most cases, I hate writing tons of reviews for unknown
bands because mostly, the result is that you like an album
at first, but recognize that you don´t really listen to
them later on because you already have all the classics at
home. But there are also exceptions, like OPEN ACCESS from
Poland who really surprised me with their good folk metal
with lovely vocals. It´s not cheesy, like most of those
bands, and they have a unique sounds which can convince. I
contacted female singer Malwina Szałęga
to introduce this great, but unknown band.
Malwina! Please tell us about the foundation, the
development and the releases of OPEN ACCESS first!
Daniel! So the Open Access band was founded in 2013 in
Cracow, Poland. Members of the band have changed over the
years. I've joined to the group in 2016, replacing the
former vocalist with whom Open Access released first EP
"Over a Mountain Peak" in 2015. When I've come
to the band we've started to work on new songs for the
next album. I took care of the vocals, writing lyrics and
creating vocal lines to the music composed by the band.
And after quite long pre-production we released our first
long-play album "Toward the Wilderness".
you played in other bands before?
I was a part of many bands and projects, but I can say
that with none of them I haven't developed myself,
succeeded and learned as in OPEN ACCESS. But I took many
lessons from every each one project, there is no doubt.
With OPEN ACCESS I get this great possibility to perform
in different places, also abroad. Being a part of this
band I am growing up as a singer, songwriter and performer
band name does not really say much about your music. What
was the idea behind it?
am not really familiar with the story behind the name
because I am not a founder of the band, but as our boys
from the band told me, name "Open Access"
relates to the music we create. We think that our music is
very varied, plenty of inspirations from different styles
of music, and that's why it should be open for everyone
and everyone could find something worth listening. We are
not closing ourselves only in one genre, but still trying
to find new inspirations from every kind of music.
bands are your main influences?
I said in last answer, we get inspirations from many music
styles. Every member of the band have its own favourite
bands and styles, and that is what he adds to the music
created by the whole band. Personally, my favourite music
and vocalists are in the bands like Nightwish, especially
with Floor Jansen, Epica, Within Temptation, Evanescence.
But in other way, our rhythm guitarist Piotr can say that
one of his favourite bands is Metallica. Besides, our
bassist Jakub likes Ensiferum and Equilibrium, so he is
closest with his music taste to the music we represent in
are your lyrics about? Is there any message to spread for
try to write lyrics based on my own experiences and
observations of the world. Some of the lyrics on
"Toward the Wilderness" are about nature and
what threaten its existence, about people who care only
about their own interest. Rest of them are just creations
of my imagination, I guess. But in every story there is
some truth behind or inspiration, for example, from
legends or novels. In each case, I think that
interpretation belongs to the listeners.
debut album “Toward The Wilderness” was released by
Art Of The Night Productions. How did you get in contact
of The Night Productions specializes in releasing folk
metal albums recorded by many Polish bands, but not only,
so we decided to cooperate with them too. Anyway, this
label is getting more and more popular in Poland.
label also released the Elforg album which I like a lot.
They´re also from Poland. Are you in contact with them?
we know each other and we play on some concerts together,
like on Fantasy Folk Fest in Poland in the company of more
other folk metal bands. Maybe we will have more occasions
in the future to play with them at one stage.
there a kind of folk metal scene in Poland? Or are OPEN
ACCES and Elforg exceptions?
joined OPEN ACCESS, I've observed that there are so many
bands making such kind of music like folk metal, but in
very different ways of which I've never heard before.
There are bands playing pure folk metal I can say, using
traditional instruments and drawing inspirations from
Slavic, Celtic themes with pure vocals or in more extreme
cases, with growls and screams. But there are also bands
like our which gets inspirations from many more genres
like power-, heavy-, symphonic-, thrash- and death metal a
little bit, without closing only to this well-known folk
specificity. So the choice is yours, which one suits you
the cover artwork a lot! Who did it? And how did you get
in contact with the painter?
Thank you on
behalf of Robert Kudera who made it! We really liked his
graphics which we found via internet and asked him to do
the special one for us. As a result, Robert did the whole
graphics on the album.
also play live? And will when and where will we have to
see the band on stage in the future? Are there already any
plans for that?
Yes, of course!
We really enjoy playing live and we are trying to do that
as often as possible. In the near future, we are going to
play in many places in Poland like Rzeszów, Łódź,
Wrocław, Stalowa Wola and many more, but we're also
going abroad to play on some festivals in Czech Republic
(Brno), Hungary (Budapest) and Romania (Bucharest). We
hope that we will play in many more countries soon!
let us know about the future plans of OPEN ACCESS!
The future of
OPEN ACCESS is to promote our new album first, tour around
Poland and some part of Europe, make new videos and share
new songs with the public. Moreover, we won't rest on our
laurels, and we'll keep making new stuff and still develop
Malwina! The last words are yours!
Thank you very
much for a pleasant interview! I would like to also thank
other people who are supporting us and our music! You are
amazing! Without you, everything what we do wouldn't make
sense. Hope to see you someday at the concerts! Cheers!