you are a pretty young band, I want to ask
how would you characterize the development
of your band during this
year of existence? What are your greatest
achievements and downfalls?
in the year we have been around we have
made many improvements to our overall
sound and who we are as a band.
When we started we just had the idea of
creating a sound of our own. We still
maintain that thought process by keeping
this in mind when we write. We have really
come into that “Sound of our own” and
we are very proud of that.
far as achievements it would come down to
just making music that makes our
listeners, and us happy. So far, we have
really been able to write songs that have
a deep meaning, but also can blow some
3-song demo is pretty well produced – in
which studio did you record it? And who
took care of the mixing and mastering?
(Luke) recorded everything by myself using
a iMac and Logic Pro X. What we put out
was never meant to be released
because we had meant to put an EP out
first, but it ended up being thrown
together as the demo at the last second.
I took care of the whole recording,
mixing, and mastering myself.
Demo is out there since March 2016. After
these months, could you advance something
regarding new compositions?
we are finishing up our debut EP entitled
“We Ride”. So what that consists of
re-recordings of the songs from
the demo (Heathen, Thru the Dark, Opacia)
and then three new songs. That will be out
by the end of 2016.
do you see the character of energies you
transfer through Opacia’s songs? Is it
positive or negative, or neutral?
think they are very positive. The songs
are all stories about dark and evil
things, but through the music we have the ability
to send shivers down the listener's spine
and give them a sense of power.
rules and canons do you follow when
writing music? How much is this process
free and artistic? Or maybe a more
technical and academic approach prevails?
pretty much just try to make our songs be
exciting and thrilling while making sure
they don’t all sound the same.
all love making metal and that is our
ultimate goal. It is not streamlined like
a lot of bands seem to do nowadays.
is very free in the sense that we all
throw our influences into the music that
you are hearing.
remarkable point on your songs, is the
length. When you write songs that are
longer than 7-8 minutes how do you
keep it interesting to listen to?
if we can’t listen to it without getting
bored than we will not put it out for
other people to hear it. We try to vary
the song throughout with different solo
sections and slow-downs or speed-ups to
make it a rollercoaster that you feel
you have to listen to all the way till the
end. We throw in lots of harmonies and
different edges to throw in an extra little
bit of fun into the mix. In my opinion,
you cannot fully distribute the feelings
and power of a song in 3-4 minutes.
when all the songs are stories like we do,
we need to go into detail and make a
thrilling story out of it too.
you think a genre of unpopular “popular
music” like death metal and/or black
metal can be a form of art?
metal has always been an art form in my
opinion. Especially throughout the years
and how much it has evolved
from the early de ath metal records like Scream
Bloody Gore and Seven
Churches. The player of any of the instruments
is pushing themselves to the edges of
their abilities and creating something
that is very distinct and signature.
It will more than likely never break into
the mainstream, but it’s better that it
stays that way.
do you conceive of a song: do you start
with a riff, an abstract idea, an emotion,
or a structure?
usually starts off with an idea for what
we would want the song to be. Say, the
story of the song is supposed to be dark
and evil, then we will base an intro and
the structure around trying to portray
that evil that is coming out of it.
we have that first riff, the rest of the
song falls into place. It is pretty rare
that we have extra riffs laying around that
we can throw into it. Most of the writing
is very organic in the sense that each
riff is a build from the last to continue
the story. There’s no point to creating
a story if you can’t capture it in the
well are you doing in the rest of the
World? What kind of reactions have you had
from Europe for example?
far we havn’t had much response from
outside North America. We have a lot of
good response from mexico and South
America which has been great. South
America has some kick ass metal heads! We
are hoping that with the release
of our EP we’ll be able to reach a wider
audience in the Eastern hemisphere. We
still have a lot of growing to do
so we’ll see!
you tell us more about the metal scene in
Chicago? Is this a quite good state on a
metal point of view, and were
there good Death metal bands to check out
in the past?
is great for metal. Specifically, thrash
and death metal. Bands I would recommend
would be: Reign, Texas Toast
Chainsaw Massacre (for the thrasher),
Cannibal Abortion, Predator, and
Discarnate. Metal is very strong in Chicago,
and I don’t think it’ll ever go away.
you support your death metal scene and
where would you like death metal to go in
the future? How can you, as a band,
help in moving the scene forward?
try to support as much as we can. Whenever
we catch wind of a show (whether it’s
all locals or locals opening for bigger
acts) we always make it down to as many as
we can. It’s pretty important to show up
early to shows as well, so
you can see the opening acts. When you
think about it, those openers are the
future of your cities metal scene. So get
out there early and catch their set. As
far as moving the scene forward, we are
just trying to innovate. There isn’t a
lot of “Melodic Death Metal” bands in
chicago, so we are trying to bring some
fresh meat to the table.
are your feelings on this development of
digital replacing physical? Where do you
think it will be in 5-10 years?
don’t think that physical copies of
music will ever be completely replaced.
Having a physical copy of an album or EP means
a lot more than downloading it from a
website. Often times when you buy the CD,
you got it at a show, and purchased
it directly from the band. That alone
means the world. Even in the current state
of the music industry with everything
going digital, band’s never fail to get
a big batch of physical copies made for
the fans that take the time to go
you think OPACIA is a good live band? What
do your gigs consist of, and are some
cover-songs played in front of the
sure like to think so! So far we have
gotten absolutely INCREDIBLE response on
our live shows. We just try to make
sure the show stays interesting. Move
around alot, and never lose the energy.
You gotta keep the showgoers eyes
on you when you’re up there, so we like
to play in-your-face and just be
relentless. We were going to cover “Pull
Plug” by death awhile back, but that
slowly left our minds.
time to conclude, perhaps you could tell
us about your future projects or
(Luke) and Rich are both in another thrash
metal band called Depremacy. As far as
music is concerned, we are
working on the music for our first full
length album. So stay tuned!