TARTAREAN DESIRE WEBZINE
This interview with the vocalist Leif Jensen of Dew-Scented was done through e-mail in February / March 2002.
Hello, how are you doing?
- Hi Vince, I'm doing fine...thanks for asking! It's Sunday around noon
I'm just having some coffee to properly wake up. All is good so far,
Your new album "Inwards" has now been released in Europe, what do
think of the response so far?
- Honestly: It has been overwhelming! We were pretty aware of the fact
we had done a good album and probably also our best so far but we
expeciting the feedback to be so positive all over the place. I mean,
seems that "Inwards" is opening a lot of new doors for Dew-Scented,
especially since we seem to reach a much wider pool of listeners and
audience than ever before. I mean, "Inwards" is our first album to be
released domestically in America (NBR) as well as in Japan (Soundholic)
Nuclear Blast is really doing a great job to push this record as much
possible. We are really happy so far, as we have received good exposure
also even some of the "bigger" media / magazines reacted in a
positive way about "Inwards". I mean, in the end of the day it's still
extreme Thrash and Death Metal, so we were really pleased to discover
lot of "new" people were finding out about the band now and also
into the album, even though' they had never herad any music by us
I have been kept busy doing press for plenty of weeks and still
it!!!! We are obviously really looking forward to be able to head out
touring as much as possible with the new songs...
This album is comprised of very intense and tight death metal. How
would you say your sounds has developed since your previous albums?
- I think calling it "Death Metal" exclusively would limit the band a
certainly feel that Dew-Scented is a rather a very aggressive Thrash
band when it comes to the riffing and our roots. I think we do sound
catchier and more direct on "Inwards" than ever before. I think this is
based on the fact that the core of the band line up has been working
together ever since more than 5 years now (our second album "Innoscent"
pretty much) and we have been through a lot of shit together in that
especially when it comes to a huge amount of shows all over Europe and
Japan. This has definately made us tighter and much more confident
what we want to achieve in musical terms with the band. We get along
"blindly" within the band members when it comes to songwriting and
rehearsals, which is great and makes things quite easier! We wanted to
record that is straight forward and has the "aggression" as main
the track list, so that will explain why "Inwards" sounds so untamed
uncompromising!? Also, a big difference to earlier records is the fact
we are for the very first time a 100% satisfied with the sound
a D-S album. Andy Classen definately managed to make those powerful
sound even more powerful with his awesome sound! We are looking forward
recording with him again for our upcoming album...
Who writes the lyrics and what are they about?
- That me, actually! It's really difficult to express the overall
the lyrics in "Inwards" with such a general question and I really
answer to stuff like this if I get asked more explicetly about a
part of the lyrics or a certain passage. I really prefer to leave the
meaning of the lyrics "neutral" and up to the people listening to the
and reading along. I mean, there is a lot of stuff to discover if you
to dig around and juste read between the lines. I hope I'm not saying
much if I mention that all the songs on "Inwards" have quite a similar
approach (but it's not a concept record) when it comes to the fact that
lyrics are extremely negative and pissed-off, dealing with the fact
are living in a world / society full of decadence and certaily find
ourselves on the way down the drain. The lyrics express my interest for
way we are getting conrolled by technology and also deal with the fact
I indeed tend to observe it as amusing that we more and more adapt and
adjust to this spiritual downfall, totally forgetting about our
individuality and also forgetting about the fact that we originally are
"rich" people on our insides, as we do own a powerful soul and have an
unexplored ability to use our inner strenght. Well, that's just to give
somewhat of a hint about the topics...in the end of the day, it's some
based on reality and the things that surround my / our everyday lives.
girls, not much gore and zombie stories to be found with us, haha!
The cover art looks very nice but what is it supposed to be...? Who
- Great to hear that you think that it looks good! That's the main part
"packaging": That it looks good and pleases the "eye", even though it
not have much of an apparent meaning. In the case of "Inwards", the
was done by a very cool up 'n' coming artist artist from California
Mike Bohatch and he's to be reached at http://www.eyesofchaos.com/ We
really satisfied with the cover artwork and if you follow the different
packagings for the dew-scented albums so far, you will see that we
don't have much of a band-typical pattern for artworks, but instead
try to rely on contrasts and on pieces that just suit the title of a
well!? We had given Mike a couple of details about the album (title and
name of some songs) as well as some minor fcts like a general idea and
special wishes from our side of things, like the main colour / vibe,
Mike had the vision of presenting something cold, industrial like the
machinery / computer tyüpe of scheme in the background of the art
with soemthing warm, human and symobolic as the eye on front. I think
cover artwork turned out great and somehow serves as interesting
to the album and its lyrical approach. What is it supposed to be then?
something that looks good but also at the same time intricate and
weird with a digital feel. I think that was the original idea....
Your last two albums were released on Grind Syndicate Media. I must
say that I am rather unfamiliar with this label, could you tell us
something about it?
- That's right! "Innoscent" and "Ill-Natured" were both released on the
small german label Grind Syndicate Media. GSM is basically a one-man
that goes through some of the NBR "machinery" for marketing and distro
in the end of the day is separate and rather "limited" when it comes to
promotion and distribution, especially when you compare it to the
companies around. Then again, I must say that we were extremely pleased
GSM for all that was done with our last 2 albums, as at least somebody
believing in the band and trying to work his ass off for us! GSM only
(or had, as some of the acts have moved over to other labels, in the
meantime) a couple of bands on its repertoire like Disbelief, Nocte
Warhammer, Civil Defiance and so forth! So it's all cool and original
I don't think anyone wonders why you signed with Nuclear Blast
instead but what are your expectations on them?
- I gotta be honest on this one and just voice that our expectations
be treated fairly and with enough priority so that Dew-Scented manages
move another step forwards abd reach the audience better. NBR will
manage to increase the interest and the visibility of the band, that's
basically all we expect! We have been used to do a lot of work with /
the band on our own, so we definately won't ly back and hope for the
to come up with miracles for us, just like some other "newer" artists
to expect it these days. I think playing in a Metal band doesn't only
a lot of time and energy but it should also be a motivation to invest
much blood, sweat and tears into it to keep the "level" growing in all
of sense. I have the feeling that NBR are extremely pleased with the
response on the record so far and I guess we somehow have also mnaged
impress them a bit with the fact that the album is apparently doing
over and therefor I hope that things keep being smooth in the future as
well. We have quite some lenghty plans for touring until the end of the
year, so we will definately do a s much as possible to get "Inwards"
presented to whoever cares about the album and our music....
Being a metal band in Germany must be to your advantage since you
have plenty of opportunities to play live or am I wrong?
- Yeah, there are better possibilities to play live in Germany than in
other countries, that might be right! Then again, virtually everybody
to play as much as possible here and Germany is just full of touring
activity so there is a lot o heavy competition. I think in the end of
day it's really up to how much "work" a band is willing to invest into
live circuit. The early steps aren't easy at all, as you will have to
lot of calls, send out a lot of promo kits and jut try to apply for all
of different support slots to get your name and your music out there. I
think playing live has always been our strongest point and we have done
+250 shows in the meantime with Dew-Scented, so a lot of people has
live throughout the last years. We definately hope to be getting in
with a "new" and interested audience now with the release of the new
and we can't wait to hit the road as well in places we haven't toured
such as UK (where we tour mid March with Vader and Centurian) or France
(where we tour in early April with No Return + Scarve). As long as
new challenges for us on the road, we are up to go out and give our
Are any of the band members involved with other bands?
- No, not at present, really! We try to spend all of our available
time for Dew-Scented and I actually wouldn't be able to see us doing
with different side-projects, as it would definately turn out sounding
a bit like Dew-Scented after all, so where would be the point in doing
that?! I mean,w e are very open minded music fans but when it coms to
writing and performing, all of us are doing what we really like best at
moment! Some of the members in the band have done some special guest
appearances with other bands that are friends of ours, like Floryan
some tour with Crack Up as session member on guitars and also our
Uwe helped out with Night In Gales for some dates in Czech Republic
their drummer couldn't go along and I have also done back up vocals
"Nailwork" by Night In Gales and just recently also on the new Holy
album, but that's all so far when it comes to being involved with other
bands. Maybe some time in the future, we happen to have more time
for other things, but right now, we are extremely busy with all that is
happening for Dew-Scented!
What do you do when not playing death metal? I suspect you can't
make a living through your music only?
- That's right, haha, Death and Thrash Metal doesn't really pay your
bills!!! We all love music and therefor use most of our spare time for
musical things like hanging out with frinds, visiting shows with other
partying and all that. Then again, we all either work or have ongoing
studies happening, so it's always a struggle to get everything put
so that your regular job keeps you financially happy but also leaves
enough time and room for music as fulfilling hobby. Of course it would
awesome to make a living with music but I honestly don't think that
ever be possible with such an extreme approach as we have with
but we really couldn't care less either as long as we are doing what we
Do you listen to anything but metal and in that case what kind of
- Yeah, we do listen to all different styles of music as long as it's
done!!! I mean, it doesn't have any direct influence on the band
that is, has always been and will always be a matter of aggressive
and Death Metal music. Then again, we get into ll sorts of different
from Pop music to merciless Noisecore. I personally dig Tori Amos a
is like my fave artist, in general. But I also get into bands like Dead
Dance, Kate Bush, some 70's stuff or just regular music that is being
on the radio. Whatever, I just don't care as long as it's well done!
hate my guts for saying this, but in fact I even like Ace Of Base (now
you are from Sweden too, that's a good example). I mean, I just respect
fact that music is well done and even if you personally should hate
will have to wonder about the fact that yill surely know 80% of the
on their albums by heart. It's like a dance-pop modern version of Abba.
that's pretty awesome, huh?! Well, I knew you weren't gonna understand
Dew-Scented has been existing since 1992, do you think the band
still be alive in another ten years' time?
- That's a tough question, really! I don't think we feel like a 10
old band right now! As I said before, we have been together in the core
the actual lne up since like '97, so it's definately still "fresh". We
somehow been in the lucky situation that we kept on motivating
each new step thatw e have taken with the band and also the quality of
albums as well as the response towards them keep growing steadily, so I
definately think that the outlook is good when it comes to the future
sticking together for another while!!! We never tried to do
with the band and instead just go from goal to goal (album,
tour, etc), so that we never really even noticed that time kept flying
fast!!! We are all like in the mid 20's right now and we are very good
friends within the members in the band, so I guess none of us would
have a problem about continuing as long as the fun element remains and
quality of the music keeps growing. Ask me again in 10 years and I
able to tell you better by then, ok?!
Any final words you would like the world to know of?
- Nah, not really!!!! hahaha! well, maybe I should mention that we
definately woud like to come over to Sweden some day to play shows. We
a lot of friends in bands over there in your country and some of our
acts for extreme Metal are from your country so it would be definately
to be able to come up there sometime. In the meantime, please check out
new album "Inwards" as well as our website http://www.dew-scented.de/
featuring info and all news about the band!!! Take care and keep it
heavy!!!! Thanks for your time and your support, Vince!
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