Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Embrace Of Disharmony Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Well, not too much, since the production was finished just a few months ago! We had a brief pause, and now we are focused on preparing ourselves for promoting the album with a proper live activity.

2.You have a new album coming out in May, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your previous ep and demo?

With the album we kept walking the path sketched with the previous recordings, from which we have taken four songs out of nine. This time we improved performance and production to a professional level, and for what concerns the sound we have added a touch of theatricality. The arrangements on the album often feature the presence of a full orchestra, which was absent in the previous ep and demo.

3.This is the first release since 2010, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on with the band in the last 4 years?

Things moved rather slow. At first we had some serious lineup problems. In 2011 Emiliano Cantiano (Shores of Null, Noumeno) joined the band on drums and we started rehearsing the new songs. Then in late 2012 we started the production of the new album which took a whole year, mainly for reasons not depending upon us.

4.The new album has a concept, can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrics the band has on the new recording?
It’s not a concept album “tout court”, but there’s an underlying theme that permeates it and characterizes the mood of the entire work starting from its title. In ancient Greek mythology Ananke was the personification of fate and every song in our album is about human beings facing their destiny, palely surrendering to it or trying to change its course. Some of our lyrics are about fictional characters like Elric of Melnibon√© or the main character of Poe’s short story “A descent into the Maelstrom”, some others are not related to a specific figure but totally tied to this leitmotif.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Embrace Of Disharmony'?
It has been a hard decision to make: we wanted a name that could recall both the vocal interweaves that characterize our music and the progressive and sometimes disharmonic streak of it.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We played as opening act for Haggard (December 16, 2012) and Orphaned Land (October 22, 2013). In both cases it has been an honour to play our songs with such bands that, in addition to be internationally known, are extremely important in our cultural background.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Not yet, but we will surely try to boost our live activity as much as possible in order to promote the album and the band at our best!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme, progressive and avant garde metal?

Without a full length and a label, things that we have only now, it is difficult to be exposed to a high number of people, so this question will have a complete answer in some months. Up to now feedbacks from reviews and live reports around the internet were positive, with some peak of appreciation, hence we can consider ourselves to be satisfied.

9.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?

Our drummer Emiliano is involved with many other bands: Noumeno, an instrumental Prog Metal band, which have just completed its second album, and Shores of Null, a Gothic/Doom band which have just released its debut album. Leonardo, our bass player, has recently joined a newborn Djent band called Alien Red.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Well, no one can tell, and that's the beautiful part of it! By making too much plans or having expectations things can come out contrived. For the present day, after finishing the parts for the album, there is slightly more attention in exploring electronical sounds rather than orchestral ones, but things may change quickly. It's just about being spontaneous and write the music that comes out from you.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

In the latest years there has been one name above all: the Norwegian Avantgarde scene, so experimental bands like Arcturus, Winds, Borknagar, Solefald and so on. This musical scene has been a big influence on our approach, which met the other major reference, Progressive Metal.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Matteo: is writing music a non-musical interest? Hmm, maybe not. I guess the same would apply to playing guitar and collect and painstackingly listen to metal cds. So what's left? Eating fatty food, watch some movie at times, and above all making lots of dumb things with friends.
Leonardo: I enjoy passing my time in front of a computer screen and trying to make things work (rarely achieving this goal). In my spare time I work as a physicist.
Emiliano: Studying and teaching drums could be a non-musical interest? Ahahahah, ok seriously... i love reading and watching movies at the cinema whenever i can.
Gloria: I am a compulsive reader with a strong interest for videogames, crosswords and make-up artistry (although this strange mixture of hobbies apparently doesn’t make any sense).

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

We hope that you people can find some time and patience to listen to this album, and maybe also enjoy it. There is a very part of our souls in it.

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