Rocking Charts teamed up with progressive metallers Vitruvius for an interview, in which they told us about their most recent release Above The Silvered Sky. We also talked about the gear they used for recording the album, their favourite records, and more.
Hey folks. How are you doing?
We’re doing great thanks, busy, but that’s a good thing.
You released Above the Silvered Sky recently. How do you feel about the release?
We are very happy with the result, we’ve had a good response from the metal and prog metal community so far
How much of a challenge was to work on the album?
It was very challenging from the very beginning because Oskar (guitarist) was living in Xalapa (5 hours away from Mexico city) while the rest of the band was based in MC, so the first 3 months or so he would travel every weekend to practice with the band (and party lol) but soon we realized that wasn’t working out, so we decided to work on new material instead right after that, Dulce (singer) was a superhero and moved to Xalapa in order to make it happen, so we wrote the songs and recorded demos from 2011 to mid 2012 and started gigging in local venues, then formally started tracking the album at the beginning of 2013, a lot of changes went on that year, Dulce moved to Quebec, Oskar moved to Alberta, Ronnie to Playa del Carmen, (yeah we move a lot) we looked for a couple of options for mixing and mastering, but after hearing samples we didn’t feel that’s what we were looking for, we wanted a more organic sound so we decided on doing it ourselves once again for mixing. As for mastering we have a contact in New York that has always supported us and we consider him a good friend, Tom Argo, he referred Mike Usifer from Sound Beacon Studios to us to master the record, and he did an amazing job! also Carlos Vargas from JAXX studios did a great job with the artwork. The record was ready by mid 2015 but because of some logistic circumstances we didn’t release it until March 2016, so basically that’s why it took us so long to release it.
What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Mexico are you friends with?
We as a band and with past bands have had the opportunity to share stage and become friends with amazing bands, some of them are Glassmind, Agora, Anima Tempo, Alaghom, Gnosys, and Carpathya.
What is your opinion about the current progressive metal scene?
Well I think very healthy things are happening, subgenres of progressive metal have been arising over the past 10 years or so, now it’s hard to keep up because people come up with new genre names all the time, but that only shows interest and wider exposure for the prog metal, or Math metal or Progressive Death or Technical death, djent or whatever you wanna name it, community.
Can you tell me something about your influences?
Our influences are very diverse but if we have to enclose them for this particular record I can start with the most obvious comparison I’ve seen on previous reviews to Dream theater, and I don’t think it’s a crime to sound similar to your old time favourite band, Symphony X of course, Above Symmetry (Aspera) now this band was a huge influence in the composition as we were crazy about them at the time (and still are) every aspect of their sadly only album released sounds perfect, out of the realm of metal we wanted to try new textures for one of the songs “gust of wind” that one was inspired by Black flowers by Geoff Smith Band, that whole album is a jewel, I recommend it to anyone. And well many other bands like NIN inspired textures for background synth sounds and such.
What are you listening to these days?
Intervals, Tesseract, Chon, Anima Tempo, Plini, Skyharbour, The Contortionist, Steven Wilson, Ayreon, John Scoffield, Birelly Lagrene-Dominique Di Piazza-Dennis Chambers
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
Oskar: Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon, Dream Theater – Awake.
Dulce: Evanescence – Fallen, Dream Therater – Scenes From a Memory
Ronnie: In Flames – The Jester Race, Santana – Supernatural.
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record Above the Silvered Sky?
This is a very Nerdy question, and for a Nerdy question a nerdy answer 😛
For guitars Oskar used his Custom Ibanez with Tone Zone for bridge and PAF pro for neck, Godin LG with Seymour Duncan p90 set of pickups and mahogany body and neck, Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier and Blackstar HT5 for amps with a custom celestion vintage 30 speaker cab, a Takamine G-Series Electric acoustic and a Yamaha SR305 bass, for drums Ronnie recorded with: Pearl Export, 1. 22“x 20“ Kick drum, 2. 14“x 5“ Snare, 3. 16“x 20“ Floor tom, 4. 13“x 16“ Floor tom, 5. 10“x 8“ Rack tom, CYMBALS: Zildjian, 1. 22“ Avedis Turquish Ride, 2. 17“ A Custom Rezo Crash, 3. 8“ Splash, 4. 13“ Hi Hats K Custom, STAD: Pearl Export , Dulce recorded with an AKG C414 mic.
Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?
We’ve been talking about the possibility of a third album aiming to have enough songs written by the end of the year, even though it’s going to be challenging due to the distance between us, but we love challenges and we love to use the technology that makes these modern collaboration methods possible.
Any words for the potential new fans?
First of all thanks for giving us the opportunity to enter your heads through your ears and hopefully enjoying our weird music, we’re working hard to bring to life more weirdness for you so stay in tune you’ll hopefully see official news about the future. Cheers!
Get a copy of Above the Silvered Sky from Bandcamp.