Friday, July 15, 2016

These Winds Are Not Hope Interview

*1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
These Winds Are Not Hope is a new band, a side project that I've started working on few years back while playing with my band, Timesand. We have released our debut album "Yesterday's Ghosts" a couple of months ago. Marc is on vocals, Miroslav on bass guitar and me on rhythm guitars.

*2.Recently you have released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
I would say heavy metal with a lot of melodic doom metal guitar elements and clean vocals.We wanted to have an album with lots of harmonies, both instrumental and vocal, there are some parts where we have recorded more than five guitar lines. It is melodic, it is heavy and is full of emotion.

*3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
Yesterday's Ghosts is a concept album, the subject is about the Kubler-Ross model, or the five stages of grief, each song representing one stage: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'These Winds Are Not Hope'?
With the name, we tried to be original as we can be. It is the perspective of anyone lost in the downward spiral of depression, apathy or lack of confidence. If we prolong the negative feelings and emotions, we will not think of, or see a way out. We have to focus on whatever lies within our power, and just let go of what is
beyond our control.

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

*6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
It would be awesome if we can have Marc fly to Macedonia so we can do few gigs.

*7.So far you have worked with 'Kran Records' and 'Sepulchral Silence Records' are you happy with the support both labels have given you so far?
We're totally satisfied with their support. Kran Records are distributing our music in a physical disc format, while Sepulchral Silence are doing the digital distribution worldwide, on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and more.

*8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of gothic and doom metal?
The feedback has been fantastic. We gained a lot of fans and people showing interest in our music. Although, some doom metal fans were expecting different kind of doom, and the heavy metal fans something more upbeat and with a faster tempo.

*9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a a part of?
My main band, Timesand is recording the material for our debut album, Marc, mostly is on tour with his bands, Miroslav is engaged with his other new local death metal band.

*10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We might try something more mellow, more vocals and keyboards, less accent on the guitar lines, as it is the case with "Yesterday's Ghosts".

*11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I would say our music is influenced by bands that we have grown up with, Iron Maiden, My Dying Bride, Anathema.. Personally, most of the music that I listen to are older albums. Newly released stuff that I can mention is by Tesseract, Port Noir, Ihsahn..

*12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I love hiking and reading books.

*13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words orthoughts?
I would like to thank you for this interview and helping out promoting our band to the world. Stay heavy!

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