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AmGod, Dark entries had a chat with Dominik Van Reich
Hi, could you short introduce amGod to our readers since there has been a long gap between the amGod of the early nineties and the new version.
»amGod« is a dark-electro-crossover-project from Munich / Germany.
The name has got its derivation from the word »doGma« and symbolises the first commandment in the inverted sense »I am God«.
The past sound of my first solo album »Half Rotten And Decayed« (1994) continued my musical style under my work at the »yelworC« period in a consistent way... Dancefloor orientated songs and tension loaded soundtrack elements were transformed into a deep complex, song and sound architecture. Supported by hard and distorted vocals, combined with alternated dark sounds, the songs take the listener into a deep world.
The present sound of »amGod« is shaped by harsh guitar riffs, electro, industrial, and classical elements and very dancable beats. My hard and dominant vocals gives the music their darkly and threatening character.
What have you been up to all these years (seems you were busy in the techno/goa scene for a while?) and what was/were the main motivation(s) for this amGod comeback?
After some differences with my past label C.C.P (Celtic Circle Productions; nvdr) and Peter (Devin, former half of yelworC; nvdr.), I retrieved from the scene and stopped making music for a while. In the early 90's the ebm scene was detached more and more from the pure techno style. I liked the elements of this electronic generation and I started some projects in this area, especially for live presentation. I made some steps with an hardcore / hardtrance project called A.H.H. (Amgod's Hardcore Hell), the Goa scene with M-God and the newest one under my artist name Dominik van Reich with an electro / techno/ minimal project. Therefore I produced many tracks with some local techno-DJ's and I have co-produced some ‘more commercial techno style’ tracks.
Can you tell a bit more about the guitar oriented project Ca$h Inc and especially your part in it?
Ca$h Inc is a more commercial rock project from a very good friend ‘Ca$h’ of mine. It's a classical rock formation with drummer, bass player, two guitar players and keyboards. There I played the keyboard parts.
A new amGod album should see the light of day! “Dreamcatcher“ could you tell us a bit more about it? (will it differ musically from “Half Rotten nd Decayed”, what will it be about thematically?)
As I said before, I made many experiences in different styles of music. So, all my influences will be adapted in the “Dreamcatcher” album. But be sure, that the people will recognize the amGod style. In order to cover up all my ideas and influences, I decided to produce a double cd with more than 20 songs. One will be more shaped by harsh guitars riffs, based on electronic elements and the other one will have more electro / techno / industrial/ soundtrack elements.
The new album was scheduled for summer 2009 , why the delay?
First I wanted produce only one cd, then I decided to make a double cd with more than 20 songs... This will need it's time, and I hope to be finished with the recordings for the new album in the beginning of 2010.
Is the release planned in the short run? I noticed a link to the Belgian Alfa Matrix label on your website. Will “Dreamcatchere” be released on that label?
Before Séba Dolimont (in the past a member of the band Aiboforcen and now label and artist manager of Alfa Matrix) and me were on the same label (C.C.P.) in the past. Now, our ways crossed again and we get connected to speak about old times and our experiences. I like his label and appreciate their work and so I linked them in my band webpage. We will see what will happen...
I suppose a few new songs will be played live on stage on the Belgian Independent Music Festival could you give us the titels of the songs in advance...?
That much can be betrayed: If I play older songs, then they will be performed on a new way. At the moment I am in preparation for the concert, and it's still uncertain which songs I finally will play. Furthermore I don't want to break this secret... :-)
You have a past in yelworC. Any chance of a song live on stage from this band and how do you cope with the past of this cult band? I guess everyone asks you about it now yelworC also seems to have a seconde life?
Yes I do have a past in yelworC. As I described you in your first question I was a big part of it. Every time there will be a chance to hear one of my old yelworC songs, but as I said before, on a new way.
In 2004 a 3cd box “Half Rotten and Decayed” was relaesed on a ressurected CCP label . Seems it was a relaese without permission of the artist. Your opinion about it? There is no business like music business!?
Shit happens... What you give, is what you get...
How important is technology to you and your daily live and how do you connect technology to a rather dark and occult aura that lies over a project like amGod?
I was grown up with the first computer technology, like the Commodore C-64 computer and later with the ATARI computer... At that time, this medium was brand new, and I was wondering, what one will get out of this ‘fabulous technical archiverend’ :-)))
Would you consider amGod an occult, or better a spiritual band? Why or why not?
Occult defenitely not. Rather spiritual, because everyone is his own God and has to take the responsibility for his deeds and has to deal with the consequences.
If you got five words to describe the sound of the new album “Dreamcatcher” / or the new amGod sound which words would you choose...
Harsh, unique, deep, complex and gloomy.
Can you give our readers 3 good reasons why they should watch the amGod show on the Belgian Independent Music Festival?
The live experience at a concert is always different than an album.
For which band(s) will you leave the backstage and come and watch the show?
All of them. If I find time to...