1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Unfortuntely we suffered a little setback which forced us to delay the release of the album. It involves people who are not in the band, so i prefer not to give much details, sorry. During that period, we took part in Dark Tranquillity´s tribute album. We recorded "the wonders at your feet" cover, and while, we made a deal with Inverse records, from Finland, for the worldwide release of "Act III...". Finally it came out las October, the 31th, we have made a couple of shows in Belgium and Madrid, now we are preparing the tour.
2.A few months back you released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ from your past recordings?
I think that is quite similar to what we have done before, i mean that you can find all the basic elements in Dawn of Tears music and i do honestly think that we have get the perfect mixture between two previous albums. There´s the power, strenght and melody from Descent, and you can also find the great melancholy and gothic sense of Dark chamber litanies. Even though we have incorporated some electronic elements. I think we are close to reach our own recognisable sound, at least, people tell us so.
3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores?
Our main influences when we are writing lyrics are literature (we have written songs about Shakespeare´s"Romeo and Juliet", E. A. Poe´s the pit and the pendulum, Luca de Tena´s "the twisted paragraphs of god" or RR Martin´s Game of thrones among others...we are also inspired by films and personal situations of feelings. We always try to provide our texts of a oniric or dramatic feeling.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dawn of tears"?
I think that it expresses the melancholy and gothic deep feeling behind our music. Im sorry to dissapoint you, but it has not a great anecdote behind it. On a very first moment we called the band "Nocturnia", but some months later, we realized that there was another spanish band with the same name, one member of the band suggested Dawn of Tears, there were also other options such as Citizen Cain or Crystal Lake.
5.Out of all of the shows and tours that the band has done so far which one did you enjoy the most?
That is a really hard question...if i had to choose, i think the one with Dimmu Borgir was very exciting, because they´re one of our favourite bands. We also shared stage with Dark Tranquillity and Amon Amarth and it was great! We took a lot of beers with DT guys. They invited us to their dressing room and we had a great time together, we considere them one of our top three role model bands.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Of course, actually, our manager is working on it. I think we´ll start touring on march...
7.The new album came out on Inverse Records, do you feel this label has done a lot for getting your music heard?
Yes, they are doing a very good job. And they seem to be reliable guys as well...but there´s still a lot to do! We all have a common purpose and we work together.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer album by fans of extreme metal?
I dont know if it comes from fans of extreme metal, because although we have some extreme elements, i dont consider Dawn of Tears as a extreme metal band itself. The feedback it´s being amazing, i think that this is the album which is collecting the higher ratings and better reviews of our career, we are really happy.
9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I really dont know, i think that we´ll keep on the same highway, but let´s see what happens. Maybe we´ll turn into a bit more gothic metal band. It does not mean that we´ll slow down, we can incorporate more orchestral arrangements for example...my way of writing music is so espontaneous...maybe we´ll turn more electronic now that we have tried electronic elements. Dont know, stay tuned.
10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Obviously, our main influences are melodeath and gothic metal, but we like to incorporate other elements far from hard sounds, such as classical variations, orchestral arrangements, even electronic passages.
If i have to mention some bands, i´d probably say that Dark Tranquillity, Blind Guardian, Cradle of Filth or Sentenced are some of our role models.
11.Do you have any non musical interests?
Of course!! I love literature, comic books and collecting horror and science fiction figures and toys. I´m proudly a nerd!!
I would like to encourage everyone who read this interview to give us a try, specially if you like melodic death metal or gothic metal, well, what the fuck? METAL in general. You can check us out on www.dawnoftears.org and on our facebook page. Hope you like it!!
Thanks a lot!!