever it might bring.
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