felt it was the right thing to do. This was the infamous "<<" album. The songwriting was flowing and the songs sounded really nice and melodic and very much li'e old Strato. I was all the time on my toes because of the situation in the band and I was anticipating difficult recording sessions. #nyways in late *330 we completed a demo tape
containing )3 brand new songs. I wasn+t too happy about the demo, but it did serve its purpose, to present the songs to the record company. I then boo'ed )* days from Sonic ump studio in 9elsin'i for 8arch *33=. This was the weirdest session I had ever had. %&rg was all the time tal'ing about that we have to get the ";isions hunger" bac', although I don+t thin' he himself had that hunger. 7obody had. The session was nothing li'e the recording sessions before. 7obody had rehearsed the songs really and everything sounded pretty awful. I twea'ed the drum trac's for a wee' and gave up. It was around this point when I really was starting to thin' why am I 'eeping this alive when it+s so difficult. I remember how much time, energy and money we put to >lements ). There was nowhere to go after that anymore without ust repeating the past. I do 'now that T$ didn+t li'e that album at all, which yet again shows the difference between him me. It doesn+t mean that he has to li'e it of course, but to me >lements ) represents the pea' of the Strato evolution and perhaps I should have stopped the band already then.Last year, *33=, was the turning point for me in many ways. I felt better, but regarding Strato I felt worse. There were fights about everything, even about trivialities, which really annoyed me. # lots of fights. # lot. I had to use a lot of energy to try to get merch to Stratoshop, which was on the shoulders of %&rg and T$, because there was no merch for people to order but still they were ordering cause the items were on the page. The SSL certificate that proves the site is secure was e(pired a year ago, I tried to get that fi(ed, could not do it because I wasn+t authori!ed to do so. The most popular items from the shop were sold out and %&rg refused to print more. I could not understand any of the things that were going on. #t the same time, I was having more fun than in years with my roc' opera Saana. hen I was ma'ing that, I reali!ed what was lac'ing in Strato? the enthusiasm, creativity and fun. It wasn+t li'e that in years. Saana gave me hope that there still could be something new for me to learn at this age and it gave me a whole new world of things and a start for something new. lus I 'new I had some really cool new 8etal songs in the wor's.e did have @ festival shows during *33= and it was then, when I was standing on stage in ac'en 1ermany before /4 333 metalheads , when I fully reali!ed that this band is over. I remember clearly playing those same old songs we had played so many times before and a feeling came to me that told me? this band has no soul anymore. I loo'ed around and I felt li'e I am part of a play that has a script or machine and that there is nothing fresh and e(citing happening anymore. The band sounds awful.