Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
In mid-2013 I started writing some loose songs and soon realized that there was the potential to create a structured project. By the start of 2014 I came up with the name “A Constant Storm”, a name that referenced both a relatively unknown black/folk project named “Storm” and the original name I had for the project, which I ended up disliking and promplty discarding. I released A Constant Storm’s first EP in March, and since then took some time off the project, only to return to it in early 2016, when I started writing for the debut full length album, “Storm Alive”.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
I listen to a wide array of bands and musical genres, all the way from black metal to hip hop, progressive rock, goth/darkwave, etc., and I always wanted my sound to reflect that. My favorite band is probably Ulver, so that alone shows that I like things to be diverse and unpredictable. Other major influences include Dead Can Dance, Ihsahn, Rotting Christ, Melechesh and Kendrick Lamar, among many others... That being said, and despite never having been too concerned about how to label or classify what I do, A Constant Storm’s first “guidelines” sought to create a mix between black metal and darkwave.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
I feel the metal scene nowadays, as happens with music overall, is in need of different things and bands/projects that aren’t interested in doing the same thing so many others have already done to exhaustion. In that sense, what I do is try to create music that doesn’t confine itself to any particular boundaries or notions of genre, which may make it interesting to people who seek variety in music.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
A Constant Storm has released one EP and one full length album so far. The EP, entitled “Storm Born”, was released in March 2014 and it featured me playing every instrument, singing and producing everything. It got little attention, mostly due to me not having publicized it too much. The debut full length album was released in May 2016 and featured two other people besides myself: Afonso Aguiar, in charge of the production and drum programming, and Ricardo Pereira on vocal duty. This album has been fairly well received by the public so far, as I have been getting generally positive reviews and opinions.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
There have been some talks between me and some friends and musicians regarding the possibility of playing live shows, however that isn’t easy, especially because it’s quite difficult for a new project or band to play live shows without losing a lot of money, and that is a big problem. I am open to it, though, and it can certainly happen, if the right opportunities come along.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
A Constant Storm is a project that’s definitely not afraid to create music outside of comfort zones, and that’s probably its biggest strength. I think it’s possible for any label, promoter or magazine that’s into varied stuff to find interest in ACS’s music and conceptual premises.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
The main plan is to be able to publicize the project to reach as many people as possible, which in itself will motivate me to continue creating hopefully interesting and challenging music. Finding a label to work with would also be nice, but unfortunately nowadays it seems that there are not that many labels interested in doing fair deals, and particularly deals that don’t involve the musician having to pay a lot of money in advance.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can follow A Constant Storm on Facebook, Youtube and Bandcamp, where both the EP and the album are available for streaming and purchase. I plan to release the new album on CD somewhere in the near future as well, so that’s something to keep an eye out for!