Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Radiance Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Nowadays we are settling down new ideas for the composition of new tracks. We are metabolizing what we have done until now, trying to channel the experience gained so far into new ideas, along with present inputs. Furthermore, these are very exciting days  for us,  full of a continuous news. Finally “Undying Diabolyca”  is about to be released, and naturally we have very happy.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?

Federica: We could describe our sound in terms of a multi-sided view of metal music. We adopt a personal approach to music because we are trying not to be somebody else’s clone and also because it is inevitable, due to the different stylistic backgrounds of each of us. We do not want to level off the different musical styles we have, but rather exalt them. The genres that have most influenced us include heavy metal, the technical death metal,  the progressive rock and metal, as well as a pinch of black metal and gothic. Compares to the previous release, the creation of this album has been very long and difficult. The songwriting process took about a year. The band, boosted by the consensus encountered with the first EP, pursued this new challenge with great seriousness and determination. Our intention was to make a more personal proposal in relation to our gained stylistic experiences.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Karin: The peninsula (Sicily, our beloved region included) contains countless stories and fantastic legends, sometimes poorly understood; my intent was to get them out of their towns of origin and make them known at least in the world of music. I basically did a long historical research,  going to find the most appealing stories and those which in my opinion, would have fit Radiance’s sound best. As was the case for "... and the night comes down", our first self-produced EP,I cited and gave life to several female figures characterized from an ambivalent flavour. I have always been fascinated by the duality of things, especially in religious or mythological figures.

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

Fabio: I could not tell you exactly what.. certainly every performance was unique. We have in high consideration the live perspective, and everything that is prepared is finalized for high audience participation. Surely, two women in line up do not go unnoticed, just as a fretless bass player in a metal show!

Karin:  I think stage presence is important for a band or artists in general as well as the technical or musical proposal. Of course I take inspiration from theatre, trying  to visually represent the songs and  interpreting the events or characters.
Radiance had the opportunity to share the stage with bands already known in the field of metal: Thy Majestie, Ancestral, Bunker 66, Noble Savage, Disasterhate and others. I have wonderful memories of We Rock fest, a metal festival which takes place every summer in Catania. We really rocked over there in summer 2011!

5. Do you have any touring plans for the future?

Federica: Not at this time unfortunately. We currently live very far from each other, between Sweden and Sicily. We will arrange something during the summer, when we gather again.

6. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the newer music by fans of metal?

Generally, the metal fans  have a dual approach to the new metal releases: who excludes  “a priori “every new album, because it is not similar to the rest of the metal music, and, fortunately, who appreciates the efforts of a bands trying to do something new. We love the latter of course and  we are obtaining good responses in general, both by the press and by individual metal fans; and this makes us proud and satisfied.

7. Are there any other musical projects going on these days?

Federica : Radiance takes all our time and energies!

8. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Probably the new songs will be a bit different from those we are presenting in this release. And this is because it is our way of seeing the music, and life in general. Things change. In addition, at this time we are having a lot of new inputs, that certainly will produce new suggestions in our way of composing.

9. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

As mentioned before, the genres that have most influenced the band are surely the heavy metal of Crimson Glory and Queensryche ,the technical death metal of bands such as Cynic,  the progressive rock and metal of bands such as Dream Theater, Rush and King Crimson, as well as the obscure and experimental atmospheric themes inspired by avant-garde bands such as Arcturus . Currently, I am expanding my  knowledge of the world of film music, Federica is listening mostly to doom nowadays, Karin at this moment is very into thrash metal (Forbidden and Annihilator), and Elio is listening to Fleshgod Apocalypse and Nile.

10. How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Federica: If the occultism is something aimed at giving power to those who practice it, with the goal of subjugating people to someone else’s will, well it is wrong. But this seems to be the definition of nowadays politics, isn’t it?
Karin: All texts Undying Diabolyca deal with occultism: The Accabadora  woman of  Behind the light that brings life but also death, the alchemical secrets of   “poison à la mode”, the sabbath of the witches in whirl's criterion and other demonic women and  deals with the devil. All of the women mentioned in the songs have huge hidden powers and seduction skills.
The occult is a subject present in many stories and legends since the dawn of times. I think it's interesting to describe the different facets of it in music.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Federica : The quest of knowledge ant truth beyond the veil of Maya. I fight every day for animal rights, trying to do my best and sharing information. Love vegan cooking.
Karin: I am interested in art in general, ecology, and humanities (that I teach). I deal with small video editings for other bands and musicians that I think deserve success, also managing their pages on facebook. I manage also pages about emerging musicians, mostly women and also a page on renewable energy. I love cooking and eating.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

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