Prog Rock / Post-Metal act Korzo started in 2013, and in 2014 the Ukrainian band released their debut album “Polarity.” Fast-forward to 2017, the group is about to launch their sophomore studio album “Supremacy” on November 20th through Massive Sound Recordings.
Ahead of the release the band has launched a single titled “We.” We talked with Korzo about the upcoming album and their future plans.
Hey folks. How are you doing?
Hello! Great, as always. We’re working on final preparations before album release and thinking about the tour to support our new CD. Also, there are some ideas, which was not used in the new album, so we’re planning to record an EP and release it after the Christmas, but I can’t say anything more at the moment.
You are about to launch your new album “Supremacy.” How do you feel about the release?
I’m really proud of the new album, which is a little bit different from the debut, but same atmospheric, monumental and versatile as the first one. This album was made during the tour with Majesty Of Revival, so it’s very interesting experience.
How much of a challenge was to work on the album?
Well, the idea to revive the project was by keyboard player Johaness. We were in the studio before ‘Dualism’ tour with Majesty of Revival and he was listening to some Korzo stuff and then said: “You need to renew this project”, so I started to writing riffs and send it to session drummer. So that was kinda recorded in ’online’ mode – there was no jams, just ideas transmitted over the internet.
What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Ukraine are you friends with?
I don’t know who plays music in the style we play, around our city or country. There is extreme metal scene – a lot of bands playing metalcore, brutal death, and grindcore stuff.
What is your opinion about the current progressive metal scene?
I don’t follow the new music nowadays, I’m listening to the old stuff. But I can say that Animals As Leaders and Body Count kick ass!
Can you tell me something about your influences?
A lot of different music genres. Each member listens to a different kind of stuff, but the genre that unites us – it’s a progressive rock music. Personally, I’m like to listen all kind of music, there are no frames for me.
What are you listening to these days?
I have some Mars Volta in my iPod, some Sonata Arctica albums, Waltari, UDO, Sigur Ros, Charon, Pushmonkey and Allan Holdsworth. Our current bass-player more into progressive rock music like Pink Floyd, Primus, Muse. Drummer listens to fusion/jazz – Chick Korea, Dave Weckl, Animals As Leaders. The keyboard player is a big fan of Dave Townsend and Dream Theatre.
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
Really hard to pick 5, but lets try:
Symphony X – V
Mars Volta – Bedlam in Goliath
Pushmonkey – self-titled album
Flower Kings – Sum of No Evil
Waltari – Space Avenue
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “Supremacy”?
We recorded the instruments and vocals at Beast Sound Studio, except drums and some keyboards. The drums were recorded by Liam Dee at his studio in Quebec. Some keyboards were recorded in the Johaness home.
Guitars: Jackson/Ibanez guitars, Ignite AMP, LePound vst and Ignite cab-sim.
Keyboards: Yamaha P-45B, Korg 346N, M-key midi keyboard, Addictive Piano plugins, some Nexus and Omnisphere 2 vst for the rest of noise.
Vocals: Roland DR-80C microphone.
Drums: I don’t fucking know which drums use Liam, but the sound is fantastic.
Bass: Warwick Rock bass, Harley-Benton bass, Ashdown MAG300 amp.
Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?
As I said, we planning to play some support gigs and release EP.
Any words for the potential new fans?
Support the underground scene and thanks for the interest in our band! Cheers!