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SCYTHE OF ORION: "Sun-Dial"
The Finnish band SCYTHE OF ORION and their debut long play album 'Sun-Dial' - melodic Prog/Goth and symphonic rock influenced by epic sounding acts of the genre as well as folk-rock? The lyrics tell about greed, the use of power and the state of nature. Mastered by Mika Jussila at the famous Finnvox studios, expect a rather "original" sounding platter, definitely something out of the ordinary -female fronted- acts as of lately. Find out more about their album, here's ANU and PEPI from: SCYTHE OF ORION...
How has the reaction to your latest CD been?
*PEPE:* I think the promotion of the album has started quite well this time. We have already got good feedback from a few reporters and from some radio stations. Even people who hadn't liked this kind of music before but who had given some time to our prevous release were impressed by our music and are now anxiously waiting to hear the album SUN-DIAL.
How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
The whole project took 18 months from start to finish. Mainly because we
have paid the production with our lunch money. Since it is a fact that hunger keeps coming back every day it took some time to finance the
production. On the other hand, time is money, and we didn't waste any time while being
in the studio. We worked with strict discipline and for the progress of the
work we are indebted to our studio producer *Jori Haukio*, who directed the
recordings with great professionalism.
What kind of 'sound', production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
Sound is one of the areas on which we wanted to focus especially. Jori Haukio, who recorded and mixed the album, was also our studio producer, and the sound of this record is mostly created by him during the recordings. Prior entering the studio we decided to have the album mastered outside the studio in order to have a "pair of fresh ears" to work on the sound. We wanted the sound to have volume without having the music played in your stereo as loud as possible. The album is mastered by *Mika Jussila *at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland.
What kind of input did the producer have during the process?
ANU:* Jori directed friendly but firmly each of us to achieve the best
performance, and he even encouraged me to reach beyond my comfortable zone.
Between the takes he did point out the things that needed to be done better
and in the process I learned to hear more carefully myself. In order to
And are you pleased with the final outcome? (sound - production wise)
PEPE:* Yes, Iīm quite happy with it. Sound-wise this album is the best of our releases so far. That is a good direction to go to.
Did the producer (you) use any (weird) experimental miking and/or recording techniques?
PEPE: *It may not be right to the point but your question led me to think
about one song. There are some sound effects used to emphasize the subject
How did you go on about capturing your 'live sound' in the studio, or perhaps you didn't
PEPE: *As I play, I breath in very loudly, and this for example can be
heard in acoustic and silent parts of some songs. It is intensional, that the album is not overproduced, and maybe that brings a little live feeling
Please inform us about your favourite songs and lyrical highlights and why?
PEPE: The Storm* is one of my favourite songs. It has some kind of strong
and dark feeling about it. Songs structure is easy, only two parts, A and B, but it still keeps its hold on you until the end. At least I think so.
Also *From the Beyond* and *Ice Soldiers* got some catchy moments, which can hook you up.
Any overall theme of mood that you're trying to capture while writing songs?
PEPE: *What I try to reach when writing a song is a psychological suspence
which keeps bothering you even after the song is over. I also try to bring
a glimpse of light into the music.
Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
PEPE:* There are at least three ways to look at this:
1. No. When I'm writing songs I don't think what kind of song would hit the
jack pot. I donīt follow trends. I just write out the songs in a way which
is natural for me.
Did the record company interfere with anything on your "sound" and songs?
No. This is an independent production, so we had totally free hands with everything.
Are there any 'crazy' behind the scenes anecdotes from these sessions that you can share with us?
ANU: *During our recordings each of us in his / hers own turn stayed at the lovely little apartment located at the studio. As I went there to stay with Pepe and Pasi during our final recordings, we could not enter the apartment because of the AWFUL mess! As Pepe and Pasi left to record, I had to start cleaning the place up! *Rockīn Roll*! I thought this was not what I came here for.. [geez, that's so typical, leave the woman to clean up things - Ed's note]
How would you describe the sound of your new CD to any potential new fan?
It can take a little time to get into this album, but after that you might become a Scythe-Metal fan, who wants to hear more.
Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)
PEPE: *I like music with strong feeling, which can take you to whole other
world. Arjen Lucassen's Ayreon-recordings can do that. To mention one.
If there's anything you'd like to add, say, please do:
The release date of the album SUN-DIAL is the 15th of May. After that the
music is available for purchase. Keep an eye on the websites www.scytheoforion.com for more news.
Interview by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom,