Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-We are very proud of “The Trinity Threshold”. We feel it is easily our best record so far. It is still very prog., but a bit more direct and listener friendly than the past 2 CDs. Being structurally less complicated than “Vast” and “Rebirth” makes it stronger and heavier. There is still a lot going on (various layers of riffs, epic keyboards, tons of different sounding voices and ever changing drum tempos), but all packed in a more melodic fashion. In one word, it is Disaffected.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-The name has a non-aligned statement to it. Which in the early 1990´s, in Portugal, was a pretty strong and bold gesture. It meant being different and metal. Which was rare. When the band changed from thrash to prog., the name kept making sense. We were still disaffected from the rest. The name earned a life for itself. Yet the basic is still there.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It means a lot. Really! Rehearsing, composing and recording takes up loads of time, effort and money. Since we are not in this for money (we all have other jobs for that), we need that appreciation. We could lie and say that we could just play for ourselves, but it is just not true. The interaction is fundamental.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is very important. It helps the listener get acquainted to the music and grasp the concepts involved. The impression on this record is about the weight of centuries through the dirt and classical references on the cover (the lyrics are all full of historical content) and the hope of the green plant up front.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-We think that the artwork, like the image of the band, is of great importance. We were very lucky to come across Pedro Lordigan on this record. He did a really great job in getting what we had planed and wanted on paper. He is a great artist.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Social Media is an amazing tool that we now take for granted. Having lived and played in the 1990´s we still remember how hard it was to put our stuff out there. So we think it is a great way to help promote a band. However, when things are free people tend to not give it the value it deserves. And rehearsing, composing, recording, etc. takes much effort. That is why we appreciate music sharing (as a way of promotion) but do not give away our hard worked songs (which is sometimes the down side).
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Yes, being in a band is being part of a larger group. The “I” tends to melt into the “we”. Also, being part of a metal band enhances that group feeling. We are part of a greater community. In fact, as you said, a massive community. The sense of belonging always adds a sense of meaning. It is true.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-Metal music is stronger than ever. There are so many good bands out there that it is amazing. Almost any given month one can pickup 2 or 3 great records. That is undoubtedly a sign of great strength and progress.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Touring outside Portugal is a big investment and we have very limited resources. So it has been very hard so far. Hopefully, this new record can help bring down those difficulties.
What will the future bring?
-We will try and promote this record as much as possible. Play the major festivals in Portugal and probably a few gigs outside our country. After that we will get back to the rehearsal room and compose another album. Until then, please check out this record and enjoy it. All the best and thank you very much for this interview.