EMQ’s with HYPERBOREUS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kyiv/Kiev, Ukraine based Progressive Death Metal band, Hyperboreus. Huge thanks to multi-instrumentalist, Avalanche, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Avalanche. I play guitar, bass, drums and doing vocals. Originally band was formed on the edge of 2009/2010 and was active as a concerting metal act, releasing two demos. After several line-up changes the band led into some sort of hiatus until 2018. During that time, we’ve prepared songs from the old and new material. It took some time to rehearse songs, solve some personal issues and find a proper studio. Finally, album was recorded during October 2020 – May 2021.
How did you come up with your band name?
It’s come up from Ancient Greek mythology, philosophy and literature adding some Roman elements of pronunciation. In simple words – it’s something ancient, huge and unknown as civilization of Hyperborea, which is still to be found.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from Kyiv, Ukraine. Metal scene in our country is not as strong as in many European countries for different reasons. But anyway, we have numerous black metal bands and a really strong black metal scene, plus many interesting bands in different sub-genres from drone doom to mathcore. Obviously, it’s not about prestige to make metal music in our country, it’s more about inner feeling.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We released our debut album “Fighting With God” on August 29th. It’s the album about phenomenon of personality, society and civilization. Developing from the lower to upper forms (even dystopic), staying the same weird and meaningless. Where imaginary “tradition” meets bloody and hopeless “reality” and formalistic “future” in one spot on a trace of a long way.
‘Convulsive Suffocation’ (Audio)
Who have been your greatest influences?
It’s a big amount of composers, performers and bands. Let’s stop on a few – John Cage, Frank Zappa, Death, Cynic, Atheist, Meshuggah, Canvas Solaris.
What first got you into music?
Listening to Beethoven and Chopin when I was a kid. By the age of 13 for about a year I tried to begin to learn guitar by myself. I was walking around it, trying to play some chords, seeing no proper result, and abandoning it. It repeated for 5-6 times, but then I literally forced myself and soon good results were visible and hearable. Music is about the discipline first, ha-ha.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Kamasi Washington, Mononeon, John Hollenbeck
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Obviously, UK Tech Fest and Prog Power. Simply, for the audience and sub-genre festival idea.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
His wet t-shirt after our show.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
The end is just begun.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
For joys I’ll be predictable – creation of music itself in the studio. Hate when you need to hear your track before release 1000+ times ‘till you can feel nothing.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Stop making stupid people famous.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
So hard to choose one. Ok, Death – “Human” (1991).
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
It’s personal thing for each listener how to consume favourite music. Any of this can give richness of master tapes, but each of them can provide a person to the world of music. As for me, I prefer digital copies.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I think, it’s yet to come.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I have a daytime job now, so I believe it would be something close to it. You never know.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Lemmy Kilmister, Sid Barrett, Jello Biafra, Randy Rhoads, Neil Peart
What’s next for the band?
Preparing our second album.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
All possible. Especially, Instagram.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Cakes. Courts don’t make fail decisions, ha-ha.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Stay metal and develop yourself for any cost!
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