NIGHT IN GALES
TARTAREAN DESIRE WEBZINE
This interview with Björn Gooßes of Night In Gales was done through e-mail in May/June 2001.
Hello, how are you?
Hi Vincent, thanx, I´m fine...
You have recently released your full-length album
called "Necrodynamic" on Massacre Records. How has the
response been so far?
Pretty good and quite controversial sometimes as well.
But I like that... I guess people really think about
the album... Fortunetaly we´ve got rid of these
swe-comparisons finally and both media and fans
realized that we found our own dirty way... And
„Necrodynamic“ for sure leads us further towards the
very NIGHT IN GALES style... A funny thing is that for
NIGHT IN GALES the best reactions always came from out
of Germany... but however, I read a whole lotta
reviews so far and until now, about a month after the
european release, we did approx. 60 interviews and
we´ve been quite pleased with the reactions so far...
At least everyone should check out „Necrodynamic“ if
you are into good hard metal music...!!
Could you tell us a little about the album and the
lyrics? Have your sound changed anything from your
You know, each album is a brand new chapter in a
band´s history. If it wouldn´t be like that, the band
should split up... We always made significant steps
from one album to another, this time step has maybe
been a little bigger... But on the other hand
„Necrodynamic“ is surely kindalike a natural follower
to „Nailwork“, cause when you listen carefully, you´ll
realize that there are many things in the same vein.
We just eliminated the stuff that didn´t work.
„Nailwork“ was a bit too complicated and bizarre, so
we chose the simple and straight way for
„Necrodynamic“. A good thing of „Nailwork“ was the
less-swedish melody and the groove, so we intensified
this... Also the lyrics on „Nailwork“ showed sarcasm
for the first time... this appealed to me a lot, so
the new ones are as pitch-black as you can imagine...
You could go on with that list for quite a time... and
finally you´ll get to the „Necrodynamic“ point of
view... But hey... I shouldn´t talk that much about
the album, the best thing is... BUY IT !!!
Could you inform us on the early history of Night
In Gales, how did it all get started?
Well, basicly we´ve just been a bunch of metalheads
who wanted to perform the music that they like.... So
the typical story.... To keep it short I just give you
an outline of the NIGHT IN GALES history...
1995 – the band was founded
1995 – demo ”Sylphlike”
1996 – 7” EP ”Razor”
1996 – NIGHT IN GALES signed to Nuclear Blast Records
1997 – debutalbum ”Towards The Twilight”
1998 – 2nd album ”Thunderbeast”
2000 – 3rd album ”Nailwork”
2000 – split from Nuclear Blast Records, NIGHT IN
GALES signed to Massacre Records
2001 – latest album ”Necrodynamic”
What were your thoughts and reactions when your
independent EP "Sylphlike" sold more than 6000 copies
and eventually led to a contract with Nuclear Blast in
This was definitely cool...! ”Sylphlike” sold almost
7000 copies worldwide until now, and I never heard of
any other Metal demo selling that much...! We are
deeply rooted in the geman underground scene and we
did some good work there I guess... So soon rumors
came up, telling we´ve already signed a contract with
some label. One day Markus, the boss of Nuclear Blast,
called Tobias, asking how things were goin´ with our
label... Tobias was pretty surprised, cause we didn´t
sign nowhere... he told this to Markus and he sent us
a Nuclear Blast deal immediately... That´s all...
In the end of 2000 you ended your co-operation with
Nuclear Blast. Weren´t you happy with their work for
the band? Are things better with Massacre?
Oh well it was just the typical story... we were just
not satisfied with their work. After the release of
„Nailwork“ they just did very little promotion, and
all the shows we´ve played have been booked by our own
management... Everyone knows Nuclear Blast became very
big during the last years, and sometimes the profit is
more important than the idealism... So we decided to
quit before they maybe would haved kicked us anyway,
you know ?! Nuclear Blast is still a good label for
sure, but just not for NIGHT IN GALES... Their
politics was to do less promotion if an album didn´t
sell enough, but that´s a pretty stupid vicious
circle, I think... I´m sure „Nailwork“ would have got
some more attention if they had done the promotion we
deserved... anyway, that´s how it goes... We never had
any personal problems with them... but for us it was
just the most reasonable choice to leave Nuclear Blast
for the business reasons... so we signed to Massacre
Records last autumn... In general we don´t care about
the label´s name, be it Nuclear Media, Century Blast,
Massacrerunner or Roadrecords... whatever... it just
depends on the cooperation.... We just can do our part
of the deal, which is producing a killer album, and I
think we definitely did... Now let´s hope that the
people will give the album a chance...
Do you know what your original vocalist Christian
Müller has been up to since he left Night In Gales?
Of course, he´s singin´ in Tobias 2nd band In Blackest
Velvet... We see us regularly as In Blackest Velvet
and us share the same rehearsal room... We never lost
the contact. Christian was just not motivated enough
back in 1996. Now he´s back in business and just
released his debutalbum with In Blackest Velvet...
Hey, if you have a real heart of steeeel it will never
let you down, hahaha....!!!
I know that the current band members are or has
been involved with several other projects such as
"Folter", "Godz At War" and "In Blackest Velvet".
Could you tell us something about these?
Sure... O.k., I told you already somethin´about In
Blackest Velvet. Godz At War is no more ( but this
project was never really serious aynway...) and Folter
simply never existed.
What do you do when not playing music?
Answering on stupid interview questions basicly,
hehehehe... Well, besides the band stuff I´m pretty
much into graphic design and stuff... you can check
out my website www.killustrations.com ! Jens just
started going to a school for audio engineering,
Christian works in an advertising agency while Tobias
and Frank have more or less boring jobs I think...
Tobias also has another band called In Blackest Velvet
and Jens grinds along with Christian in Blood Red
Bacteria... So we´re all pretty busy, hehehe...
shakin´ the bones for good....
What do you think of playing live? What kind of an
experience can you expect from a Night In Gales show?
Playing live is the very essence of being a band.
Nothing else. This is both the measure of a band and
its ultimate pleasure. This year started pretty cool
actually... In late March / early April we had 4 shows
in Japan together with Defleshed, Dew-Scented and some
japanese support acts. The shows were really killer
and we hope to get back there soon... Now we´ll play
some summer festivals throughout Europe... In autumn
2001 we´ll most likely be on a cool European again...
What can you expect from us ?!, Well, a NIGHT IN GALES
show is pure loud´n´dirty Deathentertainment...! Just
come, listen, see and bang your bloody heads off...!!
What are the future plans of the band?
Besides the usual World Domination plans we basicly
want to play as many good gigs as possible... Then
we´ll most likely start songwriting again in late
summer... We´ll also care a bit more about our website
www.n-i-g.com in the next weeks and months... So there
are no real big plans as you can see... We´ll be happy
if we can keep the gift of writing and performing our
own music as long as possible...!
Your top 5 bands ever?
Hard thing to mention only 5, but 5 bands that really
had a deep impact on me definitely are DANZIG,
RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, LED ZEPPELIN, ZZ TOP... but in
general I listen to everything that I like, be it
Death Metal, Pop, Alternative Rock or Drum´n´Bass... a
few of my current faves are... Pantera „reinventing
The Steel“, The Tea Party „Triptych“, Agents Of
Oblivion „Agents Of Oblivion“, Down „Nola“, ZZ Top
„Fandango“, Danzig „Lucifuge“, Nasum „Human 2.0“, A-Ha
„Minor Earth Major Sky“, Rammstein „Mutter“, Corrosion
Of Conformity „Deliverance“, Led Zeppelin „first“,
Daft Punk „discovery“, Scorpions „fly to the rainbow“,
Defleshed „fast forward“... etc etc.....
Any final words of wisdom?
Final Words ? Yes. Wisdom ? Probably not. I´m just a
23 years old motherfuckin´ deathjunkie trying to
persuade you to buy the new NIGHT IN GALES album...!!
So the best thing is, I quit this here quickly with a
big ”CHEERZ”.... !!
Links of interest:
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