Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Emphasis was formed in 2010 in Estonia by bassist Katya Gritskova and guitarist Pavel Korotaev.
Five-track EP "Into Infinity" was released in November 2012 and premiered via Estonian rock radio station “Radio Mania”. Debut mini-album received positive reviews from all over Europe, USA, Latin America and Russia. Their first tour in support of "Into Infinity" took place in the Baltic States. A year later Emphasis became a member of showcase festival 'Tallinn Music Week' and 'Hard Rock Laager Open Air', the most largest musical events in their homeland Estonia.
In Autumn 2013 the amazing opera singer Anna Ganina joined the band. With her arrival, the style of Emphasis became more symphonic. In September 2013 they released their second single “Hopeless”. A few months later they included it in the worldwide compilation “Ladies First” (Label “Metal Del Mundo”, Germany) and the renewed band went back on the road across the Baltic States and Finland together with Finnish Dark Metal formation Teardown.
In April 2014 Emphasis released one more single with the new line-up called “On the Wings of Freedom”, played by different Baltic radio stations. The band played dozens of shows in the Baltic states and Finland, sharing the stage with Testament, Skyforger, Arkona and many others.
In 2015 the band signed a contract for their debut full-length album release with Italian label Underground Symphony. “Revival” consists of 8 songs and one bonus track and it is a masterpiece for fans of Within Temptation, Nightwish and Opeth. The album released on April 15, 2016 in deluxe digipack edition through Underground Symphony Records (Italy).
Anna Ganina – vocals (since 2013 - ...)
Pavel Korotaev – guitars (since 2010 - ...)
Maxim Spiridonov – guitars (since 2012 - ...)
Katya Gritskova – bass (since 2010 - ...)
Stas Lint – drums (since 2016 - ...)
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Emphasis is a female fronted progressive metal act. Their music is a synthesis of powerful classical harmonies, expressive heavy guitar riffs, unique rhythmic traditions, delicate melodic sequences and powerful operatic vocals from their amazing front woman Anna Ganina.
Style: progressive metal / symphonic metal / power metal / gothic metal / female fronted
Influenced by: Pink Floyd, Opeth, Madder Mortem, My Dying Bride, Evergrey, Within Temptation, Nightwish, After Forever
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
„Revival consists of 8 songs and one bonus track and it is a masterpiece for fans of Within Temptation, Nightwish and Opeth.“ – Underground Symphony Records
„'Revival' delivers epic solo's, thunderous drums, dynamically-electric atmospherics and vocals so angelic, they would have had to be made in heaven to be this captivating. With this effort, Emphasis clearly have a vision to follow and by doing so, will ultimately establish themselves as Estonia's long awaited answer to Nightwish.“ – Global Metal Apocalypse, UK
„Thanks to the recordings of those wonderful groups like To-Mera, Venturia and Anthropia showing that Progressive metal featuring female vocals is indeed a great combination I was keen to hear this album by the band Emphasis.“ – Sea of Tranqulity Webzine
„REVIVAL is good album for what it is, some fairly standard metal with a slight hint of the progressive side of the genre. There is a lot of complex rhythms and that fairly re-occurring start and stop rhythm that you would hear in a lot of DREAM THEATER, EPICA and other bands who write in this style. The band are clearly a group of talented musicians as they rip apart these songs with great ease and tactical precision.“ – Demon’s Zone Webzine
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
Revival (2016) - LP (Underground Symphony Records)
On the Wings of Freedom (2014) SINGLE
Hopeless (2013) SINGLE
Every Time (2013) SINGLE
Into Infinity (2012) EP
Global Metal Apocalypse (UK): http://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/metal-iii/gma-vol-211-cypecore-the-hypothesis-nocturnal-hollow-emphasis-sinnery-kratos-against-ordnance-croword-kill-the-whore
Secret of Steel (Italy): http://www.secretofsteel.net/?p=3399
Metallus (Italy): http://www.metallus.it/recensioni/emphasis-recensione-revival/
Demons Zone : http://demonszone.com/albums/emphasis/revival/
Rock Hard Italy Magazine (Italy): http://cs631226.vk.me/v631226994/33e39/4RxiZjbcgyk.jpg
Sea of Tranquility: http://seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=18716
...to be continued
Into Infinity (reviews):
Eraskor (Italy): http://www.eraskor.com/blog/recensioni/gothic-metal/emphasis-into-infinity-ep/
Terrzu (Costa Rica): https://tarrazu.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/resena-track-por-track-para-emphasis-into-infinity-2012/
Metal Forever (Czech Republic): http://metalforever.info/article.php?id=29493
All Around Metal (Italy): http://allaroundmetal.com/component/content/article/26-releases/569-female-gothic-metal-dall-estonia
Nowak Posse (France): http://nawakposse.com/kroniks/emphasis.html
Global Metal Apocalypse (UK): http://nawakposse.com/kroniks/emphasis.html
Blunt Magazine (Australia): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/82721345/BL118_062-063.pdf
Headbanger (Russia): http://headbanger.ru/reviews/album-2495
MetalMaidens (Netherlands): http://www.metalmaidens.com/Cdreviews2x.htm
BeoWolfProductions (US): http://www.beowolfproductions.com/Emphasis-IntoInfinity.html
Prog Reviews (Germany): http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/index.php?content=review&left=year&albumId=13940&year=2012
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
The band played dozens of shows in the Baltic states and Finland, sharing the stage with Testament, Aborted, Skyforger, Arkona and many others.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Emphasis is group of talented and experienced musicians who have always brought nearly superhuman levels of energy to their shows. Angelic operatic voice of their frontwoman Anna Ganina and her bright temperament manages to enroll the audience's sympathy from the first seconds.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Currently band is focused on new material and its recording. In August Emphasis plans to go back to studio.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Online stream and Social media channels:
LP “Revival” for physical purchase:
Underground Symphony Records web-store: http://www.usstore.it/index.php?id_product=2070&controller=product&id_lang=2
LP “Revival” for digital purchase:
CD Baby: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/emphasis3
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Emphasis_Vitaly_Beresnev_Revival?id=Bp7sd6oazx2ztami5yqe35rnhrq