„March in Arms im Interview“

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Heute haben wir „March in Arms“ im Interview. Ryan hat sich Zeit für unsere Fragen genommen. Die Jungs spielen „Military Metal“ und kommen aus „Sioux Falls“. Das liegt in South Dakota in den USA. Am 04.12.2020 kommt ihr neues Album „Pulse of the Daring“ auf den Markt. Den Test dazu lest ihr bei mir und heute reden wir u.a. über das neue Album.

Metal and Me

March in Arms


Hello Guys from „March in Arms“. My name is Tobi and i’m from Germany. I run a Facebook page
and a webblog. On this page I post reviews of current albums, interviews, band presentations and
reports about concerts that I visit with a wheelchair. On the one hand, to tell other wheelchair users
how the venue is equipped in terms of accessibility and on the other hand, how to best proceed to
get tickets, which is usually not possible with conventional ticket portals. Of course, I also rate the
bands‘ performance. Today I have a few questions for you about your new Album „Pulse of the
Daring“. But first of all I want to ask you how are you doing right now?


Ryan: Hey Tobi, we are doing well!


And how are you when you think about December 4th, 2020?


Ryan: We are very excited for the release of the full album. It was two years ago that we entered
the studio to record. However, between refining the sound, getting together artwork and
producing videos for promotion, the release seemingly took forever to get here. When you put a
ton of work in to writing the music we really wanted everything to be right before letting it loose.


What is the main difference between „Pulse of the Daring“ and the previous album?


Ryan: First off we were able to spend way more time on production. On the first album I had two
days for vocals and had no choice but to put in an 8 hour session on one of those days. This time
around we were able to spread that out and really layer the harmonies and octives on the
choruses. We also had time to incorporate strings and layer some more female vocals and keys.
That was extremely important since this album is perhaps more epic power metal than the prior
release.


Where did you get the information about the different events in the wars, where did you get your
Inspiration?


Ryan: I have been fascinated with war history for as long as I can remember. As a result I have
watched way too many hours of war documentaries, read dozens of books and now listen to
podcasts about war history during my work day. I would never claim to be a historian or an expert
on any topic but it really is something I am passionate about.


Wich song takes you most emotionally on your album „Pulse of the Daring“?

Ryan: I have a pretty strong connection most of these songs but I would say perhaps the title track.
When I write lyrics I usually have vivid imagery in my head, even the sound of the song adds to the
imagery for me. „Pulse Of The Daring“ is about the first day of the Somme Offensive where the
British military suffered astounding casualties in those 24 hours.


What made you write mostly songs with a military background?


Ryan: In 2004 Iced Earth released „The Glorious Burden“ album. The songs on that album were all
about historical war events. I thought that would be a great concept on which to base and entire
band and wrote the second track off the first album, „Firebreather“ a few months later. That song
is about the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In „Pulse of the Daring“ you sing about american Warhistory. Will there be songs about other Nations
in the future Albums?

Ryan: With the exception of a few. „1914“ is about the start of WW1 and the horrific clash of 19th
century warfare with modern weapons, the U.S. would not enter the war until 1917. As mentioned
„Pulse Of The Daring“ is about British history as well as „Welcom The Blitz“ which refers to the blitz
of London. The final track on the album „Not For Nothing“ is a tribute to the fallen from all nations
in the era of modern war. The concept being that not a single soldier has died in vein and their
sacrifice can at least be a constant reminder to learn the lessons of the past.

As far as future albums your German readers may be interested to know that the third album is
already underway and so far I want to to focus exclusively on the Eastern Front of WW2. It is
planned to be called „Damned To History“. There are so many heroic and heartbreaking stories to
be told from the perspective of the Wehrmacht and the Red Army despite the leaders of their
nations being evil maniacs. I have really been immersing myself in the autobiographys of German
and Russian soldiers from that war.

We write songs from the soldiers perspective as much as possible and these are young men who have the same hellish experiences as those who fought for any country. Not all were war criminals and I imagine it would be a terrible burden to not only be on the losing side of a war but to also have any shred of honor or pride in your service forever
stained by the actions of your fellow compatriots and the warped motivations of your leaders. I
am well aware the possible controversy that could go along with that album but I believe there are
enough compelling and powerful stories outside of the well known atrocities to write a solid piece
of music.


Are there any Plans for a tour after this Corona shit?


Ryan: Our dream would be to make it over to Europe for a string of shows.


I don’t understand why you haven’t been signed by any record company before. Did you already
have contact with record companies? Is there anything in prospect?

Ryan: We have tried and have not had anything come through yet. That is part of the reason why
this release has taken so long. We spent about 9 months shopping it around with various record
labels. We are definately interested in pushing this band further and have no plans on slowing
down so if you know anyone Tobi let us know!


What, in your opinion, sets you apart most from Sabaton!


Ryan: I was waiting for this question. When you sing exclusively about war the comparison will
inevitably be made. The first time any of us had heard about Sabaton was two weeks before we
released our first album. Our guitar player Sheldon and I went to see Nightwish and Sabaton was
the opener. I guess our music could be said to be similar so other than Sabaton being a massive,
internationally recognized band and us being relative no names…they definately have way better
hair than us. Tommy’s alone puts all of ours to shame.


How did you as deal with the restrictions in the meantime? How much does it restricted you in your
working life?


Ryan: We live in South Dakota which is the one state in the entire country that has imposed literally no restrictions. Absolutely nothing has been closed or shut down. I am a carpenter and renovate houses for a living so I really do not have to deal with large groups of people. Two of our members and their families have already had Covid 19 and came out just fine so we have been very fortunate in that regard. The biggest problem for us right now is trying to decide when to hold an album release concert or series of concerts in our area. Hopefully this problem gets under control in the next few months and we can get back to normal.


How have you spent your time under Covid 19 so far?


Ryan: I spent the first two months in my garage building an 1100 bottle wine cellar for a client. It
was some of the most tedious shit I have put together. Then we had to replace our bass player and
drummer so we have spent a lot of time with those guys(Bobby Cook-Drums, Collin Citrowski-
Bass)getting them up to speed. It looks like we might have a few months to work on brand new
material.


If you could privately go to a concert in this, sorry for the expression, shitty corona year, which one
would it be?


Ryan: Had tickets for Rammstein in August, really wanted to see that one!


Is Heavy Metal and the Subgenres also a means for you to switch off everything in this hectic world,
to pause and just listen?


Ryan: Sure, spent plenty of time listening to the new Nightwish and Unleash The Archers albums
this year.


Wich Subgenres do you listen to?


Ryan: Thrash, Death, Black, Pirate


A few words to your Fans out there in Germany and all the Others in the World?


Ryan: Sorry for the long wait! We hope you like the new material as much as we do. If the stars
align we would love to visit a few different continents and play some metal for you guys!


Thanks for the interview, March in Arms. Something that is important to me: Stay healthy and
good luck with for the Release of your Album!

Bandphoto „March in Arms“
Ryan Knutson | Guitar/Vocals
Jon Parker | Guitar
Sheldon Swan | Guitar
Phil Mueller | Drums