Friday, October 14, 2011

Voices Of Destiny Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never
heard of you before?
Voices of Destiny consists of five members. Chris, the guitarist and Jens, the bass player started the band in spring 2004. After a short while they invited Erik, the drummer and Lukas, the Keyboarder to join their project. In October 2005 after playing a few smaller shows in the area the decision was made to separate from their singer at that time. Already in November of the same year Maike joined the band to complete the perfect line-up of Voices of Destiny.

2. What is the meaning behind the band's name?
Actually it was a spontaneous idea to name our band "Voices of Destiny". Our drummer Erik came up with it and we liked the sound and the meaning. It just fits the style of our music perfectly. Anyway we do not attach too much importance to the name. It's all about the music.

3. How would you describe your musical sound?
In three words: heavy, athmospheric, multifaceted

4. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?
Very personal. Every single song has it's own special background and refers to a personal experience. Most of the lyrics might seem a bit dark and maybe pessimistic but for a good reason. For Lukas, who wrote all of the lyrics on 'From the Ashes', it is more interesting and useful to write about negative stuff. The negative experiences in life are the ones which are harder to deal with and writing about them can help.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and
how would you describe your stage performance?
The shows and especially the final round of the Youngsterball Contest in the year 2008 are very special to us. Not only that we won the contest but it was also a pleasure and honor to perform in the LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart where many famous bands have played live shows before us.
We just have fun on stage. A lot of headbanging and posing is going on. It's just so much fun to express your songs not only with the your voice and instruments but with gestures and mimic too.

6. Are there any plans for a U.S tour?
Unfortunately, not yet. But of course we would love to tour the U.S. just like the rest of the world. And we will one day.

7. I noticed when I listened to your music you use some heavy growls are
you planning on keeping them on future releases or are you going to drop
them like some bands that play your style usually do, even though there
are bands that keep that style or go back to it after experimenting with
other styles?
We will defiently keep the growls and shouts. According to some new songs we are working on at the moment they might even appear little more often. In our opinion they are a important contrast to Maikes clean soprano voice.

8. The new album came out on Massacre Records, how have they supported
the band so far?
Massacre Records is a great label and is supporting and promoting our band by offering a lot of opportunities to present ourselves in interviews and reviews. On friday, the 11th of June 2010 we had the chance to do a live interview with the biggest online Metal radio in Germany 'Metal-Only'.

9. How would you describe your musical progress over the years and what
direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
Since we started in the year 2004 we definetly became more heavy and agressive. Not only by adding shouts and growls to our songs but also by decreasing the usage of keyboardsounds and attaching more value to the guitars.

10. Are there any other side projects going on besides this band if so
who are they and what kind of music do they play?
No, none of our members are in any side projects. We all spend 100% of our musical creativity on the songs of Voices of Destiny.

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your
music and what are you listening to nowadays?
There is no need to hide that we have been influenced by other female fronted metal bands. But somehow most of us are listening to a lot of melodic Deathmetal bands such as Soilwork or In Flames, progressive and technical formations like Dream Theater or Opeth right up to Metalcore and Hardcore stuff like for example Hatebreed and Heaven Shall Burn. This difference between the music we make and the music we listen to is actually kind of comfortable.

12. What are some of your interests outside of music?
It varies. Maike for example is into  dancing very much, Chris and Lukas like to do workout, Jens is into computers and cares about our homepage and Erik knows a lot about sound egineering and even works as audio engineer when he is not with the band.

13. Any final words or thoughts?
Hi out there, we are Voices of Destiny from Germany and this year we came up with our debut album 'From the Ashes'. We gave our best to create a good metal album and hope you will enjoy listening to our music as we enjoyed producing it. Keep rocking!

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