Revontulet
04 Apr. 2013

Revontulet


Revontulet is a female fronted Symphonic Metal band from Moscow, Russia. “Revontulet” is the Finnish word for Northern Lights – literally “Fox Fire”. The music of Revontulet combines enchanting mezzo-soprano vocals of Alexandra, powerful rhythm sections, complex orchestral arrangements and catchy melodies.

Bio: Revontulet started to work on their debut album last summer and now they are more than halfway through the recording. For the time being, they have three internet-singles released from the upcoming album.

Alexandra Revontulet (vocalist): For me this journey began a long time before the band was actually formed. I wrote my first song at the age of 14 and I had been dreaming of my own band ever since.  After few years of studying music, sound producing and classical vocal, I found the courage to gather the band. So I posted an ad on one of the most popular Russian music sites.

Sergey Zorg (drums): And I posted my ad there too.  At that time I played in other band. But I always wanted to play in a band with a female vocalist, so I was looking for a symphonic or gothic female-fronted band.

Alexandra: So that’s how the first line-up was formed. It changed many times. Nowadays only Sergey and I are the original members of Revontulet.

AlexandraGenre: Alexandra: I don’t think I “chose” this genre. I’d say that’s the way I feel the music, the way I hear it in my head when I write it.

Sergey:  As I said before, I always loved female-fronted bands. I also like symphonic music, but it’s sometimes tiresome, so the metal part makes it more attractive.

Ideas about the album: Alexandra:  It’s too early to judge because the full-length album is not finished yet. But I’m sure that the symphonic part will be great! As to improvement, well, every musician always thinks that he could play just a little bit better J

Evolution of musical and thematic elements: Alexandra:  Well, it’s a hard thing to say… I believe that inspiration is the most important thing, and I guess, nobody really knows how this state appears… That is the moment when I hear a melody in my mind, and I then I try to catch it and make it sound as close to that idea as possible.

Sergey:  Then we start working on the rhythm section, and step by step, the song takes its final form.

Lyrics and themes: Alexandra: Well, I suppose, there are basically only three themes to write about: life, love and death. And any combination of them.   

Reception: Alexandra: For the time being we’ve received a very positive feedback. But, as I mentioned above, we have to wait until the release of the debut album to draw conclusions.

Preference; live or studio: Alexandra:  I think, both of them are exciting. But I personally prefer to be on studio. That’s more naturally for a soundman in me J

Sergey: These are two interrelated processes, it’s  impossible to do the one without the other.

Next step; live or studio: Alexandra: We’re going to perform some gigs in the next months in Moscow.  And we surely will play an on-line concert for our international fans again! So stay tuned for the updates!

Sergey: And feel free to invite us to your country! We’ll consider all offers! 😉

Future plans: Alexandra: Interesting question! The debut album, then composing new stuff, then the second album… and so on! Also I dream about making a live DVD with a real orchestra…

Composers: Alexandra: I write all the music and lyrics, and in addition, I make the symphonic arrangements and mixing of the album.

Inspirations: Alexandra: When I was younger, mostly Nightwish and Lacrimosa. Now I’m interested in classical and neoclassical music.

Sergey: I like very different music: from Metallica, Pink Floyd, Theatre of Tragedy to Wagner and Bach.

Preference; cater to the audience or music for its own sake: Alexandra: Actually, I don’t think about the reaction of the audience. I just create the music trying to make it beautiful, in hope that people will love it.

Sergey: Both are important. You have to write and play music you like. It’s great if this music finds the audience!

Greatest Accomplishment: Alexandra: It’s yet to come! J

Sergey: When I went into the woods, cut down a branch and made my first drumsticks!

Anything else? Thanks for the interview! Thanks to all our fans and supporters! Check out latest updates on our FaceBook and Official Site.

 

Listen to them here!

Or at their ReverbNation. Now, they are crowsourcing for their debut album and if you like what you hear here, check here to give them a hand

Cheers!

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