Interview with Paradox

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MMP – How did the band get started?

Paradox – PARADOX was formed in 1981, November, 18th in Wьrzburg, South Germany by Charly Steinhauer (guit, vox) and Axel Blaha (drums)
influenced by bands like Motцrhead, Saxon Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Raven, Anvil and the NWOBHM

MMP – What kind of music do you play?

Paradox – Its melodic thrash metal with speed and power metal elements
MMP – How has the fan response been?

Paradox – Very loyal fans. very faithful over many years. They keep me goin. Without them the band wouldn exist anymore.

 

MMP – Where did the band name come from?

Paradox – Well in 1986  we had a song called PARADOX. During a rehearsal we decided to change our bandname from “Warhead” into PARADOX. It sounded better to us and we liked the nondescript message behind.

MMP – Introduce the band members and what they do in the band?

Paradox – CHARLY STEINHAUER (vocals, guitars)
GUS DRAX (lead guitar)
TILEN HUDRAP (bass guitar)
KOSTAS MILONAS (drums)

MMP – Who writes the music? Lyrics?

Paradox – CHARLY STEINHAUER writes the music
ACHIM “DAXX” HЦMERLEIN the lyrics

MMP – And where do the lyric ideas come from?

Paradox – Some of them are about social society and what we could do better on our planet.
No political statements. We just remember what we could do better and whats going obviously wrong.
We also have some historical  and a few phantasy lyrics as well.

MMP – What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?

Paradox – I dont believe in something good or bad. If rhere is a goid i guess theres somekind of a alien god outhere who control us like we control computers or be able to clone animals.
God or Satan? In my opinion none of them. Humans search for something in which they believe to see a sense of life but it ends for all same. Nobody comes in heaven and have a better life after death. Nobody comes in hell cause he did somethng bad.
There is just one discipline for all. We must die.. El muerte!

MMP – How many albums/CD’s have you released?

Paradox – With our new album which comes out in spring 2016 its the 7th studioalbum + a double demo cd and around 20 dues on compilations.

MMP – Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?

Paradox – Latest CD came out in december 2012 called “TALES OF THE WEIRD”
Some songs are the title track, Brainwashed, Escalation, Downward Spiral, Day Of Judgement, Slashdead and a few others..
The title track reminds a bit on our most successful album HERESY which came out in the late 80`s
Its a typical PARADOX album. A lot of fast songs but also with great melodys. We were record of the month in several magazines.
We were really satisfied, but the production could be better. Especially the drums. Great Solos from CHRISTIAN MUENZNER (ex-Obscura) and a due from BOB KATSIONIS (Firewind) who played keys on the Rainbow cover & bonustrack ” A Light in The Black”

MMP – Do you have any side projects?

Paradox – Well i had a few in the past.. One of them was a project called BRUTAL GODZ together with UWE LULIS  (Accept) OLIVER HOLZWARTH (Blind Guardian) and ALEX HOLZWARTH (Rhapsody). i was responsible for the vocals and recorded 10 songs with them. Theyre unreleased.
A few month ago i took part as lead guitarist in EXORCHRIST” , a project formed by our lyricist ACHIM  “DAXX” HЦMERLEIN (ex-Vendetta). Its 80`Thrash metal.
MMP – Who are some of your musical influences?

Paradox – Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Saxon, Metallica, Slayer, NWOBHM, Exodus, Forbidden (the whole Bay Area Metal)

MMP – Which current bands?

Paradox – Evile, Exodus, The Haunted, Coroner, Nevermore, Opeth (Old), Vektor, Furnaze (best underground thrash band)

MMP – What is the band like when you play live?

Paradox – When the crowd support the band. The atmosphere on stage with my bandmates. The sound and loudness. The after show party and talking to the fans

MMP – Have you guys ever played in another country?

Paradox – Germany, Greece, Italy, Switerland, Austria, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal and others…We also were booked on Prog Power USA but we musted cancel due to line up changings.

MMP – How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?

Paradox – Depents on where we play. On festival shows you reach more people. We played Wacken, Bang Your Head, Keep it true, Headbangers Open Air. and other big festivals
I also like club shows were 300 people celebrate the band and youre very close to them.

MMP – How is the crowd response when you play?

Paradox – Paradox fans can be loud :-) They support us very good. We dont play very often live concerts. If they get a chance to see us live they show that they were waiting for.

MMP – When do you guys plan on writing any new material?

Paradox – We recorded a new album called “PANGEA” which comes out very soon. People will be surprised. Its killer.
No PARADOX fan will be disappointed.

MMP – What does the future hold for the band??

Paradox – We dont plan to be rockstars. We are fans of that kind of music,  enjoy our lifetime and doin what we like to do. Having fun.

Thank for the Interview! /Charly Stainhouer