Presenting their own exhilarating brand of power prog metal in the grand tradition of Iron Maiden, Primal Fear and Iron Savior, the mighty Vanish is sure to leave an indelible impression of all whom encounter their thrilling reprieves. Based out of Stuttgart, Germany, Vanish’s latest magnum opus entitled Come To Wither has been unleashed worldwide by the metal maniacs at Massacre Records. From the staggering inflections of Great Collapse to The Grand Design featuring Ralf Scheepers (of Primal Fear) at its conclusion, Come To Wither is required listening for all looking for an epic adventure in sound. Here is a recent interview we conducted with guitarist Philipp Schönle to find out more about the up and coming Vanish, ready to appear loud and clear on your hard rocking radar! Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Vanish, and how long the band has been together.
Hi, my name is Philipp. I’m doing the lead guitars and I’m responsible for all the recording stuff. Another very important job is what we call the „modernity police“. No idea why I got that job… #wonderingwtfconfused… Vanish has been founded in 2000, but in fact Tommy is the one and only founding member. I am in the band since 2005 but had a short break between 2008 and 2009 due to my study.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are based in Stuttgart, Germany. There are some great bands in this area like Primal Fear, Brainstorm, Atrocity and others. In fact these aren’t local bands anymore… but there are many other wonderful bands… too much bands for too less locations and possible gigs.
Is there any story or concept behind the album title Come To Wither?
In the beginning we thought about a concept, but in the end we didn’t care so much. We never wanted to tell epic stories like of Hobbits in Westeros…. but wait… perhaps I will try that!
Select two songs from Come To Wither and what inspired the lyrics.
1. Come To Wither – it’s about a speaking blind man and in the end it’s kind of armageddon…another idea could be a reference to classical drama stuff like Antigone or Ödipus. I don’t really know because Bastian, our singer, writes all the lyrics.
2. Silence – I think that our singer Bastian wrote these lyrics while teaching his class. It’s a teacher song…I’m totally sure!
How does Come To Wither compare to Separated From Today and why the long wait between the two albums?
I think Come To Wither is simply the better output 🙂 Seriously…we had to find our own style and more or less began with that after Separated From Today had been released. There were a lot of older songs on it. I joined the band when all the recordings had already been done. We had to record all the guitars again, because they sounded horrible…after the release we started to write new songs and never tried to get a record deal with the old album. In the time between 2006 and now we found our own style and way to write songs. This process and of course the recordings and the search for a record label took a lot of time. Another factor is that we all have quite challenging jobs and are short of time.
Who did the cover art for Come To Wither and how much influence did you have on it?
It’s made by Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design. When we got the record deal with Massacre, we already had a very avantgarde and mind blowing artwork. But after eleven people had totally gone crazy after watching it, the guys at Massacre called Jan and he made it 3D.
How did Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear become involved with Vanish and what was it like working with him?
I was in the studio with our engineer Axel Heckert and he told me that he had worked with Ralf Scheepers the day before. He was mixing one of our tracks when Ralf entered the studio. He listened to some of the songs and was impressed. Axel gave me Ralf’s phone number and he told me that he could do some vocals if we wanted to. And we said…..ok!
Ralf did a fantastic job, because he didn’t just imitate Basti’s vocal lines. He made some changes and it is great to hear his interpretation. Ralf Scheepers is a very nice and funny guy, he has nearly as much muscles as we do and the same hair style as Basti.
What could one expect from a live Vanish show?
Five handsome guys on stage and lots of naked girls in the front rows. And a lot of blood, sweat and beers of course! Then you meet a lot of people with good taste, that’s why they are at a Vanish show. And of course Daniele with matching laser bass and shoe strings.
What was it like playing with Queensryche and were they cool to hang out with?
It was fantastic, they are one of our heroes! We had the chance to talk to them and take some pictures. Nice guys.
What kind of touring have you done so far and have you ever played in the Los Angeles area?
We did a lot of regional shows so far. I played with my girlfriend in L.A. but not with Vanish so far. And I put my hand in Sylvester Stallone’s hand print! Keep punching, America! Do you want to offer us a gig in L.A.? We are ready!
If Vanish could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
You’ll get five different answers if you ask us all. For me it’s definitely Iron Maiden. They were my way to heavy metal and Adrian Smith is one of my heroes.
Germany is famous for their BEER!!! What is your favorite beer of choice and why?
Yeah, as every German, we can’t live without beer. Our favorite is Dinkelacker from Stuttgart. We drink so much Dinkelacker beer, that they finally offered us an endorsement. Now we get free Dinkelacker beer all the time. Don’t be sad…perhaps one day you’ll also get free beer 🙂
What’s up next for Vanish?
At the moment we are playing a lot of gigs to promote the Come To Wither release. I think there could still be a free slot for L.A. if you want to book us 🙂
We have also started to write new songs for the upcoming record. We definitely want to be faster this time! We already have some great stuff, a bit more heavy so far, but I’m sh\ure there will also be some epic songs to come!
Any final words of wisdom?
Did you know that you can’t feel it when someone tenderly licks your elbow skin?
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions! Hope to see you guys play out here in L.A. sometime soon!
We hope so, too! Don´t forget to watch our new video Silence http://youtu.be/gwIcFa975h4
Thank you very much and greets to L.A.!
Vanish is: Bastian Rose (Voc, Keys), Philipp Schönle (Guitar), Thomas Rösch (Guitar), Daniele Dei Giudici (Bass), and Ralf Nopper (Drums).