EMQ’s With IMMATERIUM

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EMQ’s With IMMATERIUM

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Polish Epic Symphonic Metal solo project, Immaterium. Huge thanks to main lady, Ma’ar Gareth, 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?

My real name is Małgorzata but it’s too hard to write or pronounce for foreigners, so I use the  English version, Margaret. My music is influenced by many bands because I like almost all kinds of metal, and I’m a fan of soundtracks too. So, I would just call it ‘Epic Symphonic Metal’. Still better than calling it ‘Epic Symphonic Melodic Progressive Metal with Djent and Opera influences”.

I formed this project because I couldn’t deal with the amount of ideas that I had in my head. I could create a whole fantasy universe during a boring lesson or write lyrics for a concept album when I had a few free days. When I had a lot of song lyrics, I decided to learn music theory. I never believed I could to that, but after about ten months I wrote the orchestral parts for my first real song (Hymn of The Warmaster). The songs I wrote before? Well, let’s pretend they never existed.

Then came the worst part. Finding band members. Where I live, I have only a few friends, and they aren’t interested in music, especially in my genre. I browsed the internet but everyone was like: ‘new project? Wow, great, I want to join!’ Then there were two weeks of silence and a response: ‘Sorry, I can’t write anything and I quit.” Finally, I just found musicians for hire. I asked if they are interested in music like this, they wrote the rest of the song, and we all were happy.

How did you come up with your band name?

I knew it had to be some kind of reference related to science, sci-fi or fantasy. I had a few options: Exocortex (brain-computer interface), TechMage (as the name says, the magician dedicated to technology), Mechanomachia (Titanomachia was a mythical ancient Greek war with titans but make the titans mechanical), CyberSkull (can’t imagine how cheesy that would be), Kyber (crystals used in Lightsabers in Star Wars universe), Korriban (a sinister planet in Star Wars), Katana (sorry, taken!), a bunch of technobabble like ‘quantum/cyber/space + random word’ names (bonus points if they were in Latin), and then the final choice: The Eye of Terror, Warp Storm, or Immaterium. All of them are related to a fictional realm from the Warhammer Universe that could be called ‘the opposite of reality’. Think about hyperspace in Star Wars but with monsters, demons and suffering souls that drive people into insanity.

My stage name is just my English name with more letters. Margaret sounds like a normal girl, while Ma’ar Gareth sounds like some kind of ancient magician or goblin warlock or whatever like this.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I’m from Southern Poland, also called ‘Bieszczady’, and we’re the home of the legendary Tech-Death band Decapitated. I’m not very much into the local scene, but the bands that I can recommend are: Kalt Vindur (Atmospheric Black/Doom Metal), Hermetic Evolution (Djent/Industrial Metal), Diaboł Boruta (Folk Metal) and Neolith (Death Metal).

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

The latest, and also the first release is the EP called ‘The Primal Evil’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The first two bands that gave me the idea were Nightwish and Epica. If they can play metal with orchestral music influences, why can’t I? Then I dived deeper and found many Symphonic Death Metal Bands: Ex Deo, Septicflesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Shade Empire and Wintersun. But the band that helped me make the final decision was the band that I love with my whole heart: Mechina.

What first got you into music?

Weird story. When I was a kid, I absolutely hated music. The thing I disliked the most was lyrics. Love, broken hearts, romances… boooring. Then, when I was 14, my classmate started listening to Rammstein in front of the whole class. That was it. Raw, heavy, and catchy. I fell in love with that band (now I like still like them, just not that fanatically). This led me to the whole big, vast realm of Metal. The beginnings weren’t so easy. It was very hard for me to find something more impressive than Metallica, Slipknot or Nirvana. When I thought I almost lost my interest, I accidentally saw a Facebook ad about Behemoth. That was a revelation. Finally, I found what I was looking for and with all those years I was discovering more and more interesting music, not only Metal.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Brittney Slayes, the vocalist of Unleash The Archers. No one can change my mind that she is the best vocalist in Modern Metal, and one of the greatest vocalists in the whole Metal history. She can do pretty low and deep cleans, high Power Metal screams, and even opera, that is all I need in my music. But that’s just a dream, too perfect to be real.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

ProgPower. I like Prog and Power, I play Prog and a bit of Power, do I need more?

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Someone paid $4 on Bandcamp, when my price was $0.90. I had only one song, I could give up at any moment, but someone trusted me that much. That person believed I can do more. That was heartwarming.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Not only my fans, but fans of any underground band: if you can’t or don’t want to spend money and buy my things or donate to my Ko-Fi page, you can always help me in many other simple ways. Share my music or posts, tag your friends, tag me under other people’s posts, recommend me to other people. It costs nothing, takes only a few minutes or even less, but it helps a lot.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Probably Alexi from Children of Bodom. I wasn’t a big CoB fan, but they influenced many bands that I love: Kalmah, Skyfire or Norhter. Without him, the Melodic Death Metal scene would feel empty and ordinary. He and his band have many worthy successors, but those bands wouldn’t be the same without his influence.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Storytelling. I love telling or retelling stories. Writing music lets me unleash my imagination, it’s like creating fantastic events and universes, or travelling through places that no one else could think about.

And the thing I hate is music promotion, marketing, and social media. Wake up, send messages to bloggers, add posts on Instagram or you will lose all your reach and engagement, then browse through playlists and submit your music, then go back to Instagram and look for followers. Earlier I posted only when I had something to say. Now, after the Instagram change, I need to do it three, four times per week or their damned algorithms will bury my account.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I would grab all those scammers, lock them in a big underground cage and throw a bunch of spiders or cockroaches on their heads. Why? I’m frequently looking for a new ways of music promotion and the amount of scammers is unbelievable. All this ‘5k Spotify streams in 2 days, 10k likes on Facebook, you will go viral and be the next Lady Gaga, and every time you tag #music, don’t forget to DM us for promo!’ gives me a gag reflex. Someone should take care of those scammers and bots. I heard about way too many artists who get scammed by very believable and professional looking morons. Before you pay for any promo, do research. Don’t trust anyone who promises you too much in too short time for too little money or who got hundreds of five-star reviews from fake accounts.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mechina – “Progenitor”.

(Beware, spoilers!) Every time I promise myself I won’t cry during  the lines ‘At any moment this will end, my final breath, like embers turning to dust’ or ‘The price we pay begins with boundless pain. Awaken, only to die’. And I fail. The goosebumps I get during the orchestral parts feel like some kind of frozen mist. The beautiful and powerful voice of Mel Rose plays with my feellings. It can make me feel like I was one of the characters from the story: depressed like I was the one who got betrayed by her own sister, lost like the character who got deprived of memory in order to survive or awed like the creators of godlike machines. Enough spoilers, go and listen to this band (in chronological order of the story!) and visit their Wiki to understand the awesome lore. Seriously, this could be the sci-fi series in history! 

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Of course, the feeling of holding a vinyl or CD in your hands is a special kind of experience but not everyone can buy them. I don’t have enough space to hoard hundreds of CDs, ordering CDs from more underground bands in other countries is expensive, and sometimes I just like a few songs from the album. My personal choice is to buy music from Bandcamp.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I never played a gig because I’m in an international project and the whole logistics would be too complicated and expensive. I only took part in a few gigs as a fan and the best one was a Vader live show (the scene was very low, someone pushed me and I fell on the scene. Fun times.)

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Now I’m studying photography and that’s what I’m going to do in my life. Aside from that, I would be a writer if I were smarter and better at marketing. I hope I will be able to go back to writing one day.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Thomas (ex Gloryhammer), Christopher (Alestorm), Jonne (Korpiklaani), Michalina (Eluveitie) and Arjen (Ayreon). Let’s order a big pizza and a lot of beer and we can party long after the dinner!

What’s next for the band?

A full-length album. I will be back even stronger with even better music. Trust me.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Instagram was my favourite site ever but after the algorithm changes, I hate it, but I still need to use it because it gets a lot of attention (comparing to other sites). This platform is still pretty easy to get reach (use hashtags, comment, follow people and they will come to you). The engagement is pretty high too (30 likes with less than 300 followers, while on Facebook where I have over 150 likes, I barely get one like per post.)

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Both. Biscuit is a subtype of cake. Trust me, I’m a certified baker (seriously).

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Three things:

Thank you for responding to my message and I wish you a nice day.

Remember people, a healthy dose of sleep is very important in your life.

And the last thing: support the underground because a long time ago, all the legends were small bands.

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EMQ’s with HEATHEN KINGS

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EMQ’s with HEATHEN KINGS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Suffolk, England based Epic Metal band, Heathen Kings. Huge thanks to drummer, Joel, 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?

I’m Joel – I’m the drummer, The band formed a year and a half ago, but with the covid apocalypse and all, we are only just emerging. All four of the band members are songwriters, metal geeks to the core. There’s no history to the band yet, but we are releasing three singles to kick off with. All ‘Lord of the Rings’ themed and very much in the epic/anthemic metal genre.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s a line from ‘The Return of the King’, Denethor says it before he burns himself alive. Might be a song about that coming soon…

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Suffolk in the UK. The metal scene (and the underground music scene in general) is really very good here. There are some nice venues, good promoters and willing audiences. All pretty cool given there aren’t any really big towns in the county, I feel Suffolk and East Anglia in general punches above its weight.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our debut release is a single ‘In The Hall Of The Kings’ . It’s a trip into the mind of Théoden, King of Rohan before his final epic charge at the battle of Helm’s Deep. There’s a cool animated vid as well. if you are a metaller and a LOTR fan you’ll love it.

‘A Song For Denethor (Lyric Video) (Brand New Single, Released 27th June)

‘In The Hall Of The Kings’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Tolkien + Iron Maiden are the two towers of influence, but more recently the band and I have been loving Visigoth, Unto Others, Sumerlands, Satan, so I actually think this is a really great time for Metal.

What first got you into music?

My mate bought the single of ‘Original Prankster’ by The Offspring, and he had a CD player to play it on. At 12 years old we listened on repeat.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Hansi Kursch from Blind Guardian, firstly he seems like a gentleman and secondly the body of work that Blind Guardian has that focuses on LOTR is second to none. We aren’t aiming at being a themed band or anything but it would be a dream colab for sure.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Gotta be ‘Keep it True’ I’ve never been but I’ve watched loads of bands sets from it on youtube and it really just looks great. If I don’t get to play it, I’ll defo be making the trip anyway.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Sadly, I’m not sure I’ve ever received a gift from a fan, maybe there is still time.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

As we are a brand new band and haven’t released much yet so I’m hesitant to say we have fans, but my message would be, eat more metal.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

If Game of Thrones taught me anything it’s that bringing people back from the dead ruins their character arc completely.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Enjoy gigging, not enjoy, packing up…urgh!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Eesh only one thing…ok reluctantly I’ll kill streaming, good idea an all but we are getting further and further from a fair deal for artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I like CD.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

No gigs as yet, go away covid!!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I like cooking. So, chef, I guess.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Girlfriend, Mum, Dad, Sister, Cat!

What’s next for the band?

Three Singles coming out over the next few months, then hopefully we will play some gigs, any gigs.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.facebook.com/HeathenKingsBand
www.instagram.com/heathenkingsuk/
www.heathenkings.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7oImMYqCYDtvx2uFFizylw
www.youtube.com/channel/UC4PuJ7sTAtkZfa_hywgYqWw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Names are important, I don’t see any Jaffa Biscuits!

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EMQ’s with VALFREYA

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EMQ’s with VALFREYA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Montreal, Canada, based Epic Black/Death Metal band, Valfreya. Huge thanks to violinist and backing vocalist, Maude Theberge, 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?

My name is Maude Theberge, I’m the violinist and backing vocalist for the band.

In 2009, vocalist Corinne Cardinal wanted to create a band that mixes the symphonic and orchestral parts of classical music, the festive and authentic parts of folk and Celtic music with the aggressive and energic parts of death / black metal, and that’s how the band started.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band comes from two of Norse mythology’s iconic things mashed together: Valhalla and Freya, the goddess

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We’re from Canada, more specifically Montreal. The music scene is huge in Montreal, there’s a lot of variety! It’s great to have such an amazing scene locally.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest release is the music video for our song ‘Warlords’ from our last metal album “Promised Land”.

‘Warlords’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We’re influenced by various styles like metal, but also classical music or folkloric music. We like bands like Wintersun, Septic Flesh, Ne Obliviscaris, etc.

What first got you into music?

The thing that really got me into music was metal! It’s the one style that made me want to start learning an instrument.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

There are so many bands that we would like to collaborate with, but being able to tour with a band like Septic Flesh or Dimmu Borgir would be amazing!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Wacken is probably one of the biggest European metal festivals out there, so that’s the one I would choose. We think our music would be more popular in Europe than here because of the style we play, so a European Festival would make more sense.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

It’s not that weird, but I remember an overenthusiastic fan buying a round of drinks for the band while we were on stage, but it was pastis and no one liked it, so we pretty much all choked on it on stage haha!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you so much for keeping up with us, we can’t wait to play shows for you again! Meanwhile we’re writing our third metal album and we can’t wait to release it already.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

So many great rock stars left us recently, but my personal favourite would be Dio. He was an amazing vocalist and an amazing human!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

What I like the most is being able to play the songs that I love and being able to write my own music. What I hate the most is how much time is needed to do all of this and how little there is time in a day.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Unfortunately, I think that a lot of things about the music industry are wrong, but if I have to choose only one, I will choose to handpick every single toxic/abusive person and remove them completely from the industry.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my many all-time favourite albums is “Midian” from Cradle of Filth.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

With a high quality analog recording, I’d pick the Vinyl, but for anything digital, I really love CDs (and still buy them).

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Personally, my best gig was opening for the amazing Carach Angren in Quebec City.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

My whole life revolves around music so it’s a hard question, but I recently discovered I like modelling so I think that’s what I would do.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My amazing band mates would be the five people I would invite!

What’s next for the band?

We’re working hard on our next metal album, so considering the pandemic, that’s our main focus at the moment.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.facebook.com/Valfreya.Metal
www.valfreyaofficial.com/
www.valfreya.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to google it to find out what this is haha! From the pictures, I would say it’s a biscuit.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you so much for this interview, and please follow us on our social medias for our latest news!

Valfreya Promo Pic credit Dani Rod Photography
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Avaland – Theater Of Sorcery

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Avaland – Theater Of Sorcery
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 02/04/2021
Running Time: 62:53
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

France is not necessarily the first country I think of when it comes to exciting European metal. But recently there seems to be a heck of a lot of good music coming out from bands based there. And Avaland is certainly no exception to this rule. The brainchild of Adrien G. Gzagg, Avaland is an Epic/Symphonic Heavy Metal Opera project, and their first album, “Theater Of Sorcery,” has just landed. Now, this genre, I know, can be pretty chalk and cheese. Some people love it, some just think it’s pretentious. Personally, I can’t get enough of it! It is lavish joyfulness, created by melding together musical artforms, in a way that would make the ancient apothecaries fawn! So, what does this latest offering from the guilty pleasure gods bring? Well let’s find out!

“Theatre Of Sorcery” is a tale of adventure; the story of a young sorcerer, Adam Wilstorm, on a quest to bring back the light to the kingdom of Avaland. But, to succeed, he must learn to harness the storm within his powers. It’s a huge production, and a pretty astonishing composition, as Adrien is only 22! And it features some well-healed guest stars, too; Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Zak Stevens (Savatage/TSO), Zaher Zorgati (Myrath), Emmanuelson (Rising Steel), Stéphan Forté (Adagio), and Madie (Nightmare) to name but a few.

The album begins with the title track, which sets the scene for this grand production. It’s theatrical and I can imagine it looking spectacular on a stage. Musically, it’s good solid Heavy Metal, with a twist of Power, and Symphonic. In places, it almost reminds me of Jeff Wayne’s “War Of The Worlds,” but with a heavier, metal twist.

Good solid Metal anthems pepper this album, but they’re embellished with classical orchestration, choral harmonies, and traditional folk instruments, that sit in the mix, making for a very exuberant and indulgent feast of musical joy. But alongside that are crunching riffs and rhythms that you just have to bang your head to. And what Epic theatrical metal opera masterpiece would be complete without some face-melting guitar solos? Well, certainly not this one, as they’re also there by the bucket load, courtesy of some big-name guitarists.

I think my favourite track on the album is ‘Deja-Vu’. It starts with a solitary melancholy piano, but quickly launches into a powerful rhythmic track, with melodic verses, and peaks and troughs that make it punchy and exciting. It also has one of those delicious guitar solos that I alluded to earlier. I’m going to skirt over the fact that this track fades out at the end. As you’ll know, this is one of my pet hates, so there was a touch of inner turmoil for me with this, because I really like it!! I will also add that it’s not the only song to succumb to the dreaded fade out.

Production wise, no corners have been cut either. Placing of instruments, panning, and effects are all used to their full potential, to explore the depth and expansiveness of recorded music, making this a much more mature album than you’d expect from a debut penned by someone of such a tender young age. (I am almost green with envy right now! At 22 I could barely write a second-rate pop song, let alone an entire metal opera!) There’s nothing new or groundbreaking about this album, but if the likes of Avantasia do it for you, then you’ll love this album.

‘Theater Of Sorcery’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Theater Of Sorcery (feat. Emmanuelson)
02. Gypsum Flower (feat. Scheepers/Emmanuelson/Zorgati)
03. Let the Wind Blow (feat. Zorgati/Heli/Kanji)
04. Storyteller (feat. Zak Stevens)
05. Escape To Paradise (feat. Zorgati/Kanji)
06. Holy Kingdom Of Fools (feat. Jeff Kanji)
07. Never Let Me Walk Alone (feat. Madie)
08. Deja-Vu (feat. Emmanuelson)
09. I’ll Be Ready For Your Love (feat. Heli Andrea)
10. War Of Minds (feat. Zorgati/Madie)
11. Rise From The Ashes (feat. Zorgati/ Madie/ Stevens/ Heli/ Kanji/ Emmanuelson/ Scheepers)

LINE-UP:
Adrien G. Gzagg – Composer, Writer, Lead Singer, Keyboards and Orchestrations
Christophe Feutrier – Guitars
Lucas Martinez – Guitars
Camille Souffron – Bass, Double-Bass
Léo Mouchonay – Drums

Guests / Characters:
Adrien G. Gzagg – Adam Wilstorm
Zaher Zorgati (Myrath) – Adam’s Inner Voice
Jeff Kanji – Jacob Reiser, Adam’s Best Friend
Heli Andrea (Mobius/Olane) – Solveig Elweiss, Adam’s Beloved
Emmanuelson (Rising Steel/Ellipsis) – The Master Of Sorcery
Zak Stevens (Ex-Savatage/TSO/Archon Angel) – The Storyteller, appearing form the past
Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear/ex-Gamma Ray) – Aloïsius Jestens, King Of Avaland
Madie (Nightmare/Faith In Agony) – The Guardian Angel

Guests Guitars:
Ricky Marx (Ex-Pretty Maids/Now Or Never) on ‘Theater Of Sorcery’
Stéphan Forté (Adagio) on ‘Gypsum Flower’
Ayman Mokdad (Venus Syndrome/Alien Encounters) on ‘Never Let Me Walk Alone’
Virgile (ex-Rising Steel/Schräpnel) on ‘Deja-Vu’

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with ATAVISTIA

EMQ’s with ATAVISTIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Vancouver, Canada based Epic Metal band, Atavistia. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, Mattias Sippola, 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?

Hi! My name is Mattias Sippola and I am the vocalist/guitarist of the band Atavistia.

Atavistia was founded by me back in 2017 when I compiled a few songs together and released them under the current name. At that time, Atavistia was a one manned project and I wrote, recorded, mixed, and mastered the debut titled, “One Within The Sun”.

Fast forward to 2018, when the band became a full line-up, and we played our first show in December of that year. We have recently released our sophomore album titled, “The Winter Way”.

How did you come up with your band name?

My friend actually came up with the name when I sent him a compilation of different name ideas. I came across the word, “Atavistic” while reading Nergals autobiography, and was immediately interested in incorporating that word into the band title.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Vancouver, Canada. The scene here is on and off. Sometimes it’s a hit but sometimes it can be quite dull. I blame our transit system.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our sophomore album, “The Winter Way” was released on May 29th along with a lyric video for the included song, ‘The Forbidden One’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences have been Wintersun, Ensiferum, Devin Townsend, and Dimmu Borgir.

What first got you into music?

I come from a family of musicians, so music has always been a part of my life.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Hmmm that’s a great question! it depends on which vibe we’d like to portray… if we were to portray a party vibe, it would be either Alestorm and/or Æther Realm!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

There are too many which are equals in my eyes, but any festival in Europe would be a dream come true.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Nothing weird yet! fingers crossed! Haha

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you for the overwhelmingly positive support. We wouldn’t be able to continue like this without it!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

It’s always tragic when we lose one of the great ones… so… all of them? Haha!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Expressing myself through music has always been a big part of being a musician. The challenges involved are also intriguing for me as I’m always up for a challenge! However, what I dislike about being a musician is the self-criticism and getting “burnt out” periods. Unfortunately, right now is one of those burnt out periods.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I feel like I’m not qualified to answer such question, but my answer would probably be directed more towards the social media aspect of it all… The algorithms used in social media now are quite ruthless and require bands to stay on top every single day… otherwise, the exposure is lost in the algorithmic madness.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Wintersun’s, “Time I”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

All of the above! Variety is very important.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Hmm probably the Starlight Room in Edmonton, Alberta when we went on our mini tour across western Canada with our friends in Sōlborn.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

As controversial as this answer will be during these hectic times, I’ve always had a love and passion for the police and military, so I’d probably pursue one of those careers.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

There are too many to choose for this question! Haha.

What’s next for the band?

We are playing by ear at the moment due to the craziness going on in the world.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Our music is available on all online platforms from Spotify, Apple Music, and iTunes to Youtube, Bandcamp, Facebook, and Instagram.
www.facebook.com/OfficialAtavistia/
www.atavistia.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/atavistia/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Sounds like a small snack sized cake if you ask me!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for having me! Again, I’d like to thank our wonderful supporters especially during these hectic times. Stay safe everyone!

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