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Legions Of The Night's Jens Faber: "Sorrow led me to some awesome songs that I would have not been capable of writing without this emotion"

Interview with Jens Faber from Legions Of The Night
by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 07 August 2021, 5:59 PM

Negativity has brought in a lot of inspiration to Metal music ever since it emerged decades ago. Without it and its counterparts, it was somewhat hard to find a common ground for both criticism and extending the influence of human emotion that isn't rather cheery. In order to perform a proper so-called research on the human condition, sorrow for instance has to be explored. Jens Faber, also from Dawn Of Destiny, thinks that perhaps “Sorrow Is The Cure”, and created a new band called Legions Of The Night to make his vision come true. Steinmetal talked with Faber about his new project, working with a stellar vocalist and more…

Hello Jens, it is awesome to have you for this conversation for Metal Temple online Magazine, how have you been doing kind sir?

I’m fine, thank you! And thanks for inviting me to this interview.

While there were a lot of musicians that simply let go due to being restricted, locked down in their homes, due to this damned pandemic that shut down nearly everything, you were one of those that thought otherwise and made lemonade out of it. What motivated you to start Legions Of The Night? Was it sheer boredom or simply it was already in the books?

I guess I am one of those rare musicians who rather compose than play live. Though I miss playing on stage, I can use my free time for composing new material so it did not make that big difference to me.

How do you label Legions Of The Night, is it a full time band or rather side project that you are able to head out and come back to at your own free will?

For this moment it is a project but who knows what comes up next? At least it is for certain that a 2nd album will come. I already talked with Henning Basse and we will start working on the second one soon.

Would you say that the foundation of Legions Of The Night, other than fulfilling your prime influence, which we will talk about soon enough, also provided you with the opportunity to bring forward material that never saw the light of day that you wrote earlier on in your previous and current bands?

For Legions of the Night I wrote completely new songs. It was a different approach so there was not much music in my back catalogue that would have fit in. Henning and me left some songs out that sounded too “european”.

After listening to your debut record as Legions Of The Night, I understood quite perfectly why you were signed to Pride & Joy Music, maintaining the spirit of Melodic Metal. How do you feel about the band’s new home?

I am very glad to be part of “Pride and Joy”. I know this label from AniLo Project that I wrote and performed songs for so I’m quite sure to be in good hands J

Entitled “Sorrow Is The Cure”, it had me thinking that there might be a personal story lying around, I tried to understand if it is about a sort of a word game of self-empowerment, or rather being sorrowful is the key in order to snap out of it, and take on any challenge that the world would surface. What is your take on it? What is this title all about?

It has the least slightly to do with a personal story of mine that took place last year. But apart from that I believe that all kind of arts are in need of some negative energy as well as positive. Sorrow led me to some awesome songs that I would have not been capable of writing without this emotion.

I can feel that there are connecting dots between the songs, surrounding the narrative of “Sorrow Is the Cure”, there is that sense of loss along with a bit of soul searching and finding oneself. Can you pave the direction to where these songs meet? What do those songs try to tell the listener?

At first view there might be no red lines between the lyrics, but the main thing are the emotions and what they can lead to. It is very interesting to watch people react due to emotions and how it quarrels with arguments and facts. I believe it is important to have a well-balanced attitude between being emotional and factual towards all kinds of topics.

In light of the record and its general theme, how does it connect with your system of beliefs? How do you find comfort within the album’s halls?

I am a very emotional person but I always try to hear both sides of every story before I judge.

Legions Of The Night possess quite a stranglehold over US Metal, especially the mid-80s as a reference. The modern sound cannot shade the inner core of old school that fumes the air as the songs are playing. Savatage being the main event right here, yet it is not a tribute album. What do you find in the spirit of the old band, in particular their magnificent 80s, that makes you tick? How long have you been a follower? Which of the band’s albums is your favorite?

I am fan of Savatage for about 25 years now. It started with Handful of Rain and I was overwhelmed by “Chance” and “Alone you Breathe”. Then I bought all of their albums but I am more a fan of the later albums (if you can say so). My favorite ones are Dead winter Dead, Streets and Handful of Rain. But I also love Hall of the Mountain King, Edge of Thorns, Wake of Magellan and probably all the other albums as well.

For Legions Of The Night, have you tried making contact with Jon Oliva, if he could be contacted, perhaps to participate in at least a single track in order to make the record even a more grandstand?

Jon Oliva already participated on a Dawn of Destiny song called “No hope for the Healing” I know that he loved that song which made me very, very proud. But this time I wanted to do this with Henning who is also a kind of idol for me. Legions of the Night should be an unique band with obvious influences but with it’s own style as well.

How would you say that your main influence translated itself into the songwriting of “Sorrow Is The Cure”? How would you say that you caught the vibe that made the talking for the album’s philosophical vision?

Henning and me both are big Savatage fans so it was kind ovbious for us to play that kind of music. I never quit listening to them so it was not too hard to let this music influence my compositions.

Since you have been quite the experienced songwriter, in particular for Dawn Of Desitny, how would you say that “Sorrow Is The Cure” improved you as a songwriter or rather challenged your wits and soul in order to come up with material that is near perfect?

Dawn of Destiny is a very unique approach. I use different types of singing and even of genres. Though it’s based upon european power metal we always had influences of melodic death, gothic or classic rock. Everything is allowed with a big diversity. Legions of the Night challenged me in that way to keep a central theme and leave some ideas behind.

Recruiting a lineup that is the utmost perfection, now that is a hard task to achieve, yet not that impossible. Other than an amazing drummer that took control of the rhythm section, you made magic happen with the coming of the amazing Henning Basse, which I can still remember his high pitching in Metalium vividly. How would you say that Basse was able to capture the essence of your vision of the record and how the vocals should sound?

He is the perfect choice for me. I always loved his voice in Metalium and Sons of Seasons as well as in Firewind. But we reached an agreement not to make this sound too European. We already recorded a previous album before that was more a mixture between Dragonforce and Dimmu Borgir but I ain’t sure if of when I’m gonna release it. But it was obvious for me that he could sing perfectly the way I expected. He has many tone colors and is able to create many emotions with his voice.

You had quite the mixer for this album in the image of Dennis  Köhne. Who else worked on the album to ascertain its well engineered sound? How did the end result of the production sit with your initial thoughts of how Legions Of The Night should sound?

Most of the mix I did by myself but the main part is done by Dennis. We work together for about 12 years now and he knows exactly what I desire and I know what he is capable of and this is very much J

The album’s self-titled, “Sorrow Is The Cure”, penetrates one’s heart with ease, a semi-ballad with lots of emotion, as if a twisted dance between good and evil above a person's overwhelmed spirit. When you listen to this particular song, what goes over you I wonder?

Especially this song has a personal meaning and it embodies how much pain and sorrow forces artists to deliver the best possible result.

Surging in a similar vibe, yet heavier a tad bit is “Walls Of Sorrow”, which possesses a vibrating vocal performance, drenching in the dark only to step out, pondering for light. What do you make of this track?

At first “Walls of Sorrow” had a different chorus. Harmonies of that still remain in the solo part. I love this song and I love Henning's work on this one, it is more than amazing. I’m pretty sure to work more on that kind of songs on the 2nd album.

I was instantly sure that finding the right vocalist that can perform a Savatage classic with such ferocity and the same theatrical sense as the original, was a thing of a thrill for you. Selecting “Sirens”, which is no less than a major classic, was probably part of a bigger competition of what to cover I assume. What can you tell about the recording of this track and of the experience?

That was special. Henning and I had several options of what to cover from Savatage and this time we decided on “Sirens” But I started playing it similar to the original version while Henning preferred the live version. So I kind of mixed both versions although it was not always easy to listen exactly what the lead guitar does. I am quite satisfied with this version and Henning's vocals blew me away.

With time on your hands, at least for the moment, have you already thought of album no. 2? Is this lineup bound to show up for the next release?

I already began with writing songs for a 2nd album. At this moment I concentrate on a new Dawn of Destiny album and then starting with Legions of the Night part two!

Jens, I have to say that I was amazed, you captured the 80s and the US Metal scene in a pure sense of excellence. Thank you for the efforts on the interview and of course for the music. All the best.

Thank you for your kind words and this interview!



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