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?
Working on this album was the longest in the bands history. Recording of the instruments started back in September 2015. In the process of recording vocalist was changed. In general, there were enough obstructions on the way to release, but the release is worth our energy spent and now we have the LP, that has marked a new period in the groups history.
We think, that our product is quite original and is worth checking. Of course, similarities can be found, but in general – it is very hard to find a group with the same or similar style. Also, the material is really diverse, and, no matter what music you prefer, every metalhead will like a couple of tunes. Maybe, only really extreme music lovers won’t find anything for them.
We are satisfied with it as much as its possible. Of course it could be better, we understand that it’s not the limit, there is a long way of development ahead. 

How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
The band plays melodic heavy-power metal with an active use of elements from other genres. Even the metalcore elements can be found.  It’s the harmonic combination of creative energy and melody. There is much more energy on this release, and no less melody, that’s for sure. To mention some of the bands that have inspired us – Helloween, Stratovarius, Symphony X, Kamelot, Nightwish, Rage.

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 in the “StudioRoom 87”, Zaporozhye. The process of recording started in September 2015 and finished in December. The changing of vocalist already happened and the vocal recordings took the first half of January 2016. 
As for the interesting stories... There was a crash of the computer in the studio, because of which we almost lost the recorded material. Because of the technical issues bass player recorded his parts for Funeral Feast three times.

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?
Artwork was made by the Mayhem Design. The artist portrayed his own vision of the album’s main track on the cover. It is the tenement of time – the symbol of time, actually. It looks gloomy and doesn’t promise anything good, because, despite of the majority’s opinion, time isn’t healing. Also the elements of other songs can be seen in the booklet. If you read the lyrics attentively, the artwork completely harmonizes with them.
The lyrics are mainly on social themes, live questions and situations, that everyone can get into. In the process of developing the group stepped away from the fantasy-mythological themes, which are traditional for power metal, shifting the focus to social themes.

What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's goals at the moment?
The point is to show our music to the western listener, who, in our colleague’s opinion, are more likely to appreciate what we are doing. In the nearest future we are reissuing the old material, with the new members of the band and English lyrics, then the Ukrainian tour is on the list, Eastern European tour, then next release... Our goal is to take our art out of the Ukraine, to gain a worldwide recognition.

Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
The release is mainly digital. CDs with the 12 pages booklet are printed as well, but the edition isn’t very big and designed mainly for promotion, not for the big sales.

Where and how will you promote this new release?
PR-agencies from the US and Germany are promoting our release, PR-company takes place in all countries of the world, with a stress on the Eastern Europe. The agencies contribute with magazines, webzines, radio stations and social networks from all around the world. 

Where can we order it from?
The CDs will be available on the ferrrum.com after the release date. Digital version – on the iTunes and other services. Look for the information on our social networks pages.
http://defiant-band.com/
https://twitter.com/defiant_band
https://www.facebook.com/DefiantBand/


October 2016

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