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Interview: Demised

Demised is a metal band from Spain, formed in the ’90. This year the band have debuted with their album A Warm Place To Stay, out via WormHoleDeath records. Here is an interview I had with Andres, mastermind of Demised, who have talked about the new album, also he have mentined why took so long as Demised to release a full-length and many others.

demised-coverHi Andres and thank you accepting my interview. Years ago you founded Demised, and you have released in 1999 with the EP Between the Ashes and the Silence, back then you were a death metal band, nowadays you have changed your style, being more ”soft” to say this way. Why have you decided to change the musical style?
Hi Carla, my pleasure! Yes the band was founded by Adrian and me when we were so young. We had two more independent releases as well as Between the Ashes; Panthalasa (1997) and Cold (2007). We love death metal but a change was needed, we felt like explore ourselves deeper and I think it was a good move.

This year you have debuted with your first album entitled as A Warm Place To Stay, what is the theme of this album and who mainly wrote the album?
I wrote the album. I pretty much like to write about the process between life and death and its connection with Nature, like a peaceful state when everything ends and we end up becoming part of it. Definitely A Warm Place to Stay is the most representative title for the whole concept.

What feedback have you gotten so far for the album?
Really good for the moment, even for old fans that we didn’t know how they would react, but is still soon to make conclusions. Right now the album is out in the US, september is time for Europe and october for Japan so let’s see how things turn out!

Why took you so long to release a full-lenght album?
On the one hand we were in no hurry to find the right way to go in this new phase, actually a new way of working was needed and it took a long time. We really enjoyed all that process, so interesting as musicians! On the other hand, Alex had a serious injury to his right arm, it seemed like he would no longer play guitar but fortunately he recovered from that.

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You and the drummer, Adrian, are the oldest members of Demised and kept the band alive since 1996.
Definitely! We grew up together listening to rock and metal since the late 80’s being kids, we had a common goal and that’s what we’re doing, even stronger and stronger.

What about shows, any touring plans? Also, planning to release a video?
Of course, we have a great video to be released via Wormholedeath and The Orchard in september, can’t wait for it! About touring, we’re planning some dates for Spain but playing outside is being difficult, for the time being we don’t have any management agency and we’re not going mad about this until we find anything good, but that’s the next goal.

I want to ask you about the label that you have signed, WormHoleDeath records, how is it to be in their rooster?
It’s awesome to be part of this family and have the chance to have a worldwide release for the album, so hope to give them back the confidence they have given us.

How is the metal scene from the city you are coming, Murcia? Can you suggest other metal bands from there to the readers?
Believe me, we have an amazing scene here, both in metal and rock, and lot of gigs even though it’s not easy for promoters. I can seriously recommend The Holeum,Rainover and a new band called La Skala de Richter that sounds really awesome.

Is there anything else would you like to add about Demised?
I’d like to greet all the readers and express our gratitude for all who’s supporting  Demised, it really means a lot to us so thank you guys, this has just begun!

Thank you Andres for your answers! Rock on!
Thanks a lot to you Carla for the interview and all the efford you put into promoting bands! It’s been a pleasure talking to you. See you!

https://www.facebook.com/demised.spain/

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Interview: Talvienkeli

Below is an interview I had with Laetitia Bertrand (bass player), Camille Borrelly (vocals) and Pierre Cordier (keys) about the French metal band Talvienkeli, where they are talking about the band’s new album entitled as ‘’Hybris’’ and other stuffs about the band.

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Hi guys, thank you for taking time to answer the questions of this interview. First of all, introduce Talvienkeli.
Hi Carla! Nice to meet you. Talvienkeli is a french symphonic metal band from Lyon. It was created in 2012 and is now composed of 5 members. We released one EP in 2014 and our first album “Hybris” in 2017 in collaboration with the label WormHoleDeath.

Before releasing a full-lenght album, the band had a frontman and later Camille have joined the band as the new frontwoman. How have been these vocals changes for Talvienkeli?
Actually, Camille was here since the beginning. The frontman has joined us later to add some grunts on “Tormented”. We then tried to give him more vocal lines on the other songs. But in the end, our pathways diverged and Sandre had to quit the band. The band decided to build its identity with female vocals.

You debuted with Hybris this year, also yo have signed a deal with the Italian label WormHoleDeath, first, what is this album about?
“Hybris” is a bouquet of songs dealing with different kind of passions which can often lead to madness or deep loss. Each song tells a different story, appart from the 1st and last songs which work together.

Talking a bit about the cover artwork, what this might suggest, making a connection with the album story.
The cover artwork was drawn by our bass player in order to depict this flow of passion streaming out the human brain. It tends to show that a psychological disorder can alter reality. But on the same time, the face of the man drawn on the cover is calm and peaceful because this flow of passion can be full of colours and shades, what is beautiful, don’t you think ?

”Atlas” was the first song online as a preview of the album, what feedback have you gotten both for the song and the whole album from the fans, zines…?
We got really good feedbacks out of this video ! And reviews on many webzines proved to be really enthusiastic and helpful.

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Listening to the album, I have made a comparation of Camille’s voice being bit similar as Epica’s Simome Simons, just what my ears conceived, he he!
Ha Ha. Thanks! I remember a rehearsal when Camille started to sing some Epica song’s during a break. It was just amazing, she sounded like Simone!

How do you describe the sound of Talvienkeli?
Talvienkeli wants to keep a heavy sound but softened by more lyrical, symphonical elements that help us evade. We like an organic and warm sound which plays with different atmospheres and rythms. There is a contrast between the amplified parts and the breaks with orchestral sounds, like there is in life with the cutting reality and the one we create in our dreams in order to apease the outside world.

What are your next plans, any tour plans for the summer or maybe any ideas shooting a video for a song?
We are currently planning to make a video clip for one song of the album. We are working hard on rehearsing our songs to improve them and on composing (maybe for another album)… For now, we try to concentrate on finding more concerts where to play.

Hope one day to see you all. Thank you again for this interview. Bonne chance! 
Thank you for this interview ! It was really nice talking to you. Hope to see you soon !

https://www.facebook.com/talvienkeliband/

Interview: Ida Elena

Ida Elena is a celtic/rock/metal singer from Italy. She have released a few solo projects, the latest one is ‘’Native Spirit’’, she is also the vocalist of the Greek metal band Bare Infinity which the band will release a new album soon this year. Below you can read an interview I had with Ida about her solo albums, the other music contributions she had and other stuffs regarding her.

Hello Ida, nice talking with you! How things are going? 
Hi Carla! Happy to talk to you! So far so good, thank you!

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Before speaking about your solo albums and the band that you are in, I’d like to tell me when your passion for music arose.
My passion for music was born the day I was born, probably, but it only showed up when at 19, with 8 year acting school on my back, I was invited to sing at the Italian TV, Raiuno. Love at first sight! Since then I cannot live without the thrill I have on stage: it’s basically my life.

Last ear you have released an EP, a solo project, under the name of ”Native Spirit”, what can you tell me about the theme of it and what response have you gotten from it from the fans and media?
Well, ’Native Spirit’ represents the bond with your roots and the return to the simple things in life such as enjoying the woods, the wild nature and feeling your spirit animal in you. All of my songs have a very deep bond to the natural elements. The response was incredible considering my label Maquette Records already reprinted the copies! The fans liked it very much, according to what the write on my fb page and they help me a lot sharing pictures or personal thoughts about their favourite songs. A large number of websites, including Mister Folk and Femme Metal made a review of Native Spirit and the ratings are way better than I thought. I could say I’m satisfied but I will never be!

To not be wrong, you have another solo album, right?
Correct, I produced and arranged my first solo album “My World Musicusic” which was completely acoustic, together with my friend and guitarist Gabriele Brisinello. Maybe one day I’ll work on a more “rock” arrangement.

 

You have collaborated and released an album with Cantus Lunaris aswell and you have been active this band in the past, especially in Germany…
Yes I have and thanks to them I performed in a large number of prestigious venues such as the Wave gotik treffen in 2013 and Semper memento historia in 2014. We also recorded the album “Fabula antiqua” together and it was a great experience, but we parted way and I wish them well.

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