WORD OF LIFE

WORD OF LIFE is a cool Greek progressive metal band that I have just recently gotten in touch with. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-The vision remains the same ! We just want to create music that we enjoy and that we think it has something different to express. This band is all about creativity and fresh ideas. Our goal is to present material that has a meaning of existence and not to reproduce concepts that we have seen many times before, or else we will stop being interested in playing music.

Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-This is kind of true in general. But I think in Greece where we come from, there is a big underground scene with many great bands that have started to support each other lately. So we believe that the country of origin of a band in not such a big deal nowadays.

When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-Getting good feedback is definitely a boost in a musician’s psychology. It always makes us want to try harder and write better music. And this is the ultimate goal, to take it one level up in each album. We don’t stick to specific genres, we just try to evolve and compose more mature stuff each time, even if it is something completely different. And we think that real music lovers appreciate that !

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-The biggest challenge is placing all these chaotic ideas and thoughts into order. Sometimes you get overwhelmed and try to put so many things together that they don’t work. We just take our time and let the things flow naturally. When we have something that we like we don’t overwork on that, we just capture the moment of its creation. A tricky part might also be the production of the album as we do it all by ourselves.

I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-We can definitely see an added warmth and natural feeling in analogue recordings. I am not a trained audio engineer so I cannot speak with technical terms about that, but maybe in the future we are going to experiment with more analogue sounds if the music fits that !

What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-It’s really great seeing your work in a finalized format. It feels like it takes a form, like it gets “real”. We feel really happy and proud when people comment on our album positively. Their opinion is always important for us, even if there are going to be negative comments too.

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-The lyrics and the music are equally important to us. I personally spend a lot of time writing the lyrics. The point of our lyrical themes is to make the reader-listener think more esoterically and search for the meanings behind the allegories that we present.

Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-An album cover is the first thing that gets you initiated into a record. Its role is to infiltrate you visually with the contents of the album. For us this is exactly the case. Into the artwork we incorporate allegorical themes taken from our lyrics, with aesthetics that fit the whole musical vibe.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Yes the recognition has become bigger especially the last year, but this is not something we chase or something we think it is a main goal. Recognition comes with hard work but writing good music is the priority.

What do you see in the future?
-This year we hope that we will be performing as much as we can in order to promote Jahbulon. We are also going to release a new video probably before summer. Some new material is also ready for our next full length release.

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