Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Vyre Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
 We are Vyre. Situated in the lovely city of Bielefeld in Germany. We consist of round about 6 (sometimes more) individuals who share a common goal. Making big music with a theatrical edge, sometimes cryptic, sometimes obvious. Established in 2011 after some members’ departure from the german Black Metal outfit Eïs. “The Initial Frontier Pt. 1” will be our first album released on November 29th, 2013 with its twin “The Initial Frontier Pt. 2” released shortly after in the first half of 2014.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is present on the new album?

Our label distributes us as interstellar Black Metal. One could argue about the “Black” bit since we lack satanic topics and imagery, but the interstellar bit is quite fitting. We play a sound influenced by many sources. You will definitely hear the Black Metal portion first, but there is a lot Heavy Metal in it too. Even Stadium Rock for a fair amount. This is intertwined with quotes from Sci-Fi scores and influences from modern music in general.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Mainly we focus on personal experiences clad in space opera skin. It’s all about how life treats us and how we treat our surroundings. You get madmen, robots, heroes, villains, zombies, damsels in distress, common laborers on deep space mining dreadnaughts,...
It has an answer to everything. Like the bible is said to have, really. Haha!

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Vyre?

The meaning is shrouded in mystery. It has something to do with draining life from you. We chose it mainly for the sound of it. And for the timeless beauty of the written word itself. It's modern and ancient at the same time. We are sworn to fill it with meaning.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

As we are a quite new band without releases so far it's natural that we have not played much. We had a small sneak preview gig and the recent record release celebration party in our hometown. Those two were the best shows we ever played with Vyre for sure.
The stage performance is definitely on the modern side. With uniform clothing to some extent, ambient LED lighting and a vibe to drown in.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Nothing is set in stone, but we are eager to go on stage. Right now we are probing for a suitable booking agency.

7.The new album came out on Supreme Chaos Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Dedicated, true, chaotic, workaholic. We feel like home. Nothing more to say. Time will tell how it works out.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
 The feedback was tremendous and overwhelming from all parts of the world. No, really. We are very early in our promotion, even still a half month before release. We have not heard a lot of opinions on the recordings. But Black Metal fans, in particular, the old school guys, who were into Arcturus, Limbonic Art, Emperor in the 90s will like it, the young retro warriors of today will most likely despise it and hipsters will be crushed by the maximalism in it.

9.Are there any other musical projects besides this band?

Yes, some. Hedrykk and my humble self are playing in timeless Endzeit Thrash Metal tank LOST WORLD ORDER, Zyan is engaged in the NwobHM super-cluster POWERGAME, Doc Faruk occasionally pets his solo project FLUORYNE, T-max is frequently associated with NEGATIVVM and UNRU, our orchestrator Martin is best known in metal with his solo quest called ENID and our live cellist and synth handler Nostarion is busy in DYSTERTID and DÄMMERFARBEN. A lot going on around here.

10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Nowhere in the near future. We are, for now, staying right where we are. There is so much to explore here. We are not finished with our business in this region of the galaxy.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I can only speak for myself here. There is nothing really what I can, for sure, describe as a musical influence apart from everything I have heard in my entire life. Black Metal is what I have been socialized with. So this defines the tools of the trade. For the melodies and arrangements it’s just everything that ever was ,which I am aware of, that has an impact on the outcome.
I am still mainly listening to Black Metal from the 90s. All that Grieghallen stuff, Malicious Records, the ugly and the twisted. When Back Metal was focussed on breaking boundaries. Apart from that I grab what I like from the ever-flowing stream of contemporary music. Be it avantgarde electronica, grindcore, pop, world music or whatever.

12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

My whole life evolves around music. As a sound engineer it's also my profession. There is not much apart from that. The well-being of my daughter and family in general, astronomy and cosmology, Science Fiction, hard fact science, computer games, politics. Thats about it.

13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Come to the dark side. For the empire! Buy our records ,attend our concerts, wear our shirts. Thank you for the opportunity to speak to the public.
Nwûl tash. Dzwol shâsotkun. Shâsotjontû châtsatul nu tyûk. Tyûkjontû châtsatul nu midwan. Midwanjontû châtsatul nu asha. Ashajontû kotswinot itsu nuyak. Wonoksh Qyâsik nun.

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