I’m surprised that we haven’t heard of more bands from South Africa. But you gotta start somewhere and CRIMSON CHRYSALIS is as good a start as any. Anders Ekdahl ©2013

Seeing as this is my first encounter with you could you please give us all a short intro into the band?
-We are a female fronted symphonic rock band from South Africa that has various musical influences.

When you pick a band name how important is it that is matches the music that you play?
-It is very important as certain genres of music tend to have a typical style in naming a band. Currently our name is a bit strange to South Africans that are not exposed to the genre locally. Crimson represents our passion and Chrysalis a figure of change.

You have an album out that you are promoting. How important is it that you get help doing so instead of having to do it on your own?
-It is very difficult to reach all the platforms especially from the southern tip of Africa. We are very grateful to our local label Sting Records and our international label Ravenheart Records for their assistance in this regard.

How would you like to describe your sound? What sets you apart from all the other metal bands doing the rounds worldwide?
-We are a symphonic rock band that crosses over to symphonic metal in some songs. As we come from South Africa we feel that we have different sound because of our unique influences.

What kind of expectations do you have on this album? What do you expect it to do for you?
-We would love to get the Crimson Chrysalis name out and to path the way for the next album. We would also like to establish the sound in SA and enable other artists to make this kind of music.

To me South Africa is as far away from the international metal scene that you can come. What is it like to be a metal band in South Africa? Why haven’t we seen more bands coming from SA before now?
-You are quite correct in saying that it is difficult in SA. There are some (very little) metal bands in SA and a few alternative rock bands, but as far as we know, we are the only symphonic rock band. SA is far away from the rest of the world, this makes travelling with a band very expensive. A lot of good musicians leave SA and join bands overseas or pursue singing careers there.

Africa is a huge continent yet it is often referred to as one country. How hard is it to have to explain that you are not an African band but a South African band, if you know what I mean?
-We understand the confusion as some people do not know Africa well. South Africa is at the southern tip of Africa, for us there is not a difference between African bands and Southern African bands. We are all Africans and in some of our music the heart of Africa is audible.

Does coming from South Africa increase your chances getting noticed because you are considered somewhat exotic?
-We do believe that it may give us some novelty overseas but we do hope that our music will establish us firmly overseas long after the novelty wears off!

What kind of metal scene is there in South Africa?
-We think that there are many metal lovers in SA but not that many bands. There are more stoner/ classic rock bands than power metal bands but the commercial radio stations do not play this music, so they are not known outside their fanbase.

What future do you see for the band?
-We hope to tour international and establish a base to show from. We dream of writing a symphonic rock opera and tour the world with that.

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