Genre: Thrash metal
1.How the band started?
RAW ENSEMBLE startet 2010 in Ulm, Germany, with Robert Bickerich and Dennis Eickenhorst on guitars. They had known about a new drummer in Ulm so Dennis contacted him and the RAW ENSEMBLE was ready to start with some basic ideas. After a few days Mary (Bass) and Chris (vocals) completed the first line up. After some months there was the first gig with six songs which were recorded one year later for the first mini CD “Jesus is back…and he is fucking angry!” It was released in january 2012. One year later Rob left the band for playing more classical guitar, but he is still the man behind the camera for live pictures! At first he left a big hole so that Mary and Chris left the band aswell and Dennis was working some months in a different country. After he returned RAW ENSEMBLE had found two new members for bass (Mad) and vocals (Brecko)! So there were some new songs written and after a gig with the legendary Possessed, Fab was asking us if we were still searching for a second guitar player. Of course we did and after two hours at the rehearsal room Fab completed the ENSEMBLE! In the end of 2015 the second CD “Suffer Well!” was recorded in Turbine powered studio in Ulm and released in June 2016. After the release party at the Hexenhaus in Ulm Fab left the band and Johannes joined the Ensemble directly at this evening while playing two of our older songs! Johannes will also be the one answering most of your questions today.
2.Which band is your role model?
As for the band our style mostly goes back to bay area Thrash-Metal bands like Slayer or Exodus mixed with some more modern vocals and teutonic precission and heavyness like for example Kreator My personal musical preference goes in a bit different direction with bands like TesseracT, Karnivool, Between The Buried and Me or Black Sun Aeon. Which will probably be heard in our new songs as I just joined the band.
3.What do You think about today’s metal scene?
I think today’s metal scene has due to the improvement of technology become some kind of a double edged sword. While it is much easier for underground bands to record music and basically make themselves being heard, that also leads to a much larger number of bands able to being heard which makes it somewhat harder to stand out of the masses. It also brings a larger number of metalheads though as it is much easier to gain access to the desired music so all in all I think it is a positive evolution and as long as bands keep doing what they do with focus, passion and hard work, they will be heard by the right people.
4.How would you describe in one sentence your work?
Basically imagine somebody putting you in the backseat of his sportscar without a seatbelt and taking you on a road trip full throttle 😉
5.Why did you decide to play this musical direction?
Thrash-Metal just has a certain heavyness and speed that makes you immeditely get into the music, although you don’t know a single song of the band you’re hearing for the first time. You just can’t help but wanting to bang your head to the crushing riffing, rumbling bass, agressive vocals and machine gun like drums. Also from a writers point Thrash-Metal leaves you a nice freedom with the riffs you want to write. As long as they are fast and hit hard, it does not matter how “doomy” or melodic they are.
6.Where would you most like to play a concert?
Well the more fans and the bigger the stage, the better 😀 But as long as there are people there, that enjoy your music, every concert is fun. So for me it’s more important, with whom you are playing instead of where.
7.Do you think that the metal festivals are enough visited?
From all the festivals I have been to, I never had the feeling of problems with the visitors count. As long a festival or gig has good advertising and enough reasons for people, that they will hate themselves for the rest of their lives if they miss that one concert, everything is fine 😀
8.What are you listening to the most right now?
Well of course “Raw Ensemble – Suffer Well”, the best album ever created 😀 But jokes aside I really do listen to our own album a lot as I am the new guy so I need to learn everything, the others worked out. I also really like a lot of the newer releases including “Gojira – Magma”, “TesseracT – Polaris” and “Fleshgod Apocalypse – King”. I also listen to a lot of bands I yet had the chance to share the stage with, like Entera, Contamination, Metavoid and I am really keen on the first album of Void Of Animus.
9.What would you say to your fans?
We apreciate everything you do for us and that you keep supporting us with such heart. We’re almost at 800 likes on Facebook as of right now and we wouldn’t have even been to get to 100 without your support. Really really thank you for all you do for us, so we can do more for you.
10.What are your plans for the future?
We are currently working on our very first music video for the track “Neither Nor”, which is only a matter of time until we can proudly present it to you. We also may have some larger gig opportunities next year but I’ll keep that a secret as for now. We did already start working on new material aswell, seeing that we have a new guitarist in our ensemble.
My name is Vladimir Cincović. This blog was created out of love for music.Support the magazine and blog Demon Reports, We need your support.