Sometimes I can fall for a band just from the album cover. When I saw the cover to RAVENIA’s album I just knew that I had to interview them, not knowing if the music would be any good. Thankfully the music is up there too. Armi answered my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

When you release a recording what kind of feeling do you have? What kind of expectations do you have?
-I think every band has very high expectations and there’s this level of anxiety and worry that what if people don’t like what you have created. When you have worked so hard on an album for a very long time, when it’s finally out, you get that sense of relief and then you’re left with this massive void. Suddenly you’re not doing the same things you have been doing for the past couple of years and you kinda have to adjust to that change, it sometimes takes a while.

Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)? That everything has to follow a certain map?
-Yes and no..We do have the same kind of lyrical themes on the album and we wanted all the songs to sort of follow the same path but there isn’t a certain theme that we need to follow.

How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
-Sometimes it’s really easy, all the lyrics just flow out and sometimes it takes forever to get the lyrics done for a song. I always make the lyrics last, so they really depend on the mood of the song. The lyrics are right when there’s nothing I want to change in them, usually that means that I’m getting the emotion out of them that I was looking for when I started writing.

How hard is it to find the right art work? What are you looking for?
-Jan Yrlund was the obvious choice for us. He has done some artwork for us before and we really like his style, so of course we asked him first. We really wanted something that would really represent the title of the album, so I think he did a great job with the artwork and managed to capture the essence of our album.

Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the metal you play?
-Not really, but I do feel that the metal we play sometimes gets misinterpretated. We don’t really follow the norms that are set in metal. Sometimes people could be a bit more open-minded to new music,it’s not always a mistake if you do things differently. A lot reviewers for example have complained about the lack of guitar solos on our album but for us it was concious decision to leave those out completely.

Do you feel that you get the recognition you deserve?
-Honestly, I don’t think anyone ever feels they get the recognition they deserve but we’re doing all right. All we can really do is make music we love and hope that others will love it too. I think that if you have the passion for what you do, it can take you to the stars. So far the response we’ve gotten about our album has been very positive, so I think we’re on the right track. We want people to really feel something when they listen to our album and I think we have succeeded with that.

Is the end of physical close by or is there a future for all formats?
-A lot of people say that it is but I’m not so sure about that. I personally still buy cds, I can’t imagine buying a digital album and listening to it from my computer. I think there are also a lot of collectors out there that want their bought albums signed and you can’t really sign a digital copy, now can you? So, I hope there’s still a future for physical copies as well.

I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-Well for us it’s even more difficult since there are 9 people in the band. We also have quite a bit of backing tracks, so that makes it even more challenging .For those reasons I can’t really answer that question right now but we’ll see how it goes when we actually start touring one day.

If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-Absolutely bloody massive! A ton of lights, pyrotechnics, stuff projected in the walls and floors. Yeah, so crazy and seriously epic. Would be so cool if we were able to do that one day and really give people a show they would never forget.

10.What does the future hold?
-Right now,we’re finishing up an orchestral version of one of our songs.And of course we need to start writing some new music soon for our second album,we are so excited about that.We can go a bit more crazy with our compositions on the next album so that should be fun.We will also be making some new trailer tracks of course,so we have a lot planned for the future.

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