I can’t tell folk metal from pagan metal from heathen metal but I can tell if something is good. And KAIRA is that. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
Do you feel that you have come as far as you planned for the band now that you have a new album out?
-The album ‘Roots of Veles’ is our 7th album and we think that with this album we reached the apogee either in music and lyrics. We have found that exact direction which we would like to follow. The album is a step to what we have planned.
How does this new album compare to the previous ones?
-Album ‘Roots of Veles’ is more conceptual. It is heavier and more melodic. We have much more melodic chants that bring some epic spirit, you can hear much more extreme vocals. Previous albums can be described as groove metal core but now we combine groove with pagan style and add aggression so we get what you can hear now in the album.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-No! Our music is always arranged during the rehearsals by common consent. And even if it happens to have disputable points they are worked out without any difficulties. Our minds are attuned. Although, there were some issues on mixing…
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-We think that music without lyrics can lose something very important. Music gives the mood but lyrics give the sense. The album ‘Roots of Veles’ is about old Believers – pagan people and their beliefs. The album revives Slavo-Arians Vedas – the knowledge and strength of our forefathers. By the way, many scientists say that Slavo-Aryans were the ancestors of all nations of Europe. Our forefathers honored many gods, among them we can find Veles. The lyrics are devoted to awakening of the forgotten Slavonic gods. The truth was hidden by kings that destroyed Great Vedas and they put false beliefs in our heads. So people forgot the beliefs of our ancestry, forgot that we are the children of pagan gods. Now in the era of war and hatred it’s the right time to open your eyes and learn the truth. We were the one nation, but it is easier to control small nations…
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-The cover art work is always important! The CD is a physical item that adds special atmosphere to you either you are listening to the music or reading the lyrics and imaging the pictures in your head. Every song contains a special sense either in words or in the picture. This album is vedic, and Slavonic Vedas are connected with visual thinking: images and symbols are the beginning of words. We discussed every picture of the album. Our bass player, Vital, created all the art work that was very awesome cause he knew how it should be like.
Where outside of your country have you had success with your previous albums?
-Our previous albums are popular in the CIS – the countries that speak Russian. Many people still listen to our Russian albums. Although with the release of our albums only in English we receive many good reviews from the USA, Australia and Europe. We see that people from these regions attend our official site, share the posts on fb.. But at the same time, many Russian fans became really upset cause they wanted Russian Kaira back.
Why is it that we do not see more metal bands from your country making it big internationally?
-Well, it’s a difficult question… Probably here it’s not so developed… We see many bands who just break apart after first difficulties. Maybe they don’t have much patience. You need to spend much time and strengths, to give much to the music in order to gain something…
What is your local metal scene like? What status does your band have in the national metal scene?
-We have many interesting shows but the main part of them is the shows of the bands from abroad that are supported by the local bands. As for any open air fests we can name only Metal Crowd Festival… We don’t have to make shows every month because our city is not so big… but once a year we can afford playing a solo show. We receive many invitations from the concert managers all over the country but here it’s a very sad situation. Some our shows were canceled because we couldn’t come to an agreement with the concert managers that hardly could fulfill the provision of the tech rider… Many Belarusian fans were upset about it.
What is the general populations opinion on metal? Is being a metal musician a respectable choice?
-Metal is awesome! But if speak seriously, we think that metal music is not so popular here. We don’t see the news about metal bands on television… such news doesn’t pass the censorship. The same situation is on the radio. Metal music is taken as a childish fancy but when you tell that you have recorded an album and show the CD, everybody shows respect and supports us.
What does the future hold for you?
-Our Gods have a big power and we are sure that they know our desires and help us to fulfill them. Thanks for good questions! Stay tuned and stay metal!