Friday, November 28, 2014

Sedna Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Sedna is a three pieces black metal project born in 2009 in Cesena, Italy.
The sound is a mix of post black metal, sludge and doom metal with some ambient and drone parts that give at the results much more sense of perdition and immersion.
From furious blast-beats, passing through cadenced heavy parts, reaching soft and expanded clean parts, the band try to carry emotions and feelings to create music organic and alive.
We have released our first demo “O” in 2011 and our debut album in october 2014 via Drown Within Record (Ita) and Unquiet records (Pol).
From 2009 to now we’ve played a lot of gigs in Italy (with bands like Taake, Celeste, Forgotten Tomb and many more), this year we’ ve done our first euro tour in Austria and Czech Republic.

2.In October you released a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released in 2011?

Our first release is very different from “Sedna” because we’ve changed our lineup. In 2011 we was four (with Eric at guitars), in 2013 he left so Nil is passed to play guitar and sing.
Changing the guitar player everything is turned from a blackned/swedish sound to a more modern direction with post black metal influences. The result is ”Sedna”, a mix of black metal/sludge/post and doom metal with some drone/ambient parts useful to increase the atmosphere and make everything more organic.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about your song lyrics, I noticed most of the tracks on the album started out with the word "Sons', is there a certain type of concept the band went for on the new album?

Two years ago we was in a critical situation. Without a guitarist, without idea, without a certain future. We see ”Sedna” like a rebirth and a new point of zero. We see it like a gift from a divinity that say to us “Believe”. So, the concept of the album is about us like sons of a divinity (Sedna, in the inuit culture, is like a woman version of Poseidon) and at the same time like sons of a planet (Sedna is an extrasolar planet too). “Sons of the ocean” talk about our rebirth from a new mother, ”Sons of isolation” talk about our necessary loneliness to create our new form, ”Sons of the ancients” is like the end of the evolution, the take of conscience to be something strong. To be something alive.
We are started writing new stuff, but is too early to understand what the sound is meaning in this moment.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sedna'?
Ahah it’ s a cool story. In a normal evening five years ago, Mattia and Elyza were watching a documentary on Discovery Channel. It was talking about extrasolar planets, especially on Sedna. The history of the planet was immediately  charming for various reason, but especially for one: the orbit. Sedna have a very strange orbit that move the planet after and before Pluto, so it’s an anomaly. Something that should not exist. Alone but at the same time alive. In the second time, been interesting the surface of the planet. It’s red, but very cold. That was our representation of our sound: warm and enveloper, but at the same time cold and remote.

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

We live the show experience in some different ways, so there are many nights that we like to remember. One of this was in october in Linz, during our euro tour with our friends Abaton. A very great place, with huge sound, a lot of people full of energy. Incredible. Next was when we been in Rome every time, in 2011 (with Taake, when we was four) and in october 2014 (with Forgotten Tomb and our new formation). Great city where do a gig because there was everything a lot of people interested to us the first and the second time too, in the next days we have received many positive feedback from new fans and it’s amazing for an underground band like us.
The last but the more particular was in september 2012 at “Urlo nero Fest” in Ferrara. It was very intense for us because the last gig with our old guitarist Eric. So, play with this kind of awareness gave to us a mix of melancholy and rage never proved before. We played a track with our friend Marco from Abaton too, so had two guitars (the first and last time for now ahah) gave much more expression to a show full of emotions.

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

In this moment no, because we have chosen to write new stuff. For the new album we have already done an euro tour in october (Austria, Czech Republic, Italy) with our friends Abaton and others single shows in our country (in Rome with Forgotten Tomb and in Bologna with Dragged into Sunlight for example).  Anyway we are confirmed ad the Santa Maria Summer fest in Portugal for next June.

7.The new album was released on Drown Within Records, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
Drown Within Records is a DIY label based in Italy and managed by Cristian from the italian post/death metal band Dementia Senex. Cristian is our good friend from many years, he supports and helps us from the beginning, so knowing how he works we have chosen to trust in his label. His support is great because is based on friendship and support, so he is doing a great works giving us a good visibility in many countries.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal, sludge, and doom?

The feedback was great. We was a little scared because our sound is in the middle of many genres, is an hybrid of many sounds…not black metal, not sludge, not doom, but Sedna, so not easy to catalogue in an exact contest. At least we are proud of our works because we have received a lot of good reviews from many countries and from very different kind of site/webzine. It’s mean that’s our sound is good, no?

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We don’t know. In this moment our thought is to create new songs. We don’t have a long vision about our future, we only think to play and spread our emotions. More black metal? More sludge or post metal? Only the future can know the answers. Off course we dream to become a point of reference for people like Altar of Plagues or Amenra for us.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We try to listen many kind of music as we can, from dark-ambient to Death metal. Everyone of us comes from different school of music (Elyza has a base of old school black metal and industrial music like Immortal or Rammstein, Mattia bands like Dark Funeral or Gojira, Alex some drone/ambient music for example), but growing together we have uncovered some bands commons to our preferences: Altar of Plagues (over all and everyone), Isis, Amenra, Deathspell Omega, Neurosis, Omega Massif, Ulcerate, Lento.. and many more out of metal (Borhen & Der Club of Gore, SunnO))), and Pink Floyd for example )

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Nope.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Astronomy, science, film, history and everything that can be interesting in every way. We like to have party, but at the same time we trip through woods to take pictures and do excursions on mountain.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Keep supporting the underground music, go to the concerts and help the bands to spread the music..!"

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