Opposites Definitely Attract for Black is Blonde and Intervox

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Fire and Ice. Oil and water. Heaven and Hell. As uniquely opposite as they are, you can’t have one without the other. Our Intervox catalog emulates the same concept with their new, drastically different albums Hope (INX374) and Hellfire (INX372). Also following the polar opposite club is catalog Black is Blonde with their two new albums Strength & Grace (BIB057) and War Games (BIB058). Executive Producers Bettina Bonengel and Martin Pelz give us in-depth looks at the division between their latest releases.

 

HOPE AND HELLFIRE

 

Megatrax: Where does the inspiration for Hope and Hellfire come from?

 

Bettina Bonengel & Martin Pelz: Daily news mainly focuses on negative topics and scandals and there’s a lot of violence in movies. Hellfire delivers music footage for all that, while Hope is telling a different story: offering editors optimistic moods for personal stories, reminding us that there’s always hope.

 

MX: Was it your intent to do two albums that are completely different?

 

BB & MP: Of course we try to cover all possible moods and topics. So yes, we intended to do two completely different albums – but heaven and hell is sometimes closer together than we think.

MX: Are there any similarities between the two albums?

 

BB & MP: The “H” in the titles is the only thing that connects these two albums.

 

MX: Are there any sounds that stand out in either of these albums that the audience can listen for?

 

BB & MP On Hellfire we focused on distorted and rough sounds and a lot of sound design fx while the tempo is mainly medium to medium-slow to support a heavy atmosphere.

 

On Hope, soothing and calm moods and sounds make this album perfect for hopeful stories.

 

MX: Is there one track that you favor over all of the others?

 

BB & MP Hope: “Like in November” caught me within seconds.

 

Hellfire: The entire “Heavy Pain” section is a perfect start for the album.

 

STRENGTH & GRACE and WAR GAMES

 

MX: Where does the inspiration for Strength & Grace and War Games come from?

 

BB & MP: While brainstorming on a new relaxation cd in our favorite chocolateria, yoga expert Barbrah Noh (barbranohyoga.com) suddenly dropped in. Knowing each other for many years, we ended up with a Strength and Grace project, combining downtempo styles and the practice of yoga.

 

War Games emerged from violent video games and the controversial discussions about them.

 

MX: Was it your intent to do two albums that are completely different?

 

BB & MP: Actually the topics might be close together. Remember your mom exercising in the living room while you check out the latest skills of your game character.

 

MX: Are there any sounds that stand out in either of these albums that the audience can listen for?

 

BB & MP: Together with Barbrah we selected a made-to-measure mix for yoga teachers, warm and welcoming in the beginning, then active, and finally deeply relaxing.

War Games is packed with highly explosive tracks for violent fiction.

 

MX: Is there one track that you favor over all of the others?

 

BB & MP: Try “Morning Yoga” for your next sun salutation!

Your son will probably pick “A Thousand Stomper” for his next gaming session.

 

You can hear more opposites from Black is Blonde  and Intervox in the rest of their new releases right now at go.megatrax.com/newreleases

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