AEOLIAN

AEOLIAN is a band that really impressed me with their melodic death metal. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-It was really difficult to choose the band name. But after a couple of months thinking about it, I decided to search for a name related to the forces of nature. I liked the idea of the wind and I remembered about Aeolus, the God of wind of the Greek mythology.

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-We are a metal band from Majorca (Spain). Our musical influences range from melodic death metal to black metal with some death thrash and folk elements and our lyrics call for the need to protect the environment.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-It’s so difficult to name only one influence. I prefer the listener to answer that question. We have several influences or let´s say bands we like to listen to but could never take a concrete band as reference for our songs.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-Although it seems that there is only beach, sun and party in Mallorca, there are several metal and rock bands struggling to get known. Bands like Helevorn, Trallery or Unburial would be good examples.
(About the importance of a local scene) Well, I don’t think that it’s so important nowadays. Maybe it used to be twenty years ago. On the other hand, people and record labels tend to listen to the bands from the traditional metal countries than the other ones.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Indeed, we are part of a musical movement with thousands of bands. All of us have the same passion for metal music, however, we express it in a different way.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-The cover of an album represents the music you are going to listen to. It would be interesting to have a cover with birds and bees, but it would only represent the lyrics of our band. We need to express the attitude of our music in this piece of art. Therefore, the cover should have movement, energy and beauty at the same time.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Digital music gives us the opportunity to know new bands. You wouldn’t really buy their albums in the store, but you can download the music for free. If you listen to it and you like it, you might want to get a physical copy of the album.

In my opinion, the result of this actual situation is that many people don’t value music as much as before. Hopefully, the return of the vinyl will change it.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-As a debut band, we aren’t too known yet. The best way to change it is playing with some known bands or in metal festivals.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-You can be sure we enjoy a lot playing live.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We would like to reach people with our music, play live shows and continue releasing albums. We would also like a vinyl version of Silent Witness.

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