Interview with MISTY GREY
Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:
The musical concepto is an evolution of our previous album; doom metal with a very obvious Black Sabbath influence above the rest. But in this case, we’ve used more our blues influences, and the sound has a more classic heavy metal vibe. In addition to that, the incorporation of Bea has opened us a new range of possibilities in the vocal plane.
Fans can expect classic doom metal with a strong Black Sabbath influence, and in this case, also blues influence (but a very dark blues). A very natural sound (what you hear is what we play, no tricks), and a well developed album in terms of details, arrangements… An evolution of the previous staff, trying to avoid unnecessary experiments.
Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?
Of course. Our idea always has been playing doom in its most classical way, but with the obvious reference of Black Sabbath. Some classic doom bands are influenced by the great names of the genre, like Pentagram, Saint Vitus… but they lose the focus of the true godfathers of the genre. So that’s our intention. Our reference is first Black Sabbath, and then the rest.
How does your writing process normally work out?
Usually Juan (guitar) or Robin (bass guitar) bring the songs, and over those we all start making changes. The drums change, voices change… is a work where everyone of us do our bit to help, even if the weight is over Juan and Robin.
What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?
We want to push our band where people carry us. Our most close goal is being able to play outside of Spain.
What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?
Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Saint Vitus, Candlemass, Trouble, Revelation, Cathedral… the big names of doom metal. It’s useless to list them, because nowadays everyone knows them. It’s important to point out that all of us have played in extreme metal bands and even if it’s not voluntary, you can hear that in the band. We’ve played in bands of death metal, sludge, grindcore… and we’re all great fans of that genres.
What’s next for you?
First of all, prepare the new album release shows, as our aim is to play it in its entirety. Besides that, we’re already composing new songs. Typically, the composition process is quite slow (you can note all the time that has passed since our previous album), but we like to start playing some new songs live before releasing it. So we can see how do them work and modify them little by little until we feel everything’s ready.
Answers by: JAVIER FERNÁNDEZ LUENGO