Back in December I had a great opportunity to talk with Astargh regarding GreyAblaze’s fresh full length album. As a musician myself, I am always curious about the way other people of my ilk work as well as the business end of things. If you too are curious, read below and be enlightened.
Give me a short bio of your project.
The project has no biography. Once I had the idea to write DSBM project, but it turned to something else.
The album was recorded back in 2013 but got released just now. Why is that?
I didn’t want to give it indiscriminately to someone, all proposals for the production of the album were unsuitable. Ashen Dominion did everything as I wanted, so they released the album.
What is the feedback so far? How are the sales going?
I do not know how many CDs were sold, I do not follow it. But we got a lot of positive feedback.
Now that the album is out, would you change anything in it?
No, everything turned out as planned. All I wanted to do now, will be on the new album.
You haven’t gone into the usual great lengths that most labels require to market the album (professional photo shootings, videoclip etc). Was this deliberate? Are you happy with the label’s support so far?
Here, it was not necessary. There are music and images in the lyrics. Think that this album not needs in musicians photos and music clips, we give to listeners the freedom of imagination.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
It is very difficult to say where it all comes from. I think it come from inner state, some feelings, from music of old bands, such as Queen or Pink Floyd.
What are the lyrics about?
All the lyrics for the album written by Helg (Khors, Ulvegr, KZOHH). They didn’t have some sending or concepts, but they are filled with a very expressive images that emphasized Greyablaze music.
What is your creative routine? Can you tell me anything about your favorite gear or software you use?
Usually I compose music at home. When all the demos are ready, we start working on the Dark Essence Recording Studio. At work, I use a lot of software, the main DAW – Pro Tools, also I use many Kontakt libraries. I have old American guitars BC Rich and Jackson, I used them on all recordings.
What are your future plans with GreyAblaze? Are you planning to play live shows?
Now I compose a new album which I want to release this year. About the live performances anything difficult to say. If there are proposals, we will play concerts, but there is the same problem as with Elderblood – for organizers of concerts is difficult to carry a band from Ukraine.
Any albums you listened lately that you would like to share with us?
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
Cult of Luna / Julie Christmas – Mariner
What can you tell me about your local scene? Any bands we should lookout?
I do not watch the local scene. All worthy groups are already known.
What do you know of the Greek metal scene? Do you have any favorite bands?
From the Greek scene, I heard a lot of bands. Favorites are Septic Flesh and Acherontas.
Anything else you want to add?
Thanx for the interest in GreyAblaze. Horns Up!
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