1.For those that have never heard of you, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
This is TMK of Germany´s KLANG SCHREIT NICHTS speaking. Me and my weird sister MRK created KSN in the year 2008 and now, after 12 years we decided it was time again to create new immoral music. We are both artists and I am also a writer, so we incorporate everything into KSN to create the biggest mindfuck possible. In Metal there should not be any limits - this is what we take by the word.
2.A few months back you had released an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?
For „REDUZIERTER ALLGEMEINZUSTAND“ it was our goal to release the most furious, vicious and massive Black/Deathmetal record possible. No holds barred, ranging from Blackmetal, to Noise and Drone, Industrial, ultra massive Doom… you name it. From Immolation to Einstürzende Neubauten, from Beherit to Arcturus, David Bowie to Mayhem, Nina Hagen to Celtic Frost. Especially Celtic Frost: we both have Avantgarde in our blood so we added vocals inspired by Berlin`s Golden 1920`s to the mix. Sex, drugs, seances, no taboos and a whole lot of bohemian weirdness. Exploring the outer regions of Blackmetal was our credo.
3.All of the music was recorded around 2007 and 2008 but you waited until 2021 to release the album, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?
We had a small pressing in 2009 which we completely sold out back then. We had some good reviews and two underground labels were knocking at our door. But for us „REDUZIERTER ALLGEMEINZUSTAND“ was a statement which we thought we had archived. I had some new tracks written, but we both had other projects running, I was also busy as a photographer and so we left KSN as a one-time statement. But last year I started writing again for Voices From The Darkside Magazine and I thought that KSN still has relevance today! Not much has changed in the last ten years in the metal music scene. A lot of old bands doing the same music as they did in the past and younger bands copying them. There are exceptions of course but still exceptions they are. So I dug out some unreleased KSN tracks, wrote new stuff and we created a new EP within a month. But before we release the new EP I wanted „REDUZIERTER ALLGEMEINZUSTAND“ remixed and remastered and finally be available again.
4.All of the music also avoids the use of any harsh vocals, are you going to include them on future releases?
No. There is a lot music of that type with harsh vocals. But there is almost none with vocals like KSN.
5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
There is a lot of twisted poetry in there, weird stories which cover philosophy and psychology. The track „Klang Schreit Nichts“ for example plays with thought if humanities self-awareness – the awareness that we are and that we want – is a stumbling block in our evolution or not. And many know that that is true but there is an undying attempt to cover it up. You see, I love to study human behavior, which makes me a convinced misanthropist with a slight hint at positivism. Very black positivism that is.
6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Klang Schreit Nichts’?
Sound Screams Nothing, that is how you translate it. I wanted a shifting name, one where you understand the words but combined you only get an idea what it could mean. Its meaning is close to you but still seems to remain out of reach. The only thing you can be sure of is that it is nasty, haha.
7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
Sometimes I paint and draw. I wanted a painted cover not a computer generated one. We named the music of KSN „Massive Berlin Theatre“ back then, so we needed a dark theatrical motive. Bloody of course.
8.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
There is no real need. If we find a label that wants to book us on some shows I would hire some session musicians. In the future I will ask other people to contribute to certain songs but besides that we can do everything ourselves.
9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Admiration and confusing. Most agreed that the music is rich and good but not everybody is too fond of the vocals nor that they are sung in German. Russians seem to like us.
10.You have a new album coming out in June, what can we expect musically once it is released?
Oh, the new record will be called „ERBAULICHE ANDACHT“. It will sound better, because I have become more experienced as a producer and mixer. We want the next record to be a logical follow up, so there is enough fast, massive and furious stuff going on. There are again three lengthy songs which will satisfy all your needs.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
You know that it is impossible to answer. I am always influenced by music, mostly by the atmosphere it creates. I believe in waves outsides genres, that overcome boundaries and connect almost un-connectable sounds. So it is possible that I listen to VON or BEHERIT while writing and melodic part, because its vibration reminds me of those bands. Concerning metal I am an old school guy, old-ENTOMBED, old-MAYHEM, CELTIC FROST, ARCTURUS, KREATOR, IMMOLATION, VON, SAMAEL, VED BUENS ENDE, XASTHUR, LEVIATHAN, PARADISE LOST, LUNAR AURORA, PROFANATICA. Nowadays I listen to almost everything which inspires me: VELVET UNDERGROUND, ANNA CALVI, LURKER OF CHALICE, BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE, THOM YORK, BEETHOVEN and DEAD CAN DANCE. The last records I bought was ABIGOR`s TOTSCHLÄGER. And before that „The Suspiria Soundtrack“ by THOM YORK and „The Infamous“ by MOBB DEEP. Everything goes! Except Reggae and Ska of course.
12.before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for your interest in KLANG SCHREIT NICHTS! And think of us when it comes to June/July: „ERBAULICHE ANDACHT“ which will be out then. All the best to you. TMK