WALLS OF BABYLON

WALLS OF BABYLON is a band that puts a smile on my face. I hope that they will do so to you too after you’ve read this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Yes, you’re right when you’re sayng that our name doesn’t rappresent, at a first look, our kind of music, but “Walls of babylon ” its a kind of tribute to one of our favourite band and , maybe our first inspiration; and that song in particulary its so grate and with a name that sound so good and cool.
Afterall , i think, that Babylon should rapresent the mix of musical culture and sounds that everyone of us brought to the band.
Progressive metal , black metal, hardcore punk, broadway musical and rock progressive are only an example of what everyone of us listen everyday in his car, while driving to work. However Our sound its not a simple mix of this genre, but in our arrangement, expecially, you can find a little bit of each one

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-We are a power progressive band with hard rytmics pattern and melodic opener during the whole songs. For us “the song” its the only pourpouse we try to reach, at all costs; we have many change, our songs measures about 5/6 minutes but you can always have the structure in your mind, due also to our “hypermelodic” chorus and specials
At a first listening, this album, can sounds like a “POP metal” album but if you keep listening you can find more than you can expect.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-As I already said, we have many personal influencies, but the most important for walls of babylon’s sound are certainly : Blind guardian, Kmelot, Seventh wonder, Dream theatre… I’m sorry but i should keep going on for hours…we can’t mention a single band

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-In our area the metal scene its a quite better than the past, after many years of void, there are many bands, many people trying to play in different clubs and have a good time with local funs and friends. Naturally there is no comparison between our area and other one placed near the biggest cities of our country.
I dont think that a local scene its necessary for a band to spread its music all around the world, expecially now that we have socials networks and the sacred blessing of internet’s sharing, but I think that a local scene its necessary to grow up like musicians performers and professionists

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-We play music cause its a part of us, a way to express ourselves, our ideas and connecting us with other people and musicians, to share a part of our souls to eachone that whould listen it.
We love metal and when we started playing it there were only a few bands in all our region that were already playing this kind of music, so we never have the idea to be a part of something bigger and greater; we always trying to reach that world, and those peaple that were playing on a stage like Gods of metal and others, in front of us, only boys with a beer in a hand and a dream in the other.
So we are not anymore so young, but the dream its the same, and we are here to trying to reach it

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-I’m a great fun of Marshall’s works, this cause, in first place, I’m a Blind guardian’s fan. I remember myself, like a child, with the artwork of “nightfall in the middle art” in a hand and a copy of silmarillion in the other (yes ,I’m a singer but I always have two hands, ahahahah), and that picture was the only visual reference with that world that i was reading and living.
So i think that Blind guardian’s cover its the perfect example of what i consider a great album cover.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-A few lines ago I have talk about “the sacred blessing of internet’s sharing”. I think so, beacause its only thanks to it, that a little band can approach a lebel and share his music all over the world
Certainly you have nothing for nothing, and the counterpart of this free advertising is the digital market and above all the possibility that you lose sales due to digital piracy.
This is progress and the actual situation. Join it or lose.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Well, our album is out on 13 april 2018 and after the relese we shall work with our label for the live dates.
Our will is to perform more than we can, so we will play live, first of all, in our area and in the live clubs that we were playing in with the promotion of our first album “The dark embrace” (autoproduct), then we’re hoping to play in every place which allow us to do it.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Playing live is our focus, our aim and our hope, but this not only for a buisness reason or meaning, but cause its the reason why we play music, the reason why I’m here to talk with you.
We want to play live so much that every time its a party, our greatest night, when we can be ourselves and do what we love; and after the show the party goes on and on ’till, the sunrise ; )

What would you like to see the future bring?
-Many lives, many fun, many music. We’re working on the songwriting for the next album and we already have like 6/7 song in their primordial state, but considering that “A portrait of memories” is not yet released, we think we still made a good job

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