The 2000s shaped progressive metal into the juggernaut it is today and classic rock from the 70s sealed its legendary status with bands that were larger than life. Greek progressive metallers Calyces paid close attention to all of this on their upcoming debut full length, Impulse To Soar. The album is drenched in all the above but also has a slight taste of the sludgy yet atmospheric sound that we’ve come to know from bands that cut their teeth in the Savannah, GA scene. But, best of all, it’s a very memorable debut, one that begs repeat listens due to its mystifying songwriting and catchy grooves. Just ahead of the album’s release, we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the band so head directly below to see how it went down and be sure to give them some support via the links contained within.
How did you first get into playing music, and how did your band get its start?
I started taking classical guitar lessons when I was 8 years old but I still had not discovered how much I would like it along the way. Not until I saw the big brother of friend of mine who was playing punk music with his electric guitar in his bedroom. I saw the Light! That was when I wanted to do exactly the same!! My very first step with bands was around 1998 with Override; we recorded some demos and made our first live shows. In 2004 ‘Tardive Dyskinesia’ came to life. We spent 15 incredible years, with 4 full length albums and touring around the word. 2017 was a turning point. Tardive Dyskinesia as a project was put in ice. Then I decided to start a new band, that would be fresh and something I really needed to do for a long time. That was when the Calyces were born.
Have you ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If no, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story band related.)
Well, as we are a “new” band we don’t have any embarrassing stories yet to tell but I want to believe that we will never debase ourselves just to get on any show or a magazine or anything else. An unfortunate moment I would say was when in our very first show opening for Tesseract band, our former singer was not heard at all from the P.A. speakers of the venue, during the first 3 tracks of our set. But shit happens… especially in live shows.
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 (your particular scene or metal as a whole) right now?
One of the nice things that happening in metal music is that there are still bands out there that will always have something new to say. This makes this kind of music to not lose interest and always be in the forefront. One of the things I do not like, especially in prog metal music is when the bands follow faithfully the genre they represent without experimenting. This is not such a progressive way of thinking I would say.
Everyone has a passion for some cause and 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?
Like most people we have our own passions, beer, games, food, movies, arts, discovering music, scrolling through Facebook newsfeed is some of our daily habits. All this stuff affects the way you have chosen to live but we are very selective about which of these passions we will include in our music. Personally I choose to write about more serious issues that concern our society like human greed, racial discrimination, backstabbing etc.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family/those close to you take the news?
I remember myself in a very young age, hearing some Greek rock bands that my sister who is older than me was listening to in her room. When I went to high school I made friends who listened to metal music. I was 13 years old I think, then a friend of mine gave me a cassette with Sepultura’s “Chaos A.D.”. It changed my life forever. My parents were very positive in all this and they always supported me in all my decisions. Well, at least until I start doing my first tattoos.
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?
I would ideally want from them to show more respect to the musicians out there. If you don’t like an album or a band , it always depends on your taste of music. It doesn’t mean that the band is not worth it! In other hand, musicians must not underestimate themselves in what they do. I mean hey, you put a lot of money on this; recording albums, making cover art, producing video clips etc. Don’t let anyone put you down. All the tools to make your music heard are out there, and they are available to everyone. If the music industry understands that you do not need them things will change. History has shown that already.
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.
The way we all think about it, our new album ‘Impulse to Soar’ is the first step in a long and creative trip, and we see it as the beginning of a new chapter for us. We wouldn’t do it justice if we didn’t put all our effort into it, if we didn’t present it properly. We believe that you get out of life what you put in, so all the work was worth it, all the struggle meant something and this is the solid foundation for everything that will follow.
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)
I’ll tell you what I’ve been listening lately:
Intronaut – Fluid Existential Inversions, GoGo Penguin – GoGo Penguin, Elder – Omens, Psychonaut – Unfold the God Man, Hail Spirit Noir – Eden in Reverse, Universe 217 – Change, Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit, Bonobo – Migration, Brutus – Burst, and anything from Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gojira, Rush, King Crimson, Tool.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
“Impulse to Soar” will be released in a very difficult season for everyone. For musicians even more so. We would love to make plans for concerts and tours but everything is uncertain at this point. We hope all this will end up soon and will return to normal life again soon.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
kal-uh-seez (this is how ‘Calyces’ pronounced)
Many thanks to Calyces for their time!