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?
Our latest release is called Seraphical Euphony. It was released in February this year of 2016 and it is comprised of 9 songs of melodic and epic extreme metal. Yes, we are happy with this release. We spent a lot of time, money and effort into making that album. The music focuses on delivering a powerful experience full of a variety of emotions. It is supposed to allow the listener to drift away into another world for a brief moment and give him or her motivation to pursue whatever that person wants to pursue.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sound like anything we might have heard before?
I usually just call it “Melodic Extreme Metal”. We mix so many different styles of music into our sonic melting pot however, so that it does not really fit into 1 specific category in my opinion. The vibe of the music and the message we want to come across with is more important than the musical labelling.
Yes, I suppose. Many people have compared us to other bands, which naturally will tends to happen with most bands. The influence of the 90:s Black/Death Metal scene is an obvious one for sure, but as I said we take inspiration from a large variety of musical sources.
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 in Forlorn Halls Studios, Scarecrow Recordings and on various private locations in our hometown of Stockholm. It was mixed and mastered by Sverker Widgre at Wing Studios. This entire process took almost 3 years to complete.
As you can imagine, we went through hell making this album. Guitar and Bass tracks disappeared, equipment broke down, numerous internal arguments within the band occurred, mental as well as physical sickness within the band took its toll on us, the mixing/mastering process took 10 times longer than anticipated due to the amount of editing and mixing that needed to be done to adjust the sound and so on…. I could go on forever about the setbacks we faced during the recording of this album, but we eventually finished what we started. That is the most important thing of all and I am very proud of that fact. This was NOT an easy task by any means.
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?
Yes. There is definitely a link between the lyrics and the artwork. Each little part of the artwork is placed there for a reason and the artwork holds symbolic value to each lyric on the album. I could sit here for days talking about the subject of the artwork and the lyrics, so I would rather have people read the lyrics themselves and make up their own minds about what it is all about. Although I will give you some hints: Read the lyrics for the title track, read up on Greek mythology and no matter how many baleful storms assail and deceive you - do not falter. Eonian zeal recites in Euphony!
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
The album has already exceeded our wildest expectations when it comes to acclamation and success on an audience level. Our main focus however was on creating the album that we wanted to create. Sonically, lyrically and as a whole, we took 100 steps forward from our previous releases. That is what is most meaningful to us. Although it is very satisfying to see that the album is being accepted as widely as it is right now.
The goals we have at the moment are to print new t shirts, print LP versions of the album and hopefully perform some shows later this year. More news on that will come in the near future.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
The album has so far only been released in digital format and in physical CD format. We are however as I said working on vinyl releases at the moment and we hope to get that format of the album out as soon as possible.
The physical CD version of the album was printed in 600 copies and those are quite soon sold out, I believe. We will soon print around 500 more, so there is no need to worry about that….as of yet.
Where and how will you promote this new release?
Our label Black Lion Productions handles most of our promotion. It is being promoted and spread on pretty much every digital platform there is out there, I believe. The album has been spreading like wildfire ever since the release date with, or without the help of Black Lion.
As for our part, we plan on doing as many shows and interviews and other promotional stuff as possible in order to get the album out obviously.
Where can we order it from?
The album can be ordered from many different locations on the internet, but these are the 2 main ones:
This interview was answered by Erik Molnar, guitar player in Hyperion. Thank you for the interview!