I first got in contact with Ynis Vitrin, I must admit, that they
were a big unknown for me. But after listening to their debut Demo
CD my views changed, so I thought why not get a deeper look into
this interesting band? So I’ve put together a few questions for
the jungle boys.
– I am pretty sure most of our readers don’t know the story
behind Ynis Vitrin, so if you could fill us all in on the
Well...It all started in 1999. Most of us lived in the same
neighbourhood. Just friends that joined to play some cover
songs...Have some fun at the weekends. There wasn’t a real
ambition. Through the following years it became more serious. We
started to compose some material, and realize that it was
interesting, that we really could do this. Just that we were able
to make nice songs. We started to face it as a solid thing.
Something that we should fight for...
– How well has your debut Demo CD been received by the media
and the fans?
Vitrin: We are very happy with the response we’re having
from the media and the music fans as well. They’ve been very
cool with us.
- I know artist’s don¹t like to put a label on their music -
but a spaceship from outer space has just landed in your backyard,
and is demanding an answer - so how would you describe your music
to an alien from another galaxy?
It’s a kind of heavy/hard/prog/pop/whatever metal...
your music was an emotion, which one would it be?
I don’t know for sure if our song can be described as one
singular emotion. Maybe passion would be a good one.
- Who and what
inspires you when you write a song? Walk us through the creation
of a song?
It has been the same process for the most of the songs. One of us
come with an isolated idea, a riff, a melody, a vocal line, and we
all work into this stuff. So we record these parts on our
home-studio and build a basic structure that is polished until we
think its good enough. Until it touch us deep.
subjects do your lyrics refer to, and who writes them?
And what inspires you when you write your lyrics?
Our lyrics refer to our own lives. About our feelings, aims,
tragedies, realizations, theories, beliefs. They’re very
personal. Especially the last ones. They’re based in some bad
experiences we lived lately. All the lyrics are written by Benhur,
our bassist and vocalist and Antōnio, the keyboardist.
- I was wondering – is there a deeper idea behind the artwork?
No. There’s not a real philosophic thing behind the artwork.
It’s just our vision of a dark land.
- Who has produced
and mixed the Demo? Are you pleased with the result?
Part of the songs were recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by
Roger Fingle at Brave Metal Studios (www.bravemetal.com),
while the other part were recorded at our home-studio. And yes,
we’re pleased with the result. I think it has accomplished its
- What are the immediate plans for Ynis
Vitrin; can we expect
another demo or maybe an album?
We are hard working in order to spread our name and music as far
as we can. We’re looking for someone that believes in our
material as much as we believe and desire to work by our side. A
label or something. There are a bunch of new songs. We’re just
waiting for the right partnership to show them to the world.
- Let’s speculate
– you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice
– who would be your ideal touring partners – I could imagine
that Queensr˙che would be high on that list?
Yes. You’re completely right. It would be like a dream coming
true. Queensr˙che has being a great influence for all of us.
Maybe Rush, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd and Deep Purple would not be
- What kind of wishes and
expectations do you have for a record label and management?
As I said before, we are looking for someone that believes in our
material. Someone that can really work by our side, as one.
Let’s play an association game, please tell us your first
spontaneous thoughts about the following key words:
Our place. Our home. Unluckily not the best place if you want to
live as a heavy metal musician.
A very personal thing. Surely there isn’t unanimity among the
band members here.
It has been a huge problem lately. We’re surrounded by bad
politicians. People that only looks for themselves and don’t
care about the real important things.
The most popular sport in our country. Maybe in the whole world.
People love it here in
A great band. Huge influence. Incredible songs and musicians.
Another great band. They deserve our total respect and admiration.
Certainly a pride for the Brazilian heavy music.
- Name an album, person or
event that has had a huge influence on your life … and why?
I think there’s an album that changed our minds completely. It
was “Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes from a Memory”. This album shows
a Dream Theater more emotional than before. They’re incredibly
skilled musicians but in this particular album, we think they let
the feeling prevail. It has showed us that no matter how fast you
can play or how intricate is your song. What really matters is the
way that your songs touch people.
– Brazil is in metal circles mostly known for either thrash
metal or power metal, but how about progressive metal – is it
strictly an underground scene and what bands should we pay
We have a lot of great bands on the prog scene. For example
Akashic, Khallice, MindFlow, Sigma 5, among others. The Brazilian
metal scene as a whole has always been underground. There are only
one or two bands that reached the mainstream. Luckily it seems to
- Last question - do you have any famous last words for our
Well. Stay tuned on www.ynisvitrin.com.
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