MG: 'Ocean Blade' is a brilliant album, what’s the inspiration and ideas behind the album?
Johnny: It’s the same concept as our debut album “The Warriors code” it’s centered around a goddess figure , you know we had the captain the ship etc. to all fit in with the story and after a while we managed to have a whole album to fit in with the concept for the whole album. And in my opinion it’s worked out okay.
MG: Yes it’s the first time I had ever really heard of you guys and since I have had the album it’s been played nonstop. I really like 'All Men To Arms', do you have any personal favorites on the album?
Johnny: Yes I would say 'Cradle of Heroes' is a favorite it took three weeks to finalise and I am really pleased with the end result.
MG: 'The Warriors Code' was released under a year ago, do you intend to be a band that releases new material so quickly in the future?
Johnny: No not really, directly after the release of 'The Warrior’s Code' we continued writing, and it was a very fluent process. For me really it isn’t that much time ten months. We are a hard working band that’s it...no big deal!
MG: The names very interesting, what’s the meaning behind the name?
Johnny: Jens came up with the name. When we first came up with the band there were just two members Jens and me. We had a think and Jens came up with the name Gloryful and that was fine with me so we kept it.
MG: You recently played a festival with Powerwolf and some others, do you have a stage set themed to 'Ocean Blades' concept. Indeed when you go out on tour on your own?
Johnny: No we don’t not really, but I think that’s something Jens is thinking about. It’s not really my cup of tea but that’s up to Jens I guess.
MG: Do you have plans to try and get over to the UK at some stage?
Johnny: Hopefully at the moment we are thinking of a tour in October/ November, no final decisions. And hopefully there will be some dates in the UK. We just played the Outloud Festival in Germany so hopefully the story will go on!
MG: What vocalists influence you?
Johnny: I am a big fan of Bruce Dickinson, and who inspires me to use my voice well!
MG: Personally I am a huge fan of German metal, why do you think it’s so successful?
MG: What can we expect from a Gloryful Show?
Johnny: A very happy experience, we like to have a great time on stage and hope that transcends to the audience, its powerful and a heavy Metal holiday!
MG: You have already shared the stage with some big bands, do you have a band you haven’t played with yet, that you would like to tour or be on the same bill as?
Johnny: Yes Iced Earth, maybe that will happen this year, I am not really sure, but that would be great. Powerwolf, maybe, there is a chance Sabaton too, that would be great.
MG: Are you playing Wacken?
Johnny: No it’s a pity we aren’t this year, hopefully for 2015..
MG: Four words to describe Gloryful?
Johnny: Passionate, Powerful, Old School, Modern Wave of Heavy Metal.
MG: Final words?
Johnny: We are really thankful for all of the support and hope we will all meet on the road soon!
Interview by: Seb Di Gatto