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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

interview with FORGOTTEN WINTER

interview with an symphonic black metal band from portugal!
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1.Can i get a backstory on the band/ band biography?
Forgotten Winter started as a one-man band in 2004. At that time J. Fausto was forming Bahamut (later Omitir). After listening some Bahamut songs, I told him about Forgotten Winter and invited him to join the band. He accepted and together we started working on "Cold Mysteries and a Black River Lighted By Candles" which was released in 2006. After that we were invited by a label named Nekrogoat Heresy Productions to take part on the 4-way split CD "Pela Glória". We liked to work with Nekrogoat Heresy Productions, so one year later we released "Infinitas Estruturas do Desconhecimento" through them with a partnership with a Distributor of Pain. Later in that year we decided it was time to work on a more serious release, so we composed our first album "Dialéctica Transcendental". We got some really good feedback on that album but we wanted to make something more obscure and aggressive so we quickly started working on "Origem da Inexistência".

2. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?
Plato is undoubtedly our greatest influence lyric wise. We found out that cosmos can be used as a nice metaphor for Platonism and some other metaphysics. All of our lyrics deal with this subject with the exception being Chuva's songs (Chuva I, Chuva II), those lyrics deal with depression, melancholy, nostalgia. In regards to the message we want to send, nothing really, we mainly write to ourselves.

3. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?
We have a large range of influences, be it Metal or not, everything we listen influences us in one way or another, but to give some examples of Metal bands we're influenced by: Limbonic Art, Summoning, Alghazanth, Morgart, Profanum.


4. Do you remember your first show and what was it like?
We never played live and is out of our plans.

5. What made you guys decide to form a band?
Well, likely as the other bands. First of all, we were friends even before the band was form and since we joined forces we decided create something extreme and epic. We have been exploring the same music ever, across those past years, our style is the same, musically speaking.

6. How do you guys feel about the classifications in metal? like deathcore, metalcore and other subgenres and how some get a negative rep.
We are not worried about that at all, although, subgenres are logic into bands. If you asked this question some years ago, I would rage about how Metalcore or Nu Metal isn't real Metal, nowadays I couldn't care less, everyone can classified their band as they wish. For example, we call ourselves Astral Metal, but we won't mind being called whatever people come up with.

7. What song do you enjoy playing the most?
We don't play the songs after we record them. When we finish one release, we're already writing another one. We like to always make something new.

8.When not doing things with the band, what can you guys be seen doing?
Joel Fausto: I'm always working and playing/writing/recording as a musician and producer with other bands and projects with distinct styles, as Jazz, Rock, ambient...and so on. Necrodementis: Listening a lot of different music styles and reading about astronomy, philosophy and new age stuff.

9. Your biggest band moment?
Maybe the first album "Dialéctica Transcendental". First professional release we had, we worked with an awesome label, and for the first time we got so much feedback. "Dialéctica Transcendental" was not a perfect album, far away from that, but was special. "Origem da Inexistência" is not perfect too, but I think will going to be special too.

10. How did you guys come up with your band name?
Actually it was Demoniac from Crystalline Darkness that came up with the name. We wanted some name to reflect the primordial existence, the ancient knowledge, now forgotten. Winter is the season that makes us wonder the most about existential questions, so we thought it was kind of fitting. We kind of hate our band's name now, but it's too late for a change.

11. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?
Next year will be our 10th anniversary, so we're re-writing our ep "Infinitas Estruturas do Desconhecimento" with a different approach. We're composing our third album as well, it'll have a different atmosphere from the previous one, slow and epic melodies. It's the only thing we can tell you now.


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