La banda de metal sinfónico XANDRIA publicó su nuevo disco "Theatre Of Dimensions" y a continuación podes leer la entrevista que le hicimos a su creador Marco Heubaum, enjoy!



¡Felicitaciones por este nuevo álbum, "Theatre Of Dimensions" que suena muy bien! ¿Por qué ese título del álbum, es una obra conceptual?

Marco: ¡Muchas gracias! Es el nombre de una canción muy especial, un tema muy largo que está contando una historia, como una pequeña película de ciencia ficción / fantasía, con la música subrayando las diferentes partes de la historia con muy diversos estados de ánimo y elementos. Cuando estábamos buscando un título para el álbum, elegimos el nombre de esa canción, porque ha sido una experiencia muy sobresaliente para nosotros crearla, y es muy importante para el disco. Pero las otras canciones del álbum no están conectadas a él, no es un álbum conceptual.

¿Cómo fue el proceso de composición cuál fue tu inspiración para escribir estas canciones?

Marco: Las inspiraciones vienen de cosas muy diferentes, puede ser un estado de ánimo de una película, o un riff de guitarra que he estado zapando durante una prueba de sonido, o cualquier otra cosa. Las ideas vienen de todas partes, y para mí se inician primero en mi mente. Luego, junto con nuestro productor, trabajamos esas ideas para arreglos de canciones completas, y cada uno aporta sus ideas en lo que hacemos.

Dime qué fue diferente en este álbum en comparación con Sacrificium, en la escritura, composición, etc  

Marco: Esta vez he estado buscando más bien una buena idea y sencilla de canción, mientras que en Sacrificium estaba buscando un cierto sonido o arreglo que quería lograr. El resultado es que esta vez tenemos más canciones buenas y memorables. Y también muy diversas.

¿Compusiste alguna de las canciones? En caso afirmativo, ¿cuál y cuál fue tu inspiración?

Marco: Casi todas las canciones se basan en una primera idea que tuve. A menudo ya tenía en mente cómo debería sonar la canción con la instrumentación completa, en qué dirección debería ir, pero a veces nos sorprendió por donde nos han conducido algunas ideas espontáneas.

Al componer, ¿te influenció alguna música que escuchaste, tal vez algunas películas o libros?

Marco: Las bandas sonoras de la película son una gran inspiración, con su poderoso transporte de estados de ánimo y emociones. Y seguro que siempre estamos influenciados por lo que nos gusta, nuestras bandas favoritas, las bandas de metal y rock con las que hemos estado creciendo.

Hablando sobre el estilo de la música, ¿cuál es la principal diferencia con su trabajo anterior?

Marco: Creo que las canciones se están volviendo más directas y son más poderosas. Y lo más importante, el álbum es más diverso en sus ingredientes. Eso es lo que me gusta del género del metal sinfónico. En realidad, puedes poner muchos géneros de metal diferentes en tus canciones, mientras que thrash metal sigue siendo thrash metal, doom metal sigue siendo doom metal, igual que power metal u otros estilos. En su mayoría se quedan en sus estilos, mientras que nosotros podemos poner diferentes estilos en nuestra música.

Sé que probablemente te gustan todas tus nuevas canciones, pero si tienes que elegir una? ¿Cuál y por qué?

Marco: No puedo elegir una canción, y ¿por qué debería? Todos ellas han sido escritas por una razón y todas ellas tienen su toque especial y sus historias. Por supuesto hay algunas canciones excepcionales, como la canción del título, o "We are murderers (we all)", que tiene un mensaje muy importante que quería compartir. O "Forsaken Love", que es una canción muy personal para mí.


¿Algún plan de recorrer Sudamérica? ¿Hay algún lugar que no hayas visitado y te gustaría ir?

Marco: Seguro, estamos yendo de gira por América del Sur bastante seguido, acabamos de estar allí recientemente. No puedo decir todavía cuándo será la próxima vez, pero probablemente el año siguiente. Nos gustaría visitar Machu Picchu la próxima vez que estemos en Perú. Esta vez, desafortunadamente, no tuvimos tiempo para ello.

Podrías mencionarnos 3 discos que estés escuchando ahora?

Marco: El último álbum de Draconian, ya que parecen ser los últimos en estar haciendo ese tipo de estilo atmosférico de metal de los años noventa, el nuevo álbum de Avatar y el último álbum de Cradle Of Filth.

¿Cómo ves la escena del metal hoy en día? ¿Hay alguna banda que llame tu atención? 

Marco: Me gusta la gran diversidad en la escena del metal hoy en día. Lo que me pareció particularmente interesante es la música de metal de países árabes, mezclando sus sonidos tradicionales con metal. El álbum más escuchado por mí en 2016 fue "Legacy" de Myrath, una banda brillante de Túnez. Gran musicalidad y canciones increíbles. Todo el mundo debería echarles un vistazo, son simplemente fantástico!

¿Algún sueño que te gustaría lograr con Xandria?

Marco: Escribir el álbum perfecto.

¿Algo que te gustaría decirle a los fans de todo el mundo?

Marco: Gracias por su apoyo, significa mucho para nosotros!

The symphonic metal band XANDRIA released their new album "Theater Of Dimensions" and we interviewed Marco to talk about it, enjoy!



Congratulation for this new album, “Theater Of Dimensions” that sounds very good! Why that album title, is there any concept behind?

Marco: Thank you very much! It is the name of a very special song on the album, a very long song that is telling a story, like a little science fiction / fantasy movie, with the music underlining the different parts of the story with very diverse moods and elements. When we were looking for a title for the album, we chose the name of that song, because it has been a very outstanding experience for us to create it, and it is very important for the album. But the other songs on the album are not connected to it, it is not a concept album.

How was the composition process what was your inspiration to write these songs?

Marco: The inspirations come from very different things, it can be a mood from a movie, or a guitar riff that I have been jamming during a soundcheck, or anything else. Ideas come from everywhere, and for me they are mostly in my mind first. Then, together with our producer, we have been working out these ideas to full song arrangements, with everyone having an input with their ideas.

Tell me what was different in this album in comparison with Sacrificium, in the writing, composition, etc 

Marco: I have been looking more for a good basic song idea this time, while on Sacrificium I was looking for a certain sound or arrangement I wanted to achieve. The result is that I think this time we have more good, memorable songs. And also very diverse ones.

Did you compose any of the songs? If yes which one and what was your inspiration?

Marco: Almost all the songs are based on a first idea I had. Often I already had in mind how the song should sound like with the full instrumentation, in which direction it should go, but sometimes we were just surprised by where some spontaneous ideas have been leading us to.

When composing, did you were influenced by any music you were listening, maybe some movies or writing?

Marco: Movie soundtracks are a big inspiration, with their powerful transportation of moods and emotions. And for sure we are always influenced by what we like, our favourite bands, the metal and rock bands we have been growing up with.

Talking about the music style or the mood of the album what's the main difference with your previous work?

Marco: I think the songs are getting more straight to their point and are more powerful. And most important, the album is more diverse in its ingredients. That is one thing I like about the so called symphonic metal genre. Actually, you can put a lot of different metal genres in your songs, while thrash metal keeps being thrash metal, doom metal keeps being doom metal, same as power metal, classic heavy metal or other styles. They mostly stay on their tracks, while we just put all these different styles in our music.

I know you probably like all your new songs but if you have to choose one? Which one and why?

Marco: I can not choose one song, and why should I? They all have been written for a reason and they all have their special touch and stories. Of course there are a few outstanding songs, like the title song, or “We are murderers (we all)”, which has a very important message I wanted to share. Or “Forsaken Love”, which is a very personal song for me.


Any plan of touring over South America? Is there any place you haven’t visited yet and you would like too?

Marco: Sure, we are touring South America on a regular basis. We just have been there recently. I can´t tell yet when the next time will be, but probably the following year then. Yes, we would like to visit Machu Picchu next time we are in Peru. This time we unfortunately didn´t have the time for it.

Could you share with us three albums that you’ve been spinning lately?

Marco: The last Draconian album, as they seem to be the last ones to be doing that kind of nineties atmospheric metal style, the new Avatar album, and the latest Cradle Of Filth album.

How do you see the metal scene nowadays? Is there any band that caught your attention?

Marco: I like the huge diversity in the metal scene nowadays, almost everything is existing and also possible to be mixed together. What I found particularly interesting is metal music from Arabic countries, mixing their traditional sounds with metal. The most listened album by me in 2016 was “Legacy” by Myrath, a brilliant band from Tunisia. Great musicianship and amazing songs. Everyone should check them out, they are just fantastic!

Any dream you would like to achieve with Xandria?

Marco: Writing the perfect album.

Something you would like to say to the fans over the world?

Marco: Thank you for your support, it means a lot to us!

We interviewed FOREVER STILL to talk about their upcoming album Tied Down to be release by Nuclear Blast records, check it out!


First of all, congratulation for this new album “Tied Down” that sounds awesome!! 
Thank you so much! Really happy to hear you enjoy it. We put our hearts and souls as well as a lot of hard work into this album, so I’m glad it comes across.

How does it feel to release you first album and working with Nuclear Blast?
It feels great! We’ve spent a lot of time putting this album together doing everything ourselves from recording, mixing and mastering to the artwork, photos and shooting our own music videos, so it’s amazing to finally be able to share it with the world. Seeing it released by the world’s largest hard rock- and metal label is just amazing and I really think the album deserves the push, they can give it.

Why you titled the album as Tied Down, what's the story behind?
“Tied Down” seemed like the perfect way to describe the overarching theme, since it’s a concept album about the journey of an individual struggling with depression, anxiety and worthlessness, before a spark of hope appears and recovery slowly starts setting in. It explores all the feelings of anger, despair as well as hope that you go through when going from worse to better; emotions that most of us struggle with throughout life, though not everyone cares to admit it.

For someone that doesn’t know about Forever Still what can you tell us about the origins of the band and what kind of music do you do?
The band formed, when Mikkel and I met at a concert and shortly after began talking about making music together. Mikkel sent over some instrumental ideas and I was inspired to write melodies over it, from the first time I heard it. We met up and started working on some songs and together we released our first EP “Breaking Free” in 2013. I sometimes describe our music as a ‘Gaspar Noé meets Tim Burton’-movie.

How was the composition process of this album and what was your inspiration to write this songs?
We usually start out with an instrumental part or two that Mikkel create and the melodies and lyrical themes I create for it are a result of the emotions, I get from the instruments. The song melodies inspire him to work on the next instrumental part and develop existing parts and we’ll go back and forth and complement each other, until we feel like the song is the best it can possibly be.Our inspiration for all songwriting comes from inside and every song is the product of personal experience and emotion.

What can you tell us about the production of the album?
When we started writing Tied Down, we quickly realised that this was going to be different. We had the album concept in mind from a very early point and in keeping with this idea, we wanted the album sound like everything was a little broken and falling apart. So we recorded live, everything was initial instincts, first takes, no second-guessing and what happened, was what got on tape.

What would you like to achieve by the end of this year or in 2017, is there something special that you would like to do with the band?
We’re embarking on a huge European tour this fall with Lacuna Coil to promote “Tied Down” and we plan on doing yet another album tour early next year, which is something we are really looking forward to. It’s really one of the best things for us to get out and experience the album with everyone in a different way than it was on the record.

What are the main bands that have been influenced you on your life? Is there any specific band you would like to tour with?
Our inspirations come from many places, not just music, and I think this album has got a very cinematic feel to it. Not in a cheesy, blockbuster kind of way, but more in a David Lynch, Lars von Trier kind of way.

Could you share with us three albums that you’ve been spinning lately?
Nick Cave - Skeleton Tree. Wow, what an emotionally heavy album!
Neurosis - Fires Within Fires. Listening to it right now for the first time.
Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor. Just getting into this one.

Something you would like to say to the fans over the world?
Thank you for being such an amazing bunch of people! Talking to you every day via. social media is such a joy and I can’t wait to meet a lot of you in person this fall on our EU tour with Lacuna Coil. And the rest of the world: We’re coming for you as well, just wait!

Tracklist:
01. Scars
02. Once Upon A Nightmare
03. Miss Madness
04. Awake The Fire
05. Breathe In
06. Save Me
07. Your Light
08. Alone
09. Break The Glass
10. Tied Down

Site: foreverstill.dk

BOMBAZO. Fabio Lione (Official) deja Rhapsody Of Fire, lo comunico el tano y la banda en sus respectivas cuentas de facebook sin dar detalles al respecto. La banda seguiría componiendo a pesar de esta baja, habrá que ver como siguen las cosas, triste noticia.

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Temas:

Encircled
Atoma
Forward Momentum
Neutrality
Force of Hand
Faithless by Default
The Pitiless
Our Proof of Life
Clearing Skies
When the World Screams
Merciless Fate
Caves and Embers
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