Finland isn’t just metal bands running around in the woods looking evil. There are those that play it more melodic and softer. Like SKY OF FOREVER. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
Sky Of Forever is a Helsinki based melodic hardrock group led by me, Lauri Hannola (singer/songwriter of SOF). Some may know other members from Stratovarius and Tracedawn, though SOF`s musical approach is quite different.
If you like bands like Bon Jovi, Europe and HIM, you might like Sky Of Forever.
How does your latest recording compare to the previous ones?
-Well, we released our debut on 14th of October (Europe and US). In Japan it will come out on December 2016.
The musical direction is modern melodic hardrock.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
-We have quite similar taste, so it has been quite easy so far:) Of course everyone has their favourite songs.
The production has been great.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Lyrics are important to me personally. The music is always ceremonial to me, so I there has to be something real.
Lyrics come from individual experience: nature, movies and high moments in life stimulate me as a songwriter.
Unitive theme on the debut album is to live with passion.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-The cover art work is made by a young designer Patrik Nuorteva. We simply asked him to visualize the essence of our music. It`s quite bombastic:)
Patrik has also made our both videos. Lately he has been working also with Amaranthe.
Where outside of your country have you had success?
-We have had lots of positive feedback.
Lately our latest single “Carry On” (feat. Bruce Kulick) have been playing on WEMF Radio (United States) many weeks in a row now.
Review success has come from Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Norway, for example.
Anyway, to me the most important thing is to get feedback from the listeners and I have gotten these, supportive messages from all around: UK, US, South Europe and South America.
Is it harder today to get noticed both nationally and internationally than it was 10 or 20 years ago? Is the competition tougher today?
-Well, I like the way it is today. Bands and artists can promote themselves, if they are ready to put the work in.
I don`t have experience from 10-20 years ago. At the time we were making our first demos:)
What is your local scene like? What status does your band have in the national scene?
-Rock and metal have been down many years now. Rock festivals fill the stage with national pop and rap artists. We have seen better days, one could say!:) But it will change, like it always does.
People are interested and curious about us. We have had coverage in all the local metal/rock medias and recently I gave an interview to Ilta-Sanomat (one of the biggest local medias in general) due to our collaboration with legendary KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick.
We have had some great feedback.
Still, there`s a LOT of work to do – but it`s okay, we love playing rock.
What is the general population’s opinion on playing music? Is being a musician a respectable choice?
-I think it is since we have had some great successes like HIM and Nightwish. Nowadays people tend to think it`s possible to have some international success, unlike in the 70`s, for example.
What does the future hold for you?
-We aim to do some gigs in Europe 2017. At the moment I`m writing new songs for Sky Of Forever`s second album and the first demos will be ready before christmas 2016.