Sunday, August 16, 2015

Forte Ruin Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

- We are six-member metal band from Lahti, Finland. Band was founded in 2011, but the current line-up was formed in 2014. Our music is influenced by wide variety of different genres, yet the outcome being melodic death metal style.

2. Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

- We wanted to create a fresh sounding metal record, that would differ from the metal music's sound-standards, but still being punchy and ass-kicking EP.

3. The band has been around since 2011 but waited until 2015 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?

- Practically first years we spent on experimenting through different styles to find the right way to mix all the influences that we wanted to include. So first years we practiced, made new songs and played few gigs. In 2013 we won a local band competition and got few days in studio. In those sessions we recorded our first single “Chains”. During the summer 2014 the band went through a line-up change that led to the band you hear on our first EP.       

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

 - Everything from dilemmas and issues of everyday life, humanity itself and the vastly changing world around us. Often our lyrics do have a double meaning, which usually comes out when you just try to change the perspective or person in the text.

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

We wanted a short, concise name that is easy to remember and most importantly, not in use. And for some reason we wanted to use the word “ruin”. At first we were thinking about “For the ruin” but it seemed too basic and cliché. The name was formed when our previous keyboardist mistyped the name and we noticed that it looked cool to us and also made sense. Forte Ruin basically means “loud destruction”.

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

- Best shows has probably been in the club called “Torvi” in our hometown Lahti. It’s a small place where you can really feel the intimacy and connection between the band and audience. Our performance is brutal, energetic, immersive, and has got it's sensitive moments along with the raging moshpits.

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

- Yes we do have. We are going to play as much shows as we can at the moment. What it comes to future, we are trying to spread the word, get our music heard and get shows abroad.

8. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

- Like any other band that releases music, we are looking for a label too. Currently we haven't received any interest, because we even haven't been in contact with any label so far.

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

- The feedback has been mostly very positive and encouraging in a worldwide level. We’ve got positive comments even from people who doesn’t listen to metal.

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

- As said earlier; we were (and still are) evolving and trying to find our place and style. I don’t think we’ve found it quite yet but we are getting there. Slowly but surely.  At the moment we are composing, arranging and rehearsing new songs as a part of the plan of making a full length album and definitely, it's going to be faster, more epic, melodic and atmospheric entirety.

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?

- It would be a quite long story to really tell all of the bands and influences of each member of the band. This is because the band consists of six individuals whose musical influences and favorite bands differ from one another, despite melodic death metal of course. But the range of influences and bands goes from jazz to death metal. For example, from Frank Gambale to Porcupine Tree and Toto, all the way to Lamb of God and Soilwork.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?

- Homebrewing, photographing, gym, playing video games for example. Besides school, work etc. of course. And some of us are strictly focusing on music. 

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

- We are hoping that the people who like our music, would support us by simply just liking the Forte Ruin facebook page. It's a small thing to do, but means a lot to the bands. Also we would like to thank all of our supporters and fans. Thank you for the interest and interview. 

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