Bulgarian metal scene growing with a good tempos, there you can find all genres possible, but right now we’ll speak with prower/prog metal band out of there – called Krossfire!
Hi! Tell me about Krossfire. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hi, Luka. First of all, thanks for this interview and interesting in our music and our band.
Initially, we named the band Crossfire. We simply liked the name. We thought that it sounds interesting and it looks metal, you know. After few years, however we decided to change it, but not to change the meaning, so we replaced only first letter, “K”, and the “new” Krossfire was born. Our ideas are different and inspiration comes from everything that surrounds us, everyday life. History, movies, personal stories. Everything that looks interesting and worth telling about is a subject for writing lyrics.
“Shades of Darkness” album was released couple weeks ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
We are feeling great and enthusiastic. This album is a big step ahead for the band. We did it as we wanted and it sounds great. The first album was starting point for us. We searched our musical style. With Shades Of Darkness we definitely found it and developed ourselves further as musicians as well.
Tell me more about “Shades of Darkness”? Album ideas etc…
We can describe “Shades of Darkness” as a power metal album with progressive and symphonic elements. We wanted to achieve much more solid and powerful sound compare with our first album, “Learning To Fly”. We did evolve in the ideas and lyrics as well. These dark themes were done on purpose. The world around us is not only colourful. There is darkness as well and we wanted to explore the dark side of life and human emotions and behaviour. We put also Latin choir to add more pathos in the song “The Last Ride”, which tells the story of Spanish Ninth Legion. “King Will Come” is a natural continuation of this story and appearing of King Arthur. “Glory to Heavens” is about Armageddon on Earth, the battle between Good and Evil. “Annabelle” is typical horror and gloomy story of a haunted doll Annabelle.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Inspirations come from different areas in our life and mainly from music itself. We like to listening to music and enjoying playing it live. We have many favorite bands. They are great inspiration for us and role model as well. Music is in our hearts and souls.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Krossfire’s sound?
Definitely, our sound is power metal with symphonic elements. We like this mixture between these styles and when combining them together the result is amazing.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
We are not relaxing now. The tour supporting the album started couple of months before album was released and now continues with full force. Meanwhile, we started to prepare the official promotion of “Shades Of Darkness”, which will take place in November, in our home town Plovdiv. A lot of work has to be done during these five months, so we are on fire. We have some initial ideas for the next album and we will start writing soon.
What are your main musical influences (bands)? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Our musical influences come from bands like Iron Maiden, Kamelot, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Helloween, Judas Priest. They have big influence on our sound.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
I personally prefer Roy Khan (former Conception, Kamelot) and duet with him will be amazing. He has big influence on me as a singer and writer. Unfortunately, he is no longer in music business. Who knows! Dreams may come true someday J
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
More and more concerts. That is the main thing for spreading our music. We are playing with passion and we are able to pass these feelings to the people. They love us for this and stay loyal to the band.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Yes, I love photography and marathon running.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Yes, definitely. They encourage us to do what we do and they are happy about it.
How’s the metal scene in Bulgaria right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
The metal scene has changed here a bit. More and more festivals are organizing across Bulgaria and it gives more and more opportunities for underground bands to play. There is a bright future for metal music in our country.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road! / Lukasz
Thanks, Lukasz. All the best to you and Sick and Destroy Webzine.