A Q&A with Arya
Italian progressive metal duo Arya – distinctive, dynamic…
How did you get the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
The first guess for an album name was “Survivor Syndrome”, since it tells about past adversities and fear of loss. We discussed this until we decided to go with For Ever, which somewhat sounded a lot more fitting. We took it from a 1923 French silent film called Coeur Fidèle, where those words appear many times written on walls and other places in the background.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
This release has actually been easier to record since there was only two members putting it together and producing it. Difficulties came with the lead vocals since the singer didn’t really feel with the project as she didn’t partake in the actual composition. We took it slow this time, made more music videos and set up releases as singles beforehand, which seems to have paid off.
What do enjoy most about producing your own material?
We self-produced all of our releases. The reason is that we felt that it would bring a more natural sound, if it was ourselves, to shape our own sounds. Mixes from Luca got very even and balanced across the years and now I can say that I really enjoy the contrast between the two guitars, the way we overdub them, how the sounds interlace and the warm voicing that comes out from the master.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
We are not trying to teach something or explain any idea – we only write songs about our deepest feelings and worst outcomes. The only thing we wish for is that our listeners feel under their skin how varied and breathing this genre can be without falling in mediocrity or aimless virtuosity. It may perhaps influence somebody.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
It is usually Luca bringing up most of the ideas – sometimes me. They come from recent music listening and past tracks. We find a way to complement guitars and put together the rest of the band to finalize them.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
When we started, we were mostly influenced by bands like Tool, Karnivool, the Contortionist and Periphery. We kept making progressive metal while slowly incorporating post-metal influences from the likes of Cult of Luna and Isis.
When the world is back to normal where would like to tour, and why?
We would like to tour anywhere that would make it worthwhile, but we would go to Switzerland and Austria again since we had a very pleasant experience there and we felt our performance was valued.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
I would suggest listening to ‘And Don’t Blame Us’; it is a song of alternating mood that uses most of our usual composition techniques such as the clean bridge, a brief solo and an ending with harmonized backing vocals – it summarizes a big part of our work.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
Not many. Most of our expectations were to be largely re-dimensioned. We only aim to keep making music and hopefully play it live around Europe and perhaps beyond.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
We are not of many words; we always thank our listeners for their attention and offer them to check out our Bandcamp page.
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