The German band DRONE have recently completed
their second album which is entitled ‘Juggernaut’. The album is the
predecessor of Drone’s 2007 debut entitled ‘Head-on Collision’.
‘Juggernaut’ will be released through Wacken Records and will be
available in stores from March 30. Drone was formed in 2005 and in that
very year they won the prestigious Metal Battle at the Wacken Open Air
festival, which landed them a record deal. The second album was recorded
in the Hansen Studio in Denmark and if you ask me, the result is an
album to be reckoned with.
Like their debut album, ‘Juggernaut’ consists mainly
of modern thrash tracks which remind one of bands such as Machine Head
and Fear Factory. According to the Drone members, the names Testament,
Mastodon and Pantera can be added to this list.
It appears there is much to talk about and
was available to answer some questions. Here you can
read what he had to say to the readers of Metal-Experience.com.
First of all, congratulations on your new album
: Thank you!
How did you launch into writing material for ‘Juggernaut’?
: We started writing pretty early in the beginning
of 2007 on a “week-off” in Interlaken Switzerland. The songwriting was
completed in the Spring of 2008. We worked hard on an independent sound.
‘Juggernaut’ is much more self-contained than the debut-album ‘head-on
collision’ was. During the recordings we gained loads of energy on the
vocals. They became more melodic and elaborate and gave the songs a new
Did ideas come easily so that you just had to write them
down or was it more of a careful composing thing?
: Well, it depends
Some songs for example “T.I.A.” or “No Pattern”, were written very fast.
Others, like “Motor-Heavy-Piss-Take” took its time. We took our time to
let songs grow. Sometimes we changed things after months.
What comes first, lyrics or melodies?
: In general the melodies come first. But if a song
is written with a theme for example “Chainsaws”, the whole thing gets
What were the goals you had in mind when you started to
record ‘Juggernaut’, any elements you definitely wanted to have on the
: The sound should be more modern compared to the
rough thrash sound of Andy Classen who recorded the first full-length
album. Although we liked his work and the result of “Head-on Collision”,
we wanted to change that time. Jacob Hansen really has the right touch
for bands of our genre. He gives every band its own powerful sound.
What is the utmost important ingredient for a
song according to you? Is there any typical way that a Drone song comes
: Yes! The songs should be groovy but not too
simple, melodic but not soft, heavy but still catchy!
Who was responsible for the lyrics on this
album? Where do you get your inspiration from and can you tell me
something more about the lyrics?
: Martin and me write most of the lyrics. We take
our inspiration from real things in life that influence you. Emotions,
friends, enemies, likings and resentments, social problems etc.. We
don’t sing about saving a princess from a dragon, riding on a white
horse. The matters must be known by every person: “Boneless” is about
nightmares and the feeling not be able to change what is happening. “T.I.A.”
is about child soldiers raised in Africa. “Motör-heavy-piss-take” is
about religion and its fanatic results. And “Piss-drunk” is about being
piss-drunk ;) hahaha (very unexpected)
Could you please describe the implications of the title
‘Juggernaut’, what does it stand for and is there a special meaning
: We like to have words that sound massive, are
simple and have a meaning that fit our music. We called our band Drone
for these reasons and "Juggernaut" is no diffent. We liked the sound of
the word that it describes something very powerful and mighty.
How important is it to you that people pay attention to
the lyrics apart from listening to the music?
: We are pleased, if somebody cares about our
lyrics. I mean, music is a way to communicate and to express feelings
and opinions. If something is said, it should be heard. Therefore we try
to keep the vocals understandable.
Did you guys spend a fair amount of time working on the
record before heading over to record the album?
: Yes. We spent more than one year writing the
songs. A few were recorded earlier to check if they’d work out on a
Did you work differently than you did on the
: We recorded differently. This time we recorded
with Ulf Scheel in Germany and spent lots of time playing the songs
tightly, without being forced by limited time.
Afterwards we sent the material to Jakob Hansen for
The album was produced by the well-known Jakob Hansen, what made him the
perfect man for Drone?
: He has a perfect feeling for modern metal. As
mentioned before he makes every band’s sound unique and fat! He hears
everything and before you can tell him what you want him to change, he
has already done it.
In which things/songs on the new album can one clearly
hear his vision and ideas?
: ‘No Pattern’. This song is a metal/drum&bass
x-over with an MC. One break at the end of the song is very concise and
he let it sound like stopping and starting an LP. Great!
What do you think are the main differences between your
debut album ‘Head-On Collision’ and you new album ‘Juggernaut’?
: The songs are more “drone” itself and the vocals
are more melodic.
Do you have any favorites on the album?
: My personal favorite is “Motör-heavy-piss-take”
but everybody in the band thinks differently.
Have you received any feedback on the album yet?
: Yes. The feedback we got was very positive!
Are third party opinions (press, fans, etc.) on your
music important to you? Or are your music and band the only things that
is difficult to assess comments on the band correctly. Most of the time,
you will hear positive things only, because people who do not like what
you do will not come after a show and say "Hey, I think you suck". When
we feel the need to, we ask people what they think could have been
better and we listen. If we feel there is some truth in it or if the
criticism is constructive, we gladly accept it. But since music and
everything related to it is a matter of personal taste, we trust
ourselves to be our most important critics.
Overall, are you pleased with the outcome of the songs or
would you have liked to have changed anything in retrospective?
: Surprisingly we are very happy with the result. I,
for my part, wouldn’t change a thing.
What element of the CD are you most proud of?
: The whole record is great! The songs, the sound,
Which song is your favorite one to play live? Which song
do you find is the most challenging one to play live?
: “Piss Drunk” is my favourite live song. The most
difficult one to play is “Juggernaut” itself
Who are your greatest influences - both in terms of
composition, as well as your guitar playing?
: We are a very diverse band when it comes to
influences. Everyone in the band loves different musical styles, has a
different background. Although this makes things harder sometimes, we
consider it one of our strengths. Even if I could list some musicians
here that I or the other guys consider important to their music, it
still would not mean that it actually shows in our music. For example,
Martin´s favorite record of all time is "Grace" from Jeff Buckley. I
cannot image that someone could establish a connection between this
record and any song Drone wrote up until now.
Can you 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 personally into?
: Life is all about giving and taking. In our way,
we give the people energy by playing our songs and get back theirs when
they motivate us by moshing and singing. We are guys with a positive
attitude. We love to spend good times with good guys and good drinks ;)
Minting experiences, story and beers! Uuuuuuuuyeah!
What have been the highlights and low points throughout
: Highlights: Winning the Metal Battle @ Wacken open
Air, playing With FullForce Mainstage and touring for example with
Overkill across Europe.
Low points: none yet.
How would you describe your own music and what are your
: We play 101% sex-metal. Modern fucking neo-thrash!
Thanks for your time!
Moritz "Mutz" Hempel - Vocals, Guitar
Felix Hoffmeyer - Drums
Marcelo Vasquez Rocha - Guitar
Martin Froese - Bass
Octane [EP] (2006)
Head-On Collision (2007)