DIONISYAN

DIONISYAN is one massive metal entity. Not your usual run of the mill kinda band. This needs to be checked out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-.For Dionisyan I made the first Ep “Land of Dreams” and two Albums; “The Mystery Of Faith” and “Delirium And Madness”
The pressure of course there was during the realization of the entire Dionisyan’s discography, to have an excellent professional level In the first Album “The Mystery Of Faith” I explored Atmospheric Doom Metal with progressive metal, melodic death metal, traditional Arabic music, classical and medieval elements,
In the second Album “ Delirium And Madness “ the baroque music, the opera and the progressive metal, always with the Atmospheric Doom Metal.
In the third Album I will realize exclusively Atmospheric Funeral Doom Metal; very linear, without any contamination of other styles and musical genres, it will be 100% DOOM METAL.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-With ” DELIRIUM AND MADNESS” I wanted to give a strong and impactful identification with Spirituality coupled with philosophy, completely switched to female opera and modern Vocals. Certainly it is a pioneering album of a new genre; the atmospheric baroque doom metal.
Absolute melody, harmonies from the first to the last note of the opera, lyrical and modern female singing alternating, baroque music with progressive metal and ATMOSPHERIC DOOM METAL in my original and innovative blend.

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-After when I realized an Album and when I perform live, unlike when I’m in Recording Studio, I feel different emotions that I let see in the execution of every instrument that I record and the people know my Songs. That is really awesome!
In my concerts, however, my innate manifestation comes out in showing my theatrical side, involving the spectators with the Electric Guitar, becoming one with all the other instruments, capturing the sensitivity and attention of the fans.

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-Compared to the first album I kept my unmistakable harmonized style of electric guitars, but I abandoned all the extreme music,
For the second Album “Delirium and Madness – Concerto Grosso Opera n °2 in G Minor” I wanted to recreate a true Concerto Grosso in real Baroque style with the female opera chants, but rivisited by Me in Metal key and I wanted to recreate the typical Italian counterpoint polyphonic of the late 17 century, contrasting the different melodic vocal lines, using both the lyrical singing that also modern to give a unique brand to identify my musical proposal on all.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a bandz
-I am a professional musician, composer, arranger, lyricist and producer, i can tell you that many bands in their albums do always the same music, it did not seem to me to do it too as I wanted to do something totally different from what they did , so my intent was to create something of unique and innovative, that no one else had yet done with Metal. And in Delirium And Madness my goal has been achieved.
I played, composed, arranged and orchestrated 9 baroque acoustic instruments, both for the intros, outros and during the songs to blend with the baroque structure of all the songs.

How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-My composing style is from classical music to jazz, I have been composing music professionally for over 21 years as a music teacher and for “Delirium And Madness” I had a general view of the whole opera initially that I then started to develop individually for each song on a melodic line carrier.
Normally I start working on more melodic lines that interact with each other so the two harmonized electric guitars and then develop all the other metric lines for the other instruments that are spot for my natural way of composing extremely detailed, intricate, complicated and complex.

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-My influences are all the philosophic and spirituals elements. I wrote a novel for the Second Opera “Delirium And Madness” talking about the sacred concept of human beatification, the earthly life of a man who receives from God the gift of stigma and then become saint, but must grieve, make many sacrifices and renounces, including suffering for the love of his own woman who is dying and he cannot do anything to save her.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-Well it should change almost completely to allow both me as a musician and professional producer that other musicians that we live only of this. I realize pure Art and it would be right and proper that people buy the second work of my DIONISYAN, rather than download it free from the internet and then steal the MONEY to me that I have invested so much and made many sacrifices to create this masterpiece.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Of course I only like the physical version as the buyer can enjoy it for the beautiful version of the graphics very elegant and curated, with many pictures and photos of the band, with the lyrics and anything else in the digital version that does not exists.

What programs in the future?
-In January 2019 i will enter again in the professional Recording Studio for record and perform the Third Opera Magna of DIONISYAN.
I take this chance to thank you the large community of Battlehelm for the kind interview and the opportunity to make known both me and my DIONISYAN.
I also invite anyone who wants to know the second album “DELIRIUM AND MADNESS – CONCERTO GROSSO OPERA°2 IN G MINOR”, can see “Blood Prophecy” and “ In The Mirror Of My Soul” lyrics videos and the last audio video “Guardian Angels” with Sarah Eick as Special Guest from FUNERAL.
Our album is still available in elegant jewel case for sale.
Anybody willing to buy a copy please contact me at castellus@tiscali.it and with the copy, i will do an autographed postcard.

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