Review of ‘Anthem’ by Symfinity


Review by Ryan Murray | February 19, 2021 | Official Facebook

Symfinity, while listed as a symphonic metal band, also have a lot of progressive metal and even some folk/ren faire vibes. This New York City based band is a must see and must hear group! Their website states they have been described as a mix between Jethro Tull and Nightwish, and I completely agree with that. They have a very progressive sound and they pack an even bigger punch live!

In 2018, they opened for Tarja’s return to NYC at The Gramercy. My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing Symfinity play from the front row. While I only had the chance to wave “hi” from a far before the show, I’ve kept in contact with the band ever since and can tell you they are the real deal. Not only are they all super talented, but they are genuinely kind and humble people. During the show, the energy they put out to the crowd is so palpable. Symfinity is the type of band that you can feel the heart behind the music. 

Releasing their album “Anthem” March 2020, Symfinity poured so much of themselves into this 12 track album, and it shows. The band did all of the album by themselves, including the recording, mixing and mastering. Also, the band recorded all of the instruments heard throughout the album live! 

Anthem
This opening track starts out with strings and winds but at :16 seconds when the guitars come in, this honestly gives me a Nirvana vibe. I also love the epic strings/drum part at :48.

The lyrics are limited on this track, but I think it fits perfectly! 

Overall, this song is really arranged well. I really enjoy the live symphonic elements that blend in perfectly with the band. 

“As we search for guiding anthems, aiming at the stars”

To me, this is speaking of our lives. As we seek those things that guide us to our next chapter, that we should always aim high. 

Flipside 
Flipside! Absolutely loved hearing this song played live at the Gramercy! So much energy behind this song. 

This song starts out with a strong symphonic sound with drums holding the groove. Absolutely love the distorted guitars starting at :19.

I also love the dynamics and emotion on this track, both musically and lyrically. 

“Head in the stars, I was fighting all your wars 
Losing grip, you cling and you trip; I’m leaving you behind”

I really love the meaning behind this song. For me, this track talks about moving past friendships that held us back. When others try to hold us back, we need to break free from them and not let them get in the way of our goals and success. Not only that, but also some of those people try to ride the wave of our success.

Dynamite
This track starts out with some heart-pulsing drums and Seann’s vocals. Then Averi “Metalwinds” comes in along with strings and distorted guitars.

The band instruments are blending really well with the symphonic instruments and really compliment each other well. 

Seann’s range is heard really well on this track. 

My favorite part of this track is from 2:53 to the end!

This song, for me, is about all of those backstabbers that we have to deal with throughout our lives. The ones that act so nice to our faces, but then show their real selves when they talk badly about us and try to destroy us with their lies. We need to break free from these people and get away from their destruction. 

“I can handle more than you think. I’m not a prisoner of your destruction.”

The Way I Run From You
This track is a lot of fun and sounds great! It’s probably one of my favorites from the album! The first verse opens with a light intro on keys and flute. When the first verse comes in, strings are added. Seann’s vocals are very light and soft throughout this song, but it shows a lot of depth and emotion! 

Drums come in during the second verse for a bit of a heavier feel along with a stronger symphonic feel. This verse may come as a surprise after hearing the intro and first verse, and the intensity continues building throughout the remainder of the track! 

For me, this song is about escaping the grasps of those that try to hold us back, whether in a personal relationship, toxic family or friends, toxic work environments, and other similar circumstances.

There’s a part of this song that really sticks out to me, both melodically and in lyrical content –

“Never gonna hear you say 
Never gonna find a way 
All I wanna to do right now is 
Run away from you 
All the things you put me through 
So glad that I withdrew 
Don’t you wanna see the way 
I run from you?”

Not only do I love the melody here, but lyrically I relate to this in a strong way. I was stuck in a toxic work environment for many years. This person would constantly stab me in the back by saying one thing to me and another behind my back. They would lie about me behind my back and try to change the perception others had of me. Even though most were smart enough to not believe her lies, it was still painful. This was someone I had known since I was younger, so it made it even more painful. I finally had to withdraw from that environment and it was for the best!

Halfway
This track opens with a beautiful string intro along with vocals a few seconds in. Even though this is a bit of a slower track, the emotions and depth that this song has are very evident.

This song also reaches me on a personal level. For me, this song is about not being happy with where we are in life, feeling as though we haven’t tried as hard as we could to better ourselves, and the anger and resentment we feel within ourselves because we don’t push ourselves farther.

Supernatural
This track is a bit more up beat! It opens with a hard riff, drums flute a mind a strong symphonic backing. Melodically, at times this one reminds me of earlier Lacuna Coil. (Comalies)

This is another song that showcases Seann’s range! 

This song, for me, is about those people and those things that we allow to hold us prisoner and to keep us back from being better than we are. 

Too many times in life we give people and things the authority to hold us prisoner in a cage of fear and regret. This can only happen if we let it, but too many times that’s exactly what we do. 

“Your cold stare is just a reflection 
Of how I feel inside 
The keeper isn’t you; it’s me 
That’s what I find…”

Something Nothing Everything
This track also opens with just strings, but is soon followed by light guitar and vocals. Avery gently sneaks in on the flute just moments before guitars and drums really pick it up.

The vocals stay down more on this track, gently pulling the listener in further and further. There is so much emotion even with the gentler vocals.

This track, for me, is about missed opportunities in relationships. (Not necessarily romantic ones). So many times in life we find ourselves missing out on opportunities because we were distracted by everything going on around us.  

Notion
Guitars start this track out with a sound reminiscent of Creed’s “What If”. This track brings it back lyrically to the chorus of “Flipside” with a very different feel.

At :52 the atmosphere completely changes with winds taking over the lead. 

Days Into Hope
This instrumental track starts out with very emotional and dramatic strings. The melody to this track is really quite beautiful!

At :33, keys take over and are really quite beautiful! This track builds consistently all the way through.

Without Someone
This track opens with a banger of a riff with hard drums. When the vocals come in right after the intro, the guitars and strings take over. 

The vocal melody as well as the musical melody are really catchy.

Finale I: Angel of My Life
The final two tracks broken into two finales. This track is very light and airy all throughout, including vocals. This song is really quite beautiful musically and melodically! 

Lyrically, I can relate to this song all too well. To me, I take this song to be about that moment that someone comes into our lives who completely changes us. I’ve had some weird relationships in the past. Some who wouldn’t stand up for our relationship when it really mattered, others who couldn’t respect my personal beliefs and faith. 

When I met my now wife, that completely changed. She truly is the angel of my life. She helps me to see the best in me when I don’t. She has helped me to believe in true love, seeing past all my faults and building me up to someone better. There will never be any words I can say to thank her for who she is.

Finale II: Sweet and Sour
You couldn’t ask for a more epic track for the final track of this album! This track holds nothing back and is definitely another favorite of mine! I absolutely love the dynamics this track has. Rapid double bass pedals fill the air at :43 seconds in. 

Instrumentally, this track has moments that remind me of Dream Theatre’s “Pull Me Under”.

Verdict
Overall, I have to give this album a 4.9 out of 5! Everything from the vocals, instrumentation, arrangements and song writing is just perfect. What I really enjoy about this band is that I relate to so much of the meaning behind their material, and feel that many will relate as well. If you haven’t heard this band yet, please give “Anthem” a listen, you won’t regret it! I truly can’t wait to be able to see this band live again after the pandemic clears up!

Review of ‘Breaking Infinity’ by Gabriella Metz


Review by Ryan Murray | July 6, 2020 | Official Facebook

Gabriella Metz is a singer/songwriter who was accepted into Berklee College of Music where she is studying to earn her Professional Music Bachelor’s Degree.  

Her press release states that she began studying piano when she was just four years of age. By the time she was sixteen, she had completed all academic levels of her music studies at the time and had also earned her Vocal Performance Diploma from the renowned London College of Music.

Her debut EP “Breaking Infinity” was released on May 3rd on all platforms!  

This EP is absolutely amazing! When I heard the first single called “Grey”, I was instantly hooked. The vocals are stunning. You can feel so much emotion and power behind every lyric. Whether singing a bit softer or a bit louder, there is so much control and the tone is just beautiful. Gabriella’s vocals are hard to compare, because she uses mixed elements to her voice. There are times when she sounds more like Norah Jones, and at other times she sounds more like a younger Amy Lee of Evanescence or Christina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil.

The musical arrangements are just beautiful. From the piano to the strings, everything is meticulously thought out and nothing is superfluous. Vocal and musical dynamics are perfect leaving the listener wanting more. The way the dynamics build throughout these songs is spot on. 

Why Don’t You Love Me
This track starts off with just keys and strings. Gabriella comes in with warm and soft vocals with a jazz feel, reminiscent of Norah Jones. This song starts out beautifully and the intensity of emotion builds with every crescendo, both musically and lyrically. 

This song seems to be about loving someone who doesn’t love us back in the same way, as well as the walls that are built up when we push those who love us away. 

“Why don’t you love me?
There’s nothing else I need
Why must I feel the pain I do?
Every time you walk away from me
I tried to understand you
When no one could
But I could not get near you
From where I stood”

Walls 
This track has a bit more of a synth feel with strings, a nice drum pad groove and has some beautiful non lyrical singing throughout. At times, this song reminds me of “Field of Innocence”, an Evanescence song from their pre “Fallen” work called “Origin”. I absolutely love the vocals and music on this track as well. 

This song seems to be about the games we play in our own mind when we tell ourselves we aren’t good enough and the internal walls that we build. When we spend too much time in our mind, we tend to become our own worst enemy. 

“Layers of regret
And look at where we are
In the end we’ll both forget
We’re only at the start
All I’ve done is try
Emptiness is all that’s left inside
Left inside
Wicked games of your mind
Played you till they harmed you
Your spirit was blind
Always wounded by you”

This song really hits hard for me. Years ago, I had a pretty serious knee injury. I ended up with seven different sprains, tears and fractures from the one injury, one of which being a severed ACL. I was non weight bearing for the first eight weeks of recovery before I was even allowed to start PT. I thought I would never walk again.

Once PT started, I felt even more afraid that I’d never walk again. The pain, stiffness and tightness was overwhelming. The war that I was fighting on the inside was strong. I was my own worst enemy.

As a Christian, I credit my faith in God for getting me through that. Getting out of my own head was so insanely hard, and just letting go and trusting that He would see me through this was a hard struggle. Several weeks after I had let go of the fear, I took my first unassisted steps at therapy. A few weeks after that, I was walking again, unable to tell what had happened.

Grey
This track starts out with keys and some ethereal sounding light and airy non lyrical vocals which add to the effect of this song. When Gabriella comes in with the lyrics, she comes in soft, but with obvious emotion. Strings and drums join in at the first chorus and really add a lot of feeling. It even breaks down into an acoustic guitar towards the end.

“Grey clouds
Passing by
Hang on for life
Grey lights
Dark nights
Please relish the fight
To look in your tired eyes 
The courage is real”

This track, to me, is about the inner “grey” that we face during times of internal struggle, as well as the “white lies” we tell ourselves when we try to just avoid the obstacles that we face. We try to tell ourselves that we can just avoid the hurt and difficulty of being our own worst enemy without ever really confronting the darkness head on. 

“White lies steal you from me
White lies won’t help you to breathe
We face a new day
Don’t let it fall into grey”

Broken
This track sees Gabriella starting with just vocals, followed by keys. When the chorus comes in with strings, the dynamics of the whole song change. It’s really beautiful. The use of dynamics in this song is spot on!

This song, to me, is about the broken promises that we all face and deal with at some point or another. After we’ve dealt with more and more promises that are broken, we build up a wall to protect our hearts because we can’t take the hurt anymore. 

“Broken promises
We both allow
Dysfunctioning compasses
You’re leaving now
Broken promises

No one understands
Muted choruses
It’s out of hand”

Awake
While Gabriella’s voice is great on this EP, this song really showcases her range and versatility. Her range on this song goes from soft and subtle, to really powerful, yet still in control. 

This song opens a bit more softly, with strings and light vocals which beautifully build stronger and stronger throughout with great dynamics.

This song seems to be about the limited time we have together and loving who we have. In our dreams we never age, but when we’re awake, we do. This song seems to be a call to spend our time wisely.

“If you were there when I was waiting
If you were there when I needed saving
Free from all the sorrow
Eager for tomorrow
With soul 
With soul
Awake my body fades

And you love what remains
I must no longer hide from you
Drops of time
Can help me climb”

Why Don’t You Love Me (Alternative Version)
So this is a more ethereal sounding version of the opening track, and I really love this version! I think this is my favorite version of this song. Both the vocals and the backing instrumentation is beautiful. Gabriella’s interpretation on this version of the song is completely different then the original version. 

Broken (Acoustic Version)
This acoustic version has just keys and strings backing Gabriella’s voice. This really draws out her voice even more, and this changes the dynamics and mood of the song. I really like the strings that start really softly at 2:29 and continue to build in intensity.

Grey (Acoustic Version)
This acoustic arrangement has an acoustic guitar open up on its own, followed by a mellowed Gabriella with lyrics. A viola slowly builds in during the chorus and adds a whole different level to the sound. This song is interpreted completely differently as an acoustic version, and it really has a nice atmosphere!

Verdict
Overall, I’d have to give this EP a 4.8 out of 5.0! Between musical arrangements, instrumentation and vocals, Gabriella’s performance on this work is just terrific! The backing instrumentalists also deserve a lot of credit, as they blend very well together! If you haven’t heard “Breaking Infinity” yet, I highly recommend you give it a listen! 

Review of ‘Prison of Emotions’ by Julian’s Lullaby


Review by Ryan Murray | 4/2/2020

Julian’s Lullaby, a symphonic rock band from Athens, Greece, released their 2nd album “Prisoner of Emotions” in 2017. I had never heard of this band before, but really enjoyed listening to this album, especially the instrumentation.  

This band has a nice mix of symphonic rock, power rock, folk and even an ethereal sound at times. I really enjoy the arrangement of strings throughout these tracks! Lullaby’s vocals are very nice overall, and at times even more classical. Saddler’s vocals give me a vibe that mixes between Type O Negative and Iced Earth. Lullaby and Saddler really seem to compliment each other nicely.

Angel’s East

This opening track had a really nice intro which I really like a lot. I almost feel as though this intro belongs in a film score. The drums sort of remind me of the intro to Tarja’s “Victim of Ritual”, only slower. Mixed between drums, strings and synth, it builds a nice atmosphere before the guitars coming roaring in at 1:14. The power rock guitars throughout the song blend really nicely with the strings/synth.

There’s a really nice keyboard interlude at 3:34 and an awesome guitar solo at 3:52, both of which really add a lot to this track! The strings at the end of this interlude section are beautiful and really sound great before leading into another lead solo which is also great! 

Curse of Gods
Not my favorite song. This song brings it down just a bit tempo wise, but still has strong instrumentation throughout. This song sounds like it’s from an epic role playing video game battle scene. This song definitely gives off an Iced Earth vibe musically. 

Death Angel
The intro comes off as power rock, but then there is some tight double bass kicks with very ethereal sounding vocals from Lullaby. Her voice is light and airy at first, but of course kicks up as the track progresses.
I REALLY like the strings on this track. 

This song is a bit slower, and with that you get a bit more of a glimpse into these two singers’ emotions.

At 3:33 it backs down into an acoustic feel with strings and Lullaby’s voice really shines from here to the end.

Domino
This is probably one of my favorite tracks on the album! It starts with a really strong, epic string/synth intro. Then the drums join in followed by power guitars. Lullaby’s voice feels a bit more classical in this song, and has some moments of early Tarja vibes (from early Nightwish).  

I really enjoy the vocals on this track. Lullaby and Saddler  seem to really click together more so on this song. Not to say they don’t in other songs, but I really enjoy the vocals on this song a lot. 

Eyes of Gray
Time to bring it down a few notches. This song starts off with an acoustic guitar and strings. There are definitely some folk vibes/melodies here, and it’s a nice change! 

Lullaby’s vocals join in with some power chords on the guitar, but nothing too heavy. 

Saddler joins in at 1:40 as the track picks up a bit more, but just when you think it’s really gonna kick it up, it pulls back down again. I really like the dynamic that creates. 

Hanging Crown
So on this one, I have a hard time not hearing Lindsey Stirling with the string part during the intro. Then the guitars kick in which kicks this one up a notch. The bass is quite noticeable on this one too.
This song hears Saddler opening up and at 1:08 Lullaby joins in. The strings are really upbeat and uplifting throughout this entire track. There is also a lot of noticeable double bass on this one which sounds really cool with everything else going on.

A string solo kicks in at 2:53 with some chugging guitars in the background. Again, the violin playing really sounds like Lindsey Stirling at times and this is another time when it sounds like her.

Hell’s Door
Another one of my favorite tracks due to the middle of the song. This track starts off with a hard guitar riff and sees Saddler opening lyrically with Lullaby over him with very light and airy, non lyrical singing. Lullaby using a more classical sound again this time around and it suits this track nicely. Saddler sounds very Type O Negative like on this one.

At 2:33 everything backs down and we hear what almost sounds like a chariot trotting by, with a very ethereal sounding instrumental. Then Lullaby and Saddler have a bit of a duet with very laid back and light vocals. Guitars kick back in around 4:46.
 
Towards the end at 6:45 a sweet guitar solo comes in. The track begins to fade with a double bass kick and some pinch harmonics. 

Prisoner of Emotions
The title track has an intro that I really like. It starts off with the creaking of a door which builds right into a string tremolo and choir of non lyrical vocals. Drums and guitars join in with Lullaby’s ethereal non lyrical vocals, and then back out to leave just strings with keyboard. This song feels laid back overall, but with a lot of emotion. 

Then a surprise. At 4:45 the outro comes in the form of a hard guitar riff and an awesome guitar solo. 

Single Thought
I think this is my top favorite track on this album. This is another song that has some nice folk melodies. The acoustic guitar and strings really add to the nice and uplifting feel to this song. 
It starts out with a nice acoustic guitar in 6/8. Once the verse hits, we have a time change to 4/4. 

This song just sees Lullaby’s vocals with backing choir-like non lyrical vocals. Both sound really beautiful. The string parts throughout this whole song are simply beautiful. 

Starbringer
A strong, upbeat finish to a surprise of an album. Keys and guitars are the main part of the intro, with Saddler kicking off the verse, but Lullaby joins in shortly after.

The strings in the background throughout this track really add a different level to the music. There is a lot of double bass through this song as well which really pushes it along. 

A sweeping, in your face guitar solo comes in at 2:29 which kicks the song to a completely different level.

The song comes back down with keys and strings and Lullaby’s light voice to close it out.

Overall, this album really surprised me. On first listen of a few random tracks, I didn’t think I’d like it too much, but then I gave it a listen from beginning to end and it really surprised me. There’s actually a lot going on musically between the strings, keys, synth, and the rest of the band. As you listen to it more and more, you start to hear different levels of what is going on and it really was enjoyable. I’m always a sucker for strings, but not just random strings here and there. The string arrangements on this whole album, in my humble opinion, are VERY nicely, and none of it comes across as superfluous. 

I’d give this album a 4.0 out of 5.0 rating. If you haven’t heard it yet, please give “Prisoner of Emotions” a listen, you won’t be sorry!

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Interview with Melissa VanFleet


Interviewed by Jade | September 2019

First, thank you so much for interviewing with us. I absolutely love your EP. I’ve been looking for something like it for a long time. What was your inspiration for the EP itself? Did you go into writing it knowing what you wanted?

Thank you! I wrote the songs on Ode To The Dark over the course of two years without a specific collection in mind. I knew that writing was helping to get me through the dark mental place I was in dealing with OCD and anxiety. I thought they were biographical or based on other people’s stories I had heard but in actuality I was so deep in this dark place that I didn’t even realize until recently that the songs were about what I was going through mentally.

Where did you get the idea for the title track ‘Ode to the Dark?’ It’s a beautiful song and the name definitely fits the style and haunting feel.

I had the initial idea for the title of ‘Ode To The Dark’ while on the Wacken Full Metal Cruise II. I was inspired by stories I heard from fans aboard the ship about how metal was more than music to them and instead it was who they were. One of the stories affected me and I could strongly relate so I used inspiration from that for the lyrics. The song took me two years to finish.

What was your favorite song to work on?

I think my favorite song to record was ‘Marionette’ because I had to channel something very dark and evil. We turned off the lights while I was recording vocals and Marco [producer Coti-Zelati of Lacuna Coil] was laughing because he was talking to me through the glass but couldn’t see me since it was pitch black in the studio. That song is the heaviest in topic and tone for me and I had to go somewhere else in my mind to feel content with my performance.

Can we expect new music soon?

I’m constantly writing and recording new material for different projects, collaborations and to pitch to TV/Film.

What about a tour or a live date somewhere?

I miss touring and playing shows but lately I’ve been so inspired in the studio. I look forward to performing the new songs though!

I saw you in New York City with Lacuna Coilfor their 1.19 show. That seemed like such a big deal for you! And you were amazing. How did you feel about being able to perform with Cristina Scabbia?

It was a dream of an experience. I still can’t believe it was real. I have been a Lacuna Coil fan for over 15 years. During soundcheck when I heard Cristina’s voice come through my in-ears it hit me that I was on stage with one of my idols and I can’t even put into words how that felt!

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You have an absolutely beautiful voice. Do you take lessons?

I appreciate that! I am self-taught. I play everything by ear. I learned to sing with the help of a karaoke machine from my grandparents. While other seven-year-olds in the neighborhood were outside playing I was sitting behind a couch in my living room recording myself and then taking notes on what I liked and didn’t like about my voice. I took it very seriously!

I was looking at the song trailers on your website and they’re gorgeous. Do you think you’ll do something like that again in the future? (https://www.melissavanfleet.com/film)

Thanks! Definitely. I collaborated with GHOSTWOOD on the trailers and he is brilliant. He helped bring my vision to life. Ideas are endlessly circulating in my mind and I’m now in the beginning stages of storyboarding a full-length music video.

Take this opportunity to talk about something you wish you could talk about in an interview if only someone would ask the right questions. Future expectations, personal feelings about your work, what you would like fans to know about you and your music…absolutely anything you want. We want to give artists a platform to be heard!

I am a very private person but lately I’ve been opening up more about mental health. It isn’t always comfortable to talk about and sharing your story can make you feel vulnerable and exposed but it is so important. There is often a correlation between pain and dark music for both fans and artists. Knowing that others are going through something similar when I am at my lowest point usually makes me feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel and when people hear my lyrics I want them to know that they are not alone in their suffering.

Thank you so much for answering questions for us! I’m looking forward to what’s in store for you in the future. Ode to the Dark is just the beginning of something major – I can already tell!

Thank you! I appreciate your support!

Interview with Nicoletta Rosellini of Kalidia


Interviewed by Bridget Taylor
3/27/2019

Good day! Thanks for speaking with us, we can’t wait to get to know more about you!

Thank you so much for this interview, Bridget!

When looking into the meaning of Kalidia, it’s been said it’s a combination of Kali, a Hindu goddess, and Lidia, an ancient land. How deep is the band collectively into myths and history?

In both albums there are a lot of songs about those themes, like Orpheus and Amethyst are about Greek myths, Myth of Masada and Harbinger of Serenity are a mix of history and mythology, while Lotus is about the Egyptian mythology and symbolism. We’ve always been intrigued by those themes and we often got inspired by reading a myth book or travelling in Greece.

You got signed just last year to Inner Wound records. What differences have there been versus being unsigned?

A lot of difference. First of all, we don’t have to take care of all the distribution that was a little bit stressful to understand in the very beginning. Also, a label has more connections and business channels compared to a band. Inner Wound really helped us a lot with great distribution and promotion and with some advices that were useful to reach a wider audience. However, we do not regret the choice we did for the first album: at that time, it was the best choice for us to go independent. This helped us to get all the income and invest more on the second album.

A fan page (on Facebook) was recently started! How do you feel about the fan page?

We are really honored to see someone so dedicated as Eddie (the owner and moderator of the page), this means at least we have touched him deeply with our music. He’s really doing a huge work!

You’ve recently finished a couple shows and have more in the future in Europe and the UK. What can we do to bring you to the Americas and other places (street team?) For us who haven’t seen you live, what should we expect?

We’ve been asked so many times to play this or that country. Unfortunately, it’s not our choice, we play where we got offers. So, the only thing I can say is… ask your local promoters to book us and we’ll come! We really hope we can play in America because we have a great amount of listeners over there (considering our Spotify results!). We offer an energetic and fun show with lot of hadbanging and jumping moments!

Next year will be the 10th anniversary for Kalidia. Any special plans for this benchmark?

Actually, we’ve noticed this really recently. We haven’t discussed about this yet, but we’ll surely arrange something, maybe a special show? Who knows 😊

In Lies’ Device and The Frozen Throne, we have heard collaborations with others. Who has been your favourite to work with? Who would you guest with on their album, if you had the chance?

I would say David Bassin of Victorius but only because we were in the same studio working out the vocal lines together, while the other guests usually recorded their own parts in different studio. Well, I’d love to be featured in an Iron Maiden album….is that asking too much? 😛

What can we look forward to with the band, plans with music and tours? Will there be any cross action with Walk In Darkness (Nicoletta’s other band)? Does anyone else play in another band?

We still have some show in April and May, after that we will take a couple of months off to work on the new album (we’ve already written some stuff, time to work on it!) and then back to more shows in Fall (to be announced). No problems with Walk in Darkness because this is only a studio project (at least for now, ahah!). Among the other band members, only Dario is involved with another band called Ion of Chios, but they are doing just 1-2 shows per year, so no big stress.

Sum up the band for someone who has never heard of you in three words (and why you chose those words):

Melodic – this is our trademark, strong melodies all over our albums.

Bombastic – mainly the new album has those strong orchestrations that made the sound huge!

Power metal – you can still feel the classic power metal vibes.

On a lighter side, Italy is known for fashion and Nicoletta loves to accessorize. Is there a place you swear by for accessories? What’s your favourite item to wear?

I do love rings! I have 5 which I think are my trademark because I always wear them during every show or video/photoshoot! At the beginning, they were just rings made of steel, then I ordered them custom-made in silver and gold (so that they won’t change colour, ahah!).

If one was to come to Italy, for a festival or just a short vacation, what would be some places you’d recommend?

My region, Tuscany. Known for great food, wine and incredible landscapes. Also, in our hometown (Lucca), we have the biggest comicon in Europe (Lucca Comics and Games) and many famous metal bands usually play there (Lacuna Coil, Mago de Oz, Trick or Treat, Wind Rose and many more)

Where has been your favourite place been to visit, either for music or just enjoyment?

Greek islands, not only for the beautiful sea. It’s a place really full of mythology and history.

Thank you for taking time out to talk to us. We look forward to speaking again, and also to the time of seeing you across the seas! (Wishful thinking at this point, but it’ll happen!)

Thank you, it was a real pleasure! Keep on following your favorite musicians… rock on and hopefully see you on the road!

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Interview with Lyria on ‘Immersion’


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Interview by Jessica Clingempeel & Bridget Taylor
3/6/2019

Crowdfunding and the likes have been a major source for many new bands nowadays. With the success it has given Lyria, do you feel that you will keep this as a way to record future records? Do you feel crowdfunding gives you a more intimate connection to your fans versus the usual ways?

Hello, thanks for the interview. Yes, absolutely! It is amazing to have our fans working together with us to make the releases possible. It sure strengthens our connection and we probably will keep this successful partnership. Just to give an example, one of the rewards of our first crowdfunding campaign was to choose a subject for a song of the second album. So, this is a really participative role.

What, if any, were the challenges with the album Immersion and how did this record differ with the first in terms of recordings?


There were many challenges. Just to cite one, Zig suffered with an anxiety crisis just in the beginning of the records. But, in the end, Immersion was easier to record than Catharsis. We were more connected, with a very good chemistry, and the songs were already very consistent before recording, being practically unchanged during the process.

Aline, is there anything in particular that inspires your compositions? Or are they sometimes just random things that pop into your mind and you want to get them down?

I write about things that I felt in some way, things that really touched me. It could be something that happened to me or someone close. Sometimes I also put some dose of mythology. The lyrics generally talk about facing problems, overcoming bad moments and also give pieces of advice. In relation to music, we have different influences that come from pop to trash metal. Sometimes we build something step by step, sometimes it just emerges. Once I woke up with a full song in my head and in the end it changed just a little.

Regarding the lyrics, Aline, you have mentioned that some of your songs, such as ‘Hard to Believe’ is about anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Is that something you or a loved one struggled through personally?

Yes, it is. Unfortunately, nowadays, many people are dealing with these problems. Maybe because of our way of life: we are always receiving so much information and dealing with so much stress. Sometimes it is important to slow down.

The lyrics to “Let Me Be Me” is a song almost everyone can relate to. Everyone has had to deal with some form of rejection or been given the impression that one must change their attitude or ways of thinking, dressing, etc. What advice would you give to someone who may be reading this interview that is currently struggling with some form of bullying because of who they are?

You are not the problem, they are. Haters generally project their insecurities onto others. Don’t feel ashamed and don’t let anyone say what you should do. Of course, sometimes people just want to help you, so you need to figure out if they are pointing something you could improve, or if they are just criticizing for nothing.  Be yourself  and don’t give up your dreams. Work hard to make your dreams come true.

Is there any one song from Immersion that was the hardest to compose and/or personal?

Every song is personal in some way. I believe the hardest one was “The Rain”. It was one of the first to be written, but the last one to be finalized. We really liked the song, but we were not 100% satisfied until we did the last changes.

You have some gig dates coming up soon, all in Brazil, will any more be added and other countries, maybe even the USA in the near future? Any countries in particular you wish to visit?

Yes, there are still a lot of gigs to be added. I would love to tour other countries and surely, USA is on the list! We plan to do this in the near future and we maybe will do a crowdfunding campaign to make it happen. I would like to visit every country and go where our fans are.

Every musician has their pre-and-post tour rituals when playing shows. What does each member do before and after a gig to prepare and unwind?
I think we will break this paradigm, we don’t have any rituals (laughs). Normally we have the Meet & Greets before playing. When we have more time, Rod likes to make some exercises before going to stage. After concerts, if it is possible, we like to go out and eat together.

If there was one band or musician you could pick to headline for, who would that be and why? What would be your ideal festival lineup?

Many bands that we like and are on the road for a very long time as Nightwish, Epica, Lacuna Coil and Evanescence, for example. It would be awesome to have a festival with all of them plus Lyria, Disturbed, Amaranthe, Delain, Santiano, Metallica, Of Mice & Men and so many others.

Social media has really helped musicians rise and get their name out there, especially international artists. How has it helped Lyria and do you think the band would be as known now if it were not for social media?

The social media was and still is crucial for Lyria. If there wasn’t for it, it wouldn’t be possible to reach our fans. So, we wouldn’t be known and probably wouldn’t recorded our albums.

If you had to choose one song from either album to introduce the band, which song would you choose and why?

At the moment, I would choose “Let me be me”. It is our latest single, it has a recent music video, it is a song that everybody can related to, and it has the potential to reach people that are not used to listen to metal. However, “Jester” is still our most famous song.

What genres do the members listen to that are different from Lyria and what were some of the influences that inspired the direction of Lyria in terms of sound?

We listen to many different genres like pop, electronic, Celtic music, Classical music and a lot of subgenres in rock and metal. I believe that we picked a dose of all of these influences to create our own formula.

How influenced is the band in regard to outside influences such as politics and/or religion when it comes to composing lyrics? What about instrumental composition and sound, for instance, does video game theatrics have a hand in the sound?

Normally we write more about feelings. People may have different interpretations about the lyrics. We love video games and movies, so, they can be also an influence.

Outside of music, what other hobbies do the members have?


I make jewelry and also like to cook (and eat (laughs)) and to pose and take photos. Thiago and Zig like to cook too. Rod loves video games and sports. All of us also like to spend our free time with our families.

Any last words for the readers?
Hope you like the interview! If you didn’t know Lyria yet, you can find us on:

► Spotify: http://bit.ly/lyriaspotify
► iTunes: http://bit.ly/lyriaitunes
► Amazon: http://bit.ly/lyriaamazon
► Deezer: http://bit.ly/lyriadeezer
► Google Play: http://bit.ly/lyriagoogleplay
► YouTube: www.youtube.com/lyriaband
► Official Merchandise: http://bit.ly/lyriamerch
► Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lyriaband
► Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lyriaband

Thanks also to our Lyria Army for all the support. We love you.