Where do you come from
and tell me something about the Reckless Tide history so far?
In short, we're a band out of Hannover
although only 2 members, Olli and Henning, live there. Susi and Kai
come from Braunschweig, Andrew from Sarstedt and Kjell comes from Neumunster north of Hamburg. Originally Susi, Kai and Olli
formed the band and over a period of 2 years the others crossed paths and became the line up as it is now. More details are
given in the band history on our Homepage.
Who are the current members in the band?
Vocals: Andrew Troth & Kjell Hallgreen
Guitars: Susanne Swillus & Oliver Jaath
Bass: Henning Pfeiffer
Drums: Kai Swillus
Who or what makes you to set up a Metal band and what are the
Basically setting up or joining a metal band is a matter of being totally comitted
to metal and wanting to keep the scene alive, without new bands the music would die. At the same time its about having fun,
creating something new then getting up on stage and presenting it to the public. Our goals are simpleTo have fun,the first
business goal is to get a deal and to record the official full album. Hopefully well reach this goal towards the end of the
Reckless Tide is a Thrash Metal band, right! Hows the rivalry
inside the Thrash Metal scene in Germany?
From what we've seen up until now there is no real rivalry, more of a family
atmosphere. Everybody is in contact with everybody else and help each other with gigs. With the aid of the Internet there
is a lot of communication, and meeting up backstage before and after a gig poses a lot of laughs.
What is your favorite German Metal band at the moment and why?
Andrew: From a personal point of view, but I think I speak for the rest of
Its difficult but I think of all the last albums from German Bands that was
What about the influences and maybe some bands to compare with?
We've been compared to many bands and a mix of others, from Testament through
to In Flames, from Metallica to Slayer, from Exodus to Helloween (!!) .We take our influences from all areas, and with our
guitarists having two different styles we do produce a sometimes confusing and interesting mix. Our point of view is that
we are a thrash metal band and nothing else.
Tell me about the releases so far and how was the response on
The only official release to date is our EP Insanity or Reality and we've been
pleasantly surprised at the response. We've not had one bad review and have had only positive feedback, not only from the
press but also from a couple of our peers in the thrash metal scene and of course the guys who visited our shows. The EP is
nearly sold out and were unexpectedly having to re-press.
We released a track on MP3.de and were top of the German charts for quit a
time and also Made it to number 2 in Switzerland and into the top 10 of the French metal MP3 charts, so all in all we were
happy with the outcome.
Plans for a new album in the near future?
We were back in the studio in may and recorded a promo-CD titled 7 minutes
of Thrash. This had 2 new tracks and has also brought positive feedback. We're now waiting to see if a deal comes our way
which is looking extremely possible and then its planned to be back in the studio at the end of the year to record the full
Are you guys die-hard Thrash Metal maniacs or interested in
some other styles of Metal too?
We all come from different backgrounds and although thrash takes up a lot of
our interest, we do also listen to all forms of metal, one member even listens to punk but I wont mention any names ;-)
Any other ambitions besides playing in a Metal band?
I think weve all got our secret ambitions outside of the band, but after the
events of the last few months we are all putting 100% into the progress of RECKLESS TIDE and this takes up the lions share
of our time and energy.
What is your biggest experience with the band till now?
Up until now I think the 2 experiences in the studio were the most memorable,
or was it the hospitality from Chris (Couragous) and his girlfriend in Hanau?? Playing alongside Defleshed in Hannover??
Meeting some favourite metal musicians ??
Who knows. There will be a lot more experiences to come,and every time we go
on stage there are highlights and something to look back upon.
What makes it so special for you?
It's all about having a good time and meeting people from a variety of backgrounds
who are bonded together through a medium called METAL. It's also rewarding when our creations and performances are appreciated
and a load of long haired men and women bang their heads at our concerts.
If you got the opportunity to change something in our world
of Metal, what would it be?
The new Metallica album.
Maybe some dreams or expectations you wanna see come true ?
The album, to go on tour and to play Wacken Open Air. We all have our dreams,
as for expectations, well thats up to us and the luck of the gods. We'll carry on working hard and who knows what will happen.
I think as long as we give it our best shot then at least we can say that if nothing else weve proved to ourselves that metal
is in our blood and we've had a lot of fun.
If you got some special message for our readers, spit it out
Stay true, support the cause, and visit the concerts. There are a lot of great
bands out there especially in the underground and if the concerts arent visited then there'll be no more concerts and the
music will die out slowly. Then it's just a matter of time before everyone is buying commercial pop music and wishing the
good old days were back.
Never give up, never give in.
Andrew & Reckless Tide.