Thunder And Lightning

There are some bands that are true to their metal roots no matter what. Thunder And Lightning is one of those bands that know how to deliver the metal goods and they do it with style as well. Grande Rock had a talk with guitarist & songwriter Marc Wüstenhagen about the new album, “The Ages Will Turn”, the band and several other interesting things. Have a look for more below…
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Hi Marc, thx for taking the chance to talk to Grande Rock. First of all, kudos for your new album “The Ages Will Turn”… it’s really intense and enthralling.
 
M: Thank you, glad you like it.
 
 
Do tell us what happened these 3 years since the release of your previous album “In Charge of the Scythe” in the band’s camp.
 
M: Well, we released an EP in 2014 too, we also did a UK Tour in 2015, then we started writing and recorded the new album.
 
 
Which were the first ideas for the music & the lyrics of the new album?
 
M: Our singer Diddi came up with the idea doing songs about several urban myths such as the slender man and the vanishing of the crew of the Mary Celeste in the 19th century. So, we started building songs around that topic. Also, I loved the story from the video game Bioshock Infinite, that’s how the song “Columbia” came about.
 
 
And how did you come up with the title “The Ages Will Turn”?
 
M: As in the video games Fallout 3 and 4, there is the phrase “War never changes”. So, I wrote a song that deals with the atrocity of war through the ages of human history. The ages will turn but war stays the same.
 
 
Tell us a few things for each track…
 
M: “The Ravaging Overture”: The main melody was a little orchestral piece I wrote 3 years ago just for fun and I thought that when I record it with guitars playing that part and just use the orchestral stuff as support it would make a cool intro to the album, and I think it did just that.
 
“Welcome to the Darkside”: Tells the story of the secrets on the dark side of the moon.
 
“Silent Watcher”: The urban myth of the slender man gets its own song, fastest track on the album.
 
“Black Eyed Child”: My personal favorite, the chorus just rocks. Deals with myth of some black eyed kids showing up at your doorstep at night, craving for your soul.
 
“Eternally Awake”: Google “the Russian sleep experiment” and you know what we are talking about here.
 
“Columbia”: See above….
 
“One Blood”: First song on the album with a guest part, Máté from Alestorm did a guest solo. I recorded drums for his solo album a while back with the drummer from Heaven Shall Burn Christian Bass, so we were in contact since then.
 
“The Ages Will Turn”: See above….
 
“Hysteria”: Last song we wrote for the album, modern media always tends to cause mass hysteria only to sell newspapers or to push their own agenda, without actual facts. Disregarding any lives they might put in danger with that.
 
“Mary Celeste”: Der Schulz from Unzucht did some guest vocals on that one. When I was co-producing their album in September, we squeezed in a part for our song that I thought would be great for a different voice.
 
 
The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Dailyhero Recordings in Berlin, Germany (Emil Bulls, Drone, No Turning Back, etc.) and you did the production. Did you get the final sound that you had in mind? Did you approach the album’s production any differently than before?
 
M: We recorded everything in three blocks, first 4 songs in March, then 3 in July then the last three in September. Because we wanted to push out a song every month on YouTube before the release to get some more exposure. The sound is what I had in mind. There will always be things I would do differently after the fact, but that’s normal for me. You never stop learning and improving as a producer and engineer. It’s my favorite rhythm guitar sound of ours so far.
 
 
I do know that you fancy giving live shows, so what are your touring plans as we speak?
 
M: We will do shows in 2017 for sure, in smaller bursts. A real tour with a bigger band would mean a buy-on 90% of the time and that money aren’t there at the moment.
 
 
By the way, do you prefer to work in the studio or tour?
 
M: I only “work” in the studio. I am not a live sound guy; I am too much of a perfectionist to do live sound, where you always have to deal with less than ideal situations, even in great venues. When I am doing stuff live I am playing myself, sure it is work in some way, I would not see it like that.
 
 
Hence, this is an independent release. Why’s that? Do you prefer to do things your way or you haven’t found any worthy record deal so far? Do you have in mind to work with a label at some point?
 
M: The trick isn’t to find a label these days. It is to find one that actually does something for you other than distributing your music. Because you can do that yourself, very cheap and easy. You just have to learn how. When there is a label that has good connections and wants really to work with us, sure we are open to have a talk with them.
 
 
What are your expectations from “The Ages Will Turn” and what do you wish to achieve with Thunder And Lightning over the next years?
 
M: Expand the fan base, get more gigs, have fun.
 
Thunder And Lightning band pic
 
It’s time for our Weird Questions!!! How did you come up with the name Thunder And Lighting initially?
 
M: It was a line I heard in several songs over the years and thought it sounded like a metal band name.
 
 
If you could “erase” one thing from modern music, what would it be?
 
M: Shitty drummers.
 
 
Are “social media” a “compulsory part” of music biz these days or bands, artists & labels can do without them as well?
 
M: These days you are too limited and too slow when you do it without social media.
 
 
Which is the record you wish you had written and why?
 
M: “The Black Album” (Metallica)…
 
 
Fill in the phrase… “Heavy Metal wouldn’t have evolved the way it did, if it hadn’t been for…”
 
M: The invention of the electric guitar.
 
 
Which are the best 3 heavy Metal albums of all time according to you?
 
M: “Painkiller” (Judas Priest), “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (Iced Earth), “The Black Album” (Metallica)…
 
 
Which do you consider to be the best male vocalist in metal history?
 
M: Johnny Goeli from Axel Rudi Pell’s band.
 
 
Which is the guitarist who influenced metal music the most?
 
M: Angus Young – AC/DC
 
 
What’s the worst thing one can say right after sex?
 
M: OK, now you can start, I’m ready.
 
 
You have the opportunity to sleep with a movie-celebrity/porn-star of your choice. Who would it be & why?
 
M: 20 year old Helen Mirren, and look it up, that’s why!
 
 
If you could be any historical person, which one would you be and why?
 
M: Really don’t want to be a historical person, too much pressure.
 
 
If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
 
M: Back two weeks and tell myself the lottery numbers.
 
 
Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
 
M: Don’t know, some Justin Bieber to prevent them to annihilate us all, they will think we’re not worth the hassle!
 
 
Which character from the “Game of Thrones” would you have been – if you lived in the Seven Kingdoms?
 
M: Cersei, she gets shit done.
 
 
Imagine that your girlfriend/wife is selling your whole album-collection just to buy an expensive ring for herself. How would you react?
 
M: I would ask what she got for 75 bucks! cheeky
 
 
Finally, we’ve come to the end Marc. Thx for talking to Grande Rock. Say anything you feel like saying before we close. Take care dude!
 
M: If you want to really help smaller bands like us, the best thing you can do is tell everybody and their mother about them. Spread the word!