TORYSE is a German metalcore act that impressed me a lot. Read this interview and then continue to support them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Definitely not! Since our formation back in late 2013, we had to go through a lot of ups and downs. Originally we planned to release our first full-length album in 2016 and thought we’d be a lot further with the band until now.
But all the throw-backs, triggered by the line-up changes regarding the vocalist, helped us to improve on our music and constantly pushed us a step forward.
After all, it doesn’t feel like we’re too late now but rather for the first time fully confident, satisfied and proud with the path we’ve chosen.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-We’re very proud of our upcoming ERASED EP, as it gives a very good insight of what our music is and will be about, though 5 tracks can’t really show the full musical spectrum we have in mind and want to create.
The funny thing is, that we didn’t have a real expectation or rather precise idea of the records’ final sound in the first place, as it was more of an “trial and error”, due to the fact that Steff had changed from Guitars to Main Vocals and Dali from Bass to Guitar and Clean Vocals.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-Yes! And we’re already working on future plans to show this build-up process following our latest recording!
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Absolutely – music always tells a story and every song has its very own meaning and atmosphere, even without any words. Therefore, lyrics should always catch up this vibe and put the melody, rhythms and energy into words, delivering a message the listener can identify with.
Our topics vary from the everyday-struggles everybody has to deal with in a way or another, to just kicking it off and enjoy the one life you have, to things, that just make us upset and angry, like pepole that abuse their power and strength, put others into misery and just care for themselves.
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?
-The cover artwork is very important to us, as we want it to express the records atmosphere and meaning in “just one picture” and give the whole album a visual frame.
Even nowadays in the digital age, we’re sure, that a cool and fitting artwork can make the difference between take it or leave it.
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?
-In our opinion, there are a lot of reasons for this situation. We think, the biggest problem in Germany is, that smaller bands or local/underground music doesn’t get supported as much as in the US and UK.
We’re just facing it again ourselves, as booking and playing shows gets harder day by day for underground bands, thanks to decreasing venue-numbers, venue owners that are not appreciating the hard work and effort most of the bands put into their music, setting completely unrealistic standards for newcomer bands to play a venue (in regard of “likes”, already played shows, etc.) or the worst-case: pay-to-play.
Another issue for the metalcore-genre in particular is, that there’s like a massive wave of new bands, while you can’t even differ one another anymore. It seems like all the bands want to make it more deeper, more brutal, more djenty, without really wanting to create a own sound or unique style. That’s why we layed our focus on melodies and catchy elements from the start, without getting “softer” or pretending to make music, we can’t stand behind.
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?
-Being on as much as possible platforms and promoting everything as much as anyhow possible, without getting on our listeners nerves
Once a first base could be created, the word of mouth will also help to reach new listeners.
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?
-Our local scene is pretty wide-ranged, but unfortunately not that active or rather not that easy to animate. However, in our opinton a national scene is very important for every band, as this is probably the easiest way to start with your band and maybe have a break out, if you’re really, really lucky.
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?
-No, unfortunately not like in Finland! But to be honest, we never heard of anything else than hard music from Finland
In Germany, rock and metal gets bigger and more accepted as we speak, especially for the younger generations. But still, these are just two of many many genres and music will (hopefully) always be a matter of taste, with freedom to also not like something.
Just think about some metalheads, that get confronted with, let’s say Hip Hop
What does the future hold for you?
-Hopefully a lot of shows, many new listeners and a growing fan-base, more records and good times on- and off-stage!