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Thursday, December 3, 2020
GIK Acoustics - Europe
GIK Acoustics - Europe
The Moshville Times

Band of the Day: Marialena

Closing the weekend off with another visitor from Greece, and a woman who has recently started her own band. We’re catching them in the early stages, so here’s hoping we get to watch them get bigger as time goes on! Starting a band is a bit of a gamble, but if you like taking a chance then you could do worse than heading to Justuk.club!

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Hello everyone and thanks so much for the interview.  We are from Greece.

How long have you been playing as a band?

Well actually I started my career as a solo artist participating in some bands for collaborations. This is a new band I created for my personal album with excellent musicians and good friends of mine and we are about to begin our lives soon.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

I used my name for the album.

What are your influences?

The composer that influenced me most in the way I see music now was Richard Wagner.  I always was admiring the epic and celtic music. I found them both in his operas. As an opera singer I sang many of his arias, the atmosphere of the music and all his thematology to to with Scandinavian mythology was something really touching. Searching more for his music, a whole world opened for me. I found great composers such as Howard Sor, who wrote the music for Lord of the Rings with a huge influence of Wagner’s music. Bach and Wagner opened the ways for the metal scene, something that you can notice in Blind Guardian’s music and thematology too. I also love Medieval Games’ music which has a touch of epic and fantasy style. Loreena McKennitt is an artist who also influenced me a lot with all that celtic and dreamy composition. Nightwish has some epic and atmospheric symphonic music with more aggressive style but with a soprano voice that can keep a balance between these two.

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Describe your music. What makes you unique?

I could say that my music has a progressive rock and metal style with a symphonic touch. This is an album which can easily be listened to by someone who doesn’t like heavy metal music so much. It is a combination of many different styles, something which makes it unique.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

I can say that many things are included to our music. Our influences are from opera, theatre, literature and all this together make a combination I can call a lyrical theme.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

As I said before this is our beginning with this band. With our experience in stage which counts more that 6 years to each one of us and with the rehearsals we have made, I assure you this is gonna be something very interesting.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

I’ve done nothing wild fortunately and I don’t want to. I don’t like it in some black metal bands like Gorgoroth who use animals skulls or people in crosses painted with red colour. 

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

At the moment we are promoting the album as much as we can and we are getting ready for our live appearances.

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What are your plans for 2020?

The first plan is the official video clip, which I am planning the last two months. It’s going to be something really great. Secondly we are about to begin live appearances and we have started to work on new ideas for our next project.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

I definitely am a huge fan of Nightwish, so my dream is to open this one. Well here is a band from Greece called Meden Agan, their singer is a good friend of mine and also an excellent musician and singer. Their style is very close to ours and it’s gonna be fun to have time with people I like.

Marialena: facebook | instagram | bandcamp | youtube

About The Author

Ross

Described as a gig junkie, can be seen at anything from the Quireboys to Black Label Society and everything in between.

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