ONYRIA

I have a soft spot for female and female fronted metal bands. So whenever I come upon one I just want to know more about them. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Could you please introduce us to the band?
-Onyria was formed in 2012 . From the very beginning, we tried to carve our place with a distinctive “Symphonic Rock / Metal” sound. Unlikely other symphonic bands, our singer is really ‘aggressive’ and kinda ‘virtuoso’ sometimes, something unusual for the genre, as we are used to hear opera-like voices or very soft and angelic timbres.
We started by doing cover, our “my heart will go on” performed very well (we are getting close to the 1 million mark views) and that was really the jumpstart to propose our own songs to our audience.
We firmly believe in the DIY process as long as it preserves the music integrity. That’s why we decided to produce our album by ourselves under every aspect, including mixing and mastering.
The band consists of:
Helena – Vocals
Simon J. – Music
New band members will be announced soon 🙂

What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
-For me (the guitarist) it was early alter bridge records, shinedown stuff, but also classic metal records. But at the end of the day I’m trying to compose something fresh and new, and I hope I can do it. The singer was influenced by world-renowned singers such as Celine Dion, Freddie Mercury, but also other r’n’b singers.

How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-The whole composing/recording/audio production can be complicated sometimes, but we are quite used to at this point and it’s definitely a no-biggie. We are able to ‘adapt’ a cover into our own style pretty quickly and record it afterwards. Usually for vocal and guitar takes, we just stick with the 1st, 2nd or rarely 3rd take.

Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-Definitely. Bands have tons of possibilities to record at higher standard than usual, affordable usb interfaces and affordable condenser mics are the real turnaround point. Also, having stuff like Superior Drummer, vst and lots of tutorials and resources helps too. The problem is, pr and talent scouts are submersed by every kind of music, tons of ‘copycats’ and stuff like that. But I guess that’s just part of the game!

If you release your music digitally is thete a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasng them on cd?
-Eventually, yes. There are tons of records that may end up sounding like bunch of riffs. Every guitarist out there , while composing a good riff, istantly thinks that it’s also a great song. But there’s more than a guitar part or solo to a song.
For us, it was somewhat an evolving process, as some of the songs in this album date back even to 2011, before the band formation. They were finished songs I had laying around. Some of them are newer, and you can definitely hear the change of ‘mood’ toward a more dark and heavy one (for example, lagrimas de cinixiu compared to sleep no more is definitely heavier and more groovy)

What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-We had our boxes ticked and got tons of good to great feedbacks. There was some negative feedback, but you have to take it all and build everything into a single one constructive criticism that helps you to double your song efficiency in your next album.
Everyone loves our my heart will go on cover, but our music is gaining consents very quickly. We are very happy because we noticed that different people have different tastes regarding our music and to this day there is not a single song that was not mentioned at least once as ‘their favorite’ by someone.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Well, tons of press publishers, label managers starting to look for us, even some booking agency.
But the fans response and reading every one of their comments is the real highlight. We have dedicated fans who listened to our album several times, and that’s the greatest thing in the world!

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a metal band?
-Metal is definitely a great and huge world. There’s a lot of “genre” and “label” inside metal, but what I think is that we are all grouped by the seek of making great music, with no frills, without compromises, without the usual mainstream formats.
Metalheads have always been supportive to each other so we hope in the same treatment whenever we will hit a stage.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Definitely. We had several experiences with and without this band, but the real deal starts now. We started looking for musicians and tons of them showed up at our door. We are rehearsing with every one of them to find the special ones that just ‘clicks’ with the whole project
We can’t wait to hit the venues and let people hear our music!

What plans do you have for the future
-As mentioned above, we are working hard on getting ready for performing live We are also recording more covers and will be filming videos very soon.
There’s also some bigger projects that we won’t reveal now, we will just say that two album songs are involved

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