ENCLAVE   HEAVY THRASH METAL FROM Austria Band Questions answer by Reiner Höllersberger  
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Hey Martin, first of all thanks for having us in your zine. Enclave is a Vienna based thrash metal band with Martin on drums, Reece & Michi on guitars and me on bass and vocals   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? We started in 2008 as young lads and searched for a name. After some more or less serious attempts to find a name, Enclave came up as an option and we thought that it sounded good, while not pushing us in a certain genre or direction.   Where and how was the band founded? As most metal bands we were hanging out, having some beers and thought “hey, why don’t we start a band and play the music we love”   Have you played in other bands before? Yes, we all played in different bands and styles before. Even though always enjoying old school heavy metal most of us have started in several Black and Death Metal bands. I started in Angels Torment, Infestigation and also played in Horns of Hattin, Martin was a longtime member of the Black/DeathOutfit Empyre, Michi played at Threshold Value and Camp Chaos and Reece had his band They when he was still living in Australia   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? Yes and no. On one hand we started with a certain vision and similar skill level because we all played in bands before but on the other side every time a bandmember left we wanted a successor that fits on musical and personal level. Sometimes we had to search for longer periods and other times we had someone in our circle of friends who was up for the task to join us. Despite having many different members over the last 10 years the core remained stable and I think the current line-up works pretty well.   What does the band name mean? To quote Wikipedia: An enclave is a territory, or part of a territory, that is entirely surrounded by the territory of another state. We thought it is a nice analogy that the band is our own territory, where we can do what we want, compared to society with all its problems and issues as a surrounding state.   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? The lyrics cover a vast range of issues and nuisances we have to deal with in these times. Exploitation of the little man, Surveillance and other Orwellian topics, personal struggles but also glorification of the thing we love, Heavy fucking Metal. Until now I am the one writing the lyrics   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? Our biggest influences are obviously old school bay area thrash acts like Metallica, Testament, Exodus, Megadeth but also classic NWOBHM acts like Iron Maiden or Judas Priest. At least that are the common denominators within the band. Some of us are also into Death and Black Metal, progressive stuff like Opeth, Porcupine Tree or even classic rock. All this influences have their impact on our sound.   To a stranger that has never heard of anything I mentioned: Expect fast and aggressive Riffs and drum beats, harsh Vocals and melodic guitar solos or to quote Exodus, some good, friendly, violent fun    The album New Age Disorder is already two years old! are there any new songs and which direction are they going? Man, time flys! It’s already this long ago? Anyway we’re currently working on several new songs and some will have their stage debut on the next gigs. How do they sound? For me it sounds like Enclave with some adaptions to the current moods and influences. Be sure to check it out live!   Your debut album United Desperation is still satisfied with 2012 as you have been today almost six years later and would you change anything? That’s a good question! To be honest I wouldn’t change anything at all because we as a band sounded exactly like that at this specific time and I think it is important to see the development of a band over the years. Of course we became better musicians over the years and also have now a different approach regarding sound and production. Maybe if it would be a new album, some things would turn out different because we have more experience in certain areas now but in the end I am still happy and proud of United Desperation.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? Over the years there have been many highlights that I am very grateful for and also very proud of. Both CD release shows have been amazing for us because most of our friends and fans showed up just for us. This is an indescribable joy and makes me very proud. Also to share the stage with bands we deeply admire like Exodus, Heathen and many more were absolute highlights. How often do you get wasted with Lee Altus?   Have already resulted in friendship ? Of course we made a lot of friends over the years. Bands like Mortal Strike, Eruption, Tulsadoom or Insanity Alert share the same passion like us for Thrash Metal and over the years we shared stage many times with those guys!   If you'd like to play live and if you would like to ? In general we would like to tour at some point and just come around. The goal is to bring the band forward the more you play abroad the higher the chance to meet new fans and friends.   What do you think and what do you think about the Austrian scene in general? I think we have a very solid scene in Austria with some very good bands and a fair share of true metalheads keeping the scene alive. The infrastructure is professional and there is also a good share of individualism in a tough business. Sometimes I wish that the fans would turn their eyes a bit more to the underground because there are some hidden treasures waiting to be discovered that are not worse than international acts but aside from that I think it’s a good place to be as a fan but also as a musician.   Why do you think in the Austrian media the hard rock or heavy metal, regardless of whether national or international almost not considered(I remember a rock and metal show that ran centuries ago in orf on Saturday night) ?   I don’t know to be honest. Maybe because Austria never really had a big history for these scenes and the charts are mostly dominated by boring pop music. Luckily in these days there are also a lot of underground zines and webradios that focus on our scene. So despite not being in the Boulevard, there is a certain interest for metal music.   Why do you think Austrian acts are not supported by national record labels? z.B. napalm records ! That’s a question for the labels but maybe an international act is easier to promote because of being “exotic”. Only a certain few bands have the will and consistency to survive in a very competitive business.   With what do you earn your money except with the music? We all have our daily jobs from mechanical engineers to teachers to caretaker for the elderly   How important are social media for you as a band? “Unfortunately” very important these days. Sometimes it even seems that being present and active at social media is far more important than being a good artist with integrity. We try to be as present as we can but to be honest we are more interested in the musical aspect of being a musician.   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? World domination! But fun aside, as long as we can continue our hobby, have a great time and joy in releasing new music or being on stage I for myself can say that is what makes me happy. The appreciation of other people is the cherry on top.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? As I mentioned before there are some really good metal bands in Austria! Mortal Strike, Tulsadoom or Insanity Alert if you wanna thrash, Ewig Frost, Vargsriket and Misanthropic Might keep the flame of Black Metal burning, Parental Advisory for fans of brutal death metal sounds and Veil of Deception and Titan Killer for Heavy Metal fans! To all the guys: you know my account number :-P   Personal questions !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I grew up in Vienna and later in the suburbs when my family moved there. In general I had a happy childhood and my parents always supported me and my hobbies, be it sports or music.   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ?   I guess somewhere in between. I was neither a genius student nor a troublemaker just a bit different from the rest.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? I am very grateful that my parents supported my desire to make music in general even though we don’t have any tradition in our family of being musicians. I guess sometimes I got on their nerves practicing at home but they never complained and supported me over the years.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? If you mean if I would be a good professional then I would have to say hell no! Creating music for me is a very personal thing that I couldn’t produce on command. I am very happy to be in the privileged situation to have a daily job for financial security and don’t have any stress with my art. Music comes from the heart and soul not because of the necessity to meet deadlines.   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? Since I was born in Vienna and lived in a very lively district and moved to the suburbs afterwards with my family I know both worlds but in the end, I am a city child through and through even though and came back to Vienna when I moved out of my parents home. Still I also enjoy peace and nature from time to time.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? I regularly attend a gym and take a little care of my body since we all don’t get younger and from time to time I love to play football with friends. Passive I follow my club FC Barcelona as much as possible.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you ? I am a passionate hobby cook in my spare time but I also love to check out new restaurants and cuisines. My friends mock me to be a little possessed by food ^^   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? A lot of my friends are into metal themselves so it’s something that we have in common and share great memories. My parents always supported me despite not being into metal themselves and I think it makes them happy that my passion makes me happy which is great. For my colleagues at work they know I have a band and a little weird hobbies but don’t dig any deeper which is also fine with me.   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? In general I think of it as quite disturbing that some people forget all their common sense, logic and manners spreading their hatred anonymously on the internet. I mean criticism is necessary and productive but as soon as it turns out to hate any discussion usually turns out being obsolete because people tend to blindly stick to their (often not well researched) opinions without any interest to reflect their point of view. If you follow political topics it can be pretty scary to read some comments that people spread publicly without thinking.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? I would say both. On one hand a resource of infinite knowledge, the opportunity to promote yourself and access all over the world but on the other hand place for phenomenons as data theft, fake news, blind hatred and mind control. Sometimes it seems people are not ready for so much possibilities and we all have decide for ourselves what to do with it.   What would you personally like to do in your life? I think I am a modest character so if I can continue to do what I love like being a musician, travel around the world and meet nice people I am actually pretty happy.   Which question would you like to have answered and why? Why don’t we learn from mistakes of the past   Lower Austria or Vienna Vienna, I am a city child after all   Metal Church or Heathen Impossible to answer maybe 6 out of 10 times I would choose Heathen   Iron Maiden or Metallica   Even harder than impossible to answer. Can only live with both of them   Soccer or Ski Soccer   Favourite movie Maybe Pulp Fiction   Family I have one   Live play or Studio work . Love both but if I have to decide I would rather be on stage to make people happy   Beer or Cola Beer   Red Bull   only if I had too many beers the day before   Austrian food Still like it despite having it for all my life   Girls Love them   Your top 10 all time faves Ride the lightning - Metallica Fabulous disaster - Exodus Number of the beast - Iron Maiden Seasons in the abyss - Slayer The legacy - Testament Rust in peace - Megadeth Pump up the Valuum - NoFX Storm of the light's bane - Dissection Appetite for Destruction - Guns n' Roses Painkiller Judas Priest   top 5 in time !   Darkness Remains – Night Demon Cloaks of Oblivion – Eruption Disillusion – Loudness Somewhere in time – Iron Maiden Live in Gothenburg 87 - Metallica   The closing word is yours? Once again thanks for having us, I had a lot of fun answering your questions! I wanna give a shout out to all our metal brothers and sisters out there, without you we are nothing!
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