Los helenos han editado su álbum debut, “Cyclicity”, a finales del pasado año. Una banda con un sonido que mezcla varias influencias como Death, Progresivo, Power… Con músicos curtidos pero con todo un camino por recorrer, es su guitarrista Tasos Asonitis quien nos presenta Wings in Motion.
Interview was prepared by Raúl Sújar Pozo
1. Since the band formed in 2008 to your debut album in this 2014 it has been six years. Long time no doubt. Why took you so long time?
We experimented with the band’s sound through self-financed releases. In 2010 we released our first demo, and in 2011 we recorded and released in psysical forma an EP of four tracks. Through these years we worked tough on our music to make sure that our debut album would be a true step forward for Wings In Motion. And we believe we succeeded in that.
2. Before we delve into the band, tell us how they are incorporating members in the band.
We have Andre Boutos on the vocals, Tasos Asonitis on the lead guitar, Alex Lappas on the rhythm guitar, Constantine on Keyboards, George Constantinou on the bass guitar and Foivos Andriopoulos on the drums.
3. Well, we enter into Wings in Motion and their debut album “Cyclicity”. How was the songwriting process?
It took us approximately 6 months until we gather the material that the album consists of. In “Cyclicity” the songs differ from one another. There are heavy tracks like “The Perfect Lines”, technical and more progressive like “The Hydra’s Head”, even with a strong touch of orchestral arrangement like “Of my Demons” which was recently released as a lyric video and you can watch it through our official YouTube cannel www.youtube.com/wingsinmotion. Songs with a quite modern layout like our music video “Our Bleeding” and so on.
4. Given that, as I said, been a long time between when the band formed and edited the album. Are the songs completely new or some years wore created?
All of the álbum songs except “Through The Shadows”(which also you can find as a music video on our channel) are completely new. “Through the Shadows” pre-existed and was included in our previously mentioned EP.
5. Musically the band mentioned Dream Theater, Nevermore, Lamb of God, Machine Head and In Flames as major influences. A success in order to guide fans to your music as you have the progressive elements of Dream Theater heavys sounding more like Nevermore, with grunts and similar parts Lamb of Gos and In Flames. Are ye a very open band musically? In the music of Wings in Motion all styles are possible?
It is exactly as you noticed. We are very open when it comes to our style. We incorporate elements not expected to be found in traditional melodic death metal bands. We want our music to be more of a complete experience to the listener, than just another serving of a particular music style. That is why our influences span such a great range and the songs in “Cyclicity” sound so different from one another.
6. The album has been operational since March-April As is still the feedback?
Yes, both our videos and the álbum keep getting very positive feedback, sometimes even unexpectedly. Fans are enjoying what we do and that gives us extra motive to make it even better.
7. In the song “Distances” there is a female voice. Can you tell who it is? Are there other collaborations on the album?
The female voice belongs to Vicky Psarakis, the vocalist of The Agonist. We are very lucky to know Vicky in person, so se was very happy to be a part of our first álbum and we thank her a lot for that. She is the only non-band member participating in “Cyclicity”.
8. I always like to ask musicians on the scene his country to know more about this. What current bands you highlight in your current scene?
The greek music scene does have a lot of talent. There are really good players here and that is something you are going to find out in the next years when all these bands make some steps outside the country to let the world know of their music. If I had to highlight few I would mention Revenge of the Giant Face, Mindthreat and Revolted Masses.
9. With regard to media, venuess, music associations… How is the Greek scene?
That is where we need more effort here in Greece. Mediawise there are many people who try to help the young bands promote their music. Regarding the venues, unfortunately there are not many good places to perform live. Unfortunately also there are no great record labels for metal music in Greece so all the greek bands usually work with labels from abroad.
10. There is a global crisis that has affected some countries more than others. Greece has been one that has suffered this closely. How has noticed that in the music scene?
Nowdays you see less big names visiting our country. That came as a result of the economic crisis, as bookers cannot spend that much as the used to do, since most of the shows are not sold out. At least as i said before there are a lot of people who try to ressurect the scene by doing festivals and stuff so we doing our best to support the local scene. As far as the underground metal scene, it was not particularly affected. It always worked with a low-badget profile and so it does still.
11. In Spain there is a band called WarCry, whose lead singer is called Víctor García. Andre’s voice reminded me of him. Do you know something about the Spanish scene?
…..Haha true !! didn’t think of that but you are right they have similar voices. I often check bands from all over the world to see what’s new and Spain has a great scene, many nice bands like warcry as you mention before, dark moor, mago de oz and many more.
12. Returning to the band. How are functioning the shows for this album?
This year we had the great honor to support Dark Tranquility in Athens and Thessalonikh and also we played at the Athens Beer Festival, now we are planning a European tour to promote our record in 2015.
13. We leave these last lines that you will fellowship with readers Hijos del Metal Magazine.
We hope we visit you guys some day and have a really good time, both onstage and offstage! Rock on!
Interview was prepared by David Déniz Plaza (Necromance)
1) Could you describe how the band started out?. Let’s introduce all the members of the band.
Wings In Motion started as a band that wanted to play melodic death metal with mostly progressive influences. Later on the group’s sound developed a lot and diversified from the traditional melodic death metal sound to move into a more complex one with many contrasting-but-carefully-combined elements. There have been many changes concerning the band’s line-up but right now it consists of Andre Boutos on vocals, Tasos Asonitis on the lead guitar, Constantine on the Keyboard, George Constantinou on the bass guitar, Alex Lappas on the rhythm guitar and our latest addition, Foivos Andriopoulos on the drums.
2) How long did you guys spend working on your recent album, “Cyclicity”?
“Cyclicity” was composed during the ending of 2011 and the beginning of 2012. It was recorded between June and November of the same year, mixed and mastered a few months later, within 2013, and finally brought to the audience in the first half of 2014 by Another Side Records.
3) Was there anything that you were working on or hoping to include that didn’t make it into this particular album?
Well when you listen back to an album that is finally over there are always things that you may wanted to do differently. Of course, as time goes by, you grow as an artist and human and experience is brought within your music. But “Cyclicity” depicts best what the band had to say at that specific time so I can’t really say we would change anything. We are very satisfied with the result and we believe so will be the listener. We have delivered our own view on melodic death metal but with so many non-traditional elements that whoever might say “Oh, just another melodeath album” before he actually takes a listen, will have to think twice.
4) How satisfying is it to finally release an album to the masses?
It is an incredible experience. Knowing that your art, a part of your soul and being, is out there, available to the public, is a great feeling. It is without doubt a cornerstone in a musician’s career and life.
5) When you guys were creating the album, did you all know at the time that it was going to turn out that powerful? Or did it kind of hit you all towards the end of the recording process?
When you work so intensively upon an album you are never able to say how exactly it will turn out to be. You listen to the same riffs, tha same melodies over and over again and you can’t really judge objectively. When the mixing comes along, it surely gives you a whole new perspective of what you have created, so does the mastering. We are happy enough to say that the mastering took place at the Fascination Street Studios in Sweden, home of bands like Opeth, Soilwork and many others. It was amazing for us to have this amount of experience take over the mastering of our debut album.
6) Could you explain to readers how is the sound in “Cyclicity” concerning influences, styles of music represented on it…
“Cyclicity” is not the typical serving of a particular metal style. It is more of a full listening experience, introducing different elements of metal music combined together under the general influence of melodic death metal. Listening to the album a few times you will find out influences from industrial, progressive, symphonic, thrash metal, metalcore. We never feel restrained from a specific genre, we simply play the music as it comes out and we keep evolving it as time goes by. Bands like Dream Theater, Nevermore, Lamb of God, Soilwork, Scar Symmetry, Machinehead are but a few of the ones that have an impact on us, but it is our take on the metal that we present within this album.
7) Who did the artwork for “Cyclicity”?
It was done by Neopithecus Illustration (https://www.facebook.com/neopithecus?ref=ts&fref=ts).
8) How well does Wings in motion’s sound translate into the live setting?
Getting six different people playing together and supporting a live set, altogether with some pre-recorded samples can sometimes be tricky, but that is what rehearsing is for. We try to get our live sound as close to the album as possible and though not easy, I believe we do a good job.
9) What are your plans for touring for the immediate future?
After the global release of “Cyclicity” we do have plans on touring in Europe within 2014 but we cannot make an official announcement yet.
10) What is the biggest challenge that you currently face as a band? Are there any other notable challenges that you’re working to overcome?
Many challenges actually. Nowdays, it is very hard for a band to make its first steps and be able to support these steps both mentally and financially. Times are a lot more difficult since there are way more responsibilities upon the artist’s shoulders. It is always difficult to plan your next step with precision and to figure out how will you be able to feed the machine you created, your band. That being said, I believe that success is a matter of will and consistency, both of which are tested every day in the pursuit of your goals.
11) How would you describe the current state of metal scene in Greece?
We have unquestionable ammount of talent. If you take a walk through the different live stages you will witness great bands with amazing songs and notable performers, already from a very young age. Unfortunately, the Greek metal scene lacks resources that will help the local bands make a breakthrough. The reason why is a huge conversation.
12) If you could go back and re-do your early career, is there anything you would do differently?
No, everything happened for a reason and it led up to today. We are gratefull for all the great things that occured in our career so far and we are always looking forward for the things to come from now on.
13) In this day and age is there really a need labels in underground metal with the digital age and site like bandcamp and stuff? Why not just do a digital release?
It is by far more satisfying for a musician to have his music released physically than just digitally. It is only when you grab a physical copy of your album that you realize that your music is out there. Furthermore, personally I support the cd’s and I really do not want the music to end up being released just digitally. A label can help in many things when it comes to distributing or promoting your record and I can say that with our label, Another Side Records, we do have a very good cooperation so far.
14) Thanks for taking the time to do an interview with us! In closing, is there anything you’d like to share?
I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to present Wings In Motion through Necromance and I look forward to meeting you guys soon. Cheers!
Interview was prepared by MASHA THRASH (Atmosfear #14)
Recently you have released your debut album “Cyclicity”. It’s a first full-length work for a 6 years of your existence. What does this release mean to you and what was the reason of delaying with release?
Six years ago we were a completely different band. As a newly formed group we had to work on our sound, something that happened through demo and promo recordings. We also worked to build up a name on our hometown, Athens, through many live shows. When we felt that the band was mature enough to proceed with a debut album release we began working on it. “Cyclicity” means a lot to us for many reasons. It is the product of hard work and devotion, it is the first solid musical statement of the group. For a band, releasing a debut album surely means a variety of things, since it kind “puts you in the map” of music industry being the step to move on with bigger shows and tours outside your country.
What influenced to you, when you were forming the style of band?
Many bands, the ones that combined the melody with heavy riffing most of all. To name but a few, Machine Head, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Soilwork, Scar Symmetry, and heavier bands like Lamb of God, or even more progressive ones like Nevermore, Dream Theater etc.
Who is the absolute for you in the metal world?
Who could name only one? Anyway, the last few years I am stunned by the amazing consecutive albums of Mastodon. I believe they are almost inhuman when it comes to their compositional skills.
”Cyclicity” has a certain order of tracks. Did you do it specially and do you think, that order of tracks is the important thing?
We tried to keep the interest of the listener all along the playlist. The first songs do have a more technical twist, the next two songs are the most epic ones, “Through the Shadows” and “Of my Demons”, the first one being are first music video. Moving on we have an all-time favourite, “In Absentia of Tomorrow”, the faster and more aggressive song of the whole album. Right after follows the melodic “One Moment to Lose it all” to conclude with “Distances”, the very first track of Wings In Motion to ever feature female vocals.
In some songs we can hear female vocals. Tell me a little about this lady.
The female vocals in “Distances” are performed by Vicky Psarakis, the frontwoman of the Agonist. She is a very talented singer and that is why we wanted her to perform in our record. We did had the pleasure and the honour to know her in person so it was not difficult to make it happen. “Distances” is by all means one of the most special songs in “Cyclicity” and that is why we wanted it to be the one concluding the album.
You shot a video on “Our Bleeding”. Are you satisfied of result and do you think, that metal bands should to shoot more videos?
Yes, we are satisfied of the final result. And for that we have to thank the director of it, Athina Tousia. Nowadays most metal bands tend to release videos of their music. Either it is about promoting an upcoming album, or simply a single release, bands do release a music video at least once a year. It is kind-of obligatory since the visual side of art tends to play a huge role in today’s industry.
How often do you play and don’t you have a plan to visit Ukraine?
We play about 2 or 3 shows a year in Greece. For example recently we supported Dark Tranquility for their shows in Athens and Salonika. We haven’t toured outside our country so far but we do have plans for it and we are looking forward to. Ukraine is one of our plans, but until now we have no official announcement to make.
What fans of WINGS IN MOTION should expect from you in the future?
We will soon begin working on our next album. We will release some live footage and a lyric video in the next weeks so you can stay tuned in our YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/wingsinmotion to be among the first to know of the new updates. See you on stage!
Interview was prepared by OccultBlackMetal (Variety Of Death Zine)
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Wings In Motion is a progressive melodic death metal band from Greece, formed in 2008, by guitarists Tasos Asonitis and Pete Tross.
The band’s current line up consists of Andre Boutos on vocals, Tasos Asonitis and Alex Lappas on the guitars, Constantine on the Keyboards, George Constantinou on the bass, and Foivos Andriopoulos on the drums. The band’s style combines heavy, thrashy and from times to times technical riffing, with melodies and keyboard elements that give their sound a whole new dimension ,fact that is enhanced by the constant switching between brutal, scream and clean vocals. The band’s music is more of a universal listening experience than a particular category of metal, with influences that range from artists like Dream Theater and Nevermore, to Lamb of God, Machine Head and In Flames. At late March 2011 a four-song promo of the band’s work was self-released, achieving big acceptance by fans and critics all over the world. It was the first official release of Wings In Motion. In July of the same year, the band won the official Battle of the Bands Contest for the year 2010-2011, after having to compete with 34 other great bands from around Greece.The band started recording its first full-length album named “Cyclicity” in late 2012 to finish in the beginning of 2013. The mastering took place at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden (Paradise Lost, Kreator, Enslaved, Katatonia etc). The album is about to be released wordlwide by Another Side Records (it is already available in Ukraine).
2.Recently you released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical sound you brought out with this recording?
“Cyclicity” is not an album that serves a particular metal style. I would describe it as a complete listening experience with many different but carefully combined elements of various metal styles. Of course, if I had to put an overall description to the album’s sound I would say progressive melodic death metal, but this cannot give a full and profound view on what “Cyclicity” is all about. Within the songs of it some can find technical, industrial, symphonic, thrash and even metalcore elements. As the album begins there are more technical and progressive parts, and as we proceed, the album gets heavier and more introvertive.
3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrics are about human nature and the ways in which man interacts with the world that surrounds him. The songs speak of hidden fears, created by the human mind and ending up trapping it within a vicious circle. Hence the name “Cyclicity”. It describes all the things that exist within our nature, tendencies that are an undeniable part of our existence.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Wings In Motion’?
We came up with the name of the band after a slight change on a line by an Arch Enemy song, “Revolution Begins”. For us, the name implies the constant ability of human to rise above everything that oppresses him and fight for survival. “Wings” stands for this devine ability of man, surviving. “Motion” stands for the constant fight, the struggle, the neverending flame of human nature.
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 have given many shows so far, it is hard to draw just one. I would say the show in April 2013 in Athens was one of our best so far, it was the first time that we introduced the audience some of the songs that would be included in “Cyclicity” and it was a great experience. In stage, we have very intense performances with a lot of energy. It is something that we enjoy passing to the crowd, the energy as it comes out from our music and our bodies.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new release?
We will support the great Dark Tranquillity for their shows in Athens and Salonika in 5 and 6 of April respectively. Then we do have plans for a tour in Europe but we cannot make any official announcements yet.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic and extreme metal?
Great so far. Our music reached a bigger audience already from our promo release in 2011 and through our first music video for the song “Through The Shadows”. People from different countries and different cultural backgrounds would comment on how fond they were of our music, something that was pretty overwhelming for us back then, when we were only making our first steps.
8.Are any of the other band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
Sure, our singer is also a part of the greek metal band Memorain, I play guitar in Insidead, a greek metal band as well. Foivos, our drummer is also a part of different metal acts and George, the bass player, plays in groups of various music styles as well.
9.What direction do you see the musical heading into on future releases?
The sound of a band constantly evolves, that goes without question. Every time you release an album is like taking a snapshot of the band’s current state of sound. It is hard to predict what the future will bring but one thing is for sure, next album will be an all-out metal attack.
10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
When the band started out our influences were the big Gotenbourg bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquillity etc. Moving on, we adopted a more universal sound by incorporating elements from different styles. So artists like Nevermore, Dream Theater, Lamb of God, Machine Head, Soilwork became major influences as well.We do have influences from non-metal grounds as well, and we make these a part of our music as well. Nowadays, among else, personally I enjoy listening to Strapping Young Lad and Devin Townsend stuff in general, a lot of The Haunted as well.
11.Before we wrap up this interview do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just want to thank you guys for letting us speak of Wings In Motion and “Cyclicity” within your blog! Cheers!
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