Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The band has existed for about seven years now, and it all started when both P-O Jonsson and Emil Holmqvist decided to leave a band called “Crave” in 2013 to lay the foundations for Stygian Fair.Not long after Erik Andersson had joined on bass and Andreas Stoltz on lead vocals and guitar, but this first incarnation of the band never made a big mark recording or gig wise... due to life's crooked path.In the autumn of 2016, Erik left the band, and shortly after also Andreas did. Soon thereafter the band gathered new momentum by welcoming Anders Hedman as the new powerhouse bass player. After a couple auditions we came across Pontus Åkerlund and felt that his voice did convey the emotions sought for in the music
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
As Erica Wahlberg wrote on Metalkaoz.com; This band is hard to label as it touches upon Progressive Metal as well as classic Hard Rock/Heavy Metal and Doom. Dark and heavy riffs topped with melancholy and tons of creative melodies that set STYGIAN FAIR apart from most new bands these days. Pontus Åkerlund's bright voice catches the vibe of Rob Lowe or even John Arch’s even if STYGIAN FAIR are more primitive and rough in their sound still. Also musically the references are the same; the doom and gloom from SOLITUDE AETURNUS are there mixed with the structure and technicality of FATES WARNING, also more contemporary acts as ETERNAL CHAMPION and TAD MOROSE can be mentioned. There are also more basic Rock-oriented passages which lighten things up which is why STYGIAN FAIR are hard to label.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Because we combine different types of metal, included classic NWOBHM, progressive, melodic, epic and doom metal in a very constructive way.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
In 2017 we released an EP/demo, called ”Into the Coven”
In 2018 we released our debutalbum, called ”Panta Rei”, which included 12 songs
in late 2019/early 2020 we released our second album, ”Nadir"
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Yes, we play live. Mostly around our hometown Umeå, but we’ve been to Stockholm as well.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We present a good old fashion metal but with a twist of 21st century
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
To play live during spring/summer 2020, and in august we hit the studio again, to record a new album
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You will find us on bandcamp and other streaming services such as Spotify, Itunes, Deezer