Friday, October 31, 2014

Orion Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band these days?

Off late we've been working on new material for the the full length album scheduled to launch early next year.

2.So far you have released an EP, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on it?

In its true sense, On The Banks Of Rubicon was the was our first attempt at finding  our sound. It was a mix of our influences and aspirations. In the end it turned out to be better than we thought we were capable of and now we're only more motivated to get even better.

3.There has not been any new material since 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

We take our time with new material. It becomes a song only when all of us are convinced it couldn't be any better than it already is. The last two years, we've focused more on touring and making our presence felt in the scene here. The last couple of months though have been all about the next album. We're very excited about it.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Our lyrics mostly revolve around our emotions. We find larger than life parallels that add grandeur to the songs and at the same time help listeners relate to them at a more personal level. On the Banks of Rubicon is about the moments of contemplation that one faces before taking a life decision from which there is no return. That's why the art work shows a man on the ledge of a building. If he jumps there is no turning back. He is literally on the banks of Rubicon.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Orion'?

While we'd like to believe its origins come from Greek mythology or the constellation,  the name originated back in the when our music was heavily inspired by Metallica. We named ourselves Orion as a tribute to the late Cliff Burton.

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?

Among some of the most recent shows was the Wacken Metal Battle India finals that was held in Bangalore.  Other than that we've been playing local shows in Jaipur, Hyderabad, Pune and other cities across the country. Our live act is simple. We're driven by the crowd actually. The louder they get, the better we play. Unlike many other metal bands, we don't take ourselves so seriously. In the end we make sure the crowd has as much fun as we do in stage.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We're playing at the Catatonia Fest being held in Mumbai on 2nd November. Other than that there are other shows in the pipelines that will be announced soon.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?

Whatever global reviews and response we've received has so far been very positive and that's a huge encouragement for us. We do get compared to bands like Opeth a lot. Hey, who wouldn't want to be on the same list as them?

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?

All our band members have other projects too. Vignesh our frontman and guitarist also plays for an Indian Horror Metal giant Albatross. They recently toured Australia and is working on conquering other parts of the world as well. Our other guitarist Ashwin also plays in a Hindi metal band named Vajra. Even though this is India, you see very few of those. They just released their first EP which is quickly climbing the charts here. Our drummer Pritesh plays sessions for many projects and tours with numerous bands as their sound engineer.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

The full length is definitely be out early next year. With he momentum the band has caught recently, we see it growing quickly, both in terms of success as well as musical proficiency. A few international tours are definitely top on the wish list. And with the pace at which Indian metal is evolving, that wouldn't be too far away.

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

Our influences are ever changing. From Metallica to Opeth to Necrophagist, Death, to even Meshuggah and Gojira, they've all inspired us to do what we do today.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

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

Metal cures all.

1 comment:

  1. what kind of a retarded name is variety of death. Desi chutiyagiri.