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Interview von: arne mit Samuli Peltola, am: 26.10.2013 ]

Die Finnen behalten auf ihrem vierten Longplayer die Stoßrichtung bei, die zuletzt vor zwei Jahren „Abandon All“ geprägt hat. Das bedeutet, dass MEDEIA weiterhin als modern ausgerichtete Death Metal-Kapelle in Erscheinung treten, die in Post-Gefilde vordringt und der die Dichte und Intensität ihrer Soundscapes wichtig sind. „Iconoclastic“ wirkt trotz seines variablen Songwritings kompakt und bissig. Dafür müssen MEDEIA nicht einmal über Gebühr Extrem-Passagen setzen oder frickeln.


Musicscan: Can you perhaps tell us something about the intention and the spirit of Medeia when the band came to be. Has the intention / the spirit changed in any way until today? What kind of philosophy is the basis for what you are doing in 2013?

Medeia: At the time when we started which was about ten years ago, there wasn't all too much aggressive and riffy tech death around, so we decided to do that. The same riff oriented approach is very much still there, but naturally as we try to develop on each album, there's always something we like to add to the mix along the way. Our songs have gotten longer and more melodic, that's probably the most obvious change that has occurred. The main idea at the moment is trying to write big parts and big songs altogether and throw some flashy guitar parts in there, too.

Musicscan: What moments in the bands history for you sum up the whole experience of Medeia so far? And being around as a band with an own identity and vision, does it bother you when you meet kids who ignore you or have a different understanding of what your alternative death metal means to you?

Medeia: We've played with bands like Dillinger Escape Plan, Children of Bodom, Entombed, Ozzy Osbourne, As I Lay Dying and the list goes on, that makes up for one good experience. Another great experience was when we released our previous album, Abandon All. It was the final installation of an album trilogy, which took almost ten years to finish. The record received great reviews and did very well on the album lists, but unfortunately it was noticed almost solely in Finland. A third great experience would be something that we're currently on, i.e. a massive European tour with CoB. We're really hoping to boost our latest album, Iconoclastic, across international boundaries with this one.

Musicscan: Looking on modern and forward thinking metal scene Medeia is part of - you can find lots of sub-scenes and styles, the interests of musicians and listeners is changing all the time. Are there bands you feel connected with that might have a similar agenda to what you have with Medeia?

Medeia: I don't think we have a direct connection with any band. Generally I'd just say that we're a fusion of Swedish death and the more modern American tech death. I do feel a certain connection with bands like The Black Dahlia Murder and Dillinger, but perhaps that's only because I admire them so much.

Musicscan: How do you feel about your place within the metal scene as well as in between tradition and gaining new ground to bring forth what the metal heroes you grew up with did before Medeia were around?

Medeia: I feel we're in between quite many things, really. For us this is not only metal, but basically just any music that comes out naturally, I'm hoping Iconoclastic will bring out this relatively new facet of ours to the public.

Musicscan: Where do you guys see the line drawn between progressing on what you do well, and completely offering a new direction or sound? Especially in the context of your band of course…

Medeia: That's a good question and I think that the answer has to do with taste. Naturally, it's very crucial that all bands develop, if not, they will become irrelevant. The key in my opinion is to progress in a way that you add layers to your own approach, so that you change a little on each album but never forget where you came from.

Musicscan: Do you think it is necessary to create a certain distance between you and the music in order to get a better understanding of its inherent quality – how do you handle such questions?

Medeia: I think distance is required, that's the only thing that helps you to be critical enough of your own music. Albums in this regard are pretty difficult to create as a whole, since you'll spend a lot of time really close to them, and losing perspective is something that is relatively easy. Vision and focus are the key factors.

Musicscan: Iconoclastic is a pretty self confident record. It is intensive and stands somehow outside competition due to the fact you are not following trends. What is your view on the album?

Medeia: Iconoclastic was basically made so, that we gave each song complete freedom to turn out just like it would. There was no major musical theme like on our previous albums, which basically gave us freedom to experiment. If there was a part that sounded good but out of the ordinary, we would keep it and create an entire song based on it.

Musicscan: Do you feel that Medeia has found its own sound already, or is it still evolving?

Medeia: I think we've had our own sound from the very beginning, but of course I'd still like to think that it's developing into something yet unheard of, but interesting.

Musicscan: What are the feelings you get out of what you are doing with Medeia, and is there something you want the people / listeners to leave with?

Medeia: We're forced to create music, and the satisfaction to be able to release albums through a great label is more that we dared to wish for. On live shows, we aim to connect with the crowd and impose our positive energy to everyone in the room, that's our mission. Come see a live show, we won't disappoint :)

Musicscan: Is there something like a guiding line listeners have to know about to get a better understanding of what you are trying to tell them with Iconoclastic?

Medeia: Each song is a story, most times a rather personal one. The theme of the record is to collect these stories together and to share our view on the world through them. Each song is accompanied by a quotation from one of our favourite thinkers to help add some top level context to the songs. Iconoclasm stands for the destruction of man made ideologies and religions, that's a good first thought to bare in mind when you start to read through the lyrics on the record. Even though the album isn't anti-religious, the views and opinions on it are many this very much science and logic based.