HEAVEN’S GUARDIAN is yet another cool metal band from the folks behind Pure Steel. Questions 1 to 5 Ericsson answered by Marin( guitar9. 6 to 10 answered by Everton Marin (keyboard). Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-To enjoy a powerful melodic heavy metal that the listener cannot relate to only one band, as easily happens. Each song can remind a different band, and sometimes different parts of the same song can remind different bands. Everything together in very well produced works that the listener will enjoy every new audition. Definitely, Heaven’s Guardian does not produce CDs to one or two songs be appreciated and the rest, skipped. That’s the band since the beginning.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name?
What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-The band has started with a high influence of Blind Guardian in the 90’s, although it cannot be evidenced in the compositions. So, it was just a process of finding another Guardian of a mysterious and very powerful place. Why not Heaven?

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Each musician of Heaven’s Guardian has a different influence, and this characteristic definitely helped the band to create an identity. However, if we put every influence in a bowl some names will easily be highlighted such as: Halloween, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Grave Digger, Blind Guardian, Dream Theater, Angra. These names continue to influence the band nowadays.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
– Definitely, the band had a sound before choosing a name. Then, the influence of Blind Guardian and the idea of having a right representation for the power of the songs, made “Heaven’s Guardian” a perfect choice.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-Although the artists produce their materials like a CD to be appreciated entirely by the audience, some listeners will not enjoy all the songs. Even so, some of these listeners will buy the album as a way to keep a collection of their favorite bands, especially in the heavy metal style. However, having the songs available in single tracks can be suitable for the other part of listeners that appreciate the albums just partially and are not interested in buying them. Therefore, it is still a win-win relation.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-Nowadays anything that a band produces can be well accepted all over the world. But most bands have always dreamed of recording a full album with a great production. Others prefer to just record singles or smaller works. This year we had the chance to produce something in a big pole like the city of Sao Paulo and with a renowned producer Marcelo Pompeu, who, by the way, did an excellent job. We are very satisfied with this.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Art work and lay out are extremely important. We worked hard on this and we were very pleased with the final result. The album cover brings details of the lyrics and the booklet was very organized and beautiful. We know that the less famous bands many times can sell more just for having a professional work since people do not know the music yet.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-All bands need to work on social networks like facebook, instagram, twitter and etc. The promotion of our album is made through the internet and of course with the two labels megahard in brazil and pure steelpromotion in europe and in the usa.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Sure. When you are in a band and see people having fun and singing the music that you have created is an unique feeling and that makes you feel a super heroi. We know we have responsibilities because everything can influence other people. Even though we feel great we still need to be humble.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-The band is 20 years old. It has performed in great centers with famous bands like Blind Guardian, Sepultra, Saxon, Angra, Megadeth, Sonata Artica and others. The shows are important to promote the band because many people are only following the work of the band after going to a show. In 2017 the goal of the band is to make the first international tour taking the “Signs” to the whole world.

What will the future bring?
-The next big project of the band, besides a tour in Europe, is the recording of a second dvd, this time with orchestra. The arrangements are already being made and it will possibly be recorded in the second half of 2017. We hope that with the European release of Sings in January 2017 the band can reach other locations and increase the number of fans outside Brazil.

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