Power metal from Sweden – Veonity, welcome!
Hi! Tell me about Veonity. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
We wanted to get a name that was unique but still sounded power metal. And it had to end with an Y (so it could rhyme with destiny haha). We chose to mix two of the words that you can say is the heart of power metal lyrics which we believe is Vision and Eternity.
“Into The Void” album will be released on September 2016. How does that makes you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
It feels like we have waited for ages to release the album. We started recording in October last year so it’s been a long process up till now. Ronny Milianowicz (ex Dionysus, Shadowquest) who recorded an produced the album understands exactly what sound we were after. We have been careful all the way through the recording so now we have an album that is close to perfect.
Tell me more about “IntoTheVoid”? Album ideas, main theme etc…
”Into The Void” is a space saga which takes place in a not too distant future. The earth is dying due to mankind’s greed and thirst for technological enhancements. Our hero simply takes his refuge into space to find a new planet to live on.
Both “Gladiator’s Tale” and “Into The Void” are concept albums. We love the challenge that comes with writing an album where both music and lyric tells the same story.
This is your second album on Sliptrick records. Are you enjoyed by this cooperation?
The cooperation with Sliptrick has always been very smooth and easy. They are doing a good job with spreading our music throughout the universe!
Where do you take all inspiration from?
The correct answer here is to say that we listen to a lot of music in different genres, that we are open minded about new music and that everything can inspire us. However, that’s a lie. We only listen to Power Metal. That’s where the power of inspiration truly comes from!
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Veonity’s sound?
Think about all the great albums that came out in the late 90’s. Bands like Stratovarius, Gamma Ray, Hammerfall all made, in our opinion, their strongest albums back than. At that time, Power Metal was more aggressive and somewhat even more metal. We want our sound to be like that. And we believe it can be done without adding a whole symphonic orchestra .
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album release date, feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
There is no rest for the wicked so to say. We’re preparing to hit the road in September and play some gigs in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia and after that we have some more shows in Sweden. We are really looking forward to show the world “Into The Void” so most of our effort goes to promoting it and preparations for gigs.
I would say that normally the time around an album release is even more hectic than to record it. But I would be lying if I said that we are clueless about how we want our next album to be.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Well, I don’t think there enough space for me to name all the power metal bands influencing us so I’ll think I just name a few. I mentioned some before and Freedom Call, Blind Guardian and Edguy makes the list longer. But I’ll also say that Power Quest, Iron Savior, Dionysus and bloodbound influences us.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
On ”Gladiator’s Tale” we had Tommy Reinxeed (who just recently became a member in Sabaton) as a guest vocalist and on ”Into The Void” we have Piet Sielck from Iron Savior on Guest vocals. We have many ideas for the next album but nothing’s decided yet. If I had to say one I think it would be Kai Hansen
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
To play a lot of gigs! This year we will be playing as much as possible. We love being on stage and I would say that seeing and hearing us play live is the best way to experience our music.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Can I answer music?
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Actually, all of our parents were the once who introduced us to music. I know that everyone in the band is well supported by their families.
How’s the metal scene in your local area right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
The metal scene is not too bad in Sweden in general and in our little corner there are many places to get gigs. However, In general, bands don’t sell records as they did before. Record stores have to close down and people expect music to be free. Nowadays Spotify is supposedly king and I know that some people don’t even own a CD-player anymore. But we are not alarmed. There will come a time when people realize that Physical CD’s are 1000 times cooler than digital releases.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thanks! Let the power of metal guide our way!