Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Yarast Interview

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

The band moved its first steps into the Roman metal scene between 2010 and 2011. Ideas took shape gradually, both in terms of music and lyrics. In 2012, we recordered our first demo Due minuti d’odio (“Two Minutes of Hate") with Stefano "Saul” Morabito at 16th Cellar Studios (Rome). After some changes, we reached our final line-up in 2014 with the introduction of the new vocalist Matteo, then we started recording Tunguska 1908.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Well, it is not easy at all to answer this question! We have just tried to write down our ideas by conveying our individual musical influences. I think people will recognize a mixture between death/thrash influences and some melo-death styles. However, our main purpose was to give an appropriate musical representation of our concept, which should "sound" both aggresive and solemn.

3.Your lyrics deal a lot with the Communist and Cold War era of Russia, can you tell us a little bit about your interest in this topic?

Our idea is to portray what is actually a fanta-political scenary, that is: how would the world look like if it had not been dominated by the Anglo-Saxon culture? What if the Soviet Union had won the Cold War? Thus our songs deal with a broad range of topics and issues, from Soviet's historical controversies and myths, to social dystopia. Obviously, there is nothing eulogic or overtly political in our lyrics.

4.I know that the bands name means 'fury' in Russian, how does this name fit in with the music style that you play?

As mentioned, we have tried to work out an arrangement among aggressive as well solemn patterns. For instance, you may listen to some tracks, such as Retaliation, Nuclear Winter and Tabula Rasa, full of marches and fast sections. Fury, to say, lies in those partes, as well as in the massive guitar sound we have tried to perform during the recordering session.

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

In about five years we have had the pleasure to share the stage with some great Italian metal band such as Fingernails, Cancrena, Helligators and Southern Drinkstruction.

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

Yes, of course. This autumn we will present the album in Italy, then we will certainly plan a European tour.

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

At the moment we have received quite good reviews and some excellent feedback by our fans. Anyway, it is too early to express judgments. The album is still hot off the press!

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

Most of us has side-projects. We all love playing metal and rock in their different forms. Daniele and Nicola (rhythm guitar and drums) are part of Blodiga Skald (Folk Metal), Fabrizio (bass) plays in Chronic Hangover (stoner metal) while Matteo (vocals) is also the bass player of Beyond The Dark (Melodic Death).

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

Music is evolution, so I expect our ideas to be constantly reshaped by our changing influences and suggestions. Probably, Yarast's next album will head toward something darker and heavier, but this is only a sensation.

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?

We all come from quite different metal sceneries. Anyway, our main influences come probably from Hypocrisy, Death, Opeth and The Crown. We also listen to doom metal and to some very good post-metal bands, such as The Ocean and Cult of Luna.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Literature, history, soccer and beer!

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

We just want to thank all who have supported us from the beginning. See you at our release party. Be prepared for something heavy and noisy. And for liters of vodka.

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