APRIL 25th 2016

Welcome to Metaltitans, Guardians of Metal Entertainment Worldwide, we are here with Dennis and Frank from German thrashers Accuser. Thank you for taking the time to do an interview with us.

1. You have a new album, The Forlorn Divide, that was just released through Metal Blade Records. When did you start work on the album?

Dennis: We first started talking about the album back in 2013, around the time I joined the band. Before we even began writing songs we wanted to establish a clear direction for the record and so we discussed the possibility of making a more technical album which still retains the brutality and accessibility of the recent Accuser releases. After we had finished re-recording "Who Dominates Who" for its 25th anniversary in 2014 it became clear to us that these songs provided the perfect blueprint for the technical aspect of "The Forlorn Divide" so we used that experience as inspiration for this album.

2. What made you decide to invite Dennis Rybakowski to join in?

Frank: I got to know Dennis a couple of years ago when he contacted me and asked me for guitar lessons. His playing abilities were already pretty advanced at that point so I couldn't really show him anything new. About two years later, Uwe, our guitar player unfortunately had to leave the band because of health related issues. And so I contacted Dennis again and asked him if he wanted to join Accuser. He agreed and we immediately started rehearsing in this new line-up. He fit in with the band right away and we've since built a close friendship.

3. Was it a long process from wanting to do a new album to the finished album?

Dennis: We definitely wanted to take our time with this album and we spent about a year writing and arranging the songs. We wanted to make sure that each band member is absolutely satisfied with every song and that the whole album is both varied and cohesive at the same time. This often times meant reworking or even cutting whole sections in order to avoid getting bogged down by too much technicality and risk losing a clear sense of progression and momentum.

4. How did you come to name the album The Forlorn Divide?

Dennis: The title "The Forlorn Divide" is meant to be understood as a metaphor and represents an overarching theme for the whole album itself. The lyrics all deal with the effects of a deeply disturbed human mind in some form and the consequences that may result. We imagined such a state of mind as a symbolical ragged and desolate mountain range, the titular forlorn divide.

5. Who did the artwork for the album? It's a really cool image, where did the idea come from?

Frank: The main idea was to have a landscape on the cover. All the details were added in later when I was writing the lyrics because we wanted to establish a common theme between the lyrics and the cover. It was a lot of work for our artist Verena Achenbach because she had to keep adding things based on the ideas we kept developing. When every element was finally there, it took a few more iterations until the whole piece felt truly complete. We're extremely happy with how everything turned out because it perfectly reflects the music on this album.

6. Is there anything you would like to add to this interview that I might have missed asking you?

Frank: I just want to thank everyone who has kept this band going over the years, mainly our fans, who've always showed tremendous support. See you and cheers.

We at Metaltitans, want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview, and we wish you much success with your 11th album The Forlorn Divide.