Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
“Storm Alive” is A Constant Storm’s full length debut album, and follow-up to 2014’s “Storm Born” EP. It kicks off with “Labyrinth”, a short and heavy song that serves as an introduction for the journey that’s about to begin, before going into “Nexus”, a mid-paced track with a strong oriental flavor on the riffs and melodies. “Crushing Skies”, the record’s first single, is more of a direct and hard-hitting heavy metal song, whereas “Pale March” goes through different mid-paced, fast and groovy sections whilst maintaining na ominous black metal vibe. “Flow Of Time” is a quiet and introspective moment before the album’s most epic track, the title track “Storm Alive”, which finds in “Wasteland” its epilogue.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
Creating music that challenges boundaries between musical genres has always been this project’s goal, and as such I think that there are a lot of comparisons that can be drawn on certain moments but are simultaniously impossible to define the album as a whole. Throught the album one can hear Dead Can Dance in some moments, Rotting Christ in others, such as a wide variety of bands and artists like Melechesh, Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble Of Shadows, Hades Almighty, Amon Amarth, Iron Maiden or David Bowie, among many others.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
The album was recorded by Afonso Aguiar at his home studio, between February and April 2016, and features Afonso as producer and drum programmer, as well as Ricardo Pereira on vocal duties. Their contribution to this album was absolutely essential, as they were able to help me draw the full potential from these seven songs and make them sound much more interesting that I could on my own. All songs were written by me, but I was receptive to a lot of the suggestions both Afonso and Ricardo brought forth and many of them ended up working better than what I had initially thought, and thus making their way to the album.
What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
The lyrics in this album are about existential questioning - all doubts and uncertainties that one encounters when thinking about why the world exists, when did it all start, when will it end, and so on. As for the cover artwork, it’s a photographic self-portrait which also belongs to an image and sound installation I made, along with two other images, and it’s connected to the lyrics in the sense that it depicts the divisions and/or multiplications that ocurr inside people’s minds. These new “characters” end up creating a plethora of different thoughts which then create inner conflicts.
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
On a conceptual level, I feel this album is another step forward in the attempt to create new sounds and music that manages to bring to the table a lot of different ideas and styles. Obviously, I’m still finding my own voice and learning how to compose music and make coherent songs that still sound interesting. Regarding the more burocratic side of things, I would like to find a label that could offer me a fair deal in order to publicize and release this album internationally.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
So far the album has only been released in digital format, via bandcamp. However, I plan on releasing it in CD, probably on a limited run, as the project still isn’t very well known and needs some more promotion.
Where and how will you promote this new release?
Mostly through magazines webzines, and through the normal arsenal of social networks and tools. The idea of a live show to celebrate the physical release of this album is also being developed, but it’s still too early to say if that will come to be.
Where can we order it from?
You can stream and/or order “Storm Alive” from bandcamp, and follow A Constant Storm on its offical Facebook and Youtube pages!