PARAGON COLLAPSE is a beautiful metal band from Romania that I just fell in love with. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-The concept of perfection, from humanity’s perspective, is in a strong relationship with the concept of reality, which is a human perception too. But the human dies, and his reality with all its perfections dies with him as well. Everything that seems perfect is also very fragile, and in our fast changing society, people tend to destroy all that really matters. That’s why we weren’t looking for a name that would represent any specific kind of music, but we wanted something that would represent our point of view about things that are important to us. After a few tries, we decided to stop on this name, where “Paragon” means a model of perfection, and “Collapse” is the most beloved humans action, meaning destruction.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-Usually when somebody listens for the first time our songs, they remain impressed by the contrast between the soft sound of vocals/violin and the aggressive instrumental sound. Combining these types of sound attract not only metal music listeners. So, we let the music do its job.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-It wasn’t only one influence. It was mainly the society and the people that we interact with. We needed to express our emotions and experience through the music, so we try to create a sound that wouldn’t leave people indifferent.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-The local scene is relatively a good one, but unfortunately, not for our genre of metal. It’s not only a local issue, because underground is not so appreciated on the common scenes usually. It depends on the band’s strategy, that means if a band chooses to be a studio one or to have live performances. But anyway for a new band is important to have live performances in order to gain experience and to get known.
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?
-Is more than just playing in a band, is the ability to bring our music to the listeners through the band. That moment when playing is actually creating a connection to transmit and receive energy. So yes, it is a special feeling.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-It would be a surrealistic image painted in Zdzislaw Beksinski style. An image that would represent through art the most ugly human’s aspects.
7. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
Digital music makes it easier to promote a band and is made for mobility, but for someone it is a great feeling to hold a physical version. Also exist very well designed physical albums let say non-standard packaging, or a limited edition release, in those cases the listener can opt to have them both. Thus, the digital isn’t killing the music in any way.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Here are two or three festivals and many clubs/pubs in our country where band like ours can perform. Although, for a beginner band it’s quite hard to get access to all those stages. Anyway, we hope this will change in future.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Every performance is very special to us and is truly a happening. As we said, it is a chance for us to make a connection with the audience, no matter how large or small it is.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-Like any other band, we would like to have a lot of live performances and to increase our audience. Also, we have a lot of ideas for future albums and would like to see them coming out.