Luxembourg’s djent / prog metallers Soulhenge have just put out their new EP Anachronism. It’s an interesting record and shows these youngsters displaying their skills when it comes to composing and performance. Read below what they say about the new EP, the gear, and more.
Hey folks. How are you doing?
We are great, thanks!
You are about to release an EP titled Anachronism. How do you feel about the release?
Very excited! We are very proud of what we did. I think that with this EP, we have finally done something we have dreamt of since all of us started getting into music and metal in particular, so it really is a big step for us.
How much of a challenge was it to work on the EP?
Well the main issue was working with a vocalist who studies abroad, so this slowed the whole process a bit down, which we had to accept. But even by going slow, you will reach your destination. Another challenge was to record the EP entirely in my little home studio, just like we did for our album we recorded 2 years ago. This was really fun though, and it worked out pretty well!
What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Luxembourg are you friends with?
I don’t think that any other band in our small country is directly comparable to us in genre. Which doesn’t mean we don’t go along well with each other, in fact, the local metal scene is like a big family of different metalgenres!
What is your opinion about the current progressive metal scene?
Even though I’m relatively new to it, I think it’s bigger than ever. Many people say that it is oversaturated with newcomer bands having all the same sound and triangles in their artworks and what not. Like, the „generic djent“ stuff, if you will. It’s true at some point, but on the other hand, this vast amount of music is a possibility to discover different interpretations of progressive metal, which makes it very interesting again.
Can you tell me something about your influences?
I started playing metal because of the Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames. For quite a while, I was totally into their riffing and song structure, which shaped my style forever. Today, I’m more into bands like Monuments, Tesseract, Erra, Plini… and many more. Those bands give me a lot of inspiration regarding the sound I’m going for personally, but also Soulhenge is looking for.
What are you listening to these days?
Metal is what brought us together, but individually, everyone has their own music which they also love, reaching from jazz to electro, over pop and punk to even classical. I personally love (besides metal) stuff like Plini, Dave Matthews Band, Tower of Power or Snarky Puppy.
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
In no particular order: Monuments – Gnosis, Volumes – Via, Insense – Burn In Beautiful Fire, Erra – Impulse, In Flames – A Sense Of Purpose.
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record Anachronism?
With pleasure! In fact, there’s not that much to mention. A Line 6 POD HD Pro X was used to record the guitars, the bass sound was generated with stock simulations that come with Logic X. Drum samples are Addictive Drums 2, combined with a kick sample by Daniel Braunstein (ex-Volumes guitarist and producer of „Via“). Instruments used: an Ibanez RGA8 loaded with Seymour Duncan Blackouts, a Carvin DC700 and a Dingwall Combustion 5 string. Last but not least, the microphone for the vocals was a AKG Perception 120. So we actually used no real “high-end” recording gear for the production, but for us that is what makes the music business so exciting at this time. Everyone is able to create an individual and good sound with gear that does not make musicians poor.
Besides the release of the EP, are there any other plans for the future?
As we are studying in different countries, the situation makes it somehow difficult to set up long term plans. What is sure, is that we want to continue doing what we do, because this is what we love. We’ll see what the future brings us!
Any words for the potential new fans?
Be open for new things, stay open for the things you already know.