Saturday, January 7, 2017

Ambivalance Interview

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

1. It so happened that after the recording of this album in a short period of time three out of four members of the band became parents. Thus, we mostly focused on our families and took a little time out before the release of the album and new shows.

2.You have an album coming out in 2017, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

2. Each AMBIVALENCE album differs from previous in both the general sound and the musical component. We experiment with sound every time. This time several invited guest musicians have taken part in recording of the album and of course it has affected its sound in general. We wanted to make a brutal sound and integrate vanguard keyboards into it. But without becoming a sympho, he-he) There were some guidelines, some bands, whose sound we like. But anyway we've got our individual specific sound. In the studio while recording we improvised a lot. Some of the tracks led own life out of our control and became as surprise even for us)

3.This is your first release since 2013, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

3.During this period, we have been working on new material for the album and playing gigs in Ukraine, Moldova and Poland.

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

4. For a long period since the band's beginning we were focused on the theme of society or rather on the topics of its diseases: human meanness, one-track mind, duplicity, manipulation of public opinion, false values, consumerism raised in a cult, plastic surgery addiction, aggressive marketing etc. But then Ukraine has experienced too many shocks for a short period. And after in my country there was revolution against the corrupted political regime, hundreds of peaceful protesters have been tortured and killed, the president has fled... And then the country which had not had time to recover has been forced to enter defensive war against the external aggressor after occupation of the Crimea and open military invasion in the east... After thousands of Ukrainians have been killed and thousands more wounded in this war, millions have become refugees... Everything else has become less important. The lyrics of most  tracks on the last album is about all this.

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

5. It is conflicting emotions that exist in one subject and do not let him live in peace. It is lack of harmony with oneself and the outward things.

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?

6.We had a lot of good shows over fifteen years of existence of the band. We played on the same stage with Nile, Vader, Cephalotripsy, Hate, Katalepsy, Severance and many other wonderful acts. It’s difficult to isolate any show that stands out in my mind more than another, there were many ) Our performance on stage can be described as affect ) This energy exchange with the audience, it's damn madness!

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

7.Yes, we have plans for touring in Europe in support of our new album, but it is too early to talk about it in details now, I think.

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

8.We received a lot of  feedbacks about our previous albums, most of them are good, and rightly so) However, we do not depend on this too much, we just make music that we like. If someone else likes it - well, then that's great)

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

9.Our bass player involved in 1914 (blackened death/doom), drummer  plays in Dexessus (Alternative industrial metal) project. Me and our vocalist currently engaged only in Ambivalence but I plan to expand the field of activity.

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

10.This is a difficult question, I do not know how will change our musical tastes and what kind of music we will like and create in the future. I have no idea in what format we will work. But it will definitely be extreme. And of course we will experiment with a mix of styles)

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?

11. Our playlists constantly changed over the years) In the last few these were Cryptopsy, Origin, Job for a Cowboy, Gorgasm, Sadist, Dying Fetus, Aeon, Hate Eternal, Marduk, Rotting Christ, Ocean, Colossus , Aborted, Clouds, Tool...

As for me personally, lately I listen to Anaal Nathrakh, Broken Hope, Cryptopsy, Hate Eternal, Lux Occulta and Misery Index.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

12. I am an artist by profession and my main occupation besides music is my work in Gamedev industry and upbringing my two kids. Our bass player’s hobby are aquariums and he, as me and our drummer, raises a child. Our vocalist’s hobby are motorcycles. So we are quite different)

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

13. Now it is very easy to get lost at sea of information that surrounds us. It’s difficult to understand where the truth is. I want people to think critically and did not allow anyone to fuck their brains. And Happy New Year)