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Jennifer Haben of German symphonic metal band ‘Beyond the Black’ updates the status of the band and as a guest singer on ‘Kamelot’s’ new album the “Shadow Theory”


Beyond the Black band Jennifer

German symphonic metal/power metal band formed in 2014 in Mannheim. , consisting of Jennifer Haben (vocalist, ex-Saphir), Nils Lesser (lead guitarist), Christopher Hummels (rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist), Michael Hauser (keyboardist), Erwin Schmidt (bassist) and Tobias Derer (drummer). On February 13, 2015, the band released their debut full-length album Songs of Love and Death. They made their first appearances at the Wacken Open Air 2014 festival and on tour supporting Saxon and Hell.

On July 15, 2016 the band announced that Jennifer and the rest of the band was parting ways. The band would continue with Jennifer and new members to be decided at a later date.

IMM: Hi Jennifer, thanks for your time. First with the band, that the original members left two years ago and their currently new members and you all working on a new album? Who are the new members?

Jennifer: Hey!  Yeah, we’re working on a new album at the moment! Our second album was released about two years ago and we’re on fire to present the world some new stuff with some new influences. Now we have Tobias Lodes and Christian Hermsdörfer on guitars. Chris is also playing in a Symphonic Metal Band named “Serenity”, maybe you know them. Stefan Herkenhoff on bass, Kai Tschierschky on drums and Jonas Roßner on keys.

IMM: When is the new album expected to be released?

Jennifer: We didn’t release an exact date till now, but we plan to release it at some point in summer this year. We wanted to give us a bit more time than the albums before and I’m sure in the end the waiting will be worth it!

IMM:  At what age you started to sing and your main influences of singers?

Jennifer: I can’t remember when I started to sing. I just know a video of the first time I was singing in front of people. I was 4 years old singing a German children’s song called “Weißt du wie viel Sternlein stehen” in a church … always great to take a trip down the memory lane. Later with 5, I went to a choir where I regularly was on small stages. I recently posted a video of one of my favorite concerts when I was a child on my Instagram-Account , if you’re interested to see it. 
I was always fascinated by huge, powerful female voices. First, it was Whitney Houston over Alicia Keys and Adele. Now I’m also a big fan of Floor Jansen’s voice. The new singer of Nightwish. She definitely knows how to sing! But besides female voices, I loved Queen my whole life. The way Freddy sings is spellbinding!

 IMM:  The band has performed at various venues and festivals yet last year you opened for the Scorpions last year. How did you keep calm for that the show?

Jennifer: I didn’t. I was so fuckin’ nervous.. wow! But it was like always. I sang the first notes and the nervousness was gone. Just in the end, I got nervous again, when I was playing our ballad “Love’s a burden” all alone with my acoustic guitar. To be that intimate and vulnerable in front of so many people after being loud and strong together with my boys wasn’t that easy. But I’m proud, that I did it! It was an incredible feeling I will never forget!

IMM: As for new music you are a guest singer for the Kamelot album The Shadow Theory. What song(s) you sing on?

Jennifer: I sing with Tommy the wonderful ballad called “In Twilight Hours”. I love his voice and I think our voices fit perfectly together! I hope you will like it as well!

IMM: When Thomas Youngblood contacted on singing on the album were you surprised to be asked?

Jennifer: I was very excited to be asked! As a result of that I’m working with Sascha Paeth on the BTB stuff and that he’s also working with Kamelot (as you may know) there was a connection before. Maybe Sascha told them that it may be a good idea to let me sing on the album . I don’t really know the story about that, but I’m really happy with the result!

IMM: When the band performs at Europe, you will get to sing with them?

Jennifer: I can’t say yes at the moment, because we’re planning our own tour during that time, but I hope that it will be possible for some dates!

IMM: Last year you re-recorded “Forget My Name”. Was it to fill a gap while working on the new album?

Jennifer: Not really. As you said before, there was a change within the band two years ago. And after one year touring with the new line-up… you know… it was time to record something with these people. It was something we needed somehow. So we also released a video of the recording-process to share this current band spirit with the people out there.

IMM: There are four 2018 tour dates listed on the bands site, will more shows be added?

Jennifer: Of course! We’re planning many things in and outside of Europe! They are just not yet to be shared with the rest of the world. 😉

IMM: Any collaborations with other female singers to perform with such as Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation), Liv Kristine (Leaves Eyes,Theater of Tragedy, The Sirens) Simone Simmons (Epica), Charlotte Wessels (Delain) and Tarja for recording and perform live with?

Jennifer: Maybe, but maybe not. I can’t say anything about that at the moment, sorry. 

IMM: Are there offers from music/entertainment promoters and bands management for the band to travel to North America and other countries to perform?

 Jennifer: There were some options in the past, but I guess we have to wait for the right time to make it work. It’s a long way to America… but every one of us is more than keen to play there! The sooner the better!

IMM: Until then the fans wait for new music and thanks again

Jennifer: We won’t fail your expectations! Thanks so much for your interest and I hope to see you soon at one of our concerts in America!

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