[L–R] Sebastian Katzberg,
guest voice; Stefan Braunschmidt, bass
CB: Never Void was founded in the early days of February
2004. They started as a trio, just Christian Nicolai on drums, Stefan
Braunschmidt on bass and Christian Braunschmidt on lead guitar. Stefan
and Christian are brothers and had a couple of bands together before.
Never Void was founded by Christian and Stefan with the idea to play 80s
metal music like Mr Big or Lynch Mob. But after a few rehearsals there
was no doubt about it, it would be totally different from that music.
Influenced by bands like In Flames or Machine Head but also classic
progressive bands like Dream Theater or Queensryche, Never Void became
more and more a Melodic Death Metal Band. In these early days, Sebastian
Katzberg from Lamprey joined the band as a guest singer. His roots are
in classic melodic metal like Edguy or Helloween. He did the vocals on
About to Die because the band had no singer at this point.
The relationship to Procol Harum is not that distant. Christian and Stefan's father Hermann (well-known in the fan scene:-)) is a huge fan. Hermann and Roland Clare gave us the idea to be part of the Palers' Project compilation, so Christian and Stefan asked their father which song would be good to play in a metal band. So he came up with the idea to play About to Die. First time Christian and Stefan heard it, they liked the main riff and the lyrics so it was perfect for them to re-arrange it in their own style. After a couple of hours they wrote a complete new arrangement for the song and started rehearsing it with Christian on drums.
At the end of 2004 Philipp A Küssel joined the band as a member and the lead singer until today. He had heard the About to Die version of Never Void on the radio when it was played in an interview with the band. So he heard that they were searching for a singer and contacted the boys. After just one rehearsal he became a member of the band. In autumn 2005 guitar player David Durzynski also joined the band. He was the guitarist in the former band of Stefan and Christian, Project Mayhem. Today Never Void plays a fast mix of Melodic Death Metal, Thrash Metal and some Classic Hard / Gothic Rock elements.
Sebastian Katzberg: Neumann Mics and Tube DI Box
UPI Studios: recorded on Logic 6.0. We used tons of different mics: don't remember the final setup!