keyboarder Richard Anderson is best known as the founder
of MAJESTIC. Because of some problems with his business
partners of that time, he has decided to put MAJESTIC on
ice and to venture a new beginning with TIME REQUIEM. On
account of the fact that TIME REQUIEM nearly consists of
the same musicians like MAJESTIC, it was occasion enough
to be asked a little bit more exactly.
S: Is TIME REQUIEM the
sucessor of MAJESTIC? Because almost the completely
Line-up of MAJESTIC takes part.
RA: The band MAJESTIC does not exists
anymore; it's put on ice from now on. And that is very
important to notice. Second! I have not changed the name
from one thing into another. MAJESTIC is history as far
as I concern. I might do something in the future with
MAJESTIC but not at this particular moment. This decision
was made almost over a year ago. So I have put all that
shit behind me. Today I am working with professional and
hard working people. Since my goal in life is to create
music totally free from interruptions like business ship,
record contracts etc. I now have decided to put MAJESTIC
on ice for a while. Further partnerships with present
business partners were impossible. I was not satisfied
with the job they did with Majestic. I am not feeling
very sad about the situation, because creating the soul
and spirit of Majestic has made me into the musician I am
today. Luckily I already have had in mind for a half a
year or so, an idea about developing my music into
something more aggressive and powerful but still with
strong and beautiful melodies. The result of a year of
composing became a mix of progressive neoclassical metal
and melodic power metal. So! Now I have got the
opportunity to work with professional people and it is
also the right time to use this good material in a way
that will blow the metal scene away for a day or two.
This new band has nothing to do with MAJESTIC and the
great spirit of that band, which is very important to
mention. My new soul work and band is called TIME
REQUIEM, and will take this neoclassical- progressive-
metal music into a new dimension both for me and
hopefully for you as well. Fast, tight, melodic and very
powerful. I will work with some of the great musicians
from Majestic, but also with some new fresh blood in form
of an extremely brilliant bass player named Dick
Lövgren. Wow! The man is really kicking some serious
Where do you see the main difference between both
MAJESTIC-albums and the TIME REQUIEM-debut? Finally, you
are the floating force behind both bands
RA: Time Requiem is much more progressive,
tight and fast. You still have these certain melodies but
that's because I have composed all the music. As far as I
concern MAJESTIC was more hard rock music and TIME
REQUIEM is more like heavy metal.
S: The debut sounds, as if it was from one casting. A
matter about a concept-album?
RA: This time the songs are more complex
and interesting. You have so many certain movements and
different feelings that it immediately starts your mind
blowing away. It's not a concept album. Each and every
song has it's own little story. It's about life and
death, good and evil. You know things I've been thinking
about these past two years. I've been through a lot of
shit and begin to be less naive.
S: Which song has demanded
you mostly and why?
RA: "Time Requiem" the title
song. I wrote that song when we came home from the tour
with SYMPHONY X. I was really inspired by this great
band. According to me it's the best song I've ever
written. It contains everything from neoclassical parts
to strong progressive and angry parts.
S: Which expectations do you have in "Time
RA: I truly hope it will get what it
deserves. I mean great promotion all over the world. I
think it is very nice hearing from people in strange
parts of the world have found my cd. I also would like to
promote and do a lot of touring so I can meet the fans
and people that like my music.
S: I have read that you have cooperated short time with
Yngwie Malmsteen. What has become from it? Did we came
sometime again to the pleasure of this co-operation?
RA: That's right. Yngwie and me are good
friends and we speak over the phone occasionally. I was
at his home and studio for a couple of weeks playing
around with some of his ideas during 2000. We did get
along real good together. He is a funny guy with a big
and warm heart. Sometimes misunderstood I think.
According to me he is one of the greatest guitar player
of modern time. He is also a good composer. I have
nothing but good to say about this guy. But!
Unfortunately it was a matter of bad timing joining his
band. I was hooked up with the "Trinity
Overture" record and stuff related to this project
and the second time I was asked I was busy recording TIME
REQUIEM. So! Maybe in the future! Who knows! There is no
reason not working with a great musician.
Is there any musican, which you would like to cooperate?
RA: No not really! I am satisfied with the
members of my band. Sometimes I do some guest playing,
but only if I like the music. You see! I'm extremely
satisfied working with music by myself.
S: What are your future plans?
RA: Give this new Time Requiem cd a fear
chance. Then I would go on touring and compose off
course, compose, compose and more compose. I love it!!!
S: How do you see the future of the hard rock- and heavy
RA: I have only heard a few good bands in
the latest ten years. SYMPHONY X is one of them. They are
very good musicians and the music is perfectly done.
Arjen Lucasson is a Dutch guy who is creating very good
and interesting music. His band AYREON is excellent with
good musicians used in a good way. The latest DREAM
THEATER record was really interesting as well. Good sound
and well performed
S: Richard, thank you for this interview and a lot of
success with TIME REQUIEM.
RA: Thank you very much! Nice questions!
1. Time Requiem
2. Watching The Tower Of Skies
3. Milagros Charm
4. The Aphorism
5. Brutal Mentor
6. Visions Of New Dawn
7. Grand Opus
8. lnterplay Of Matter
9. Above And Beyond
Requiem" (2002 / Regain Records/ Soulfood)
"Abstract Symphony" (1999)
"Trinity Overture" (2000)
"Time Requiem" (2002)
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