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Posted: November 15 2010 at 06:59
Hemina is a new Australian band who has just released their debut EP. The EP has been well received here in ProgArchives. I got in touch with the band for the story so far.
Your biography has been covered in your ProgArchives profile so let's bypass the biography details.But why did you wanted to play this type of music instead of any other form of music ?
This type of music seemed like the natural direction for me to create as it has allowed for the maximum diversity of moods. It allows for us to have lush relaxed sections made up of choral harmonies to intense, technical and heavy riffs to channel our inner emotions. Progressive Metal is the only genre that I've found that can allow this sort of variety of dynamics and emotion.
What is your musical background and were you involved in any other bands before you started Hemina ?
My musical background when I first started out playing guitar was in a very different place to that of today. I originally started to play the guitar to learn my favourite Punk Rock songs when I was 12 or 13, however among starting playing my respect for many of these artists diminished due to my new found understanding of their ineptitude. I soon after became introduced to Metal by a guitar teacher I had at the time and a whole new world of music became known to me. The heavy riffs and technical proficiency were right up my alley. I eventually met up with a guy named Dan Portelli (who is up to some interesting experimental stuff now) and we fueled each other to get better at guitar by playing Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden etc. songs building up our dexterity, speed and feeling on the guitar. We tried to make a power metal band for such a long time but it was impossible to find band members. This was however a great experience at writing (such terrible songs mind you).
The next important stage of my musical background was when I had finished high school and started my first job at a Pizza store mind you, when I met possibly the two most crucial figures in my musical development, David Eaton and Robert Moulding. These two lads are some of my best friends and also my band mates in Anubis; who are also featured on the archives. They taught me about Progressive Rock in all the good ways: Yes, Crimson, Genesis, Pink Floyd and Marillion, and it really had a big impact on my mindset with music and avoiding the absolute cheese that comes with most modern metal. I've tried to look at my origins of music and fuse this with much of the interest and respect I get from Progressive Rock. Along my writing journey I found other gems like Pain of Salvation, Dream Theater and Opeth which add to my day-to-day love of Progressive music.
The others in the band have many similar loves such as that of Progressive Metal but they also bring in qualities of Post-Rock, Soul, Funk, Pop and Hard Rock which also cements the eclectic sound of Hemina.
Andrew Craig formerly played in a Post-Metal band called Nevetherym and still plays with Progressive Black Metal band, Katabasis and veteran Doom Metal band, Lycanthia. Phill Eltakchi and I met when we used to play in a Progressive Metal band called Avarin who are doing some great stuff at the moment and are very much recommended to fans of Fates Warning and Coheed and Cambria. The other members are new to bands as such but are definitely masters of their craft and are a joy to have in the band.
Thank you to Hemina for this interview
Edited by toroddfuglesteg - November 29 2010 at 04:11
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