Vocalist Leanan Sidhe answered my questions pleasantly. |
First of all, let me tell you, that I was pretty much impressed by
'Wish for Destruction'.
I did not listen to much traditional Heavy Metal for a while, but I defnitely liked 'Wish for Destruction'.
How do you like it? Are you satisfied with it?
Leanan Sidhe: Thanks! We are very happy 'cause we like this record a lot and many
journalists think the same. They all have been impressed by this album
that's great for us. It's important to have good reviews, it gives us
chance to be known by the metal kids and I think 'Wish For Destruction'
on the right way!
Could you explain the cover? What does it mean and where is the
connection to the album title?
Leanan Sidhe: The cover represents the cloning of some children... this is the
symbol of the whole concept: it tells the story of 7 famous scientists.
work hard on a project in order to have an 'army' of clones/cyborgs.
guide those no-men through computers, and plan to murder some political
The 7 ones want to creat chaos in the social institutions, but the
fails and the clones are free to kill everyone they meet. The
lose control on the clones, and the final solution is a total mass
destruction. The title explanes very well our will to record a powerful
album, aggressive and 'killer'! It's quite a hard title, isn't it? :-)
A video-clip was made for the title-track. How long did the work
Leanan Sidhe: We worked on it for 2 days, this summer. Two hot and long days! It was
experience for us, it was the first time before a camera, under the
of a real director... I think the final result is very good for a
How long were you working on the complete album, especially
Leanan Sidhe: We worked 16 days for the recording/mixing session. 'New Sin Audio
Design' is a very professional studio, where it's impossible to lose
We spent every minute to search new sounds, to arrange some melodies...
at the end of the work, we realized we had been there for only 16
short period for a second album, I think...
What is the basic idea behind 'Wish for Destruction'?
Leanan Sidhe: We wanted to realize a powerful album, ten killer tracks full of
we composed a couple of songs that were not so 'classical' as the old
The new Beholder-sound had to be more aggressive and heavy, that was
direction we liked, and the result is a more interesting work, with
different sound-samples, a 'new' attitude... something you maybe could
imagine by listening to 'The Legend Begins'.
What were the main differences between your debut 'The legend
and 'Wish for destruction', especially in the creative processes?
Leanan Sidhe: No doubt, we started working on 'Wish For Destruction' with a different
work-method. We decided to write a futuristic/technologic story, and
songs had to be as 'hard' as the concept.
It's important to say that we realized we could develope our style by
on stage. During our concerts, we saw that our intentions was more
there was a great difference between our (first) album and our
live-attitude. So we decided to compose songs that could show our wish
destroy everything... and we did it!
The sound of 'Wish for Destruction' basically reminds me of
between Gamma Ray, early Helloween and perhaps even a bit Rhapsody.
that's not all by far. Could you please describe the sound for our
Leanan Sidhe: I agree when you mention bands like Helloween, probably for that
attitude... something that today is hard to find. But I cannot see a
comparison with Rhapsody or Gamma Ray because our sound is much havier,
aggressive and rough. Our music rermins me more of Childern of bodom or
nocturnal rites!I think our sound cannot be compared to other power
bands, especially for the use of the keyboards. The keys are very
in our music, because they can reate
so many different atmospheres; if you remove them from the track, you
song loses its atmosphere... However they never cover the massive
working and they never play classical
Then, Beholder is known for the double vocal, so that's another
characteristic of the band. On this album, we worked hard on the 'vocal
duels', in order to have two different 'ways of singing' in continuous
I like your vocals very much. Powerful and by this a perfect match
the songs, but also with a very beautiful female sound. Did you have
singing education or something?
Leanan Sidhe: Thank you. Yes, I've been studying modern and opera singing for five
I still study and practice every day because singing is like playing an
instrument... you can never stop taking exercise!!
To me personally beautiful women in Metal are still sort of
Despite there are Christina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil), Anneke van
Giersbergen (The Gathering) or Stephanie Duchene (Flowing Tears), a
beautiful woman doing real heavy metal is still very unusual.
Additionally, you are not really looking like Doro Pesch... I'm sorry
this sounds sexist, but I just have to ask, as I really find it
interesting to know: How are you related to Heavy Metal? How did you
come to it and when?
Leanan Sidhe: I started listening to Heavy Metal when I was about 14... A friend gave
some tapes and I liked them a lot. At that time I used to listen to
Iron Maiden and other bands like that, then I've discovered many other
who played any kind of heavy metal and one day I met Beholder!
Reading the short member-datasheets on the Beholder-Website, I
had a little laugh, when I saw, that each band-member names another
'Beholder's favourite song'. I bet, this will make it hard to chose
songs to play on tour, won't it?
Leanan Sidhe: Yes, it could be hard but... we never have problems in choosing the
songs for our live acts. Usually we prefer to play the heaviest ones,
order to have a very 'hard' impact on stage... and sometimes we play
acoustic unplugged version of the 'Until Darkness Falls' ballad.
I think it's a good that each member of the band has a different
song, 'cause it means we have a lot of good tracks!!!
Called 'Wish for LIVE Destruction', there will still be 3 concerts
Italy, 2 in Novembre and one in December. On October, 17th you had a
How is it to play your songs live? Are you still nervous? Do you like
Leanan Sidhe: Well, we adore the live-performances. I think it's the best way to let
people know your music, just as you play it! We are very happy to
this album with an italian tour. We are going to play in many different
cities, and we hope to find a great army of fans! We love when they
refrains, when they headbang during songs like 'Call For Revenge'...
it's a great satisfaction, isn't it?
So... usually we are very excited when we play live, of course a little
nervous... but when we get on stage, all these feelings become great
emotions, the emotions that only the live music can give.
What was the best concert Beholder ever played? And what was the
Leanan Sidhe: We've just come back from Ascoli where we played a couple of days
think it was the best live act we've ever done. We are very happy
with that performance, it was powerful and aggressive as we like.
The worst one... let me think... well, it's not difficult: one of our
live gigs hehe! We were just a little band, improving our abilities,
those were our first exhibitions in front of people. What a beautiful
dramatic memory at the same time!!!
Do you know, if you will be touring Europe in 2003?
Leanan Sidhe: I hope so, but we don't have any tour planned yet. By now, we're trying
play live here in Italy... it will depend on the way the album goes...
wait for some good news...
Many thanks for your patience and for this interview.
I wish you all the best for the upcoming release and of course also
And, to add one personal note: As I myself do write short stories and
poetry, let me confirm your opinion, that everything in life can be
inspiration. It's just, what people make of it.
Leanan Sidhe: Yeah, I really think so!! :-))
Thank you VERY much for this interview! I hope we'll meet in Germany