SECOND TO SUN is a Russian band that has an edge to their metal that appealed to me enough to wanting to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Yes, we actually feel that way. Since the day we were formed we wanted to play the same music that we’re playing now.

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-Absolutely. Despite the art value of the work and a lot of work “aside from music” like backstory for each song – it’s nice to see that people really like it.

Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
-Yes, but we’re always looking for new sound; you can’t stand on one spot for too long.

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Lyrics to each track reflect the backstory of each song and it all comes down to a certain concept. You can always check what our songs are about in our social media pages or bandcamp.

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-We have artwork for each separate song and it conveys the concept just like the lyrics do. This is all vert important, without that listeners would feel lost in the complex concepts that we put behind each track.

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-Probably because all these regions were cradles of heavy music or made a major impact on this genre. Probably success is when our music is truly appreciated by other people.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-We have a lot of other artistic expressive methods that surround our music, that includes sound design and song mythology. This is more interesting that just slapping on tattoos like other bands do or affiliate themselves with “something” like politics for example. Probably we stand out because we pay a lot of attention to the musical material.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-You know, I feel like we’re more popular outside of Russia. Russia isn’t really fond of metal and that’s probably why all great bands from Russia never get a lot of exposure. Frankly saying, Russian is not really well developed in terms of culture in most regions and it’s hard to judge Russian scene as a whole.

Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-Heck, we all grown up listening to metal. A lot have changed since then, people are listening to music that doesn’t have an underlying subculture beneath, that’s why we sometimes feel that Russia doesn’t care about metal. If you like it – you’re free to listen to it, that’s the general attitude.

What does the future hold for you?
-We’re planning to release a music video for “The Wall” track and release a new album. Stay tuned.

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