VAULT OF ACHANTUS

VAULT OF ACANTHUS is another female fronted metal band that should be checked out. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Actually yes, it wasn’t that easy… The initial inspiration came from the fact that we do our rehearsals in a small underground room that is something like a secret vault for us. Furthermore, acanthus is a typical Greek plant, which symbolizes and implies the internal meaning and beauty of the things. So, to put it altogether, even if somebody finds out the vault of our music and lyrics, he will then have to realize their true essence. Our name works as a perpetual reminder that we should not only focus to the superficial, external picture that is often misleading.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
-Our sound and our creativity are the junction of the influences and the inspirations of each one of the band members individually. But we could say that our preferences come from our most beloved decades of the 80’s and the 90’s, and bands like Europe, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Savatage, Royal Hunt, Symphony X, Stratovarius, Opeth and of course Nightwish. We are greatly influenced by the Scandinavian metal scene.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-First of all, we could describe our music as symphonic rock / metal, fused with progressive elements. We also move along the paths of power metal, while having blues guitar influences. There are alternations of sound scapes in our songs, something that will become even more obvious in our upcoming first full length album. We put a lot of emphasis in our sound and the creation of the corresponding atmosphere in our songs, and of course we use more aggressive arrangements in our faster and more powerful songs. But we can’t point out a specific pattern; in the same song there can be both fast and slow parts with either dense or sparse arrangement.

Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-We are starving for live performances all the time, so our answer couldn’t be objective! In Greece there are several small rock stages, and we‘ve performed at many of them. There are also some bigger rock clubs and we’ve tried a couple of them, along with some open rock festivals. At the first case there is the intimacy and the communication with the audience, while at the second there are the incredible energy levels that take you to the limit. We feel ready to go bigger!

Everybody seems to be disappointed with something once they have released a recording. What would you have liked done differently the last time around?
-We are not an exception to this rule, and we feel that it is going to happen every time. It is natural when you love your job and when you pay attention to the details. When we released our first EP, we felt that we would like to change several approaches and aspects of the recording and the mixing procedure. However, these details are part of the uniqueness of each record, of the band’s evolution and they reflect ourselves at that specific period.

Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Well yes, it’s a cruel world! There are so many bands out there, that it becomes very difficult for our potential fans to distinguish us among them. We use all the available popular social media, and the rest is done by our record label.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-A great front cover should catch the eye of the listener and entice him or her to take the trip. It should have an original and thought–provoking idea. It should be in harmony with the concept and the ideas of the album, and perhaps the secret ingredient is when the designer adds his own new insight and perspective to them, after listening to the album. In our opinion, a great cover is even more important today, in the age of mp3.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Yes, there is a flourishing metal scene in Greece that covers a wide variety of metal subgenres, and we feel part of it. Many Greek underground bands do a great job and really deserve to be discovered. On the other hand, in our country there is not such a big metal audience and metal music was never mainstream. But, in general, the brave Greek metalheads do have an incredible musical sense and instinct, they are well–informed and passionate about the bands they love, and they are always ready for “war”!

How does one promote himself the best possible way?
-Hmm… He simply hires the best promoter, manager and booking agent that he can afford! He leaves the promotion to the specialists, only then he can be completely sure that he does the best. Then he has all the time and the energy to devote himself to the real thing, music. In an ideal world, we should only leave the music speak for us. But in our cruel world, self–promotion can be a time and money consuming, frustrating and tedious procedure.

What does the future hold?
-We hope that all the hard work and the sacrifices we’ve made all these years, against all odds, will come to fruition in the future. At this period we are in the middle of the recording of our first full length album, which will probably be released in the next winter, while planning our next shows. Our goal and wish is to widen our musical horizons and to experience our musical journey through all possible dimensions. We believe in us and we feel that we deserve more!

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