Sinbreed have exploded onto the power metal scene, after releasing their electrifying debut When Worlds Collide. With a line-up that includes drummer Frederik Ehmke from the renowned Blind Guardian, and Herbie Langhans vocalist of the metal band Seventh Avenue, Sinbreed aren't lacking talent and the proof of this is on When Worlds Collide. Sea Of Tranquility staff writer Scott Jessup put some questions about this new band and future plans to Sinbreed's founder, guitarist and keyboard player Flo Laurin.
SoT: Hi Flo! I suppose the first question that comes to mind is how did you get
such an impressive line-up to appear on Sinbreed's debut?
Flo: Hello there Scott. Well, to have Herbie Langhans on Vocals was well prepared in advance after I heared him live at a festival. So basically from that moment on I was aiming to have songs written that fit to his style. Fortunately, we have the same taste in music so it was easy for me to write the tunes we now released with When Worlds Collide. Frederik and I live in the same town. Since we are friends and he his is able to manage both bands, it's so cool to have him in Sinbreed.
SoT: Will that same line-up appear again on future releases?
Flo: Yes indeed. We consider ourself as a band, with the obvious "limitation"
that the main bands of Herbie and Frederik have priority.
SoT: What about the guest appearance, how did they come about?
Flo: I didn't just want to have great names on the record, i really wanted the guys which you now hear on our debut. Most of them I knew for years, like Morten, and other guests got invited because their style just fits perfectly, for example, the duet of Herbie and Thomas Rettke on "Song Room 101".
SoT: Which song on When Worlds Collide are you most proud of?
Flo: I personally would pick "Book Of Life", because in my opinion it all combines the Sinbreed style: The heavy rhythm section, great harmonized leads, stunning vocals by Herbie and a cool solo section. Most people think i would go for "Salvation", but this song basically was the first one I wrote for the record almost 10 years back in time. Maybe that's the reason why I can not hear it anymore, hahaha!
SoT: How much time did spend on this release? Did the final album meet your
Flo: Like I said before, from the first idea of having Herbie, to the songs I wrote back in time, to actually team up with Frederik, many years passed by. To now have the record finally released feels just great, and we are very excited. Sound wise, and how everything came together (you know production, integration of the guest appearances etc.) actually overcame our expectations since it all came together so smoothly.
SoT: I have been a fan of the genre since Helloween started, so it's great to see a new band like Sinbreed come on the scene and help keep Power Metal alive. What attracted you to this style of metal?
Flo: Hmm. I'd say it just came natural to me. You know I'm open for all kinds of metal. I especially love death and thrash, but at the end of the day, I stick with power metal. This style basically is what Judas Priest did 30 years ago: Twin-Guitars, solid bass, heavy hitting drums and high vocals. This is what I always wanted to do, too, and now I'm great that we with Sinbreed are part of this scene.
SoT: Are there any other metal genres you would like to delve into?
Flo: I can tell ya that on the coming record there will be a solid thrash riff which really sounds interesting combined with all the "raditional power metal trademarks", haha. So look out!
SoT: Where did the band name Sinbreed come from?
Flo: The term "Sinbreed" should simply remind us that whatever we are doing, it
has consequences - and temptation is everywhere. ("sin" is about to occur
SoT: Does Sinbreed have any plans to perform live? How about a tour with Blind
Flo: Haha and have Frederik play two shows in a row? No way! We are really hot
to play live, but this year Frederik will be busy with Blind Guardian. We
are very confident to play shows next year.
SoT: Can you tell us about your influences and musical background?
Flo: I've been playing guitar since I'm 13 or so. I pretty soon became more interested in
writing songs then "only" developing technique. So I'd say I'm more
influenced by K.K. Downing than by Vinnie Moore – nonetheless both are
guitarists I look up to.
SoT: What would you like achieve with Sinbreed?
Flo: Good question. Sure, we now have to wait to see how When Worlds Collide gets
received. But for now, I'd be happy if we get the chance to release many
SoT: I appreciate your feedback Flo, and hope When Worlds Collide is a
successful release for Sinbreed.
Flo: Thanks a lot for the Interview, Scott.
(Click here to read our review of When Worlds Collide)