If you envision adventure and intrigue within the soundscapes of your melodic death metal compositions, you are sure to be enraptured by what the mighty Twilightfall has to offer the world at large. The mastermind behind Twlightfall is Wortherax, best known for his time spent in the notorious Black Metal collective Nokturnal Mortum. Based out of the Ukraine where war has been rampant as of late, the music of Twilightfall is triumphant and inspiring, and should appeal to metal fans all across the globe. Here is a recent interview we conducted with Wortherax to find out more about the exhilarating auditory visions of Twlightfall. Read on..
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Twilightfall, and how long the band has been in existence.
I am Wortherax, session guitarist, arranger, author of the project Twilightfall, former guitarist for Nokturnal Mortum, a patriot of my native land-Ukraine. Twilightfall – The Energy Of Soul was first conceived and recorded by me in my home Studio. When my friends heard of the project, they offered to create a group. Here’s how it all started. From the first rehearsal it became clear to me that Twilightfall has a future thanks to my friend musicians. We’ve been together for 2 years.
Where are you based out of and what is your local music scene like there? How has the current unrest in the Ukraine affected your music and art, if at all?
Now we are war – a war for freedom. We take part in charitable concerts in support of those who defend Ukraine. All known Ukrainian metal band give their fees to patriots fighting for our future. Rock is a good opportunity to convey to the listener his own spiritual experiences. Now he is preparing for publication a team site Twilightfall. Svarga Music is releasing our debut album.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title The Energy Of Soul?
All songs and the lyrics have a great meaning. First of all this is the meaning of life. Everyone defines it for yourself. Our life is governed energy. It gives the opportunity to strive for the best, overcome fear, to be creative. This energy is in our souls.
Select two songs from The Energy Of Soul and what inspired the lyrics.
Storm reflects a great emotional experience, a war not only with the elements, but also with yourself. Each of us in the heart raging ocean of passions, but not everyone is able to overcome it. Your Chance urges not to stop half way to the goal.
Who created the cover art for The Energy Of Soul and how much input did you have on it?
One of our friends listened to The Energy Of Soul and offered a cover image. We immediately agreed, because that’s what this picture is , in our opinion, reflects the idea of the album.
What could one expect from a live Twilightfall show?
We participate in various concerts in Ukraine and preparing to release a new album. This album will be not less interesting for the audience than the previous one.
What was your experience like working with the controversial Nokturnal Mortum and do you still keep in touch with them?
As I said, in NM began my work. We tried not to be similar to known band experimented with different styles of music. I still keep good relations with all participants NM and wish the group to continue its work.
If Twilightfall could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I think Twilightfall does not resemble any known group. We aspire to something new in metal music. However, like to listen Dark Tranquillity, Redemption, In Flames, Dissection, Arch Enemy, and Children Of Bodom.
Are you involved with any other bands or projects outside of Twilightfall?
As a session guitarist, I took part in recording the albums for Nokturnal Mortum, Munruthel, Khors, Finist, DubBuk, engaged in the arrangement, mixing and mastering various musical projects.
What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing The Energy of Soul for the first time?
I, as a listener, it is difficult to distinguish from the album, as it is for me as a single whole. My friends also think that we should listen to the whole material because music emphasizes the sense of texts.
What is favourite Ukrainian beer of choice and why?
I love beer, as any rock musician. From Ukrainian producers support Lviv beer.
Any final words of wisdom?
I want to wish everyone peace on Earth, clear sky, great energy in the soul, and musicians-a successful creative work.
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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