Michael Kiske, who made his mark in the metal world as the singer for the legendary HELLOWEEN, checked in with Hardrock Haven to discuss his new album (titled "Kiske"), the extremely negative state of the music industry today, the spirituality of making music, and a myriad of other topics. An excerpt from the interview follows:

Hardrock Haven: The very first line on the CD is the sentence "God is dead" on the song "Fed By Stones". That's a pretty dramatic way to begin the CD.

Kiske: "Yes, it is. We have a German philosopher who died about the 1900s, Nietzche, who actually brought up that line, 'God is dead.' Every Christian knows that God was dead, but he resurrected in Christ. It is true — God is dead. He is dead in us, in the human race, he died. I don't want to get too specific, because it's impossible to do that in an interview anyway. The line 'God is dead,' is just what people say, how people act ... for a lot of people, God is dead. He isn't dead, but it's something that our materialistic times are preaching, that God is dead, good is bad, you know? Don't look for anything besides things you can touch, things you can see, just this materialistic religion that pretty much everyone is living in, even if they call themselves Christians. I think it is the essence of how people think in a certain way. If you listen to the whole lyrics, you will see that is not something I think, but it's something I am describing as a fact as it is today."

To hear the streaming interview in its entirety, click here.


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