MAJESTY OF REVIVAL

In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with MAJESTY OF REVIVAL. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to
come up with the name?
DP: Actually “Revival” was the first name when the band was formed. But when we started to put our stuff over the internet I found a lot of bands around the world that already used this name. So I just added the word “Majestic”, but later a friend of mine suggested to add “Majesty of” to sound more unique.

The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
Mad Doctor: Because it’s definitely a high-quality product. We really did our best to give our listeners music that would be interesting to explore. Titanic work has been done over every single song lyrically, musically and technically. We believe that everyone will find something satisfying in our latest album.

Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
DP: I got a lot of questions from fans about “when you’ll put a new album? why it takes so long?”. So I think yes, some people waited for the new album.

When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
DP: Well, when we formed a band there was just an idea to make music. We didn’t stick to a concrete genre, so our first promo album (which was never officially released) sounded like an experimental/avant-garde piece of music. So, when we started to get feedback from record labels they constantly kept saying: “everything sounds cool, but the first song is power metal, then you switching to black metal vibe which turning into jazz in the third song; you continued that way for the whole album, trying to be some kind of a chameleon. How we should promote your music? Pick a genre and maybe we’ll work someday”. So, in 2011 we changed our style a bit to Melodic/Symphonic Metal. But after releasing our second album “Iron Gods” we decided to go back and try to do what we used to do when everything started.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
Mad Doctor: Definitely that feeling present. Like you are a part of music history, and every music legend was just like you now before they’ve become an icon.

When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
DP: I think artwork should display what’s going on in the band or in an artist’s head. I used to release albums with different projects/bands, and there was also cliches for what the artwork should be for the concrete genre. And I think it’s not right. That’s why I love more mainstream bands like Metallica or Faith No More – they’re able to put whatever they want to the front cover and don’t care about what the style needed. Speaking about great cover art – well, for me the best cover artwork from all what I have seen is Mars Volta – Bedlam in the Goliath.

I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital versus physical? Is digital killing music?
Mad Doctor: That’s kind of question, that doesn’t have an exact answer. Yes, for sure that with the dawn of digital era quality of music decrease, in general. But on the other hand, it brings us a lot of astonishing masterpieces, that would not be possible without a digital goods. Now space for creativity is unlimited. That’s a huge pros compare to vinyl, tapes and other things from the past. By the way that limitations were a killer of many great bands.

Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
DP: We are not a mainstream band, so we playing mostly in clubs. For all of the band existence, we toured around Ukraine only – and usually, there are a few days between each date, so there’s a lot of time to travel back home or hangin’ around the city where we used to play.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
DP: Personally for me, it depends where we’re playing. If we doing shows in small clubs – so it’s definitely a party. But if we’re going to play in the big stage in front of many people – yes, it’s happening!

What would you like to see the future bring?
DP: I Would like to get more attention to our music and have regular tours abroad.

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