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REMINA is a new cosmic doom metal duo formed in 2021 by Mike Lamb (Sojourner) and Heike Langhans (ex-Draconian). One year before, in 2020, both had already started another project called Light Field Reverie with Sojourner bassist Scotty Lodge (album “Another World” released in 2020). REMINA’s debut album “Strata” will be out on November 11th through Avantgarde Music. We asked Mike and Heike 5 questions…

5 QUESTIONS BY: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

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HEIKE, YOU HAVE A LONG TRACK RECORD IN DOOM METAL, INCLUDING 10 YEARS WITH DRACONIAN RESULTING IN THEIR TWO MOST SUCCESSFUL ALBUMS “SOVRAN” AND “UNDER A GODLESS VEIL”. NOW YOU HAVE STARTED A NEW ADVENTURE WITH REMINA. WITH 34 YEARS, YOU’RE NOT THINK OF RETIRING YET?

Haha I wish, retiring at 34 would be great! But part of the reason why I moved on from Draconian was so that I can focus time on music that allows for a bigger part of the writing, because that in turn means a better financial situation. I don’t know why it took me 10 years to realize that simply enjoying singing in a band doesn’t pay the bills. The pandemic and lack of shows also didn’t help, so I had to really rethink music as a hobby vs. career. REMINA and Light Field Reverie, along with my solo project LOR3L3I, is a great new platform to work harder than ever so that I don’t have to give up what I love doing.

MIKE, REMINA ARE A DUO THAT YOU HAVE FORMED WITH HEIKE IN 2021. YOU ARE PLAYING ALL THE INSTRUMENTS (GUITAR, BASS, DRUMS AND KEYBOARDS) AND HEIKE’S DOING THE VOCALS (AND KEYBOARDS, TOO). HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SOLVE THIS WHEN YOU DECIDE TO DO LIVE CONCERTS WITH REMINA?

When we go live we’re planning to split the difference between backing tracks and live elements, which I think is the only real option with such layered music without losing the impact. So I’ll primarily play guitar, as well as some keyboard elements, while Heike can play bass and some keyboard elements. Then around that we’ll find a drummer and second guitarist to help us support the rest of the music, so it should work out well once it all comes together! 

REMINA albumHEIKE, REMINA’S DEBUT ALBUM “STRATA” WILL BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 11TH THROUGH AVANTGARDE MUSIC. THERE’S A LYRIC VIDEO FOR ONE OF YOUR FAVOURITE SONGS “THE ENDLESS CITY”, BUT WILL THERE ALSO BE AN OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OUT FOR ANY OF THE OTHER TRACKS?

Sadly our budget doesn’t allow for it yet as this is only our debut album, but maybe with good sales and merch runs we can invest in official videos for future releases. Apart from a distribution deal with Avantgarde Music, we’re pretty independent and rely on our profits to put back into our equipment and production costs. I would love to do more videos in general, because the visual aspect of our projects are quite strong and important to us.

MIKE, SOME TRACKS ON “STRATA” ARE INSPIRED BY TSUTOMU NIHEI’S MANGA SERIES/BOOKS “BLAME!” AND THE 2007 SCI-FI FILM “SUNSHINE”. WHAT IS THE LATEST MANGA SERIES THAT YOU HAVE WATCHED AND WHAT SCI-FI MOVIE IS OUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE?

The latest anime series I watched probably would have been a rewatch of either Steins;Gate or Mushishi, two of my favorite series of all time and ones I rewatch regularly. There are so many fantastic series, but those two are ones I come back to again and again, they’re just very close to my heart. I’m looking forward to the new Junji Ito series coming out in January as well! My favorite sci-fi film of all time… that’s tricky, aside from Sunshine, I’d say Event Horizon would definitely be up there along with classics like the Alien movies and both Blade Runner films. There are the sort of sci-fi adjacent films that I’d consider up there too, like The Thing, hmmm… The Fifth Element, District 9, Arrival, Looper, Interstellar… way too many. I’m positive I’m forgetting some incredibly obvious ones but it’s late here, haha.

HEIKE, THE ARTWORK FOR “STRATA” WAS DESIGNED BY YOU. IT LOOKS LIKE A SORT OF STARGATE, BUT CAN YOU TELL IN YOUR OWN WORDS WHAT WE SEE ON THE COVER AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO DO THIS DRAWING?

The cover shows a colossal structure of arches leading into a space-portal. Right on the edges of the structure you can see it disintegrating digitally, which suggests it’s been there for a very long time, but also begs the question whether it’s even real or a glitch in reality. Everything around it is desolate, so the purpose or origin of it is a mystery. There is a person standing on the steps of the first arch, gazing out into the void with bewilderment upon discovering this eerie doorway. The overall art style and theme of the cover is heavily inspired by the concept of Tsutomu Nihei‘s manga “Blame!” – A universe where machines build endlessly and without purpose for an unfathomable amount of years. In a way, the whole art direction of this album is a love-letter to his work.


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