EMQ’s with LILIUM VITAE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Pernambuco, Brazil based Symphonic/Melodic Metal band, Lilium Vitae. Huge thanks to Gleyce Viera & Leandro Silva for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Gleyce: Hello, my name is Gleyce Vieira I am the front singer of Lilium Vitae. I play a little piano, but in the band I just sing. The band was born as a project in 2012.
How did you come up with your band name?
Gleyce: The name I chose is inspired by the Bible story in which God talks about the lilies of the field and that he takes care of all nature and humans, that is, the creator semore is taking care of us.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Gleyce: I am from Pernambuco, which is in the northeast of Brazil. Here, the metal scene is alive but not as much as in São Paulo, but there are a variety of styles ranging from Black Metal to symphonic metal.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Leandro: In 2019, we released the EP “Libertação” which contains 3 tracks.
‘Libertação’ (Official Lyric Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Gleyce: First Nightwish, and then Epica, After Forever, Tristania, Shaman, Kamelot, Within Temptation, Therion, Angra etc.
What first got you into music?
Gleyce: The study of opera at the same time as heavy metal with female and male voices.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Gleyce: Definitely Nightwish.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Gleyce: Wacken Open Air. Besides being a very important festival and for the honour of being able to play for sure with great bands from the world stage.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Gleyce and Leandro: (Laughs) We haven’t received gifts from fans yet.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Leandro and Gleyce: We don’t want to pass repeated messages, but we want to send a true message. That we really cannot abandon faith, hope and love. Let us love one another, let us have faith and hope, so that things can go smoothly in our lives!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Leandro and Gleyce: Maybe Freddie Mercury…but for us Brazilians, it would be great to see André Matos alive again. He is the greatest Brazilian heavy metal singer, and had great worldwide prestige.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Leandro and Gleyce: What we really like most is the contact and interaction with the public! What we don’t like are destructive criticisms from people who were unaware of our effort to compose, record and publicize many times for free!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Leandro and Gleyce: As we really like symphonic metal, I think Nightwish’s “Wishmaster” is a great album for us!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Leandro and Gleyce: Vinyl and CD’s
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Leandro: We didn’t play on many shows because we were always writing and recording songs, and at that time there were some components coming out, and new members coming in. But, there was an event called Underblood Fest in Recife, it was a great event where everyone really liked our sound.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Leandro: I like archaeology! I think it would be an archeologist.
Gleyce: I would be a lawyer.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Leandro and Gleyce: In the case of people still alive, they would be Bruce Dickinson, Tarja Turunen, Tuomas Holopainen, Michael Sweet and Christian Liljegren.
What’s next for the band?
Leandro and Gleyce: We are preparing a very good album called “Guided By Light”. The album has 10 tracks, and is currently in the recording phase of keyboards, and orchestral arrangements. Pandemia delayed the process, as it should have been ready since July.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Leandro and Gleyce: We thank you! We want to say that it was an honour and joy to participate in this interview, and that the upcoming CD is something very special, which is being done with a lot of effort and affection!!!
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