Friday, January 23, 2015

Dysnomia Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
(Alex) Dysnomia is a Melodic Death Metal band, whose sound is described by reviews as something like the well known Gothenburg scene. Those fast and aggressive riffs join with some traces of black metal, keyboards and orchestrations, and this is what you will find in our music.
(Eloi) Our actual lineup consists of Alex de la Sota (vocals), Rodrigo Blas (Guitars), Jorge Fernandez (Guitars), Eloi Pascual (drums) and Aarón Fariña (Bass).

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the material you had released as 'Dark Eternity'?
(Alex) We could say that the sound is a big evolution from the one you could find in Dark Eternity. It’s faster, stronger, and with much more complexity in every one of its aspects. Also the production is much better than before.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
(Alex) The main topic of the CD is to erase the reality and the world in which we live nowadays, to eliminate all the contamination and the bad things burning it all down, because only the good and fair will survive that.

4.The band was originally known as 'Dark Eternity', what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name ;Dysnomia'?
(Eloi) We decided to change the name of band for several reasons. First of all our approach to the music and the band itself changed considerably, so we didn’t feel as the same band anymore. The aim was higher for instance; we got into a professional recording studio for the first time in our careers. Besides, we had some lineup changes, including such an important thing as the vocalist (Rodrigo had stepped down on vocals and Alex joined the band a while after that)
All these things were going though our minds during all the writing and recording process, but when we listened to the premix it became pretty clear. Alex’s voice tune was so similar to Mikael Stanne’s (Dark Tranquillity) that our music, which obviously had DT as a big influence, looked much more like theirs. So we could not be “Dark” Eternity if our music sounded that similar to “Dark” Tranquillity. That was the decisive point; in order to avoid wrong ideas or confusions we switched to Dysnomia.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
(Eloi) I will always remember the first time we played in A Coruña. The audience was great, and it was the first time we signed albums after a show.
On stage we try to be as perfectionists as we can, because the music gets pretty fast sometimes and it needs a lot of meticulousness, so the audience can understand what we’re playing up there. Besides, we always try to transmit a lot of energy and make the people not just enjoy the music, but have a good time and connect with us.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
(Alex) Of course. We are planning a national tour right now to present our new CD, and maybe we can go further and do a few dates over Europe. We are currently organizing everything and will publish the first dates very soon.

7.The new album was released on Suspiria Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
(Eloi) Suspiria Records is based in Vigo, just like us. We had worked with them when we released our EP “Selenia” when we still were Dark Eternity. Our experience with them was very pleasant and successful, so we decided to go one more time with them.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?
(Alex) Surprisingly strong. We have received some personal messages that you wouldn’t believe, and we know we have already a lot of fans in Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Russia… It is pretty shocking how far our music has arrived in a very short period of time.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
(Eloi) Where our lives take us, that’s for sure. We wrote “Dysnomia” in order to play the music we were in the mood to. At that point we enjoyed playing that kind of music, with fast riffs and atmospheric keyboards, so we did. I cannot tell if ten albums from now we’ll still be playing death metal, who knows. One thing is for sure; we’ll never play something that we don’t really feel like, because we can’t force ourselves to enjoy music that we just don’t, and that would be transmitted to the fans.

10.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?
(Alex) We could say that we have in common the Swedish Melodeath bands like In Flames, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity, At The Gates and so… Each one of us listens to things that may be slightly different. Our drummer is more on the proggy and jazz side, while me and Aaron like folky stuff or some darker sounds. Our guitarists are more into death metal or metalcore, so we could say we are all different but in the best way of its meaning.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
(Alex) I’m a marine scientist, and I love everything that is related to the ocean and its nature. I’m also a diver and bodyboarder, and I enjoy a lot spending my free time in the water depending on the conditions.
On top of it I’m a karate black belt, and I’m fascinated by the world of the traditional martial arts. I think it’s a very inspiring and enriching way of life, based on the respect and the selfconfidence while you develop your capacities and stay in great shape.
(Eloi) All my life develops around music (my job, my studies and my hobbie). But those little times when I take a break, I like to watch TV Series (right now I’m into Sons of Anarchy, The Mentalist…). And of course, spending time with my family and friends.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
(Eloi) Thanks a lot for the interview guys, and thank you who are reading this. We hope you enjoyed our album, and if you haven’t listened to it yet, give us a try and hang around our Facebook page ;)
Cheers for y’all and see you on the road!

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