Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Polynove Pole Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new EP?

Hail to all metalheads and "DoomToGrind" readers!
Since the release of this EP we have presented it on 2 live gigs, given several metalzine interviews, also highlighted it in the Internet ourselves, and finally this spring signed up with ukrainian label "Moon Records". Nowadays we are working on new songs for the next release. It's going to be another one full-length album, planned to be recorded in 2019.

2. A few months back you released a new EP, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording, and also how does it differ from the stuff you had released in the past?

Musical critics have mostly described it as gothic metal or melodic doom/death. We agree with both versions. Music has become heavier and more melodic comparing to early albums. That's because of some stuff changes, that happened in 2016. You can find acoustic guitar and piano parts there. We are satisfied with how it sounds, as we've payed a lot of attention to recording and mixing process.

3. This is your first release since 2009, can you tell us a little more about what was going on during that time span?

Our pre-last EP was released in January 2010, and after that there was a long hiatus in a band's history due to divergence in views, how it should sound and what it should be in general. During all that time some of us were playing in different bands, but I constanly had an aim to reborn "Polynove Pole" with a stuff even better than before. So, now we have 2 new band members - a keyboardist and a drummer, and their playing manner and skills have changed our sound significally.

4. Your lyrics cover Philosophy, Mysticism and Dark Romanticism, can you tell us a little more about your interest in those topics?
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Lyrics of any music is based on inner feeling and impressions of its author, his general worldview. From a very young age I have been interested in everything hidden, unknown, non-material, let's say so. My home library mostly consists of books about religions, esotheric, ancient traditions, mythologies. Together with a lot of personal dramas in a young age, it formed this style of poetry. Now, being grown-up, I'm far not so impressionable, but all that is still a part of me.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Polynove Pole'?

"Polynove Pole" is a "Wormwood Field" in Ukrainian. Here in Ukraine, we have a famous proverb, which says "To live a life is not to come across a field". It means that our lifetime on Earth is much more difficult than just a common journey. Some kind of philosophy. Once long ago I wrote a poem named like this, later it was used as lyrics for the very first song of a newly created metal band, and than even became the band's name.

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

The best I liked was a "return" of a band in December 2017, we even filmed it and mounted on 5 cameras. You can find it on YouTube. I felt incredible emotions during that hour on stage, as it was a real band's reborn. Three or more years ago no one would believe this could happen. But we did it.
One more live show to remember was in 2009, when except playing the bass I had to sing on the stage for the first time. The crowd was nearly 3000 of people, so I it was a challenge, nice to recall today.

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We have already performed several live shows this year here in Ukraine after album was released. And some more are planned for this summer and autumn. But no big touring plans until we finish the next full-length album.

8. You are currently unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

This is a little outdated information, this spring we have signed up with Ukrainian label "Moon Records". This is the oldest label in Ukraine, covering not only metal, but a wide range of musical styles. They sell album via most popular internet shops, the link you can find below.

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by the fans of goth, doom and death metal?

For this moment mostly good responses. Thanks to "Grand Sound promotion" agency, the album was highlighted in metalzines and music websites of Europe. Most attention was to renewed stuff, new band members, finally the fact of unexpected comeback after seven years break. But it is not a reason to relax, we believe our best tracks are still waiting to be written and recorded.

10. Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Yes, sure. Our drummer Sergiy has his own metal project "Dragma", also using female vocals. The keyboardist Andriy plays in an electronic band named "Lesyk Sam" and along with that takes part in studio black metal project "Eskapism". He is a really good musician and isn't limited with some only music style. And Marianna constantly performs on stage of Philharmonic with orchestras, jazz bands, some variety stuff, because music is her profession for a life.

11. When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading in musically during the future?

We already have most of the music for our next album, like drafts or some junks it needs to be finished and arranged. Then lyrics should be written. In general, we expect to finish all the work and record the album in 2019, but earlier or later - time will tell. It depends on our personal circumstances and on inspiration, of cource.

12. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

As we noticed, bands we like have changed too, comparing to early years. It's a normal thing for any creative process. In 90-th and early 2000-th we could see men on stage in leather with nails, or female singers in long medieval dresses. It looked like some common dresscode. Today most of them look more serious, maybe laconic and wise. A good example is Ihsahn from Emperor: he changed teenage-oriented raw black metal to real guitar art, performed by a grown-up man.

13. What are some of your non musical interests?

Hmm, nice question. It's hard to say, because music is a dominating interest for each of us. The guitarist Yuriy is a sculptor and a painter, also working as a photographer, the bassist/vocalist Andriy works in a software company and takes part in homeless cats resque, the drummer Sergiy is a sound engineer on a radio station, he likes girls and the Playstation. The vocalist Marianna is of Hungarian origin, she is a singer in Lviv Philharmonic and the Organ Hall, in free time she helps her husband in their hotel business.

14. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Stay metal, support good bands and listen to the right music. See you on stage!

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