Interview with Metal Music Midwest (US), 2022
Hello and welcome to Metal Music Midwest, first off, thanks for taking the time to do the interview, could you give our readers a brief description of the group? Where is the band from?
Sascha: Fall Of Carthage is a german groove-metal band. That tag fits the most i believe. We are no fans of musical borders, putting our passion for music first, trying not to think about genres and trends. We experiment a lot, if it sounds and feels good we’re in.
"Drawn Into Madness" is the band's fourth album, how long did it take to write?
Sascha: From the first idea to the final master, i think about 10 months or so. Not continuously though. Arkadius and I worked on the songs whenever possible.
What musical influence inspires the bands compositions?
Sascha: This question comes a lot. We have many different influences not only coming from metal bands but all kinds of music and they change over the time as well. We’re open for everything that is inspiring.
The group started in 2014, can you tells us how did you all meet?
Sascha: Arkadius wrote some songs that felt great but didn’t fit in for Suidakra. So he thought about starting FOC as a project. Sascha was brought into the game by Martin who Arkadius knew from his recording studio. It soon started to feel way better than “just a project” and we created our first 3 albums in a short time.
The new album title is "Drawn Into Madness", can you give us details about the content and more in depth meaning to this title?
Sascha: The album title, as well as a few parts in the lyrics, are a reference to Shakespeare's Hamlet (Act I, Scene IV). Also, "Drawn" is supposed to be a pun because of the painted artwork. Kirsten Schüßler, a close friend of the band, has made super awesome abstract artwork especially for this album.
Each member of this project is part of another band, how do you maintain a good balance working together?
Sascha: Working together is always very inspiring for Arkadius and me. I did some guest vocals for actually all of his other bands as well: Suidakra, Dragonbreed, Realms Of Odoric. There is no conflict or rivalry. Btw, I am not a member of another band atm, unless you mean Call Of Fartage, which is with Arkadius.
Have you performed any shows in your area? if so, how receptive and supportive are the people to your music?
Sascha: We played a couple of gigs in Germany for the first albums, but haven’t done any live performance lately.
Are there any upcoming shows or tours you can tell us about?
No, atm there are no planned live gigs.
Thanks for your participation, finally, what is the best way to get a hold of the band, in case someone wants to book or promote the band? Any final words?
We’re on facebook, Instagram, twitter, Mastodon, bandcamp and so on. Just check our website for all the links: www.fallofcarthage.com
Thank you for your interest.