I am sure
most of our readers don't know a thing about you - could you please
introduce yourself and tell a bit about your background?
Dreyelands - We are a progressive metal band from
Hungary, Central-East Europe. The band formed in 2002. Gergely Springer
(bass) and I are friends since our early teenager years and we played in a
lot of band together in a lot of genres and wanted to establish a
progressive metal band. When Omar Gassama (drummer) joined us we made
Dreyelands with other guys. We had a few line-up change in the past and when
Zoltan Kas (keyboards) and Serbian "vocal phenomenon" Nikola Mijic (vocalist
of Alogia, Expedition Delta) joined we were started to make live gigs and
writing songs. We recorded our first release, a promotional EP titled 'Can't
Hide Away' (released in 2007). There was also a music video made for the
title song of the EP. This video was featured several times on the
Headbanger's Ball program of MTV Hungary with the EP receiving great
feedback from not only Hungarian but also international press. During 2007
we finished the song writing for the debut album 'Rooms of Revelation' which
was recorded in several studios in Hungary and Serbia in 2008 and
mixed/mastered by well known Hungarian producer/engineer Barnabás Hidasi at
HL-Studio in 2009. After the recordings keyboardist Zoltán Kas left the band
and for future promotion work and live gigs the band is completed by Gyorgy
Nagy (Age of Nemesis) as a session member.
playing music based on heavy but melodic progressive metal with a touch of
tasty flavour of '80s hard rock and AOR music.
of hopes and expectations do you have for 'Rooms of Revelation'?
Dreyelands - World domination, of course...:)))
Well, we hope that we can reach the utmost people with
the album, and would like to place Dreyelands onto the worldmap of metal to
have the opportunity to work further in the future. Making albums, touring,
If you had to choose one song you feel represents you, which song would
you choose and why? Personally I would pick "Way to you", a song I feel
captures the essence of Dreyelands pretty well.
Dreyelands - Pretty good choice for it, but I would pick "Fragments" and/or
represents the tasty combination of complexity and the easily accessible
melodies which we like very much and "Leaving Grace" has the darker and
heavier side of the band which is very important for us too. These two songs
representing better the direction we want to move forward... You know, the
the final result compare to the idea you had going into the studio?
Dreyelands - We wanted to make a concept album with songs that can stand
alone. All these with classic based but massive, ultra thick arrangements
and modern sound. I think we managed it.
the album more than a year before it's released and now I would make a lot
of things different but you know an album can be finished but never perfect.
give us a brief introduction on the lyrical concept behind 'Rooms of
It's a concept album. It's a journey in a schizophrenic mind. There's a guy
who lost his loves after the first fulfilment of their love. He begins his
trip in an imaginary house and as he gets on room by room he is getting
nearer to the answers and his fate.
Tell us a
bit about the artwork... dominated by the colour red...
Dreyelands - It's simpler then it seems. One of my friend (Peter Kurtosi)
told me that he is interested in making the artwork for the album. We gave
him a little guideline with the concept. We wanted a corridor with doors on
the cover, but in point of fact we gave him full freedom... He came out with
this red based image and we all loved that, so we "bought" it. We had little
willies that it’s a bit darker than our music but we thought it's heavy
metal or what, so that would be great for the artwork.
not the country known for its huge metal scene, I must admit that the only
other band I know of is Age of Nemesis. But how is the scene, and do you
have a strong camaraderie among the bands and do you all try to spread the
word for each other?
- It's funny to mention Age of Nemesis. (As said before) their keyboard
player plays in Dreyelands nowadays.
I think we
are the third progmetal band that can get on abroad. There was only Age of
Nemesis, Stonehenge before.
Although we have a strong underground metal scene,
unfortunately there is only a few clubs
can play with the minimally desired circumstances. There's a lot of
situations when a club tells you that they are insolvent, moreover they
expect you to pay if you want to play there... So it's hard to get on, and
making money with it is almost impossible. There are only a few professional
bands here. But camaraderie is working. We have lot of friends to play with.
And they are all great guys.
releasing this debut album on a Finnish label - how did you hook up and do
you see this as an advantage?
sent out a lot of e-mails and promo kits to a huge amount of labels and Lion
Music gave us a very fair offer and we heard about them a lot and they
were/are so kind and polite and there is no seed of pontificating as we
experienced elsewhere. So it quickly turned out to sign the deal. It's of
course an advantage. It's obviously an advantage in the Hungarian point of
view. Unfortunately, there's only a few band which have international record
deal. Hope to have more...
just begun, but which albums impressed you in 2009?
As a fanatic music listener and collector I make my TOP10 every year.
So here it is
lay immediately ahead of you - any plans taking the album our on the road,
single shows or...?
Dreyelands - Immediately, we are rehearsing hard with our new keyboardist
for a couple of shows we have in April in Serbia. We'll have a release party
here in Budapest, Hungary in May and will playing on MetalFest Open Air
Hungary and in the breaks we are working on our new website. For the near
future we'd like to confirm as many live gigs as we can but these are only
stand-alone shows yet. We hope we'll have the opportunity of a serious tour
sometimes in the future.
Thank you very much for answering my questions. Do you have any last
rants for our readers?
dr(e)y(e) the lands then every plants will die!!!
As we all
know: plants are not metal!!! :-D:-D:-D