Twenty Questions With...Enclave
1. First of all, thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me. Before we really get rolling, please introduce yourself and can you please give us some information on your band and its background?
my name is Rainer Höllersberger of the Austrian Thrash Metal band Enclave. First of all we’d like to thank you very much for giving us the opportunity of doing an interview for TRUE METAL LIVES!
We started back 9 years ago to wreck havoc on stage and spread fast, thrashing tunes. After some changes we found a stable line-up of 4 members being Michael Schifrer and Reece Tyrrell on guitars, Martin Gschöpf on drums and me on Vocals and Bass
2. Please describe your band’s style. Genre, similar bands, etc. What should a potential new fan expect upon hearing your music for the first time?
Think of an 80’s Party with Metallica, Exodus, Testament getting wild. We are definitely inspired by 80’s Thrash and mainly by the Bay Area Style.
If you’re looking for some catchy Melodies aka Iron Maiden Dual Leads you might also find some happiness in our music. We take our influences and mix it together.
3. What other bands have you played in previously?
We all have been in the metal scene for quite some time. I’ve played in some local groups like Angels Torment, Infestigation and Horns of Hattin. Martin was playing drums in the death metal band Empyre, Michael also played in Angels Torment, Magnus Anus and is still member of Camp Chaos. Reece gained experience in Australia with They and has a second band in Vienna called Avem
4. What are some of your musical influences both in metal and maybe in other styles of music?
Aside from the typical old school Thrash and NWOBHM bands like the Bay Area classics, Overkill, Anthrax, Saxon, Maiden, Priest and so on we are pretty open minded for different styles of music as well. For myself I can tell that I am heavily inspired by Punkrock, you know music with a message and a certain aggression. But also prog rock like Porcupine Tree, big Rockbands like f.e. Guns ‘n’ Roses or really old shit like Sabbath or Jimmy Hendrix are part of the band’s musical DNA. In general as long as music touches your heart and soul it will have an influence on your musical output
5. Can you please share with us your band's recording history and any interesting stories and experiences from the studio?
Of course, shortly after the foundation of Enclave we released 4 online demo tracks in 2009, followed by our debut United Desperation in 2012.
This was a very cool experience in a big studio in Vienna and our goal was a very organic, true sound. The equipment was really impressive analog stuff and we made our first real studio experiences, spending endless hours fighting the deadlines.
In 2016 we released our second album New Age Disorder. This time with a little more modern approach. Unfortunately our former Guitarplayer at that time decided to leave the band but still we had a great time finishing the album and starting a new era of our Band.
6. How about your bands live experiences? Any amusing or memorable shows you would like to share with us?
Over the years we were privileged to collect a lot of good memories, playing shows in Austria and surroundings or supporting some of our heroes like Exodus, Heathen, Destruction or Gama Bomb.
A very memorable moment for me was when we opened for Exodus in 2015 in front of several hundred people and having a blast sharing the stage with one of our godfathers. Another great time was playing a small club gig in Vienna with Heathen and getting hammered with Lee Altus and a couple of Jägerbombs.
We hope that we can play a lot more shows bringing us around. That’s what keeps us around.
7. We have all heard of the big 4 of thrash. Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. It has been talked about in the past and critiqued quite often. In your mind, what are the Big 4? You don't have to just list thrash bands, lets open it up to all metal genres, past or present, what is the big 4 in your mind?
I can live with the current big four pretty good since I love all of these bands but if you ask me spontaneously I would take Exodus, Testament, Iron Maiden and Guns n Roses to give a little variety
8. What would be your dream supergroup? Again lets open it up to past or present musicians, what would be the dream band lineup?
Tough choice, man. Vocals Chuck Billy, Guitars James Hetfield & Marty Friedman, Bass Cliff Burton and Dave Lombardo on the Drums would probably kick major ass
9. Now if you were to be a member of any band, who would you love to join up with?
Actually I am pretty happy about my current situation in Enclave.
10. Now it’s time to get philosophical. What IS heavy metal?
Well, Metal is the Law J
For me personally it’s more than only music, it’s a lifestyle that’s accompanying me for more than 17 years.
11. What has heavy metal done for you thus far both in music and in your personal life?
It gave me joy, pain and accompanied me through good and bad times.
It gave me inspiration and made me wanna be part of it as a musician.
12. If you were not playing in a metal band, what do you think you would be doing currently?
If I wouldn’t be a musician I probably would try some other Art to express myself. Since I am a pretty shitty drawer maybe writing would suit me as pressure outlet
13. What is your heavy metal dream? I am not talking about goals here, I am talking about going to bed and dreaming...what is the dream you are having? Or is it a nightmare?
My dream would be to make a living out of what I am loving and to reach as many people with my music as the big dinosaur bands. But dreams shall be dreams I am happy as things are, because it is a privileged situation to express myself in the way I do.
14. What is your view on the current state of heavy metal?
In my opinion the scene has grown very big and the diversity of bands seems endless today with all advantages and disadvantages that come along.
On one hand you have the chance to find some gems from all around the world, go to a shitload of great shows but on the other hand there is a lot of average around as well and you have to dig for the good stuff.
15. What are your thoughts concerning the digital era of metal. I am curious what you think of digital downloading, recording in the modern era and anything else that has changed since the early days of the industry.
Well I grew up in the 90’s with CD’s so I missed the Vinyl era. As mentioned before the digital era enables us to listen to stuff from all around the world within seconds and of course that also makes promotion easier for any musician. I personally am more the old fashioned guy, still buying albums as physical copy but I enjoy to check everything out before buying. That kills the myth of buying the unknown a bit but a mixture of both worlds is fine with me.
Regarding recording I think we are in the privileged situation today, that we can use all tools available be it digital or analog to produce an awesome album.
16. Heavy metal has gone through some changes since the early days. New movements have come and gone as has its overall popularity. With that in mind, what direction do you see heavy metal going in the future?
If the development continues like it does these days, we will probably have a lot more subgenres and progression. Maybe one they it will shrink again but currently the machine is fueled and running.
17. Several musicians have gone on record to say that the full length album is dead. That with the digital age there is no need to produce a full length release. What are your thoughts, is the full length dead or still viable?
Maybe it applies for the mainstream that full length albums may not be relevant anymore but in my opinion true music lovers are interested and will appreciate musicians that put effort into their work. It could also be just a matter how you grew up but for me I am interested in listening to a complete work of an artist and not just a scratch on the surface. I wanna have a look at the artwork, read the lyrics and hold the complete album in my hands.
18. Okay time to talk and promote your band some more. What is the current news coming from your camp. Any new music, tours, festivals or anything going on?
Well, in late 2016 our founding member Martin left the band to concentrate on his studies, but we were lucky as hell to find the perfect guy to continue the band immediately. That’s when Reece joined Enclave as guitarist and we already played some great shows in Austria. The chemistry is very good and I think this will also have an impact on the new songs.
Currently we are working on new stuff and looking forward to the next shows.
We got a very cool slot to support the Chilean Thrashers Nuclear on June 14th in Vienna. I think it will be killer night full of good, friendly, violent fun!
19. What are the immediate short range goals for your group?
Gigs, Gigs, Gigs all around Europe and to keep the fun we currently have
20. What about ultimately any long range goals?
We have to keep our 4 year rhythm so I hope that latest in 2020 there will be a new Enclave album J
21. Finally if you have any last words you wish to express to your fans and the metal community in general please do so here.
Well thanks a bunch for having us here. And to the maniacs out there thanks for your support! We really appreciate playing for you guys and without you we’re nothing! Keep the spirit alive and wreck havoc!