Mpomusic: Can you give us a cool
introduction to Detonation? What is the band about? And how did the three of you get
Toni: Detonation is a three-man band,
founded in early 1997, with Daniel (drums), Michael (guitars) and me, Toni (guitars,
bass). We decided to call the band Detonation for two reasons: The first is, because we
all love power, thrash and speed metal and we wanted to do the same with Detonation, the
music should "detonate". Second, because we wanted to challenge every listener
in a honest, clear, simple way to think about Jesus Christ. We don't force anybody, our
lyrics are never "you must", but we always wanna show how much Jesus loves
everyone and "invite" the listener, to get the free love of God. That's our
goal. We got together in a very simple way: We (Detonation members) are just close friends
since 1993/94, Daniel and Michael even since their childhood. In the last four years,
we've been through so many things together, that tied us together. The bondage between us
is not the music, it's the deep friendship that we share for years and our faith and
relationship with Jesus.
Rogoth: I noticed that you've got a CD
out called Cry It Out. what do you think of your own music as displayed on that CD?
Toni: Cry It Out is something like a
dream come true. We aren't professional musicians and we all started to play in an age,
when others already thought about finish making music. We like the displayed music a lot.
Of course my personal dream is to do a full length album that has the same quality like
Mortification's Hammer Of God, but for a debut EP, we are very happy about the music as
displayed on CD. We never ever heard our own music so cool and powerfully recorded. It was
amazing, and yes, we all three like it very much and I must admit that we often listened
to the record on our own!
Sorg: I was wondering, what style are the
vocals on your CD? Are they high and clear (like Jacobs Dream, Iron Maiden)? Or are they
the "harsh" metal style like Mortification?
Toni: The vocals are screaming/speaking,
but clearly to understand, around the Mortification or (spoken) Snubnose style. In some
songs (not on the CD) we have some sung passages, but really not much, because we just can
scream better than sing...
Daphne: What is your favorite food?
Italian, Greek, junkfood or Asian? Please answer all three of you!
Toni: Wow, what a difficult question! We
all three just love to eat, it's very hard to choose... Daniel loves Italian food, Michael
loves Greek, Italian and fast food! As far as I'm concerned, I just love everything!
Italian, fast food (huge cheeseburgers for example) Asian food (my girlfriends 50% Asian)
and also Greek cheese (I don't know very much Greek food).
Daphne: I read the part about you giving
bibles for free. Aren't you afraid that people may take advantage of this? Or: Do you
think this couldn't do harm, because a bible is a bible and even if someone sort of steals
it, it can only be good???
Toni: The thing with the bibles is
difficult. OK, until now, not many persons ordered a bible, but we found out, that good
bibles in different languages aren't very cheap and the postage is very high. I guess in
the next few days we'll change the offer. We have a lot of free new testaments
(unfortunately only in German) to give away...
ToddPope: Where can I get your CD's at? And do you
have a mailing address I can write to to buy merchandise directly from the band?
Toni: Our CD you can get through Rowe
Productions. Unfortunately we haven't got any merchandise. We hope to create some
T-Shirts for May 2001 (for the coming tour) but it's very expensive to do merchandise. We
hope to bring T-shirts, stickers and maybe even long sleeves out in spring, but I can't
promise anything, depends on the prices.
ToddPope: Every Christian seems to have
some sort of testimony. What are the individual testimonies regarding each member of the
band? Yeah, I know this may take a while to answer, but it'll be good for the people to
Toni: Michael and Daniel both grew up in
Christian families. In their youth, they found out, that they had to make a decision for
Jesus, that their families and the church don't save them, that only Jesus makes sense!
Me, I became a Christian through my friend of the same school class when I was aged 17!
Through him I could see, that something must be true, that somehow he was so different to
other "Christians" that he really lives what he was talking about. I knew, Jesus
is real and asked Him into my life - for me it was and still is a journey, a never ending
process, to walk the path with Jesus. It's a relationship and God continues to change and
to heal, it's a never ending process. I personally often see Jesus in other people, and in
music, these are two big windows of many through which I see Jesus alive!
Jarhead: You'll be touring with
Mortification, but what do you honestly think of the band? And how did you get on that
Toni: Mortification? Since 1992 I know
Mortification, and became a fan more and more. Since 1995 I am a big Mortification fan. I
think they are great, Steve Rowe's cancer-sickness touched me very much, we were praying a
lot for him and are glad, that God healed him! Steve's newsletters always impressed me, he
never said "oh I am such a poor man, God has let me down". He always wrote
faithful, joyful and hopeful words and in his music (since Hammer Of God more than ever)
you can hear the joy he has in Jesus! We sent him a CD in early 2000, and he answered us
and asked us, if we wanted to join Mortification on their Euro-tour in 2001! It was like a
childhood dream come true! I think Mortification is really not only one of the best metal
bands, but Steve's also a really honest and joyful JESUS lyrics writer! The joy of the
Lord and reviving power is in their music and lyrics!
Jarhead: You're going to tour with
Mortification in Europe. Now I've heard that the list published by Nuclear Blast is
chockfull of errors. Can you give us a list of what places you're gonna play?
Toni: Yes I think the tourdates we have
now are correct ones:
Winterthur/CH 23.06, Stuttgart/D 24.06 Zwickau/D 27.06 Kassel/D 28.06 Holland 29.06 or
30.06 (I don't know if 29 or 30th) and 01.07 Denmark. Mortification will continue their
tour in Scandinavia, as far as I know, they will also join the Seaside Festival and then
fly to the USA.
Jarhead: I thought you guys were going to
Scandinavia too. So is it only six or seven dates for Detonation?
Toni: Yes it's true, we (Detonation) go
back home on the first of July while Mortification continues in Scandinavia and later in
USA. A few months ago, it was planned to go to Scandinavia too, but a lot of things
changed there and although we would love to go it's OK for us to go back home after six or
seven dates. We're very happy, because it's our very first tour and to play as opener for
Mortification is a kind of childhood dream for all of us! I hope to see you in Holland!
Jarhead: Something else about the tour.
Are you guys working feverishly to get real tight and massive for it? I mean, this is the
chance of your life! And how will the set be like? And what songs are you going to play?
Toni: Yes, Jarhead, you're so right. We
have to work a lot to satisfy the metal crowd on the tour. It can be the beginning or the
end of Detonation, I guess... We already started to prepare everything. We hope to do at
least one gig here before we start the tour. We can play 45 minutes per gig. I guess we
play some new songs like Forgiveness, Battle Hymn, Was That All?, and a new one (untitled
so far...). We'll play Unity as well from the EP. About the other Cry It Out EP songs
we're not quite sure which we should take. We hope that the new songs will be liked by the
ToddPope: Touring! You guys coming to
Minnesota, USA ever???
Toni: Wow! It would be cool to go to the
USA one day! We can't tell you now if we ever have the possibility to travel to the USA,
but we would love to play there! We all work 100%, Detonation right now (maybe in a few
months or years it has changed) is a spare time job, a "serious" hobby, that
grows into ministry.