Hail, welcome to Sick And Destroy. Before we start the interview, I would like you to introduce yourself to our readers. To begin with where are you from and a brief history about your band?
Hello, Thank you! Happy to be here. I’m Noa, the singer of Scardust. We are a progressive metal band from Israel. Started in 2015 with independently releasing the EP “Shadow” and performing in local clubs and festivals. We had our choir on stage with us at our first show, and in every headline show since 🙂
The following years were filled with more live shows including opening for Symphony X, Epica and Therion.
In 2017 we released the first issue of the album “Sands of Time”, also independently. This year put us on the local map as one of the leading Metal bands in Israel. Since then we got to cross the Mediterranean Sea a few times to perform abroad, and of course to sign with M-Theory Audio.
How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
To be honest, this question is always challenging for me to answer. I would say it’s Progressive Metal.
The biggest influence comes from classical music, the kind that is still loved and well-remembered for hundreds of years.
As for the rock and metal world, I personally grew up on Queen, and later on also fell in love with Symphony X, Nightwish and Dream Theater. Orr, my partner in music crime, shares this taste, and adds Iron Maiden to the list. We also like to use elements that are drawn from more extreme styles in our music. Generally, we get inspired by everything we like.
How many and which albums/demos has SCARDUST released so far?
Shadow (EP) in 2015, Sands of Time (Album) in 2017. In May 2019 Sands of Time will be reissued through M-Theory Audio with the addition of a special bonus track.
Which ones happens to be your favourite songs? of SCARDUST and personal.
My all-time favorite song is “Once Upon a December” from the movie “Anastasia”, in the version of Deana Carter. I also love “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO. In Metal I would say “Ghost Love Score” by Nightwish. All those three don’t necessarily indicate my taste in music, I just happen to really love them.
My favorite Scardust song is not out yet. You will hear it in our next album. 🙂
Do you feel that SCARDUST’s music has changed over the years and how?
Our music definitely changed over the years, just as we are changing as people and evolving as musicians. I would say the newest material are more “friendly” to the ear but more extreme at the same time. But though it’s constantly changing a little, I promise that we will always keep our core elements in our music – the complexity beside the catchy choruses, the virtuoso performance, the heavy vs soft, and of course the choir, which is like another member of the band.
How much time does it take for SCARDUST to record an album?
After about 2 years of writing, practicing and recording pre-production versions, the actual recordings of our previous album “Sands of Time”, took about 4 months. Let’s hope the next album will be faster!
Tell us something more about your coming album?
As mentioned before, “Sands of Time” will be re-issued this year, through the label M-Theory Audio. The first 5 tracks, which are taken from the 2017 production, comprise the title piece. In a nutshell, it’s about overcoming a trauma, and we designed most of the artwork for this album around this theme. The next 5 tracks, which are also taken from the 2017 production, are a collection of songs all revolving about different aspects of the term “Time”. The 11th track is a bonus which we recorded especially for this issue, in 2019. The bonus song is called “Mist”, and it is a small teaser of our next album.
What’s next? Working on any new album? If so, some details please.
Yes! We are actually nearly done writing it. We can’t reveal the title yet, but we can tell you that it’s a special kind of a concept album, put together in a cool and unexpected structure. We really love it and we can’t wait for you all to hear it!
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album?
Next month we are going to CHINA for the first time! We were invited to play at Taihu Midi Festival as the headliner for the China Metal Battle. Very exciting!
In July we will play at two more festivals: Ramblin’ Man Fair in the UK on the 20th, at the Prog in the Park stage alongside some really amazing bands like Pain of Salvation and Anathema. On the 24th we’ll play MetalDays in Slovenia on the newcomer’s stage.
There will be more shows for sure, so stay tuned 🙂
Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
After coming back from the summer festivals mentioned before, we will switch to full power mode on producing the next album.
Has SCARDUST done any opening acts for other major heavy weight bands? If yes, then when and where?
Yes, we had the honor of opening to three of our favorite bands: Symphony X, Epica and Therion.
What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in your country?
I’m generally proud of the Israeli Metal Scene. I think we have some amazing bands here. I feel that the challenging reality in Israel, forces musicians here to work harder and aim higher.
Any messages for the readers?
It means “To life!” in Hebrew, and it’s our version of “Cheers” 🙂