Thursday, October 18, 2018

Callidice Interview

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

Hello! We are Callidice, melodic death metal band from Central-Finland. We have played together for 4 years, as we started in the end of 2014. During that time, we have released one demo, one EP and this year our first full length album. Our group is a combination of friends, brothers, assholes and bastards. 

2.In May you had released your first full length, what are some of the things you felt you have done different musically with this recording that you where not able to do with your 2 previous ep's/

On this latest album we took a step towards more professional direction, whereas the two EPs were totally self-produced and released. This time the production was done with professionals in a proper studio. As for the composition process, we were more patient and we tried to make the album more solid package. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

Usually the lyrics come from real life and then they are transformed into story-like shape. The new album is actually a concept album and every song is a part of the same storyline. 

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Callidice'?

When we were thinking about a name for our band, we thought if there would be some interesting options in mythologies and we found Callidice from Greek mythology where she is a character. Our logo comes also from the name, since Callidice is also Latin name of certain butterfly species. 

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?

The artwork was painted by our singer Jarkko and each painting represent a song on the album. Thus they also make a visual aspect for each song. 

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

We did a short European tour last November and there was many goods shows, one in particular in Prague. In Finland some of the best shows have been for example in one small metal club in Seinäjoki and also our debut album release party in our home town Jyväskylä. Our stage performances are quite energetic and we attempt to interact with the audience as much as we can. 

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

At the moment we are searching for slots to various festivals and we have also been planning for our next tour abroad. 

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of industrial and melodic death metal?

Our new album has received really great reviews overall, as most of them have scored the album around 8/10. This has been very rewarding for us. Of course we are hoping for more visibility on worldwide scale, since at the moment we are mostly known in Finland. 

9.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?

At the moment three of us are involved in other bands too. Jarkko is also singer for a black metal band Mimorium. Tero plays keyboards in a cover band Remastered. Ville joined recently a hardcore/punk band called The Hayleys. 

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

No one knows about the future yet, as we are still enjoying Anthem for Resistance. We feel like we are still searching for more unique style. Even though AFR was a great album, next time we will do everything even better than on this album.

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?

One of the biggest influences is in Swedish “Gothenburg sound”, which includes the likes of Dark Tranquillity and In Flames. Additionally, we have taken influence from black metal, industrial metal and even pop music. Basically, what we listen always has an influence on our music and we listen music from very wide scale so it’s difficult to specify.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Movies, video games, BEER, food, tattoos, painted art, porn... sports among other things. 

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

Thank you for this interview! Come to our gigs and listen to our music. We hope to see you on the road. Stay pop.

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