Witchburner is a German Thrash Metal band. Definitely one the best bands to come out of Germany. Here's my interview I got with their guitarist Simon Seegal.
1. Was the name of your band influenced by the British Doom metal band Witchfinder General?
Seegel: No! But we like Witchfinder General and we did a cover version on our "German THRASHING War" MLP.
2. Also do most people think your lyrics deal with the occult because the name of the band is Witchburner?
Seegel: The funny thing is some people think we are a christian band cause the christians burned the witches in the past hahaha. But for sure our lyrics are about war,hate,blasphemy,booze...
3. Could you give me a short version on how you met your band members and started the band.
Seegel: I met the first drummer and vocalist in a musicstore in my hometown in the early 90s. He told me that he is starting a Thrash-band. We went to his place for some beers and listened to the first demo. What can I say I liked the stuff and joined the crew.
4. Is there any new bands that you really Like?
Seegel: I worship alot new bands like: Witching Hour,Cruel Force... It's good to see that many new bands that piss of the mainstream-shit and go the "real" way through the underground !
5.What is your favorite Witchburner song to play live?
Seegel: It's hard to say cause we have so many songs but i realy like to play Blasphemic Assault.
6. How was it recording the new album Bloodthirsty eyes, and how was it working with the new singer?
Seegal: This time we recorded at the studio of our new axeman Mächel, so the recording session was very relaxed. Pino was very applicated and we could work out some subtleties. He knows what he is doing and what fits to the songs, he also understands what we want from him.
7. Can we ever expect a North and South American tour? ( come to Southern California!!)
Seegal: If someone give us the chance to do a tour in South or North America we will come and set your stages alight.
8. How was the 70000 tons of metal cruise? Would you ever do it again if the opportunity arose??
Seegal: That was a great experience to do. It was something new for us. If I could play again on such a event we would , but I don't think it would be same as the first time.
9. What gear do you use?
Seegal: I used an old Hiwatt from the 70's it's very massive and you need an external distortion pedal noise gate... I still use it at our rehearsal room, but during these past years I use a line 6 amp for live shows cause it much easier to handle.
Any Last words for the fans?
Seegal: Drink Beer make Noise and keep the Spirit alive!