This month Germany’s power metal masters, Mob Rules, return with a dynamic seventh studio album, Cannibal Nation. The album marks the third studio effort to feature bassist, Markus Brinkmann. Brinkmann contacted Metalholic last week to discuss the new record as well as some history on Markus and how he came to join Mob Rules.
Cannibal Nation era Mob Rules includes Brinkmann, and founders Klaus Dirks (Vocals) and Matthias Mineur (Guitars) along with Sven Lüdke (Guitars), Jan Christian Halfbrodt (Keyboards) and newest member, Nikolas Fritz (Drums). The band was founded in 1994, releasing its debut album Savage Land five years later.
Brinkmann’s path to music started at 16 years of age. “A lot of years ago,” laughed Markus. “I started playing guitar then a few years later I switched to bass guitar because bands were always looking for a bass player, not a guitar player. Everybody played guitar at that time. I played in several bands, mostly cover bands: We played these old rock classics from Deep Purple, AC/DC and whatever. At one of the shows, Sven, our guitar player came to me and asked me if I’d like to join Mob Rules.”
The blond bassist admitted he did not know who Mob Rules was at the time: “I went to YouTube and watched some videos.” Markus confided. “I found out yes, it’s the kind of music I’ve always wanted to do. I phoned Sven, we did some rehearsals and got along very well, so that’s it.”
Part of what Brinkmann liked about Mob Rules was the inclusion of progressive elements in the power metal sound. Something that comes across on the new album. “Our new album Cannibal Nation is an elegant production with hook oriented arrangements, and we’re very proud of this album. It’s a good example of how timeless traditional music can sound.”
Cannibal Nation marks the second album to feature new drummer Nikolas Fritz and I asked Brinkmann if he felt that with the band having played together as a unit for a few years now that the new record was a natural progression of their previous effort Radical Peace. “Yes, of course. I think, especially with Nikolas, he has such powerful drumming and such great ideas–on this album he could bring himself a little bit more into the songwriting. I think that’s one thing you can hear on this album. And the drumming is really great. I really love it.”
Brinkmann also talked about the songwriting process in the band, the title for the new record, his first ever concert, his influences and how he learned to play bass, and much more. Listen to the full interview below.