02-23-2014 - LANFEAR 1994 download for free
In spring 1994, about 5-6 months after we founded the band, we recorded our one and only official demo. It was released in summer the same year. The sound was and is far from perfect since we didn’t really know what to do and there’re timing problems and mistakes all over the place, hehe.
Still, it was time to digitalize our first born.
Sadly the original DAT somehow got lost and I had to use one of the duplicated tapes. At least I found a copy which had never been played so I think this is the best you can get.
There are two songs on the tape which never found its way on an album so this might be interesting for some of you guys. As I told you, the sound quality, playing and singing is …uhm…yes, but hey, we were so young :)
You can download the 320 kBit/s tracks for free in our MP3 shop.
LANFEAR - playlist of the month
1. Gentle Giant - Octopus
01-24-2014 - The 1996 LANFEAR debut "Towers" - official digital release and the story behind
Today it’s been 18 years (!) that we self-released our debut album “Towers”.
Back in the days it wasn’t that common to do an album without any financial support from a label.
Most bands recorded demo tapes and hoped to somehow get signed.
After we recorded our demo in 1994 and some very positive reviews we decided to try it. We were totally inexperienced, very young and it was our first time in a professional studio (hi Andy!). We took out a loan and invested an enormous amount to record these nine songs which became our debut album. In 1995 this wasn’t as “cheap” as almost 20 years later. Regardless, we had a blast and I really don’t want to miss a thing. Those were the days.
We pressed 500 copies, sent them out to some zines and received fantastic reviews. There was no distribution at all and of course no internet. The people read a review, sent us cash and we sent them a CD. They wrote us back, wanted autographs, sent us paintings of our logo, handicrafts et cetera. We received handwritten interview questions and we gave them our also handwritten answers. We’re still in contact with some of these guys today and that’s something I’m really proud of! THIS, ladies and gentlemen, to me is METAL!
Within months the album was sold out so we pressed another 500 copies which some months later also had been sold.
There were some label offers but nothing really serious. Urwerk Records provided us a deal and wanted to officially release the album with the option of financing a second one. They re-released “Towers” as “The Towers of February” (the title of our 15 min. longtrack on the album) and with a different cover artwork. I really have no clue how many copies they pressed but what I know is that we never saw any money and all they did was talking shit. The first time we really experienced what music business means. Not the last time, I can assure you!
The original “Towers” (we fondly call it “the green one”) nowadays is extremely rare, almost impossible to find and if you’re lucky enough locate a copy, it is way too expensive! Even the re-release is not that easy to get. Of course the production isn’t up to date (Gen even played on e-drums to save some money), we weren’t the best musicians and it sounds so far away when I listen to the album today. In fact I listen to it right now for the first time in maybe 10 years. Some very good ideas and nice melodies.
We decided to NEVER re-release the album. There will be no remix, no remaster, no bonus CD or demo collection – nothing! However, we thought it would be nice to have an official digital release for the fans who don’t know our old stuff and want to have a listen.
“Towers” now is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Musicload and all common stores at a special price. In some stores it takes up to 4 weeks until everything is online but you should find it almost everywhere on short notice (Spotify, WiMP et cetera.).
I ripped the wave files with a professional tool from my almost new original CD so you won’t find it in better quality. Don’t know which store sells which files but I’m sure some of them also have lossless files available.
Of course you can’t compare “Towers” with our latest releases but maybe some of you want to go on a journey through time when some things were better and some not :)
01-20-2014 - LANFEAR studio report 2014 - Part I: drums
01-08-2014 - New album
Next week we'll start with the drum recordings for our yet untitled seventh album.
Eight songs + possibly a short piano/guitar/vocals track we still have to work on.
The new tracks are much more difficult to play and the almost 10 min. centerpiece is very complex and heavy. Most of the stuff sounds pretty straight, though.
I'd say all in all everything's a little bit faster than the last album but what do I know?
The last song will be a kind of bonus track because it sounds totally different compared to the other tracks. However, it's very good so we simply have to record it! Puuuuure fun! Some critics maybe will scratch their heads but of course we don't give a shit :)
We'll let you know what happens in and around the studio...
Take care, guys!
01-03-2014 - Happy new year!
Wish you all a great and healthy 2014!
New year, new playlist.
More news soon :)
12-22-2013 - We wish you...
11-26-2013 - New website
We thought it would be time for a little website refreshing.
Nothing really new but it looks and works better. In times of facebook an official website seems to be the counterpart of a demo tape, though. Stuff it!
Take a look around and of course you shouldn't forget to buy all albums you'll find in our "playlist of the month" :)
11-23-2013 - Update
Okay, "entering studio right before Xmas" maybe was a very optimistic announcement, but we'll definitely start with the recordings on Jan., 17th., 2014. Hey, this is nothing compared to our usual delays.
As always, Gen will record the drums at the Dreamsound Studios in Munich, which was an easy decision. It's always fun to work together with Jan Vacik and the recording room simply has great acoustics. Munich is also known for good food and good beer which means that Gen will not lose weight. Never fear!
After that we'll record guitars, keys & bass in our home studios and we all hope Nuno gets well soon to start with the vocals.
The new tracks are of course melodic, powerful, heavy, catchy, sophisticated, commercial, fast, slow and thrashy and we reinvented the wheel with these tracks. You know that phrase-mongering, don't you?