I know that I don’t feature too many power metal bands even though I really like that grandeur and bigger than life feel it gives me. But VEONITY might be the start of that. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-I remember when I first started to listen to power metal. I was always looking for bands with the coolest name. That was how I decided which band to check out. Even today I still get very interested about band who have giving their band name some thought.
Veonity is a made up name of the two words vision and eternity. We wanted our band name to be just one word and end with an Y since most of the epic words used in power metal ends with an Y (destiny, eternity, fantasy, sky, deny and so on haha)
What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Veonity was created from the fire of the desires to carry on the flame of power metal. We all have had a dream since we were teens to play the music we love.
What is your definition of the music you play?
-We do not hide the fact that we are playing power metal. Melodic, glorious and fast. That’s the way music should be. The genre has been evolving a lot since the late 80’s and nowadays there are thousands of bands playing power metal. However, we believe in keeping the power in our metal which is the reason that we are leaving out the symphonic and orchestral elements. You could say that our style of power metal is sounding like it did in the 90’s or early 00 but of course with some unique ingredients.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-So far, both our albums have been concept albums. We like the challenge that comes with making that kind of album. You have to think, not only about the lyrics, but how the tracks should fit together so that the story also is told through the songs. But we always believe in putting the most epic choruses in the first and last track of our album.
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Nowhere. The power lies within your soul! If you truly love doing something the inspiration lives inside you always ready to burst out into glorious hymns.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-Sometimes too much time maybe ha ha. We love cover arts and booklet designs since we are children of the 90’s where CD’s where all we had. I can still recall the feeling when I did find an album with an amazing cover. We believe that seeing is believing! On both our album we have worked with people who understood what kind of things we were after. Thomas Holmstrand, who designed our artwork for “Into The Void”, created stuff that we only dreamed about having.
Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
-Of course there is greater freedom. You can send your album to the other side of the world in just a blink of an eye. Something like that was not possibly 25 years ago. Your music can therefore be spread throughout the universe. The problem of course is that everyone is spreading their music throughout the universe as well so the competitions might have grown to be even more than it was some years back.
Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
-Digital releases are a limitation within themselves. As I mentioned earlier, music is more than just listening. The visual side is adding an extra depth. Also the fact that physical CD’s and Vinyl you can feel which I believe makes the music a little bit more real. Digital music is nowadays so easy to get that you sometimes forget about the time and effort that was put into creating it. If you have a physical CD you can read about the band, reading the lyric and watching the art as you are listening to it.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-Power metal is now growing. The scene is expanding and more and more people are accepting and appreciating the genre for what it is. However, getting gigs is not like it was before entering the world of digital music. Rock bar, places to gig and festivals in Sweden has to close down due to the fact that people doesn’t seem to enjoy live music anymore. I can see that this is starting to change of course but it still a critical time now. Bands have to play in order to get heard but the interest in watching new bands play are low. People are gladly spending 100 Euros for a ticket to one of the biggest band but they don’t seem to be willing to pay 5 Euros to watch a more unknown bad play. This has to change so that power metal once again can be heard in every corner of the world (don’t think it ever has though ha ha)
What does the future hold?
-Releasing the album than head out to play our new songs. We have been waiting a long time to show the world what we have created. This year we will play as much as possible because we love it and also because it gives us energy to keep the fire burning. Of course we still have ideas for new song, as I said, there is so much music inside of us that has to be let free. I think if we were cut we would bleed metal.