It is somewhat late that I have discovered After Evolution, but as people say, better late than never. Because After Evolution is a great band and its sophomore album (“War of the Worlds”) is a magnificent record release that will thrill all fans of melodic rock/metal music. Imagine a more metal, symphonic and gothic version of Evanescence and you will understand how After Evolution sounds. Their melodies are exquisite, each song of their new album is an earworm, with hooky vocal lines, massive guitars and thunderous drums! So, it was a matter of time that Myth of Rock and Dimitris Zacharopoulos would interview the frontwoman of the band, Nikolette Olson, who gave some really fantastic answers! Behold a new hope of the female fronted metal scene, After Evolution!


Give us a biography of After Evolution.

Well, in 2013 me (Nikolette) and Michal have met and we talked a bit about our dreams and he wanted to be the part of a band and be musician as well as me. So later that year we joined some “garage” band but we wanted more. We wanted to create original music and take it more seriously. So we decided to create “After Evolution”. For a few years we were just “duo” and trying to find right members to start with creating our original music etc. In 2016 we’ve decided we are ready and we started to play few gigs and people told us that our music sounds great and asked us a lot if we have some album they can buy to support us but we didn’t have any so we’ve decided to record one in a garage with only 1 microphone. It was really a challenge but people liked that a lot even if it was “garage” quality. Later in 2017 a recording studio found us and emailed us with a proposal to record a professional album and get signed with WormHoleDeath and we’ve agreed but when I told about those news to my band our ex bass guitarist decided to leave because he wanted to play different genre and to go his own way so we asked Adam Bittó to join us and he agreed. In summer 2018 we have recorded our first official album “War of the Worlds” in Italy, but a month before the recording session our ex drummer decided to leave because of some personal reasons so we hired a session drummer to record that album with us. We were already in contact with our current drummer Vic Janas that time, but he was not available to go to the Italy to record the album. About the year 2018/2019 the mix and master of the album has been finished and we were working on album art, new image and all those necessary things and also we were rehearsing a lot to get synchronized and as you already know in 2020 and 2021 was Covid-19 pandemic so we’ve decided with our manager to wait with the album release until the pandemic is gone and in August 2022 we have officially released our “War of the Worlds” album!

 

You released your second album some months ago. How do you see this album now? Why did it take you six years to release this second album?

I see in this album a lot of potential and I am proud of it! Every time I receive a message from some fan or another musician about how much they love our music, it makes me and all the band members very happy! It is really a huge inspiration for us! And why we took 6 years? Well, it is as I’ve already mentioned in the previous question. First thing is that we were students and we were not able to pay for professional recording session for our album and I wanted the next album to be professional and also I didn’t want to release the album (“War of the Worlds”) which our drummer or the members were not able to play live due the changes in the band and when we were ready to release it the Covid-19 hit us.

 

Where would you trace the differences between “War of the Worlds” and “Threnodies”?

“Threnodies” is more gothic styled album and less orchestrated. It is about feelings, rotten world around us and about all we are going through in our life in more poetic way. “War of the Worlds” on the other hand has whole the story I have created, it is more symphonic, it is bigger in orchestras and more towards the style I want to direct my band musically. With the “Threnodies” album I was kinda finding myself, the way I want to compose and lead the band and the album “War of the Worlds” is the right way I wanna go.

 

How would you describe your music style?

If I would have to describe our music style, the simple answer is “Symphonic metal” but the reality is, that it is more epic, more orchestrated and more towards epic film or game music with the metal and rock elements. So I would say epic “symphonic” metal genre because the main element in our music are not guitars or drums, but orchestras. When the orchestras are ready the second we are working on are guitars and drums.

 

Which bands have influenced After Evolution? Which are your personal vocal influences, Nikolette?

It was not exactly the bands who inspired us, our music is inspired by Audiomachine, Two steps from Hell, Thomas Bergersen or Hans Zimmer. But the idea to start with symphonic metal in general was thanks to Nightwish and Evanescence. We all like symphonic/gothic metal genre and those bands are the biggest names who directed us this way. My personal vocal influences are Amy Lee for example, because she has an amazing vocals and also “The Phantom Opera” in general is my inspiration, because I love getting my vocals better by being able to sing all the songs. I am self-trained vocalist, not classically trained so I am working by myself on my vocals. I am only classically trained pianist.

 

Where and when was “War of the Worlds” recorded? Who did the mixing of the album? Who did the mastering? Please describe the whole process of the production of the album.

As I’ve already mentioned, the album has been recorded in Italy. It was in the Mathlab studio and the mixing and mastering has been done by Jonathan Mazzeo with help of our manager Carlo Bellotti. How the process was exactly of the mix and master is unknown to me, because we have recorded the album, and the mix and master has been done after few months we have left the studio. I have composed all the music before we’ve reached the studio, all the orchestral parts were ready as well, so we’ve just recorded the instruments and vocals and the rest was up to the Jonathan Mazzeo.

 

Who writes the music and the lyrics in After Evolution? Where do you draw inspiration from?

It is me who does all the work! :D I am writing all the music and the lyrics of the band. But I am trying to give some space also to other members. So basically I compose the orchestras, the whole structure of the songs, vocals and lyrics and when it is ready we work together on drums and guitars. I share with them my ideas and they share their ideas with me and which one is better and more suitable for the song that wins. I am not drummer or guitarist so we cooperate together when we do guitar and drum parts. All my inspiration comes from game and film music. Because I love epic orchestral music and also the inspiration is the story I have created. I want to include in my songs the story and let the people to feel the story, to feel the music. I want my music to speak to their hearts and souls. That’s my biggest inspiration.

 

Where do your lyrics refer to?

I will repeat myself a little bit, but it is about the story of apocalyptic world, where the people are hidden in the underground from the demons and apocalyptic world above. If you read the lyrics of our album, song by song, you will see the story, but mostly it is about the girl who is destined to restore the balance back between those two worlds again and it is up to her if she reaches her way or decides to destroy the world with her power. It is full of magic, hope, trust, demons, darkness, pain and everything you can imagine.

 

Do you watch movies? Name your favourite movies.

Of course I do! I am movie fanatic if we are talking about sci-fi and fantasy world! I am huge fan of Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and now also House of Dragons etc. When it comes to some kind of fantasy or sci-fi genre I have to be on the movie premiere in the cinema!

 

Do you read books? Name your favourite books.

 

Yes I do, it is the same as the films, but little bit different. I am more into fantasy/romantic genre, I love Shakespeare’s books, “Romeo and Juliet” is my most favourite one, Lauren Kate “Fallen” series etc. I also love mythology books.

 

You come from the Czech Republic. How are things for metal bands in the Czech Republic? Is there a scene? How difficult is it for a Czech band to achieve worldwide success nowadays?

Yeah there is a metal scene in Czech Republic. Not as big as in Finland for example, but there is a lot of people loving metal music genre and also we have few musicians / bands well known here playing this genre and also great festivals. The bands are not worldwide known, but yeah. I don’t know, if it is difficult, because the problem is, that most of the well-known big bands have songs in native language which is problem and there is very few Czech bands trying to reach that world known status and having songs in English and I don’t blame them. When we were at the very beginning a lot of people told us something like: “You are living in Czech republic, why don’t you sing in Czech? Why English? You are not in England, sing in your native language etc.” Kinda rude. But with time, they just accepted it and nowadays people are chiller about it.

 

If your music was a color, what colour would it be?

When my music was a colour, it would have colours of the universe … Dark black with beautiful sparkles and shades of blue and violet. Dreamy and powerful.

 

If you could cooperate with another famous musician in a song, who would he/she be and why?

I would love to sing some nice duet for example with artists like Amy Lee, Anette Olzon, Marco Hietala, Charlotte Wessels, Tommy Karevik, Elize Ryd, Dani Filth … I really don’t know, there is a lot of amazing musicians I really love and appreciate so depends! I could name you almost everyone, it would be really long list!

 

If someone asked you about the atmosphere of After Evolution’s music, how would you describe it?

Atmosphere is dark with a sparkle of hope, magical, powerful, emotional and epic. It is apocalyptic about the ancient world far, far away from us so mostly epic!

 

Do you play live in concert? Do you have some tour plans?

Yes we have some plans for next year and we are discussing that with our manager. But we do not have exact dates right now. Everything is now in a planning phase!

 

Send your message to the fans!

So firstly I would love to thank you for this wonderful interview and thanks to all the readers for taking time to read it! I would love to invite you to listen to our album and check out our video clip if you haven’t done it yet! Thank you so much for your support and love and we hope we will see you soon on stage!

 

 

Silence Is Spoken is not a newcomer band, however, it is with their new album, “11”, that they become more popular. “11” is a real blast, a grunge/alternative rock attack by an Italian band, which is determined to achieve its goals! Myth of Rock, stricken by the songs of Silence Is Spoken, contacted the band for a nice talk. Alessandro Curradi (bass, piano, synth) and Lorenzo Panchetti (drums), founders of Silence Is Spoken, talked on behalf of the band!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos


Give us a short biography of Silence Is Spoken.

Alessandro: Hello, firstly we want to thank you for the invitation! Silence Is Spoken is a band formed in London, UK, at the end of 2004 and based in Florence, Italy. We’ve released three albums, the first one in 2007 with our first English singer Darren and the original line-up, the second one in 2012 which is the first “concept” album of the band, in which we explore a sound more introspective (also with electronic influences) and “psychedelic” and the last one “11”, recently released, that we consider a mature concept album about humanity, consciousness and spiritual growth. We’re now promoting this last album.

 

Why did you name the band Silence Is Spoken?

Lorenzo: The name is born from a visual point of view of filling up the silence with the spoken voice of true information and therefore counter attacking the government media propaganda internationally. The silence is spoken by the people.

 

You released your new album, “11”, some days ago. Which are your feelings about

it?

Lorenzo: Full blast enthusiasm at the moment!!! The album, released for WormHoleDeath label, is going really well and we can’t wait to see and hear the reactions of our fans around the globe and obviously to play as soon as possible live.

 

Where would you trace the differences between “11” and your previous albums?

Lorenzo: There has been a growth in the sound, and inspiration of the band from each previous album, starting from the first one (“Stuck Amongst Machines With Broken Gears”) that was a very aggressive and grooving kind of approach, and the second one, which was a concept album as well, where we actually reached out and into various different styles. “11” is an obvious consequence of whatever happened within the band starting from the various changes of line-up to the new producers, new studio etc. But always kept the Silence Is Spoken sound, which obviously evolved to the present day sounds.

 

How would you describe your music style?

Lorenzo: The style basically is a progression through years of listening to various different kind of rock and alternative music. There is a lot of influence by classic bands like Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and to our days with a definite grunge main influence, primarily Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and Tool. In three words, I will say Rock Alternative Grunge.

 

Describe the recording process of “11”. Who did the mixing and the mastering?

Alessandro: The album "11" comes from a long process, very articulated and at the same time undoubtedly full of interesting ideas. Indeed, after the release of the second album dated 2012, we had to face some changes in the line-up several times. Samuele joined the band in 2016, Maurizio during this year and Lorenzo, co-founder of the project, returned to the base in 2021, after an experience in the UK. In the meantime, various other musicians took part of the Silence project and made a contribution to our journey. This is just to give historical references that led to the birth of the album. In terms of composition and lyrics, we started working on it as early as 2015, then started recording in 2019 and finalizing the work with the production, which took a rather long time, also due to the contingent situation we have experienced since February 2020 until the end of the same year. Just at the end of 2020, we finished the synth recordings and carried out the mix and production in collaboration with the Soundscape studio of Andrea Dell'Olio and Furio Lanciano, who did a really good job. The beautiful thing, for me, is that, despite all the logistical difficulties encountered in recent years (I also put in the lockdowns and similar things), through this album we managed to represent exactly what the band wanted, both in terms of sound and of lyrics and message to convey. It's not a trivial matter for a musician, who generally has something to complain about a job, once is finished.

 

Who is the composer in Silence Is Spoken? Who writes the lyrics?

Lorenzo: Composition inside the Silence family starts from various sources, mainly at say from everything writing by Alessandro backed up my drums and rhythms, and then finalised with guitar riffs and arrangements and wonderful vocal lines by Samuele. All of the lyrics for the “11” album have been written by Samuele (except “3Lateral Kingdom”) and I wrote most of the lyrics for the “black” album which was our second album.

 

Which are your music influences? What gives you inspiration?

Lorenzo: As I said, classic bands like Black Sabbath played a very important role on our influence. Pink Floyd, especially absolute The Wall album and on the Roger Waters period specially about the message and the importance of the lyrics in an album. I could also add Korn, Deftones, Mindfunk, Kyuss, and obviously Tool. The inspiration comes from mainly the will of spreading the word, and making people conscious of that, with music and through music, everything can be reached, every goal can be achieved, and every dream can be fulfilled.

Which feelings of yours do you express through your music and lyrics?

Alessandro: Through our music I believe that all of us musicians express everything we have inside. In music we find our light parts and the darkest areas, as it is in human nature. Of course, what we want to leave is a message of hope, certainly not depressive or negative and the lyrics of the songs can be interpreted according to the feeling of each listener.

 

Do you try to send messages through your lyrics? Why?

Lorenzo: As Alessandro was saying, definitely feelings of positivity and consciousness of whatever surrounds you, and it should be the way that everyone faces life in today’s world.
We are trying to send a message to people to think for themselves and always question authority, I have always a logic and detached point of view on whatever is V different political and social situations in the world. In the case of the album, “11” being a concept, like the previous one, it’s like going through a chapter of a book, so I leave you to read every single lyric of a song and make your own mind of what the message is about.

 

What do you think of the war against Ukraine?

Lorenzo: I like to stress about that Silence Is Spoken is against any kind of war, any kind of aggression, genocide or oppression of the people. Then talking specifically of the case of Ukrainian war, we should invite people to study and independently get informed about the whole situation, and not only listening always any kind of national media, information sources from the east, the west, the north and the south. Every war has got to be analysed in a larger frame of time of the happening. It will take a huge amount of time and analysis to answer this kind of question.

How did the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions affect you as persons and as a band?

Alessandro: To deny the impact that these last two and a half years have had on the lives of each of us would be to deny the evidence. Just take a walk around the street to realize the mark that all this has left on many people, at least here in Italy. At the same time, I avoid dwelling too much on our vision of the issue, because the risk is to be misunderstood and labelled. From the lyrics of some of our songs, however, it is easy to guess what our thoughts might be on what we have recently experienced. I can tell you that we have tried to stay balanced and turn difficulties into opportunities. To be honest, for the work of finalizing the album, they have been very useful months, as we have had the opportunity to constantly dedicate ourselves to the latest recordings and production. As for playing live, obviously we missed it a lot, but we are sure we will make up for it very soon.

 

Which are your future plans? A tour maybe?

Lorenzo: Future plans are to write a lot of new stuff already started recently after the making of the three videos for the “11” album and obviously touring. This will come as soon as the beginning of next year.

 

Send a message to the fans!

The Revolution will not be televised! We hope to see you all at our next shows all around the world! Thank you again for your invitation.

 

Spektrvm arise as a new force of the Greek rock/metal scene. “Blood For Heaven”, their debut, is a fantastic album, full of modern, dynamic, furious and storming metal bangers. As the band is reaping the fruits of its endeavors, Myth Of Rock contacted Thanos Zabetakis (vocals) for a nice interview. And we spoke about various topics, including the upcoming live show of the band on the 9th of December, 2022, at Temple Athens!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos


Describe the formation of Spektrvm.

Mike (bass) and George (guitar) met in high school, and bonded over their shared love for music. They formed a cover band initially, but after a couple of years, they decided that it was time for original material.

 

Spektrvm had a lot of line-up changes until now. Why is that? Do you think that your current line-up is the strongest ever and why?

The initial vocalist did not enjoy the idea of writing new material and was the first to leave the band. The second singer, started writing some songs with the band, but had to leave for work overseas. Metal music wasn’t really his calling anyway, but he was good friends with the band members, still is really, and has a great voice. One of the 2 guitarists of the band also had to leave the country for work related purposes. After finalizing the recording form of all of the songs that would end up in the debut album, the guitarist that had left for England, returned, and the newer guitar player left, of his own volition, to be  part of another project and another band, so the former band member rejoined the ranks to fill in that spot. So there are now 4 of the original band members, with the vocalist that reshaped the first songs, created the rest, and recorded all of them in the studio. So it is safe to say that this is the strongest line-up yet and ideal to continue the work of Spektrvm.

 

You released your debut album (“Blood For Heaven”) some months ago. How do you see this first album now? Are there any things you would like to change now in this first album?

We are really happy with the outcome of the album. We had finished recording it a while back, but the whole pandemic situation was not helpful towards a responsible release of the material. The recordings were great, and the mixing was truly masterful. I don’t think that anyone would like to change the songs of the album, but rather keep an open mind about tempos, melodies and solos, depending on the energy at any given day. So given the time that we have had from the day the tracks were mastered to the day they were released, if we wanted to change something, we could and would have done so before releasing it.

 

“Blood For Heaven” was released by Sliptrick Records. Why did you decide to cooperate with this label? How did the contract with this label happen?

So this being our first album, we were receiving a fair amount of, let’s just say less than ideal offers for a deal, and after a few months, we were considering going for an independent release. At that point a much better deal came along, and we seized the opportunity the grab it.

 

Who writes music and lyrics in Spektrvm? How were the songs of “Blood For Heaven” composed?

The music is written by all members. Someone comes up with an idea, someone is adding something else, or making a note for something to slightly change, and building on top of one another, the song composition is revealed, which will then be tweaked a number of times before reaching its final stage. The lyrics are written mainly by the singer, following a theme, that is decided depending on the feeling that we, as individuals receive from the vibe of the music, but the bassist has been a really big help on that front as well. There were also a couple of songs were the lyrics were there first, and a specific instance were the vocal line with the lyrics were there and then the music had to follow. It’s a fun and unpredictable process.

 

Describe the recording process of the album. Who did the mixing and the mastering?

Dionisis Christodoulatos did the recording and the mixing, at CFN Recording Studios, and the mastering was done by Vu Productions Mastering Studios. Each one of us recorded their instruments, rhythm guitars were mostly written by one guitarist, while melodies by the other, even if they redistributed the parts after the recordings. Drummer and bassist of course recorded their own parts. Finally Vocal lines were added - fun times - and many of the background vocal lines, were ideas that were actually pitched by Dionisis, with a fresh pair of ears and a lot of years in the music industry, this experienced specialist was a huge help on the vocal harmonies that are hidden in lower frequencies and volumes within each song.

 

How would you describe the music style of Spektrvm? Which are your music influences?

Our music style can’t really be very specifically labeled. The most generic title would be heavy metal, but sometimes we are more doom, sometimes more progressive, more folk, more nu, alternative and so on. It really depends on who is listening to it, and what comparisons their minds make while doing so. Some of our influences are Tool, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam and a dozen other great artists, even outside of the rock/metal scene, that have left their small mark, translated in this album. As for the next one, who knows?

 

Where do your lyrics refer to? Which is your inspiration, as far as lyrics are concerned?

The lyrics of this album, refer to “things, situations and institutions” in society, that we deem, problematic to say the least, and in a sense “condemn” through our songs. Political and religious propaganda, greed, vanity, war -both as an action but also a state of mind-, rage, racism, the grief and depression that are products of those, as well as our part in empowering, at least some, if not all of the above. Those are some of the main issues that our lyrics tackle throughout this album.

 

Which feelings of yours do you try to express through your music and lyrics?

We are definitely expressing some disappointment, anger, despair, sadness, but also hope that we can all work together to change the world into a better place.

 

Give us all the important information about the cover artwork of “Blood For Heaven”.

The artwork was made specifically for the album, by Remedy Art Design, who did a brilliant job. We provided the album, the lyrics and the meaning, and while actively listening to the songs, the artist drew all of these wonderful pieces, really expressing visually, the received vibes, in a twisted, but also beautiful way.

 

How were you affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions as individuals and as a band?

Covid-19 locked us all in, the album was just finished and we had nobody to play it to. It was fun for the first couple of months, not working, staying inside and everything, gave us some time to breathe, but it got old really quickly after that. We were unable to practice together, or perform, or even release the album, because firstly it would make no sense, and secondly, there was no active income for some of us to support this endeavor.

 

You have played live lots of times. How do Spektrvm sound on stage? How important are live concerts for Spektrvm? Which is your favourite concert until now?

We believe in musical integrity very much, and in the past we used to have that as our only focus. Played the songs 100% and were happy about it. But after a while, we started wilding out a bit, with the on-stage performance, and that’s how we grew more passionate as well. Each one of us probably has a different show as a favorite, depending on performance, conditions and audience, both in numbers and in energy levels, so it would be hard to narrow it down to less than 5.

 

You are going to play live in concert on the 9th of December at Temple Athens. How do you feel about this concert now, some days before it happens?

After the whole pandemic situation, we will be playing our second live show in 2,5 years as a band. Which is tragic, but also very exciting, and the energy is off the charts!

 

What should the fans expect from Spektrvm and this live concert?

Fans should expect musical integrity, truckloads of energy, special effects, two spectacular bands supporting us, a great venue, and last but not least, beautiful merchandise.

 

Send your message to the fans!

Thank you so much for supporting us, but also the music scene in general. We love you very much and can’t wait to see you on the 9th of December! We’ll bring our A-Game and we expect you to do the same. Spektrvm, out!

 

Thank you very much and have a nice concert on 9th December at Temple!

Thank you so much!

 

 

 

Cyanide 4 has prepared again an explosive cocktail for us – this time it is called “AmaΛgamA” and contains really great glam/sleaze metal anthems, which sound vintage and modern at the same time! With “AmaΛgamA” in their hands the members of this exquisite band gaze at the future with a smile on their face. Myth Of Rock and Dimitris Zacharopoulos contacted Cyanide 4 and Adrian Kyprianos, who answered gently our questions.


You have just released your new, third album, “AmaΛgamA”. Which are your feelings?
Well, after a long time, with numerous ups and downs, we can finally hold in our hands our latest effort! We could actually say that it was a really frustrating period for us, because we had to face the Pandemic-related issues (lockdown, no shows/no fun, “no-life”, etc.) but, meanwhile, the production of our album was not actually coming to an end. That was mainly because of the fact that it was actually 3-times mixed, we had chosen the -as it seemed- ‘not-so-right’ personnel to fulfill that task and eventually it costed both money and time…But never mind, here we are, we are proud of what we’ve done, it’s surely our best and most ‘mature’ effort so far and we hope “album #4” will be another step forward!

 

Why did you name your new album “AmaΛgamA”? What things do you combine?
All the new band-members had their own musical style and background, so, to one extend, it could be clearly seen on their ideas and playing. All in all, I guess we combine our main influences spanning from the 80s ‘so-called’ hair/glam Metal and Heavy Metal bands to more modern stuff, creating a ‘mixture’, an ‘amalgam’ of what we actually dreamed-off that the sound of Cyanide 4 one day would be…A glam metal band, sounding not like a typical glam metal band. We believe that we have achieved that and hope to build on that further on.

 

When, where and under which circumstances was “AmaΛgamA” recorded? Who did the production (mixing/mastering)? Describe the whole process of the recordings and the production.
Well, the recordings and mixing took place in Soundgarden Studios, Athens and the final mastering took place in Mystery Room Mastering, Madison (WI – U.S.A.). As mentioned before, we had chosen another well-known producer and had sent all the material abroad to its studio, but the overall result we received didn’t actually meet our standards, or better said, the actual sound-result we had in mind for “AmaΛgamA”!

 

Where would you trace the differences between “AmaΛgamA” and “Nekyia”?
For sure, it’s the production! Though it was a really time/budget consuming procedure, eventually it turned out to be a ‘level-up’ in comparison to our former album, for sure! Composing was also way improved, eventually resulting to getting closer to the sound-style/result we wanted to achieve!

 

Who are the main composers of Cyanide 4 today? How is a Cyanide 4 song usually composed? What does inspire you to write music? Where do your lyrics refer to?
The main composers are both our guitarists and the rest of us could give an ‘extra’ touch/idea, if needed. You know, composition is a matter of inspiration but inspiration doesn’t come that easy! I mean, it usually comes at the most “inappropriate” times, haha! Regarding lyrics, we never had any particular pattern in our minds, we had given ourselves the freedom to follow any ‘lyrical path’ we had inside us…Our lyrics are basically based on everyday-experiences, personal experiences or even historical-facts…Whatever inspires us could be eventually ‘transformed’ to lyrics…

 

In your opinion, which are the trademarks of your sound?
Our sound ranges from the "so-called" 80s' old-style/vintage hard rock one to the more modern, heavy sound. We think that our trademark is the “balance” between past and future and how we achieved to ‘mix’ all those elements, crafting that real amalgam of our own influences!

 

I sense a melancholy in your songs. Do you agree with me? What feeling of yours do you try to express though your music?
Yes, we agree to that…We never had followed that “Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll”-joyful subject 100%. As mentioned, it’s all about inspiration and taking into consideration that life is hard, unfortunately people go through stressful/sad situations…So, eventually, the expression of feelings through music/lyrics would follow that particular path a little more, to say the least.

You belong to the glam metal genre. How does it feel to be a glam/sleaze metal band in the year 2022? How do you see things for the contemporary worldwide glam metal scene?
When you say glam/sleaze genre, most people are expecting to chew old-staff or to copy the “dino-bands" of the 80's. For us, it's a big challenge, we know that we do something different, avoiding -as much as possible- the 'clichés' that have been established the past years. Of course, we feel grateful to have these influences and we do our best to further develop and progress our music to any direction feels right for us. All in all, there are many great bands in our genre, especially in Scandinavia but the 80s’ won’t be ever coming back…would they?

 

Which are your favorite glam metal bands? How have these bands affected Cyanide 4’s sound?
The “Dinos”, hahaha! Well, the great ones, of course, like Mötley Crüe, Dokken, Ratt, Poison, Skid Row...Of course they have affected us, by mainly giving us huge inspiration and some of our biggest “idols”! Musically though, we guess that their influence could not be so easily spotted, at least nowadays…

 

How did the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions affect you as a band and as individuals?
Well, as individuals, we guess that it was one of the most boring but also stressing periods of our lives, full of “insecurity” and “isolation”! It was really sad not being actually able to LIVE like you used to! On the band-aspect now…13.03.20, we had just landed in Dusseldorf, Germany and before we even disembark the airplane, we had seen the “postponement” post of the festival we were about to take part (just to mention, we have received NO SINGLE information about what’s eventually happening to that event or anything, whatsoever…still today!)…Adding to that, for a period of about 2 years we couldn’t actually meet/rehearse and consequently do any gigs, because of the occasional “lockdowns” that had been happening in Greece. This whole shit affected the release of the album, too, of course…But, in any case, we hope nobody lives again under those circumstances and we are looking forward to start celebrating life and rock music, as soon as possible, on a stage near you!

 

Which are your future plans? A tour maybe?
Adding to our former answer just above, we are looking forward to announcing a first run of shows in promotion of our newest album “AmaΛgamA” and get the engines rollin’ once again!

 

Send your message to the fans!
We are looking forward to seeing you at venue near you and rock our asses-off to some rockin’ tunes! Can’t wait to share the energy with!

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The last years, Sonata Arctica, one of the most accomplished metal bands of our times, is in an … acoustic … state of mind! The Finnish power/progressive metallers have released two acoustic albums and are on a long acoustic tour. Like it or not, Sonata Arctica’s endeavors are special and unique, and pique our curiosity. So, Myth of Rock tried to contact the band and finally, managed to discuss with the bassist, Pasi Kauppinen. It was a really interesting conversation!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos  


Hello Pasi, how are you?

Hi, I am fine, it is fall here in Finland and the tour has already began. We have played some shows here in Finland and we are heading to Europe. So we are back on tour!

 

So, there is a tour underway, how are the shows, until now?

Yeah, it has been really good. The shows we have played in Finland have all been in concert halls, they were not the normal electric shows in venues. It has been good. People have been sitting during the shows, so it is a bit different with these acoustic shows.

 

Sonata Arctica have released two acoustic album, “Acoustic Adventures – Volume One” and “Acoustic Adventures - Volume Two”. Why did you decide to release acoustic albums?

We started the whole acoustic thing already years and years ago. Even before I joined the band in 203, they had acoustic parts during their normal electric shows, in which parts they were playing two-three songs in acoustic versions. When I joined the band, we had some radio shows, exhibitions and happenings like that, where we could only have these acoustic experiences and performances. The whole thing went so good that we started thinking, “Maybe we shall do a whole acoustic tour!”. We started it in Finland, and then we brought it also to Europe, already in 2018. It went so good and people liked the acoustic arrangements and the acoustic shows so much that we talked about recording a whole album with the acoustic versions. But of course, we didn’t have time to do it in that period, because we already had that normal cycle of getting to the studio, then releasing the album and going on tour to support the new album … When the pandemic started in 2020 and all the shows were postponed or canceled and we couldn’t go on tour, then we started to think that maybe it was now time to hit the studio and do the acoustic albums.

 

With which criteria did you choose the songs, which you played acoustically in the acoustic albums and on the acoustic concerts?

Basically we decided together. We went to rehearsals, when we started to practice for the tour, and we decided together to release a bunch of songs that could work on live shows. Then we started the rehearsals and to arrange the songs we felt that would suit the acoustic form. Basically it was like that.

 

Which was your attitude towards the original songs? I mean, did you try to keep the character of each song or did you try to make changes to them?

It depended on each song. Some songs were already kinda acoustic or close to the acoustic approach, for example some ballads and songs like that, that didn’t need a lot of arrangements. We just took the acoustic instruments and started to play, thinking only a little bit how to change the approach for the acoustic theme. Then, we had the more complex songs or the faster songs, which of course we didn’t work in the same way. We started to play and hoped for the best, haha! We needed more effort on them, to find out what would be the best approach for each song, and often the final format was diverse from the original version.

 

People say that the acoustic versions are more difficult, because when you play acoustically, you can’t cover the mistakes. Do you agree with that?

Haha! Yes, that’s somehow true, but of course, I don’t wanna make a lot of mistakes in the electric shows as well, haha! So, I try to do my best all the times and in every approach, I try to do my best whatever song we are going to have. Yes, it is true that when there is an acoustic set, there is so much more air that you can hear the mistakes there better. I hope that we can avoid the mistakes, as much as we can, haha!

 

Pasi, were you involved in the mastering of these two acoustic albums?

No. Actually the albums were recorded at my studio, at the 57 Studio, which I own and I run. We went to my studio and recorded all the basic tracks live at the studio, all the drums, basses, pianos and acoustic guitars were tracked at the same live at my studio. Tony did some overdubs and vocals that were layered afterwards. And then, we have an outside producer, Mikko Tegelman, who produced the albums together with the band. We have also mixed the albums with Mikko, and then Janne Tolsa, from the band Turmion Kätilöt, was the one who mastered the albums.

 

So, you did two acoustic albums with Sonata Arctica. In general, do you like acoustic, unplugged albums?

Yes! Definitely I like this kind of albums, for example Mr. Big had released a really cool acoustic album - actually it was a live album, it was called “Live from the Living Room” (2012), and it had some really nice arrangements of their songs on an acoustic environment. You shall listen to this album.

 

After two acoustic albums, is it maybe time for Sonata Arctica to do an album with an orchestra?

We have been asked that a lot of times, haha! Of course, that would be really cool to do, but … ! I don’t know, maybe we will do something with a small orchestra, not a symphonic orchestra, because it is so huge and it needs so much effort and money of course, in order to hire such a big orchestra to perform the songs! So, if this possibility comes, we will definitely do it.

 

Let’s now go to your latest full-length studio album, “Talviyö”. How do you see this album right now?

I like this album. When we released the album in 2019 and started the tour, we managed to do the North American part and the European part of the tour. Then we had to do the Latin American part, but the pandemic hit and everything went down, all the tours went down and everything was cancelled. When we think of it now, it gives a little bit frustration, because we couldn’t do our job and go out to play. So, maybe we have forgotten this album someway, but definitely the album is really good and needs to get more attention. We couldn’t tour properly and everything was cut down, both physically and mentally, since we couldn’t work, we couldn’t do our job and perform shows. We shall give up with this album and start doing the next one. The tour of “Talviyö” has now gone. Maybe in some point in the future we will play it in its entirety, but I think this will be years and years later.

 

How would you define the current music style of Sonata Arctica?

Sonata Arctica has always had its own style. Of course, it has started as a power metal or melodic metal band, “Silence” and “Winterheart’s Guild” were pure power metal, more power metal than “Ecliptica”. The band started like this, but if you listen to “Ecliptica”, you will understand that this debut album already had all these kinds of elements, it wasn’t a pure power metal album, it had more complex songs. I think that this direction has been developed during the years, Tony Kakko’s songwriting has been developed as well. I think that nowadays the songs have more angles, when Tony writes them. Yes, our style is growing all the time, let’s wait and see what is coming.

 

Many fans of the band are disappointed with your change of music style. Of course, Sonata Arctica doesn’t sound like the way they sounded in albums like “Silence” and “Winterheart’s Guild”. What would you say to all these people who are disappointed with your style now?

Haha! I think that those years are kind of golden memory. When people have been younger and they have gone to concerts, all have been new and they have loved, have fallen in love with those songs and those years. Of course, the same thing happens now, even though we are not that young anymore. So maybe we have more experience and more mature approach for the songs. Of course we are playing a lot of songs from that era on live shows. And also, the new album has all those elements that we have already had, but maybe the general style has developed. And as I said, we are not that young anymore. Maybe we have more mature approach for the arrangements and stuff like that.

 

 Have you started writing any new songs for your next album?

Yeah, there’s been a lot of time to stay at home, Tony writes all the music for Sonata Arctica and he has also had a lot of time, because we hadn’t gone on tour. Yes, there are new songs already written. I don’t know yet, when we are hitting the studio, but maybe next year we are going to record our new album and I hope that it will be released, until next year or at least early 2024.

 

Can you give us some info about the new songs and how do they sound?

I have heard a couple of rough demos of the songs, and we haven't started rehearsals or anything recorded for the album yet. So I have only heard rough demos of the songs. But if I tell something to you, of course you’ll have my opinion, it's only what I say or I feel now. So it's better that I won't tell anything yet, haha.

 

Pasi, how did you become a member of Sonata Arctica?

I have known the guys from the band years and years now. Henrik (Klingenberg, keyboards) is my childhood friend. We had a band called Silent Voices, we had founded the band in 1995 and we have done lots of shows and albums with Henrik, since that time. So, when Henrik joined Sonata Arctica in 2003, I began my studio career, I recorded and mixed some things for Sonata Arctica and then, I played in a band called Winter Born and we toured together in 2009 and 2010. So I knew the guys from that time, and when Marco (Paasikoski) left the band in 2013, they just called me and asked if I want to join.

 

Which is your personal favorite Sonata Arctica album?

Uhh, that's a hard question, because all the albums are special. So it's hard to put them in in a special order. But uh … maybe “Pariah’s Child” (2014) is really important for me, because it's my first album with Sonata Arctica. But of course, the latest one is always the one, for which you have gave all your effort and all your power to make that. So it's complex. So, the latest album is the best, my first album is the best and of course those albums, which started the whole thing, like “Ecliptica”, we have played a lot of songs from that. And “Silence” is actually the first album I heard of Sonata Arctica, it have good memories from that, “Reckoning Night” is a strong album also,  so is “Unia” … , it's really hard to put them in order, haha!

 

You have never played with Sonata Arctica in Greece. Why is that?

Ahh, that's a good question. I really would want to come and visit Greece. I have been there on holidays and it's a really beautiful and great country. I have always liked the weather and people there. It's a really nice country, but … I don't know why …, we have a German booking agency, which takes care of our tours, Greek promoters have to get in touch with our agency … So we could come back to Greece to play shows. I hope that it will happen in the near future.

 

Yes, I also hope that! Pasi, send your message to the fans in Greece!

I definitely hope to come and play there, I hope that you all have checked out our latest albums. I wish everyone good fall, happy Christmas and having lots of fun with metal and everything!

 

Thank you so much!

Thank you, bye, bye!