ENEMY OF THE SUN,
the German band featuring guitarist Waldemar Sorychta — former
member of GRIP INC./DESPAIR and producer for such bands as
LACUNA COIL and MOONSPELL — will release its second album,
‘Caedium’, in Europe on May 28 via Massacre Records.
The band was founded in 2006 and named after the 1993
Neurosis album of the same name. At the beginning of 2007 the band
recorded a demo which was voted “Demo of the Month” by Rock Hard and
Metal Hammer. The Enemy of the Sun debut album Shadows (2007), which was
produced by Waldemar Sorychta was proclaimed "Album of the Month" by
In order to get to know this band a little better, we
(Vocals) to answer some of our questions. Here you can
read what he had to say to the readers of Metal-Experience.com.
latest album ‘Caedium’
was released a couple of weeks ago, so of course we’d like to ask you a
couple of questions about it!
all, how are you doing?
Doing fine! The summer is up so I’m recharging my batteries from the
insanely cold winter we had this year in Finland.
your band is not that well-known in Holland yet, so could you start this
interview off with a short introduction of the band and an explanation
of the origins of the band’s name?
The band is a follow-up to Waldemar’s previous band Grip
Inc. We were playing shows in Germany with my Finnish band Profane Omen
in 2005 and through a mutual friend I met with Waldemar in Bochum after
our show. He said he was looking for a vocalist to try some stuff he
couldn’t use for Grip Inc. and apparently he liked my style of singing.
We decided to have a session at his place to try the material that would
be the starting point for Enemy Of The Sun. After a while he called and
asked if I was still interested in starting a band with him and I said
yeah, why not! The material was very intriguing in the first place and I
wanted to try something different. At this point he had already started
practising with the drummer to be, Daniel, so the line up started to
take shape. Shortly after my arrival, the bassist Alla joined in. The
name comes from the Neurosis album Enemy Of The Sun. Neurosis is one of
the biggest metal inspirations for Waldemar and the name suits us fine.
you launch into writing material for your album ‘Caedium’
time did you spend on creating the songs?
We already had a lot of songs ready for pre production shortly after we
finished our first album ‘Shadows’. A lot of the material comes from
this era but half of the material is from only few months before we
headed for the studio. For pre production we spent give or take six
months before recording the material for the album. There are also few
songs that date back almost 20 years. Waldemar has shitloads of material
on his bookshelves and these old songs fitted in just fine!
approach did you choose to create this album, did you go for a more raw
exposition.., or something all together different?
While doing the pre production we already knew that the
new stuff was heavier than the first album was. So we continued on with
this because it came out naturally. There’s also some breathers in
between because we didn’t want the album to only be a head against the
curve experience, we wanted to have the feeling that something stopped
in between the beating. Then we could continue on with the beating and
make a bigger impact.
ideas come easily so that you just had to write them down or was it more
of a careful composing thing?
With Waldemar it’s always just phases. When he locks into
his writing mode you can expect to have enough material for four albums
in one week! Nope, no worries in the writing process. We tend to have
too much material for the albums to choose the right ones, and that job
is not too easy sometimes. Got to find the cream from the crap.
we imagine you work on new songs, what's the typical writing process
like for Enemy Of the Sun?
As I said, Waldemar writes the songs and whenever he is
in the writing process, it’s hard to stop him. Then he works like a
machine that goes on and on and on. I wonder if he even eats during this
process, he’s so concentrated!
were the goals you had in mind when you started to record
any elements you definitely wanted to include on the album?
We had a more clear vision about the context of the album
the whole thematic side of the album was definitely discussed before I
started to write the lyrics. ‘Ceadium’ is about self conflicted death
that happens in many different variations, by your own hand, by someone
else, by an institution or idealism.
you please describe the implications of the title
what does it stand for and is there a special meaning behind it?
Read the above. This world has taken a very wrong turn
loooong ago and I wrote about how the concept of ‘Ceadium’ (Latin
meaning self conflicted death) happens in life. Let’s take democracy for
example. So many things in the western society are handled by the elite
that in the end it rules above the people and above the representatives
who were chosen by the people. Nowadays or better yet always people have
been too lazy to search for the truth and we are very easily intimidated
by the elite. One example of this is the swine flu, the media told us
that it would wipe out a big bunch of the world population if we didn’t
get vaccinated against it. What happened was that after research we
found out it’s just a form of the nastier flu. I mean, people die of the
normal flu every year but nobody writes about it. A big bunch of medical
corporations made a lot of money with this hoax. What I’m trying to say
is that in much of the top news today there might be bigger news behind
that wouldn’t be good to let out in the light so the tail wags the dog.
The more we swallow blindly these “truths” from the media, the more we
become cattle for the people who worship money and power. This way,
mankind is causing its own demise.
you get your inspiration for the lyrics and can you tell me something
more about them? Did anything in particular inspire your lyrics?
While I was writing the lyrics for ‘Ceadium’ I was
reading the comic novel Watchmen’’ and a lot of that scenario ended up
in the album. The story is very easy to relate with what I wrote in the
earlier answer. I wanted to put a part of the story in the modern
society and write in this perspective.
important is it to you that people pay attention to the lyrics apart
from listening to the music?
I think it is very important. You might have a great band
writing about “oh baby yeah” – stuff but if the band has lyrics that
actually mean something it takes the band to another level and grows
further. Good tunes with good lyrics easily turn into great bands!
someone was only going to read the lyrics and not listen to the music,
what would you hope they would take from them?
Lyrics are very often based on the rhythm of the music so I’d say it
might leave you confused, at least a bit. Of course there are songs of
which you will know what they are about but I strongly recommend to read
‘em while listening to the music.
the utmost important ingredient for a song according to you?
There has to be a clear beginning, the structure that
creates the drama and an end that makes you think about the song again.
So the structure and the drama should be clear even though the song
itself could be complex.
the recording process proceed and how much time did you spend in the
Altogether I’d say we spent about a month in the studio.
I think in the end everyone rose up to their level and went a bit above
it too. For me, starting to record the vocals was difficult. That time
was very busy for me and I came to the recording booth straight from
Profane Omen’s Baltic tour so it was hard at first to put my mind into
recording mode. It started to become a lot easier after two days of
struggling so we also re-recorded some stuff from those first two days.
For the vocals we needed six days to record 14 songs so in the end it
went pretty damn smooth.
you think are the main differences between your debut album and
It’s the sound and the straightforwardness. With
‘Ceadium’ we knew much more what we were doing compared to when we did
the previous album. The pieces in ‘Ceadium’ fit together great and there
is nothing that we are unsure of.
would you describe this album to someone that has never listened to the
The music itself is not easy to take in on one portion so I’d describe
it to be a rewarding experience to the patient listener. It grows on you
more after every time and you will come back to it in the long run.
element of the CD are you the most proud of?
The drums. Daniel did a fantastic job nailing the drums
on this record. The dude works like a doomsday clock, pounding and
punctual and the rhythm of the whole album is based on the groove he
tell us a little about yourself and the kinds of things that motivate
you in your writing, your poetry, and your lyrics? What are you
The inspirational sources that work for me usually come
from the social environment and how to monitor the outside world. I can
easily get a spark out of a good book or movie and start writing stuff
about it. My all time favourite lyricists are Maynard James Keenan,
Layne Staley and Mark Lanegan to name a few. I have a habit of putting
something from personal experiences into my lyrics but I don’t see it in
a bad way. It makes the text more personal to me, that’s all.
you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:
The new way of independent media for all
The most dangerous threat to mankind
Puppets of the elite
have been the highlights and low points throughout your career?
Absolute highlights would be the summer 2008 with all the
festivals. We had a great time throughout the summer. The lows, well,
not having any shows to play right now. This is the low point when you
have an album out but no shows to do, it kinda feels you’re pissing on
your own shoes.
your opinion on the metal scene these days? Is there anything missing
from the scene?
It feels like different genres are recycled again and
again, time after time. There’s nothing bad about it though. Every band
that can bring something new to the scene and create it in a way that
people get it is going to be successful. Sometimes the metal scene feels
very generic so every fresh idea should be welcomed. Of course it’s not
easy to bring out something “new” when everyone thinks that everything
has been done already!
makes Enemy Of the Sun different from all the other metal bands out
A recognizable sound, fresh ideas and the ambitious
goals did you have when the band started out and how do those goals
The goal for every band that wants to go forward with
their music is that someday they could make music for a living. This is
the goal for us too. Another goal is to make music that comes naturally
without thinking about what’s the flavor of the day.
there any particular bands who’ve been a big influence on your song
writing, metal or otherwise?
There are so many different elements inspired by
different bands that we all together bring in to the soup so it doesn’t
really serve a purpose for me to list them here. I’d give a wrong
would you describe your own music?
Surprising, avant-garde, metal.
we expect from Enemy Of the Sun in the near future? Any touring plans?
We’re hoping for a tour for Autumn this year but at the
moment it appears to be difficult. We might end up doing zero shows with
this album and that feels unacceptable. Let’s see what the future brings
out and start from there!
Jules: Try some ‘Ceadium’ at
www.myspace.com/enemyofthesunband! It’s goooood for ya!
for your time,
Waldemar Sorychta - Guitar
Jules Näveri - Vocals
Daniel Zeman - Drums
Alla Fedynitch – Bass