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?
It is our debut album, called Neptune, released via Massacre Records on Nov 20. We are extremely happy on how it turned out, it sounds great! It was recorded and mixed by us at our home studio Raivio Sound in Tampere Finland, and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Sweden in March 2015. Our music is a mixture of melodic death metal and 1970's electronic music, artists like Vangelis and Tangerine Dream. The lyrics are about a scifi story world where an alien consciousness is infecting people and taking control over them. As all good scifi, it's actually a satire of the modern world, focusing on issues of propaganda, cults, brainwashing and war.
Track by track:
01 Sol Oriens Sum: the intro. Instrumental electro, which is soothing and comforting in its sound, to give more of a contrast to the opening track Lanterns.
02 Lanterns: Chaotic and dissonant, it is about a military base under attack from the alien entity controlled military. It has almost an industrial metal kind of feel, mixed with blast beats and death metal akin to bands like Hypocrisy and Emperor.
03 Tangier: Melodic black metal, with a ton of keyboard melodies. It is a slower tempo song, story is about the city of Tangier being the first city targeted by the alien invasion. The story is a sort of a HP Lovecraft style zombie invasion, where people who are infected by the alien consciousness, rising from the sea, start acting violently.
04 The Bastion: A bit faster tempo melodic death metal song in the vein of Dark Tranquillity. The story concentrates on how a person feels inside their head while they are being attacked by the delusions and branwashing of the alien consciousness. You could draw parallels from the lyrics to modern day terrorist organizations and cults recruiting people with propaganda.
05 The Citadel: 4/4 pop song disguised as death metal. It's almost goth rock, but with death metal growls. The story is about a lone band of survivors fleeing from the war against the alien consciousness controlled armies, arriving at a safe house only to find out it is a trap.
06 In Adoration: Melodic post black metal song, with soothing saxophone melodies provided by the jazz musician Ilkka Ferm (of Musungu). It is about a cult who worship the Starlit Flame consciousness and hope to evolve from their humanity into the noncorporeal form of the alien.
07 Symbiosis: Mid tempo melodic death metal song, this is probably the most "normal" song on the album. The story happens inside a persons head, that finds they are immune to the mind control of the alien consciousness, and find a way to coexist and even learn from one another.
08 Signal Detected: Faster paced old school melodic death metal in the vein of Hypocrisy. The story is situated 200 years in the past, before the alien arrived on Earth. A team of scientists and marines are sent to investigate a derelict space craft, where they find the hibernating consciousness of Starlit Flame.
09 Ghosts: Progressive death metal song, lined with futuristic keyboards and lengthy ambient lead guitar melodies. The story is about a group of civilian survivors traveling across a wasteland trying to survive in the harsh conditions.
10 Ending Credits: Instrumental outro, to end the album with in style of the whole science fiction movie theme.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
It is old school melodic death/black metal, mixed with all kinds of elements, largest portion of being 1970's ambient electronic music, like Tangerine Dream. It also has elements from post black metal, progressive rock, and jazz. I'd say it would be good for fans of Hypocrisy, older Alcest, Devin Townsend.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
It was recorded and mixed at our home studio Raivio Sound by us during the past year. All in all it was very effortless to make, and we ended up with a sound that we like very much. A big help in the process was the Kemper Profiling Amp, we made profiles of Tomi's Mesa Dual Rectifier for guitars and a Sansamp PSA-1 for bass, and then could record all the guitar and bass parts silently at the studio. For keyboards we used the Arturia Minibrute analog synthesizer a lot, it has a sort of electrified sound (most prominently heard on Lanterns) that we thought fit the whole post apocalyptic scifi theme perfectly.
The album was mastered by Dan Swanö (who we're big fans of) at his studio Unisound in Sweden. I really like what he came up with, he's a mastering engineer that knows to avoid the whole loudness war that's destroying the sound of many albums, he made us a dynamic sounding master. Like Metallica's Death Magnetic for example, that album sounds awful because of the brick walled limiter. Highly recommend working with Dan, a very nice guy and a great work ethic.
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 artwork was done by an american artist named Chris Panatier. I wanted something in the art nouveau style, but with a hint of scifi and asked Chris if he could come up with something in the style. Completely blown away what he came up with, an incredible amount of work was put into the small details. Especially impressive since the artwork was drawn by hand, and then colors were painted in watercolor. So no computer gimmicks there!
I think the water theme on the cover art is connected to the overall sound of the album, it was named Neptune for a reason. The sound is quite "wet", very ambient and deep, not so much in your face hammering metal. Lyrically the album is separate stories from our own science fiction theme, where alien life that transcended from physical form into a singular consciousness aeons ago, arrives on Earth. It interacts with the world through nanomachines that house its consciousness and starts taking over the people they enter. So HP Lovecraft meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers! Obviously a lot of the lyrics draw parallels to the society of today in way of satire, like how extremist ideals "infect" young people and drive them to commit atrocities.
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
Conquer the world of course! But as for the current goals, we're busy booking shows in Germany and surrounding countries. We'll be doing a short minitour in Germany in Feb 2016, through Bremen, Hamburg and Rostock. We'll also do a week long tour in Aug through Germany, Belgium, France and the UK. We're already busy writing material for the second album too, we have something around 20 minutes of music done at the moment.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
The album Neptune is released as CD and digital, available worldwide. If your record store doesn't have it in stock, ask them to order it! You can also get the CD+T-shirt+A3 poster bundle direct from us. Shoot us a message on facebook to get it!
Where and how will you promote this new release?
We'll be playing shows around Europe during the following year, check www.bandsintown.com/coraxo for details. We add more dates to the calendar as they are confirmed.
Where can we order it from?
www.metalmerchant.com has free worldwide shipping, and good prices on the CD's.