Misteyes is an Italian band, it’s curious because they are like a big family, seven members, and because their music has seen a constant evolution from their beginnings and they still leave the door open to new influences. Although formed in 2012 they have already many things to tell.
Hello guys, let’s start talking a little about the history of the band. Misteyes was at the beginning a black/death metal band. But you have changed your style recently, how was it?
Hi! Yes, the project started with a black/death metal sound, even if it already had more melodic influences. The change was quite natural. We were satisfied with the compositions talking about the extreme part of our music, but we wanted also the explore more the melodic and symphonic part of our sound and we could do it only adding a proper keyboard player (before the guitarist Insanus took care also of some keyboard parts) and clean vocals.
So, I guess there is a big difference between your single “Brains in a Vat” (2013) and your new album “Creeping Time”, right?
Yes and no. In “Creeping Time” we added many influences (especially gothic and symphonic elements) but without refusing the old extreme sound that is kept also after “Brains In A Vat”. Moreover we are a very varied band, with different songs from ballads to heavy songs, so in “Brains In A Vat” we were very limited for the line-up but also because it was only a single. On the contrary, we had all the space we needed to express ourselves with a full-length album like “Creeping Time”.
What has been the contribution of new members Hyde (keys) and Ainwen (vocals) to the new approach of Misteyes?
It was really essential. Hyde (a part from being a great keyboard player) is a great musician and helped a lot for the composition and above all for the arrangements of the songs. Ainwen is a very talented singer with a personal timbre, but she is also very good in using many different styles (clean, opera, etc…), so for her it was easy to adapt to the different songs and, at the same time, she always added a touch that then became a real trademark of the band.
Italy is a country with a long tradition in Metal, moreover Italian dealers are reknown for their ability to sell whatever they wish to anyone at any price hahaha. So, in your Metal style what part is more important, the commercial side or the aggressiveness of traditional Metal?
Our music is based on opposites and contrast and even in this particular case, we can say that both sides are part of our music. We surely don’t play a very traditional metal, the melodic and “commercial” part of our music is very important. At the same time we surely didn’t refuse our black/death origins and you’ll find many “more traditional” kind of influences with their aggressiveness still present in our latest works.
Well, talking about your first full-length, “Creeping Time”, how long did you work on it?
It took a lot of time of work. Basically right after the release of “Brains In A Vat” in 2013 we started the composition of the songs but we hadn’t a real plan for the future. When Hyde and Ainwen joined the band, we realized that we had a lot of good material, enough for a proper album. So, for all the time in 2014 e 2015 we firstly started working on the songs and the arrangements, then the recordings in the studio and the work was completely finished only at the very end of 2015.
You are no less than seven persons in the band, how difficult is to get an agreement about a song, an album, and to finish it up? Or maybe there is a “tyrant” inside the band hahaha?
Yes, it’s true, it’s not always easy to get an agreement with seven people in the band. However, the fact that everyone of us has very different ideas and musical tastes and that everyone can express it within our music, we think it’s our strong point and that adds a lot of variety and personality to the band.
If you had to choose, which is the most important element in your music: voices, guitars, keyborads, …? Because you play in many different fields…
It’s really impossible to answer this question for our band! There is no a primary element or one that is more important. No element is great enough alone, but it’s the collaboration between all them that is the strength for us. We can say that the most important element is the cooperation of the single parts!
One of the things that has surprised me more is your versatility. For example, we get a track as Creeping Time with a clear symphonic style and others as Brains in a Vat or The Prey more in the death metal side
Yes, it’s true! We try to have a versatile and varied sound, in order to explore all our influences. We play what we like and we like both brutality and melody, in any case we think we have some trademarks that unite all the songs that make them recognizable. On the other hand, this variety is also due to the fact that this is our first album and we are still searching for our sound, so we explored many possibilities. Now, for the future material, we are working to make the sound more homogenous, without losing our influences and originality.
What are your favorite songs in the album and those more demanded by the fans in your gigs?
For us it’s really difficult to choose within our creations, however there are songs like “The Prey” that we like particularly and we have a lot of fun playing live. On the other hand, during our live shows we saw that the song “Inside The Golden Cage” is really appreciated while other longer songs like “Winter’s Judgment” are more suited to be listened on CD.
Talking about gigs, how true are your shows compared to the studio sound? because some of the songs seem not that easy to play live…
We worked a lot in order to play the song live the more similar possible to the cd. It was not easy, but with the help of some pre-recorded sequences (for some orchestral and choir parts) we are satisfied with the result, having a sound really comparable to the cd with all the arrangements, but without losing the impact and power of the live show.
What are the lyrics about in your album “Creeping Time”?
All our lyrics are mainly about introspective and philosophical considerations about the human nature. In this album most of the lyrics are related to the theme of time and we chose the title “Creeping Time” for this reason.
What bands have influenced your sound more deeply?
There are many bands that influences us. On the extreme side of our music we can talk about bands like Dark Tranquillity, Death, Cradle Of Filth or Dimmu Borgir, while for the symphonic influences band like Epica, After Forever, Kamelot and Therion. But we have also inspiration from different sub-genres like progressive/avantgarde (Arcturus, Unexpect, …) or doom (Draconian, Candlemass, Katatonia, Anathema, …) and we noticed that on many reviews some of our atmospheres are compared to the ones of King Diamond.
A wide range, indeed. Misteyes is a band from the region of Piedmont, so how do you see the Italian scene nowadays?
Well, this is an hard question! We have a great culture especially in the underground scene, with a lot of bands and also some very good ones! But, as we sometimes tell, here there are more metal bands than metalheads! Not many people support the new emerging bands, so we don’t have the same possibilities as in other countries. In any case, we are strong and in the years some Italian bands succeeded to obtain international exposure like Lacuna Coil, Rhapsody or, more recently Fleshgod Apocalypse. As we are not having much support from our country, we really invite metalheads abroad to looking for Italian bands, in every sub-genre! There are really talented bands here ready to be discovered!
Do you have any touring plans for this 2016?
No, we have not planned a proper tour for 2016. We are having some single shows to promote our first album in Italy and we hope to bring our music also outside of Italy in 2017!
Finally, how can the fan, from anywhere in the world, get a copy of your new album?