I thought that the Finnish metal scene was cooling down and not so many new bands popped up but it turns out it was just me turning my head away. So here is yet another Finnish band toi check out in the shape of CORAXO. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Could you please introduce us to the band?
-We’re Coraxo, founded in 2013, in Tampere Finland. We’ve been playing together in bands since 2010 though. We’re playing avantgarde metal that mixes together the electronic experimental sound from the 70’s to old school melodic death metal and black metal.
What has been the greatest catalyst in shaping your sound?
-It has to be Tangerine Dream. That band is a huge influence on the electronic and melodic side. We also take influences from all kinds of soundtracks from movies and TV series. Big cinematic progressions are very close to our hearts, so our music is quite atmospheric even when having fast blast beats going on.
How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Nowadays, very easy. Modern technology has made recording and mixing music at home extremely convenient. Also the distribution side is easy nowadays, the only thing that’s needed is some decent coverage in the media so people find your music.
If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on CD?
-Not in our case. We take a long time to make everything perfect, maybe a bit too long! Then we get a second opinion on the mix from the mastering engineer (Dan Swanö is out go-to guy).
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-People seem to like this new kind of sound. Although it’s actually a blend of two old sounds, 70’s and 90’s. Our second album will be a bit different compared to the debut, Neptune was intentionally made dissonant and chaotic. ”Sol” will be much more traditionally melodic and open, ”sunny” if you will!
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I don’t know surprising, but it’s interesting to just chat aimlessly with people, just to hear how someone’s day on the other side of the planet has gone. So you can hit a conversation with us on twitter anytime, don’t be shy!
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-Yes I’d say the metal music scene is a very warm and tight knit community. Everybody helps everybody. And we’re glad to be a part of it!
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We hope so! But we don’t mind how many people come to see us, it’s always 100%, I love playing in small clubs with all the sweat, beer and smoke.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We have booked a weeklong tour in August in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. So keep posted on the dates on that. Follow us on bandcamp.com/coraxo we’ll be updating the tour schedule there very soon!