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Realized at: 29th, October 2016
 

"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 (...)"

Despite 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?

Well, 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.

As 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 minds.

Your 3-song demo is pretty well produced – in which studio did you record it? And who took care of the mixing and mastering?

I (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.

The Demo is out there since March 2016. After these months, could you advance something regarding new compositions?

Currently 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.

How do you see the character of energies you transfer through Opacia’s songs? Is it positive or negative, or neutral?

I 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.

What 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?

We pretty much just try to make our songs be exciting and thrilling while making sure they don’t all sound the same.

We all love making metal and that is our ultimate goal. It is not streamlined like a lot of bands seem to do nowadays.

It is very free in the sense that we all throw our influences into the music that you are hearing.

One 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?

Basically, 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.

Especially when all the songs are stories like we do, we need to go into detail and make a thrilling story out of it too.

Do you think a genre of unpopular “popular music” like death metal and/or black metal can be a form of art?

Death 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.

How do you conceive of a song: do you start with a riff, an abstract idea, an emotion, or a structure?

It 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.

Once 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 music.

How well are you doing in the rest of the World? What kind of reactions have you had from Europe for example?

So 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!

Could 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?

Chicago 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.

Do 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?

We 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.

What are your feelings on this development of digital replacing physical? Where do you think it will be in 5-10 years?

I 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 to shows.

Do you think OPACIA is a good live band? What do your gigs consist of, and are some cover-songs played in front of the beheaded audience?

We 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 The Plug” by death awhile back, but that slowly left our minds.

It's time to conclude, perhaps you could tell us about your future projects or something?

Myself (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!

 

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