Last week saw the independent release of progressive power metal band Lör‘s debut full length In Forgotten Sleep and if you missed out then, now is a great time to dig in because it’s a mountain of fun to listen to. There’s so much going on from power metal to death metal to folk to prog rock that it would seem, on first glance, that it wouldn’t work but it does and very well I might add. Take the excellent chops of Amorphis and blend them with the over the top epicness of Blind Guardian and you get the idea. We recently got the chance to ask Tyler Fedeli (lead vocals) our set of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say.
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
Most of us have a background in orchestra and concert band class in school. The majority of us met in high school and during college we put together the current line up of Lör. We have encountered different life obstacles, each unique to the band members, which has caused us to heavily delay our debut album. Since this is our first album, and we haven’t done much recently, our success has been limited but that’s to be expected.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? If you don’t have a story please tell us any embarrassing story.
We have played a few ‘pay to play’ shows in the past. They weren’t incredibly strict, but it was advised to sell a certain amount of tickets to open up for a popular band. We would pay out of pocket to meet the ‘minimum’ for the show just so people could see us play, though it was often hours before the headliner.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
Now, metal seems to be branching out and incorporating different sounds and influences from other genres and experimenting more with different instrumentations. Artists like Ulver, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Sigh, David Maxim Mimic, Devin Townsend and others are examples of this. We respect when artists try new things, even if it fails. The worst thing in metal now is nazis, and it always has been.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music? (This question is especially appropriate for you since your music is quite an outlet for your physical and emotional pains).
We don’t explicitly express our social and political views through our music. If we do, it is buried in metaphor. We try to write escapist music and feel as if incorporating real world issues would take away from the atmosphere we create. We don’t like nazis though just to be clear.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
We got into metal in high school and no one cared at all. Honestly, everyone was happy I wasn’t listening to Ska anymore.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Don’t be afraid to review poorly and have unpopular opinions but at the same time don’t ostracize your fan base. Honesty is key in reviewing and writing anything.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
Our goals range from changing one person’s life or view of music/metal to eventually touring and sharing our music with the world. We have no hobbies. We watch paint dry, sometimes it’s already dry when we start.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
Little Tybee (Self Titled), Plini (every album), Great Old Ones, Alcest (Kodama), Between the Buried and Me, Intervals, Strawberry Girls, In The Presence of Wolves, Alustrium, DispersE, Hiatus Kaiyote, Anderson Paak.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Nine Circles pick: Intriguing.
Many thanks to Tyler for his time!