Worlds Collide: Opera & Metal
Aug 30, 2013 / 7:00 pm
While I was on my Summer “Road Trip”, I received an assignment from my Italian Editor to review and interview the mastermind behind Lingua Mortis Orchestra. I’m glad I did…the Talent here is absolutely amazing! A huge project for all involved…read on and find out what went in to this magnificent body of music!
Bruce Atkinson: This project is huge! A massive undertaking… How did it all begin?
Victor Smolski: A couple of years ago we decided to separate Rage and Lingua Mortis Orchestra. Aprox. end of last year I started to compose the material. Three months of recording process in studio were quite stressful for me, but otherwise I had a lot of fun to produce this concept album. In year 2000, when we were searching material for my solo album “The Heretic”, we checked a lot of archives in America, Germany and Russia. This was very interesting for us, so Peavy kept looking for more and found the story we use now for LMO.
BA: Now, what is the overall vision you have for Lingua Mortis Orchestra?
VS: LMO is a new band and we plan to continue in future. I was really motivated to do something special like a Metal Opera. I want to have all different colours of singers and try to find new ways of arrangements for the band and orchestra. Two songs I composed together with Peavy. The rest I composed by myself.
BA: In regards to this new Masterwork, what is the concept of the new album?
VS: It´s a concept album that plays in the late 16th century in the German town of Gelnhausen. It deals with the circumstances that lead to the conviction and the murder of the priests widow Elisabeth Strupp as a witch.
BA: With a project as massive as this, were there any major challenges to the actual recording?
VS: It´s always stressful to have many people in studio and for this CD I need more than 100 musicians. Organisation between three different countries, four studios and many different characters cost a lot of nerves. But many years of experience in orchestra recording and producing CDs helped me a lot. I found really perfect combination between classical and metal musician. And all of them did a perfect job.
BA: Who co-produced this musical statement with you?
VS: Since more than 10 years Co-producer is Charlie Bauerfeind.
BA: What plans to you have for the future?
VS: I hope I have time this year to finish my solo album, but we start already to think about the 30th anniversary of Rage next year. So, I don´t know when it will be finished.
BA: Thank-you for this chat, and congratulations on such a masterful epic of musical moments! As is my tradition, in interviews, I like to leave our readers with some closing thoughts from you… so please go ahead...
VS: Thank you very much to all who support us, we appreciate this and give our best. This year will mark the thirtieth anniversary for Rage, Victor is ready with all the live dates scheduled for that epic event, and finding time to finish up his new solo effort! A musical work-a-holic, but much to our fortune…with Masterpieces like Lingua Mortis the Symphonic Metal universe is so much richer! Truly a pleasure to talk with this minstrel, and even more of a pleasure listening and exploring his Musical Works…and I hope you feel the same!
LINGUA MORTIS Feat. RAGE - S/T (Nuclear Blast)
What can one say? It is a Masterpiece… Epic in proportion… Diverse in musical passages and Stunning in performance! After the past 3 successful albums that Rage released with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra (“XIII”, “Ghosts” and “Welcome to the Other Side”), here we are again! Lingua Mortis Orchestra is a Symphonic Metaler’s dream come true! Consisting of Vocalists Jeanette Marchewka and Dana Harnge, & of course Peavy Wagner. Filling out the group is Victor Smolski & Andre Hilgers. A formidable grouping this release just keeps getting more powerful track after track. The album, yes it is full of heavy, fast and melodic music along with cutting to the bone lyrics… However there is also some very beautiful passages displaying the group’s softer side as well. Lingua Mortis Orchestra is a name and group of masterful musicians to watch out for! Bruce Atkinson (95/100)
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