Monday, April 23, 2012

Nephelium Interview

1.Can i get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

First off, allow me to thank you for your interest in us. Believe it or not, Nephelium was conceived on an absolute impulse. My buddy Zaid and I were out and about driving around and I felt this strong urge to play black metal. Having said that, I wouldn't call it 'divine' intervention but that's literally all it was! While on the road, I called Alex and told him what I wanted to do and without question, doubt or hesitation, he answered positively. We searched for musicians to complete the line-up (we had a keyboardist at the time - whattup Sameer! :D) and recorded our demo, Archaic Malevolent Sorcery and after several line up changes and hiatuses, put out our EP, Ignite the Wrath of Silence. After playing several local shows and spreading out music across the Gulf, Alex and I set our sights higher and wanted to play to die hard fan bases around the world and alongside the bands we grew up listening to. It was time to pack up and leave! Alex moved first and I quickly followed. During that interim period, Alex recruited Boyan and Dan and Jay was later introduced to the band through out current guitarist James. After Boyan, Dan and Jay parted ways, we had to stall again to find musicians. Alex finally got in touch with Flo and without a second of delay got him on board. I coincidentally bumped into James at a subway station and said that we were looking for a guitarist. Rehearsals began and the search for a vocalist continued. Soon after Devlin joined the unit, things snowballed. 15 years, a few periods of drought, countless line-up changes, a demo, an EP and most importantly, that phone call and here we are...:)
2. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

The lyrics represent visions that the entity we speak of throughout the album receives from the memory base of a dying world. It saves these visions through means of the wire like attachment on its bottom right eyelid as seen in the artwork. The image of the tree is a mystical symbol and the only thing in existence at the time whose puzzle the traveler is trying to solve. Essentially, what the traveler sees is a conjured image of a failing mind. The lyrics are a direct representation of the traveler’s journey.

3. How have the gigs you guys been doing been?

So far, so good! Following our next show in Toronto, we’re looking into possibly setting up a few shows in and around Ontario and later this year, a North American and possibly a Middle Eastern tour.

4. What equipment do you guys use?

We use Shure microphones, Blakhart guitars, Dean guitars, Blakhart basses, EMG pickups, Furman power conditioners, Line 6 (POD X3 PRO, FBV shortboard, Relay G90 wireless systems), BBE sonic maximizers, Mesa Boogie power amps, Peavey amps, Gator rack cases, Vader cabinets, Monster cables, Dunlop picks, RMV Drums, Zildjian cymbals, Evans drumheads Axis pedals, Vic Firth drumsticks, LP percussion, Meinl percussion, Gibraltar racks and Pintech electronics.

5. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

We all come from various backgrounds of music but as a band I would say Death, Decapitated, Kronos, Dream Theater, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, the list could go on and on honestly...It's because of the music we listened to growing up. Again, it's probably a subconscious thing as we play what comes out naturally.

6. Do you remember your first show and what was it like?

Sharing the stage with Skinless was an absolute honor and more importantly, an all around good time! We definitely had a rush of adrenaline and pure energy as it was our fist ever Canadian show. Unquestionably a show we will never forget.

7.What made you guys decide to form a band?

As mentioned in answer 1, it was on a total impulse. We were part of other scattered projects at the time but never really had anything solid and as musicians, wanted to collaborate our ideas to see what we could churn out.

8.What is your opinion on sites posting your guys material and other bands material?

The music business is a risky one; one that every musician should be well aware of in its intricacies. In my personal opinion, if people want a service they should be willing to pay for it. Musicians put a hell of a lot of hard work into what they do and should be appreciated for it. On the other side of that coin, people who don’t have the money or don’t want to spend it if they do yet still want to listen to our music, tells me that above all else, they enjoy it…for what it’s worth, that puts a smile on my face. :)

9.Is there any bands that you guys enjoyed playing with more then the others?

Absolutely not. We’ve had a great time in various capacities with all major and minor acts we’ve shared the stage with. Some we’ve learned from and some we’ve gotten drunk with…it has been enjoyment all around, all the time!
10. How do you guys feel about the classifications in metal? like deathcore, metalcore and other subgenres and how some get a negative rep.

It is what it is…personally, I’m not one to classify. When I listen to a song, you’ll never hear me say “That’s some sic grindcore!” You’d sooner hear me say “That’s some awesome phrasing!” Or “That’s a nice lick!” In this day and age, music is so opinionated. We tend to appreciate anything we listen to so as to enjoy and sometimes learn from it partially or in its entirety.

11. What song do you enjoy playing the most?

Without a shadow of doubt, “Burial Ground”.

12. When not doing things with the band, what can you guys be seen doing?

“…we were trying different things, we were smoking funny things…” LOL! I made a funny! You’ll usually find us, working out, going for drives or just chilling out by the lake or drawing really abstract, weird things…(here’s a link to something Devlin found “inspirational”): Link That’s right, he’s a very sick man…

13.Your biggest band moment?

To date, when we each held a packaged copy of the record in out hands. It was heartfelt that we finally held the result of all our hard work. With how close we all are, there will definitely be more intense band moments in the years to come.

14. What is your opinion on the current state of metal?

Metal is a genre of music not only heavily driven by its fan base but also by lifestyle. The more people unite, the more a solid direction can be established. I feel that the masses take metal for granted and don’t really take time to listen to it but rather bash it off the bat. This is where the unity of the fans in our genre comes in, whether it be putting shows together, helping friends in other bands, help with advertising or whatever else. It’s the smaller things that collectively make the bigger difference.

15. How did you guys come up with your band name?

Alex’s friend suggested to him over a conversation with a cup of coffee and a shisha pipe!

16. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

We have a few things to finalize and take care of before we hit the road next year but be sure to check our social networks like Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation and MySpace for upcoming shown in and around your area. Work on our new album is already underway and in the traditional Nephelium vein, expect gut-wrenching havoc and technical sorcery that will fry your brain!

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