2.You have a new album coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past/
GARED: The new album is going to be our second acoustic album on which we present our classical side. It’s featuring original songs specifically written for this album as well as some of our „old“ songs re-arranged in a classical way.
3.The music on the new album is more acoustic and classical orientated, what was the decision behind going into this direction on the new recording?
GARED: This is something that we already did before with our first acoustic album in 2015. The idea of forming this what we like to call a band-internal side project emerged from our appearance at „Gothic meets Klassik“ in 2013, where we performed classical versions of 5 of our songs with a 40-piece orchestra. This experience blew us away so hard and showed us that our songs work perfectly in this new guise so that we decided to do our own version of it. The idea of „Swan Songs“ was born.
4.A lot of your albums have been concept albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics the new album covers?
GARED: Well, I wouldn’t call them concept albums, at least not in the progressive rock kind of way like Pink Floyd and similar bands did. But yeah, on most of our albums, a sort of golden thread can be found in the lyrics. On „Swan Songs II“, we cover topics from loss, dealing with one’s own shortcomings, fantasizing about how to kill your worst enemy up to getting a sense of belonging even if you feel lost and alone.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lord Of The Lost’?
GARED: We’re all lost in various ways. We want this band to be a safe haven for people who feel lost, forlorn or afraid. And that includes us as well.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
GARED: It’s so hard to even pick a few shows. It depends so many factors and sometimes the shows where we least expected it were the best ones. I guess it’s fair to say that our stage performance is highly energetic sweat-inducing both on and in front of the stage. We always strive to become one with our audience and to have an amazing party together.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
GARED: Yes. We’re doing a small tour of seven shows in Germany. We’re gonna have our chamber orchestra with us and the concerts will be seated, so things are about to get fancy ;-)
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of dark rock and gothic metal?
GARED: We’ve been on the road with this band now for over eight years and I think it’s fair to say that the response from the scene is and has been positive. Otherwise we wouldn’t be on the radar anymore. But of course, every band has its haters and ironically, they are almost as important as fans. You can’t please them all and we don’t aim to do that. But we’re happy and thankful for every single fan (and hater, for that matter) who supports us. We have so much yet before us, so many new countries to visit, so many more albums to write, but so far, it’s been an amazing adventure and the feedback has been tremendous.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
GARED: There are enough bands out there copying themselves over and over again with every new album. We’re not like that. We hate to repeat ourselves. So far, every Lord Of The Lost album displayed a different facet of us without ever losing the connection to what this band is about. It’s all us. And we’d like to keep it that way in the future. I’m sure we’re gonna keep up our band-internal side project that is Swan Songs, but other than that we still have a lot of influences and musical ground to cover. So far, signs are pointing to our rather heavier side.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
GARED: If you listen to our music, you’ll recognize many different elements. Heavy guitars, electronic elements, orchestral arrangements, pop-compatible song structures, clear as well as guttural vocals, just to name a few. So you can tell we have this huge melting pot of various influences and styles.
There are a few artists that are on heavy rotation in my CD player recently, including the mastermind artist Steven Wilson (and any of the projects he’s involved in), a British prog band called Frost* and IAMX, the latter of which might be the most appropriate for the scene we’re roaming ;-)
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
GARED: There’s not so many, to be honest. However, I quite enjoy cycling and cooking, if I find the time for it.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
GARED: Yes. I wonder why this kind of question keeps showing up in every interview. Like, what does the reader/listener want to read/hear in this bit? Will I ever find out?