Have you heard of CARVED? Well now you have once you’ve read this interview. Answer Cris, singer and Damn, guitarist. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
(Damn) Carved is a project that wants to merge death metal, progressive and symphonic elements. Powerful drums and high-gain guitars with a particular attention on melodies, harmonies and structures.
(Cris) Carved are born in 2007, and they come here growing up ’till this new important chapter after so many events, changes of line-up, joys and sorrows, two full-lenghts and an EP, a lot of gigs, so much time on the road, so many bands with which stages and backstage are shared, but above all a story ready to finally tell and spread, and a lot of others still to tell.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
(Cris) It’s so easy: we always wish to carve emotions in our audience with our music, so it couldn’t exist a better name.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
(Damn) The best inspirational bands of my youth (and also today) are Metallica, Iron Maiden, Opeth and Dimmu Borgir. Today I love bands such as Animals and Leaders and Meshuggah but I will never lose the passion for old style heavy metal like Judas Priest and R. J. Dio.
(Cris) It’s really precious and important discover always new music, and new points of view. I create my personal background eating music from classic to rock’n’roll, from blues to death metal. I really love bands like Moonspell, Dark Tranquillity, Volbeat, Gojira, Apocalyptica and Sentenced and from our country Macbeth, King Mastino and The Peawees, and I really appreciate and respect in the italian scene bands like DGM, Temperance, Overtures and Fake Idols.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
(Damn) In my opinion we are in a phase of transition. Honestly, I don’t know what the future is going to bring, it seems that softwares like Spotify will rule the market. CDs and vynils will become collectors items.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
(Damn) The scene must evolve or it will die. The market will always adjust, we must (sadly) adjust to the market. But live shows will never succumb because it’s a direct experience.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
(Damn) The artwork is a key to understand the concept and the lyrics, a duality between Fate and Freewill, a mystical perception of reality.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth
(Damn) New ways of social promotion do not replace the old methods, but a band need both. Playing live as more as possible and word of mouth are necessary, but without a good promotion you will play live in front of no one.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
(Cris) One day a friend of mine it told me: “Now you have a full-lenght under a label you are born”, true words! When Dies Irae was released and we started the promotion of the album we have made step by step our little special place in the music scene, meeting beautiful people that along these years they are always shown us a truly and precious love and support. For these persons we work hard. In every country, in every town we have found someone worth to meet and remember, and for all these people we want to continue to extend our space in the international scene.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
(Cris) The live dimension is the best expression of our music; every show of our past was important and it had leave special memories; shows are the most important part of the promotion of a new work, and we can’t wait to return on the road again as soon as possible!
What will the future bring?
(Cris) I hope to spread Kyrie Eleison everywhere, bringing our new album as far as possible discovering new countries, and meeting again old friends. We have only one simple rule, and few words: Never Enough Epic!