INTERVIEW: TIME, THE VALUATOR PROG METALLERS ON NEW ALBUM HOW FLEETING, HOW FRAGILE.
“A journey through the different facets of life and what could lie beyond our understanding, experimenting with possible scenarios, letting our creative minds run free.
Through expressing ourselves with art, we can create milestones that give us purpose.”
Rene, TIME, THE VALUATOR.
On August 3rd 2018 countdown has finally reached the big day for German outfit Time, The Valuator who have released their long-awaited debut LP How Fleeting, How Fragile out worldwide via US label Famined Records and through Long Branch Records in Europe.
Time, The Valuator are: ex vocalist Phil Bayer (departed in October 2018), Rene Möllenbeck on piano and guitar, Cedric Dreyszas on guitar, Yunus Proch on drums.
All photo credits go to Alina Nolte
Their journey started in 2015 in Essen, Germany and has revolved around a unique sound the quartet has crafted. Belonging to a modern approach of metal and -core genres Time, The Valuator has blended originality with technicality, melody-driven songwriting and vocal harmony, haunting atmospheres to progressive and alternative facets. From progressive metalcore to djent and post-hardcore, they have also explored the grounds of ambient and pop. And the amalgam is flawless. All elements and influences harmoniously spiral together bound by meaningful lyrics.
We had the opportunity to have a chat with Rene Möllenbeck of Time, The Valuator via their label Famined Records, as intrigued by this eclectic quartet who was able to emerge with such an authentic music output. We are discussing some questions about the band, influences and focusing on their new debut album How Fleeting, How Fragile.
- Time, The Valuator it’s a pleasure to have you guys here and thank you for taking the time to reply to a few questions. I would love to introduce your origins and background as a band. Your project kicked off in Essen in mid-2015. So what are the milestones of your journey until today?
Hey, Rene here, I am going to answer these on behalf of the band.
The band was founded by Justin and Phil at that time, then I was asked to join and so the writing started. Throughout the years we released a few singles to tease the album. One of the most impactful milestones was the release of Elusive Reasons and the unbelievable reach it had, something no one of us has experienced in former bands. Another milestone was of course finishing and releasing this album after years of hard work.
- “Create an impression, let your light shine, leave traces.” That’s a motto I have found on your social media. It seems one of the messages underlying your music. Let’s discuss more about the messages and visions that Time, The Valuator wish to spread.
How Fleeting, How Fragile is a journey through the different facets of life and what could lie beyond our understanding, experimenting with possible scenarios, letting our creative minds run free both in instrumentation and lyrics. There are a lot of approaches to the meaning of life, and we think that through expressing ourselves with art, we can create milestones that give us purpose. This pretty much applies to all fields of self-realization, not just art. Everyone leaves their traces even if they’re not aware.
- Your signature sound is something truly unique, blending several metal soundscapes from alternative to progressive facets, digging –core genres and unexpected chemistries of ambient, pop and a massive amount of melodic. Describe your sound, your music influences and the amazing amalgam you have crafted.
Thank you! We consider TTV an ever evolving effort because we all grew up with artists that would make it their mission to constantly reinvent themselves. Peter Gabriel, Muse, Radiohead, TesseracT and Karnivool are just a few of our influences. We also consider songs from all genres, whatever we like and whatever helps us further exploring our own musical identity.
- In what measure your music and sound have progressed and what features have changed since the beginning?
Elusive Reasons was our first song, Starseeker was our most recent one. The whole process is not a conscious thing, mind you. This has been going on for a few years and we were in our 20s, a time where a lot of people develop their way of thinking and their feeling of purpose. If I had to judge, our sound turned to be more pensive throughout the years, also less usage of low-tuned grooves, rather making the rare occurrence of such a highlight.
- What are the most important factors to create a great bond as a group and the key elements to express to your audience the same passion moving your songwriting?
Be sincere, work hard, don’t rest on your laurels. If a group has the same goal, bonds can be made. It’s important the way and the milestones are the goal.
- Let’s explore the lyrical themes discussed in your debut album How Fleeting, How Fragile.
The album revolves around our understanding of existence and purpose in the world we live in right now. Many of us wonder where our place is and we can easily get lost in the noise of a hectic society.
- Let’s discuss a few tracks. How Fleeting, lyrically is a key track in the album. Let’s talk about the songwriting behind it and your views.
How Fleeting is sort of a sequel to When I Meet Death. The protagonist has accepted death as an inevitable part of life and its purpose, so he knows his time is limited. With that knowledge, he wants to make every moment count, be able to dream his dreams, unafraid of what comes after his days have gone by. What’s important is what happens in this very moment.
- In Control has a guest appearance by Nico Schiesewitz of Breathe Atlantis. This is a beautiful and powerful song with a catchy driving chorus and plenty of energy. I would love to explore the track with you.
In Control is about being lost in a lethargic existence, devoid of any hope for a change. Sometimes though, people come into our life and help us become better, dragging us out of the grey. The verse/chorus contrast underlines the contrast of moments of lethargy and moments of hope.
- I would love to discuss Fugitive track where Novelists’ influence is massive and you host a featuring with their singer Matteo Gelsomino. I love the track for having a perfect balance between heaviness and true melodic beauty. Would love you to share your experience with Matteo and how the song was put together to this awesome result.
Fugitive was one of those tracks that just worked out when I wrote the instrumental. It was one of those moments of being able to let the creative energy flow in one writing session. Getting the chorus done vocally was one of the bigger challenges of the album, but together we made it work. I haven’t had personal experience with Matteo, but he delivered an amazing feature part that we are very proud to have on our record.
- Time, The Valuator is up to Euroblast Festival and MoreCore Festival in October sharing the stage with some icons of post-hardcore, metalcore, deathcore and more. Tell us about your expectations and share your vibe about these great opportunities.
Euroblast has been one of my favorite festivals as a concert-goer. Back in 2014 when I went the first time I wouldn’t have believed I’d be opening the main stage with the guys, so that was definitely a privilege. The general vibe of the festival feels like it’s a family meet of the scene’s musicians, since Euroblast is dominated by musicians as guests, giving each other appreciation for their hard work on the music and their uniqueness.
- Any revelations on your upcoming tour and live dates?
No tour is planned so far. The only show set in stone is on November 2nd in Oberhausen. After that we will rather focus on recruiting a worthy follow up singer for Phil. The departure was a huge blast to the band but we have a hell lot of creative energy and want to continue our journey. We have a bunch of ideas written, ready to hit the studio as soon as we are complete again to start a new chapter.
Thank you for sticking with us!
Thank you for having a chat with SICK AND SOUND. We wish nothing but the best for the promotion of your fantastic record. We will keep an eye on your news and thrilled for more music to be dropped by Time, The Valuator.
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