Epic death metal from Toronto! I have discovered this band just this year, I like what they do, so I’m sure you’ll like it as well, if you still haven’t! But now time to ask them some questions!
Hi! Tell me about Vesperia. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Morgan: We decided upon the name Vesperia when we working reworking the idea of the band. We wanted something epic and ominous sounding to properly portray what we were endeavouring for musically. We happened across the name Vesperia listed in a few Canadian history texts that listed it as a candidate name when the name of our country was being decided upon. Imagine if we were called “Vesperians” and not “Canadians”?
“The Iron Tempests” EP was released one year ago. Are you preparing some new tunes for album now?
Morgan: As I type this, we are just about to wrap up recording our brand new album! We have been working hard on the music for this album for over 2 years and we want to make sure that it is every bit as intense as we’ve been promising to our fans.
Have you played some shows during this year? As far as I know, you have toured with Kalmah on April this year, how was the tour and what the science did you got thx that event?
Morgan: Yes! We have embarked on 2 separate tours during 2016. Of course, we were asked to be direct support for Kalmah on their Canadian Tourture tour, which was tons of fun. It was super successful and we got along with the Kalmah guys very well. Too bad we can’t drink as much as them… yet.
Why Cory Hofing left the band last year? And are you guys completely satisfied with Dylan Gowan as a drummer?
Morgan: Cory actually left the band in 2014 as his other band (and mine at the time too!) Crimson Shadows was getting very busy touring overseas and abroad. We are extremely pleased with Dylan Gowan as our new drummer, though! He brings a level of professionalism that we need to the band as well as his skills as a songwriter and general awesome dude. We couldn’t be happier!
Where do you take all inspiration from? Your main themes are: Heroic/Epic, Nature, Psychological States… Tell me please why you are all devoted to these topics and what does these means for you?
Morgan: I take my inspiration when it comes to crafting lyrics from a variety of sources. We aren’t exactly devoted to these particular themes with the new album, however. The lyrics on the new album are an entire story of exile, conquest and redemption. I can’t wait to reveal all the art and plot of this album!
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Vesperia’s sound?
Morgan: As of 2016, the best definition of Vesperia’s sound is Epic Death Metal.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Morgan: I can’t speak for the band as a whole, as we have a huge array of musical interests and inspirations. For the sake of relation to our sound – we take a lot of inspiration from bands like Arcturus, Borknagar, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Septic Flesh.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Morgan: We actually have several well-known guest musicians who will be performing on our new album! I can’t say who at the moment, but one is a famous Canadian artist and the other plays for a famous UK metal band!
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Morgan: We utilize every single avenue available to us as an independent metal band. We are on most social media pages, some of which we employ more than others. We also have a very proactive publicist who makes sure our music and news gets plugged to the right news outlets and coverage. We also do a lot of touring for a band of our size, which has grown our reputation and fanbase considerably!
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Morgan: I myself love travelling, reading, writing, graphic design – quite a few other exploits!
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Morgan: As far as I know! We get a lot of support from a lot of different areas.
How’s the metal scene in your local area right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
Morgan: I would say the scene in Toronto is quite strong these days! There are many different metal bands playing a multitude of subgenres with a great level of fan support! There are quite a few venues as well who cater to heavy music and have regular shows, multiple times a week. Merch and CDs are very easy to come by as well. I would say in Toronto, we have a very strong and supportive scene.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Morgan: Thank you so much!