So we are back to Barack Obama’s statement about how metal is an integral part of the Finnish society with SOULGLASS. A band new to me but with the potential to go places. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
Felicia Firemane: Soulglass is Epic Death Metal band from Helsinki, Finland. The band members are Crowley Frostburn (lead-guitar), Mortas Nox (rhythm-guitar), Victor Karma (synths/piano), Dometheus Mundi (bass), Xivilae Mordicus (drums), Felicia Firemane (growl-vocals) and Lucretia Raa (clean-vocals/violin). The band has a strong theme and the lyrics are about human-mind as so as about spirit world etc. Many songs can be understood either if there’s some real spiritual creature/power affecting to us/things around us, or as metaphors.
The band was formed by me, Felicia Firemane in spring 2012. Quite soon Xivilae Mordicus and one very talented guitarist Mikko joined to the project. The three of us were composing and searching members to the project few years, till Mikko had to leave the band due to lack of time. He had a company to run, and he prioritized his work over the band. By the time many members came and went till the current row was formed and things started to be more organized and professional. The theme and the vision were too much to many members. Many of them were eager to play metal, but the things including artist-names to stage-look were too much.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Xivilae Mordicus: Name picking is always hard! First we really had this dumbass name season as always before same time as our music evolved to the more professional way and the theme was getting all the way stronger, it was time to think about suitable name.
As our songs are considering things like life, time and death (and really in spiritual way) combining word “soul” to word “hourglass” was great idea.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of metal you play? What inspires you today?
Felicia Firemane: I started to listen metal already a very young age, when I was 12. The strong attitude combined to beautiful melodies and thoughtful lyrics was the thing waking up my admiration towards the genre. It was much deeper than any other genres I had listened to till then. Still today melodic and bit heavier bands are the thing to me, as they seem to be for all members in the band. Almost all of us are listening for example Epica, Arch Enemy and Children Of Bodom. Also bands like Cradle of Filth, Slipknot, Nightwish and Carach Angren are worth of mentioning. Though of course we all have our own taste that includes also many other genres than only metal music.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
Xivilae Mordicus: Well of course in the Internet your material spreads fast and it’s easier to get it everywhere, but it of course causes an effect that physical CDs and vinyls kind of lose value as people get to listen your music digitally and most likely for free.
I like how the things are now, Internet and free digital releasing are for promotion and getting your material to people. What comes to the CDs and vinyls they are for already integrated fans who want to get the whole package. The album should be seen as art-piece which consists from musical, lyrical and visual candies.
Is digital killing the album format?
Xivilae Mordicus: If talking about money I think it’s nonsense to think that your music will make you lots of it when speaking about digital releasing. The money more likely will come from the fans that want to see the visuals and collect the CDs to their collection (Those times are still here! Nothing is dying!) and other merchandise you offer to them. For example when the people will come to see you perform live and buy your kick-ass T-shirts from the gigs. No reason to take money from them when they want to hear your music. They will bring you their money when they want to support you.
Actually as we now released Atmosfear digitally we have still had inquirements from abroad. We’ve got many messages like “When can I buy your physical CD??”, And how format-killing is that!? 😉
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it
Felicia Firemane: For example Atmosfear (EP) cover art is ordered from a graphic artist professional, who we discussed with about the theme of the EP. He had free hands to design the cover. The final result represents really well what we wanted it to be; humanity that’s fading away. Visuality is very important to us, so we really wanted the cover to be perfect, and that’s what we got. I made the other pictures to the booklet and they are simply describing a bit every song. When the physical release comes, you’ll see how they are!
Many bands seem to be kind of lost or just lazy about the visual things. Instead, in Soulglass visual things are playing a great role. We put time and money to those things avoiding the carelessness many bands nowadays seem to think they can afford to. We see the band as a great entirety which includes many other things than just the music for that’s the only way to bring the concept fully alive and to benefit its potential.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
Xivilae Mordicus: Yeah. The social media is the main and most important way nowadays in my opinion. Of course we still promote every possible way we can. But it’s like nowadays you need to even promote yourself in the social media to get to promote yourself playing live.
Years ago it was easier to get to play gigs and promote yourself and almost impossible to get to make a record. Now the tables have turned straight opposite.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
Xivilae Mordicus: I think we will fit in there great, our part in the scene is building fast. When thinking our genre we offer something very unique but still familiar and our listenership is wide! There has already been signs of a fan-base starting to grow in Switzerland, Germany and Italy.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
Xivilae Mordicus: Touring is what we aim for!! Playing live is the thing! But as I mentioned earlier nowadays it’s hard to get gigs by yourselves without some agency holding your back. After successful promotion and most importantly good music it all gets more possible.
What will the future bring?
Xivilae Mordicus & Felicia Firemane: Hopefully lots of more gigs, possibilities to help people to reach us and our music, great inspirational moments with the band and the most importantly our first album!