Nico got settled down in Manchester earlier this month for a chat with Alexander Krull, the voice of Germany’s death metal powerhouse Atrocity.
Nico: Nice to meet you Alex, how are you doing?
Alex: Nice to meet you. I’m fine. Fantastic tour in the UK. We’re happy to be back.
Nico: It’s been a while since Atrocity last played the UK. Has the Atrocity fanbase changed since you last were here or is it pretty much still the same?
Alex: The people we met before appeared at the show, so they are pretty much the same. I think they all liked the new album, the Okkult album. We got some really good feedbacks so we are happy that we were able to do this tour. On the other side we have been touring through many countries with both bands, Atrocity and Leaves’ Eyes, like 40 countries or more. It’s a little bit of a pity if you have a circle consisting of studio, album, touring. But maybe one tour is not happening and you go on tour with the next album, so there can be a long time in between.
Nico: If you were booked to play a festival and you get to play only one Atrocity album, which one would it be and why?
Alex: At the moment, the Okkult album. Obviously because it’s the brand new album and the songs are doing very well, so that would be the choice of the moment.
Nico: Speaking of festivals, does Atrocity have any festival plans for this year?
Alex: Yeah, it’s still in the making, but bring us back to the UK if possible!
Nico: I’m sure something can be arranged, maybe Bloodstock?
Alex: Yeah that would be awesome! We’ve played there with Leaves’ Eyes, it was amazing, it was really good. Yes maybe somebody wants to bring us back with Leaves’ Eyes or Atrocity, I don’t care!
Nico: Let’s hope so.
Alex: I mean, there are festivals coming up but I can’t tell which ones. Two new ones are coming up soon on Facebook or the page, you will see.
Nico: Okkult was released last year like you said, and it’s the first part of a trilogy. Have you started on the second part of the trilogy?
Alex: Yes, actually we recorded one song before we left for the UK. But it will take a while. I mean, we will play after this tour in North America and Puerto Rico for four weeks. That’s the situation we are in now : we are touring and playing festivals. After North America we are going back to Europe so there will be time to write and record songs. But it’s also cool to grab the energy from the shows, the experiences that we have, to write new songs.
Nico: I imagine it’s still a bit early to be talking about the second part of the trilogy, but what can fans expect from the second part?
Alex: I think you ask this question is because we have had a lot of changes within the bands history and diversity in music. But the Okkult concept is based on this epic backstory let’s say, like we have on the first album. I think we are going to keep that style which is already quite diverse. I’ve heard from some press people that they were a little bit afraid that people would not understand everything on the album. They were a little bit like ‘what?’. It’s up to the fans and I think it’s good to have a diverse album. So we are going to follow in the footsteps of the first one and develop the style. There will probably be some changes, we don’t want to be a boring band. We’re always looking for new challenges.
Nico: Are there any releases by other bands that you are looking forward to this year?
Alex: Let me think..there are a few but the thing is, I’m not sure if they are going to release next year or this year. Who’s releasing something?
Nico: There are a few bands, it’s hard to keep track of it all to be honest.
Alex: You know, who announced they were going on tour with a new record.. Was it Live or whoever? Not a metal band but I would love to see a new album of them too.
Nico: From previous interviews with Liv, I understand that you are a Game of Thrones fan. If you could be any character from the Game of Thrones universe, who would it be and why?
Alex: Wow. Okay, I think the character is dead already! Ned Stark.
Nico: Good choice! Apart from the fact he’s dead…
Alex: I didn’t read the books but yeah, that was not like in other movies… [makes chopping movement with hand] over-out!
Nico: That was one of the most impressive moments for me in the Game of Thrones universe, apart from the Red Wedding.
Alex: Yeah, the Red Wedding, I saw some reactions to that on the internet.., It was quite heavy.
Nico: It was brilliant how they did it on TV especially if you read the books as well. Because I knew it was coming so I was like “no no, not this season, not this episode! Do it another time! Please for the love of God!”
Alex: [laughs] Yeah it was quite interesting to see some reactions when they cursed the directors: “ how can they do that, the characters die!”. It’s written in the books, so..
Nico: Some fans take it a bit overboard so..,
Alex: Yeah I’m looking forward to watch the new season. I think it starts in april? Yesi *two thumbs up*
Nico: Thanks for you time Alex, I hope you have a good show tonight.
Alex: Thank you!
Nico: You’re welcome.
Alex: See you guys!