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?
Hi! I’m Alexey Markov, and I’m the singer and the guitarist for a band called DISTANT SUN. We are from Moscow, Russia, and we’re releasing our first full-length in May 2015. Three years ago we started with a 5-song EP called “Sunless Citadel”, but that was mostly a one-man band. And now we’ve recorded 10 truly kick-ass songs with lots of double-bass drums, heavy riffing and bombastic choruses, and we’re very happy it’s finally ready.
But it’s better to give it a listen, here’s the album teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6XE2M7xxnw
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
Contrary to the popular attitude, we do like the labels and we’re not afraid to admit that we sound like a mix of power, speed and thrash metal – name any, and we’re okay with that. Power metal? Great. Speed? Definitely! Thrash metal? YEAH!
If you like Annihilator, Blind Guardian, Rage and Iced Earth, you will like our music as well. It’s aggressive, it’s fast and it’s melodic. A lyric video on one of our heaviest songs is available online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gTt6yIwd9o
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 unusual thing was that we recorded the guitar tracks before the drums – it took us about 4 or 5 studio sessions in September-December 2014. We started to record the first 3 or 4 songs, and this really helped to boost our creative levels. Studio atmosphere really helps to compose new material!
As our drummer lives in Kiev (Ukraine), he recorded everything there in about 5 days in January 2015. After that we quickly recorded the bass. And vocal parts were recorded in a home studio through a period of about three months.
We recorded two more songs for this album, but the first one was too fast and brutal for our style, and another one too awkward – it needs reworking!
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?
This amazing cover art was produced by W.Smerdulak (Prague), who also worked with folk-metal rising stars ARKONA. The picture sets the mood of a “Pale blue dot”, but in a kind of dark and mystical way. Life is hugely a matter of luck (and fate), and often we do not see the juggler.
We sing about fantasy and adventure, mystery and horror, sci-fi and self-improvement. Inspiration comes from books, movies, and even table-top games with a rich background (like our song Shattered Empire is based on a strategy boardgame called “Twilight Imperium” by Fantasy Flight Games).
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
Now we’re hunting for reviews in different languages – to maximize exposure. I’d say, if we get several thousand Facebook likes and a few hundred YouTube subscribers, it will be pretty cool for the first album. After that we’ll start looking for gig opportunities, maybe set up a little tour in autumn. But then we’ll certainly start working on the second album.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
We pressed 300 copies, and everything of course will be available digitally – Itunes, Amazon, Google.Play, Spotify, Deezer - all possible online services. We plan to release a remastered digipack in summer, and we’ll throw in a few cover versions to get it more interesting.
Where and how will you promote this new release?
We teamed up with ClawHammer PR and the guys really help us! They publish press-releases, set up song premieres and get reviews. We plan to make a few lyric videos for promotion and set some free songs available for download!
Where can we order it from?
You can order the CD directly from us (https://www.facebook.com/distantsunband) – we will sell 25 autographed copies at $20 each (includes shipping). Ordinary cds can be ordered from our label – Metalism Records (http://metalism.net/).