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Veonity prepares for world domination!
Recently Swedish Power metallers VEONITY, opened for Canada's KOBRA AND THE LOTUS. Their Latest offering, INTO THE VOID, is a tour de force of powerful songs filled with strength and melody. I had the chance to ask a few questions of this up and coming band. The members of VEONITY are honest, skilled musicians, whose music is good enough and strong enough, to take them as far as they are willing to go.
Void" is a powerful album. Can you take us through the writing process?
How long did it take?, Who contributed? What is the underlying theme of the
Thank you! We
have tried our best (of course) to write some powerful songs. Me (Samuel) and
Anders are the ones writing the songs. We always discuss what kind of song
should be in an album. There has to be a good mixture of fast, heavy and mid-tempo
songs in an album so we usually decides first what kind of track to write. I
would dare to say that we always start with writing the chorus since it decides
the feeling of the song. And a true power metal song needs a powerful chorus.
Im not saying that the song depends on it but if you have a good chorus than
the rest of the song is more or less writing itself.
The theme for
“Into The Void” was actually a pure sci-fi story about a man venturing into
space. We love concept albums. It is a challenge to write but it also gives you
great pleasure because it makes the creativity flowing.
supported KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, how was that experience?
We toured with
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS in Baltikum and we really had a blast. They are great
people, fantastic musicians and awesome performers. We had a lot of fun and I’m
looking forward to tour with them again.
growing up musically. Name a specific band or song that really inspired you to
become a musician
Well my first
musical inspiration was actually my cousin. He was a great classical guitar
player and I remember that I wanted to play like him. I must have been eight or
nine at that time. Eventually I stumbled upon hard rock and I knew that I had
to start playing guitar.
Then one day, I
think I was 14, I got GAMMA RAYs album “somewhere out in space” in my hand.
That day I fell in love with power metal and I have never strayed from that
path. I remember the energy and the power in the song “Beyond the black hole”.
The double bass drums, Kai’s high pitch vocals and the great guitar work.
your musical playlists that we might not expect?
E-type, and Backstreet Boys
5.How is the
support for metal and in particular power metal in your home town or home city?
We live in a
smaller city in Sweden which is located close to Gothenburg. Gothenburg has, as
you know, produced a lot of great power metal bands like Hammerfall, Lost
Horizon, Dream Evil just to name a few. Because of that people are familiar to
power metal and a lot of people do support that kind of music. In our city
nowadays people are obviously well familiar and supporting of power metal since
we have been playing slot of shows here. Spreading power metal to more people
is one of our mission in VEONITY ha ha
6.The video for
"Warriors Of Time" looks like it was a lot of fun to make. Who came
up with the concept for the video?
Right on the
spot!!! I have never laughed so much in my life as during the recording. We
wanted this 80’s kind of sci-fi feel to the video. We did not want to use any
digital stuff so instead we build the props. We found a location that had all
this weird old things and that really looked like the spaceship interior from
the 80’s. The Idea for the video came up on a BBQ night with the band
(sometimes when you are doing other things than playing together great ideas
from “Lefvande Bilder” directed the music video and he came up with the idea
that we needed a spaceship model so he could film it in the same way as they
did with star wars. So we build and painted our little spacecraft which was a
new experience for me ha ha.
7.There is a
power metal resurgence going on, even here in the states. Have you ever thought
of touring in America?
There is for
sure a new wave of power metal coming up. I’m not sure if it’s the second or
third, it depends on how you see it. Power metal was huge in the late 90’s and
early 2000 and after that it kind of went down a bit. Now, people in our age
that were teenager at the time has picked up the torch and the time for power
metal is nigh.
Of course we
would want to tour in America. There are some great festivals and venues to
play at and it would be an honor to play at Prog Power one day. We are still a
young band and we have many years left to play and to tour so I know that it
will come a time (in a not too distant future) where we are heading for
8.how do you use
social media? And how do you feel about downloading and streaming?
has really become IT. I mean of course you can have a webpage (which we do) but
people want to see what is going on in a more smooth and natural way.
Instagram, Facebook and Twitter helps you to reach out to fans in a more direct
way where as a webpage is more static (and dull). So we try to update our
social medias almost everyday so that people can see what is going on and what
is happening a little bit behind the curtains.
On the issue of
downloading and streaming I would say that the music industry has changed a lot
since the 90’s. Downloading and streaming are a fact. There is no way to stop
or change that. In some ways it’s a good thing since your music can be heard
(or seen) anywhere in the world.
However I would
like people to realize that playing music is not for free. There is a
tremendous amount of time, effort and money put into making music. Lots of
people take what musicians to for granted while the truth is that even
musicians do have to eat (shocking right!). If more people were to buy CD’s,
merch and come to the shows that are announced the metal music industry would
blossom and become more powerful. We need to work together fans and musicians
in order to keep the flames of metal burning!
you have experienced at a gig or backstage?
At one time
when I was playing with another band the singer had a sword on stage. Suddenly
a guy from the crowd climbs up on stage and takes the singers sword and starts
waving it around. In his moment of epicness, or whatever he felt, he accidently
cut of my guitar cable with the sword. That’s an unique experience I would
10.One song that
all new fans of VEONITY must hear first?
favorite from the “Into The Void” is “When Humanity Is Gone” and from our
previous album the song “Slaves In A Holy War”. That song is probably one of
the best songs we have written.
on the latest album. Do you have anything to say to your fans?
Thank you! As I said
earlier, it would be impossible for us to do this without the support and love
that people are showing us by buying our music and coming to our shows. All the
positive feedback we get from the fans is what makes us stronger and gives us
the power to keep on making true power metal.
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