Our first Headline Act of the month comes from the Czech Republic. And there are lots of them!
Hi, Rosa Nocturna is a symphonic power metal band from Brno, the heart of Moravia in the Czech Republic.
How did you meet?
Well, as it is usual, band members have changed over time. There is one original member: Tonda Buček, guitarist, composer, and manager. Other members came to the band based on advertisements or they were contacted by other band members.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Even though Rosa Nocturna is quite an old band, we have been playing together since 2017. Before it was quite an ordinary band. But with the release of the album Za hradbami času we started to take the music more seriously. The band started to work on a professional level and promote themselves more seriously.
We released another album, several singles, and many videos.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Rosa Nocturna is from Latin and it means The Night Rose. It meant to be something mysterious, something beautiful, and also something dangerous. That should characterize the music of Rosa Nocturna.
That was the idea behind it.
What are your influences?
Nightwish, Epica, Avantasia, Edguy, and generally also those that can be called classics of symphonic power metal. But I always add that we don’t want to be very inspired by other bands because we don’t want to copy anyone. We want to go our own way, we just always somehow fit into the genre of these bands.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Rosa Nocturna emphasizes interesting vocal lines, rich symphonic orchestrations and strong guitar riffs in their songs. Lyrics tell captivating stories, romantic ballads or mythical epics. They try to convey the positive vibe and invite listeners to contemplate.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Yes, we have. The lyrics will take you to the old-times, describing forgotten stories and myths. Together with unusual instruments, like harp, dulcimer, Chinese flutes we bring an ancient atmosphere of the Middle Ages. We also have some lyrics reminiscent of traditional Czech folklore.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We try to make our shows unique. They are more than just a metal concert, it is an enjoyment for us! Our production involves stage design, fog, costumed band members, and extensive interaction with the audience.
We played many shows all over our republic and we are very excited about future shows, hopefully even abroad.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Well, because we attend other concerts and festivals for many years we have seen almost everything done on stages. From blood, storm, to epic productions and crazy people.
Concerning ourselves, once we used our fog machine so intensively that we filled the whole club with fog. Before we finished we hadn’t seen even the first line of our fans. Since then, we are more careful with the fog so as not to discourage our fans.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Our guitarists use Hughes & Kettner amplifiers for our rehearsals. For stage performance we use LINE 6 Helix. It is more practical. Concerning the instruments, they use custom made guitars.
Our bass guitarist uses Aguilar amplifiers and a successful copy of D’Olivera bass guitar.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We are a very busy band. We’re still doing something. Just last two months we released two music videos. Currently, we are finishing our video clip “Of Love, Of War, Of Blood”. The video is already released in the Czech language, but now we are going to release an English version. We have another lyric video ready for releasing and we are also working on the English version of our latest album Angels and Beasts.
What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?
A new lyric video is already prepared and will be released probably in July, after the video Of love, of war, of blood. In the next few months, we are going to release our latest album Andělé a bestie (Angels and beast) completely in English. Last but not least we are planning a new videoclip. It will be made in the exterior with actors and huge production, so we are looking forward to it.
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!
If a dream comes true, we would like to play with bands mentioned as our influences. Nightwish, Epica, Avantasia, and so on.
But we are open to play with any band that is willing to play with us. We are open for any opportunity to perform. For the second part of the question, we are not finicky. Any band can open for us. If that is in our hands, we would be happy to help other bands.