I have listened to your promotional Cd several times now, and although it only has three tracks, it always impresses me. What events, interests, ideas, etc, influence your music?
Basically, we are influenced by the religious, the mystic, and the dramatic when it comes to the themes in the lyrics. In respect to the music, the one thing which captures our attention the most (it works as sort of our inspiring muse) is classical music, and also melodic heavy metal which contains an atmospheric climate. Perhaps something like this cant be appreciated or noticed in only three tracks
nevertheless, we are currently working on a seven-track demo in which the aforementioned can be better appreciated.
In your promotional letter you mention several groups which influence your sound, and many of them are from different genres. Are you guys/girls willing to release songs from different genres within the same album, even if it means it will alienate some people?
It is not the intention of the band to release albums which have songs that differ from one another that much
in truth we try to combine the compatible elements from our influences so that we can obtain a coherent result. Besides, the composition process is limited to only two members of the band, which makes it less likely for all of the diverse influences to find a way into the songs. And even though we can all collaborate by bringing in ideas, we always try to be certain that these ideas retain coherence with the basic structure of the song, so that we can keep the composition within one genre. What this means is that we are essentially in a phase where we are in search of our own style. And this perhaps cannot be noticed in a first release, maybe we need more time to find it, but the evolution is constant and necessary. Every band has gone through it some time.
You also mention in the letter that you dressed up for your shows. What kind of wardrobe do you use? Why?
The girls wear epic dresses and the boys monks tunics
it has to do with our theme in the lyrics and with the central concept of what will be our discography. The religious, the blasphemous, the sacred, the forbidden, the mystic
we try to find a way to reflect it in an aesthetically obscure scenography. We believe that a band is not just the musical aspect, but also the image they portray to their fans, and, of course, the interaction with them as well. Because of this our choir performs choreographies while they sing, which are in direct connection to what they are singing.
Obviously, classical music plays an important part in your sound, as well as opera. Do you have any favorite artists in these styles of music?
Mainly the big classics like Mozart, Beethoven and Bach.
Something I cant ignore is the extensive amount of members you have already, and you also say you wish to incorporate more instruments (I guess to create a more epic sound). This definitely puts you apart from many bands. So, whos idea it was to form such an extensive band, and why do you prefer it that way?
The idea came up when we had just formed the band (Gaston Silva, Claudio Bortolin, and Karina Varela, who are the founders). We preferred it because we saw how good bands like Therion, Haggard, and many others who have big line-ups, looked on stage; and we knew that with hard work we could sound proficient, regardless of the large line-up. Furthermore, the majestic and ample sound so many musicians and voices can bring to a show is undeniable; it can never be compared to a conventional recording. The crucial thing in these cases is to work arduously in the rehearsals and to be meticulous.
Regarding the organization of the band, who is the leader, and do you have a democracy or some kind of dictatorship (some might disagree about what works better in a band)?
It is a mixture of two things: In principle it works democratically on issues like choosing the clothing, choreographies, modifications to the lyrics, musical arrangements. When it comes to extremely important decisions, such as recruiting a musician, or an expulsion from the band, accepting to play a show or turning one down, we leave the main decisions to the instrumentalists because they are the ones affected the most when we perform, and are also the ones who demand the most requirements relating to the sound. Nevertheless, we consult with everyone and we value everyones opinions.
What is the message in your lyrics?
For now it describes the anguish of the human soul when it faces off with the
forbidden, and its eternal quest for the line that exists between good and evil, the
sacred and the profane, the pure and impure. They narrate an inherent division in
human beings and their constant interior will.
A huge issue many Latin American bands face is the fact they tend to copy the sound from other bands around the globe. I dont want to be a dick, but rather sincere and straightforward, and I have noticed that the song Mankind, in your promotional cd, is very similar to songs by written by bands such as Stratovarius, sonata Arctica, Rhapsody, Gamma Ray, etc
including the high-pitched scream in the intro. Are you guys ok with sounding like some of your predecessors, or do you wish to eventually find your own voice?
Even though the bands you mentioned are references and influential to many musicians, when it came to composing Mankind we didnt think about imitating anyones sound, or style, or their voice. It simply came out. But, of course, with the pass of time well find our own style in the main voices which make up the band, because we dont want to sound like anyone else except Dominus Inferi.
I have to admit that Karina, and all the other vocalists in the band, do a great job, and the rest of the band sounds pretty professional. But, do you think coming from Argentina makes it harder to prove to the world that you are a force to be reckoned with?
It probably does. Latin American bands almost never make it into the international circuit. But we will try with all of our strength and professionalism to prove the opposite. We are working very hard on this specific task by promoting our demo all around the world and we have received in our webpage feedback from places we never imagined (Croatia, Russia, Latin American countries, Belgium, The Netherlands, Finland, U.S.A, etc). Because of this we cant let the opportunity of showing ourselves to the world slip by.
It said in the promo letter that you were going to be one of the opening acts for
Nightwish on November 27th. Did you play, and how was the experience?
It was extremely emotional. It was only our second show and we were playing in front of 4000 people (when we played the stadium was not filled yet). To see so many people like our songs, applaud and receive their respect gives us a huge push to keep going. Whats more, we were able to face various obstacles, among them the fact we didnt have a complete sound check, yet we were able to bring an acceptable show to the public. We have received multiple inspirational messages, including the acceptance of our sound, our music and our image on stage.
Finally, what can we expect from this band in the near future?
For now we will keep working on our cd, with the hope to finish it in 2005 and distribute it in Argentina, and if possible, around the world too. We are open to any propositions to play either in or outside our country. We want to go as far as possible. Soon we will have a 7-track demo to promote ourselves and so the fans can get a better feel for our sound, because only three songs are not representative of our whole style. That is our immediate goal
the farthest one
has no time or frontiers.
A special hello to Darken for his gesture of doing this interview. Greetings to all from Dominus Inferi and thanks a lot!