PATTERNS THROUGH ETERNITY
THE FALLEN DIVINE was named as the band of the month in Metal Sound Magazine for May. Although that they have self-released the album during 2011 Indie Recordings from Norway deicide to re-release in May. The band performs the music which has many influences, but, yet one could label their music as progressive extreme metal with some noticeable folk influences and with epic atmosphere. Their debut effort ''The Binding Cycle'' has so much to offer and you are welcome to learn something more about this promising troop.
Hello my friends! Please could you tell us something about The Fallen Divine for the beginning of the interview since the band has just released its debut issue? A few words would suit perfectly for the start.
Hello! The Fallen Divine is a band that consists of five guys, and we formed about three years ago. Our music is hopefully a bit more interesting than this answer.
You've just released your debut full-length ''The Binding Cycle'' though Norwegian label Indie Recordings. It would be welcome if you could say few words about your first ever record and present it to our readers.
The Binding Cycle is an album containing 8 songs. It's a concept album, so it should be listened to as a whole and in the right track order. Melodic, progressive and atmospheric are some of the adjectives that come to mind when I think of the album. But I suggest the readers to listen to it themselves and make up their own minds!
As a matter of fact, ''The Binding Cycle'' was released during the previous year but yet you have just released it though Indie. So, are there two different versions of the same album out there?
We self-released the album in the autumn of 2011 to gain some interest from people, labels and stuff. People seemed to enjoy the album, and it received some decent publicity from the media too. After we got our name ''out there'', we sent the album to Indie Recordings, which led to a record deal.
Both Indie and us in the band thought the mix of the album could be a little better, so we decided to remix it before we would re-release it through Indie. We got Dan Swano to do the remix, and it turned out great. So to answer your question: Yes, there are two different versions/mixes of the same album.
During 2010 you've also released one EP ''The Eternal Past and Future'' so what can you tell us about this record?
We had been together for about a year when we recorded that one. Its not something we're very proud of, because the material is pretty weak and the production is horrible. However, we learned a lot from the recording sessions -especially what not to do, hehe.
I noticed that you have regular and live line-up so what could you tell us about your live activities and your further plans concerning the live performances in Norway and abroad?
We want to play live as much as possible, and we have done many gigs here in Norway. We have never played abroad before, but if we get the opportunity we'll do it for sure!
I could compare your music with some bands from Norway as Windir, in some of the songs, but yet other tracks have its own originality. Definitely you own something in your style that's indeed original. Any comments about this?
We are indeed inspired by Windir, but we are influenced by a million other bands too, from all kinds of genres. But maybe that is what makes us sound somewhat original? Instead of ripping off just one or two bands, we’re taking inspiration from a whole bunch of bands and artists, which results in a different kind of music.
How would you like to describe your style and to label your music? I noticed various influences in your music from black to progressive death metal, even with some folk influences as well.
Putting a label on the music feels kind of limiting, but it can be of course be helpful too, especially so people who haven't checked the music yet can get a clue about what we are doing. We usually call it ''progressive extreme metal'' if we have to call it something. And yes, you can definitely hear some black, death and folk in there.
The cover artwork suits the music well. So, could you tell us something about the visual and the lyrical concept of your debut issue ''The Binding Cycle''?
Well, the album is about two conflicting ideals, and trying to choose a side. It can be interpreted as trying to rebel against religion, or just trying to find a different way of life from what is usual. The album artwork reflects the lyrics on the album, and shows how two conflicting ideals form a''binding cycl''
I would like to thank you for the interview and I wish you all the best. I am really looking forward to hear some more stuff from you guys!
Thanks for the interview and the interest in our music!
Interview was done by Marko Miranovic
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