Rise of Avernus vocalist, Ben VanVollenhoven talks about upcoming EP, ‘Dramatis Personae,’ new line-up, and reveals information about a new full-length album.
By Mandy Craig.
Sydney’s doom metal band, Rise of Avernus are releasing their new EP, Dramatis Personae March 30, through label Aural Music/Code666.
The EP, Dramatis Personae is revealed to have five tracks; the third track, Acta Est. Fabula features guest vocals from Grutle Kjellson of Enslaved.
The band recently premiered track, An Alarum of Fate mid February via media site, No Clean Singing. The song teases an orchestral atmosphere hinting at a fated darkened journey that awaits listeners when they blast Dramatis Personae through their headphones.
Guitarist/vocalist, Ben VanVollenhoven expresses the band’s excitement and anticipation of the year ahead, explaining how he feels Rise of Avernus has evolved.
“What we are most looking forward to as a band this year is sharing the new material with our audiences. We have all evolved as musicians, and the chemistry between us (both on and off the stage) has never felt better.”
Rise of Avernus also welcomed vocalist/keyboardist, Mares Refalaeda into the line-up last year, making this her first appearance in the band’s newest release.
Talking to Ben, he discusses all things Rise of Avernus, Dramatis Personae, and hints at a second full-length album.
Q: Rise of Avernus, you have a new EP ready to be released at the end of the month. What can you tell us about it?
The new release is entitled Dramatis Personae, which directly translates to ‘Persons of the drama’. It’s a phrase used to refer collectively to the main characters in a dramatic work. We felt the name best reflected the lyrical content and overall concept of the EP, as our sound has become more refined with topics such as dealing with two-faced liars and parasites disguised as people; the cessation of indoctrinated ways of thinking, realising the truths behind religious establishments and their pipe dreams; ideations are prevalent.
Q: Is there a particular concept or story conveyed through the new release?
Each track tells its own story and carries with it a different message. We think it best for the listener to tune in, use their imagination and journey to that inner world to create their own interpretation.
Q: How do you feel this EP will differ from your debut album L’appel du Vide?
Musically, it is a step in a different direction from L’appel du vide, as we focused more on the heavier and darker aspects of Rise of Avernus. This release has a much more organic feel to it, and we believe it more accurately reflects where we all are, both personally and as musicians. The tracks were also written with our live performances in mind.
Q: Dramatis Personae also introduces a new line-up with keyboardist/vocalist, Mares Refalaeda, who joined Rise of Avernus September last year. What can your fans expect to hear in this forthcoming release?
Mares brings something quite unique to Rise of Avernus, as anyone that may have heard any previous projects she has worked on would agree.
She brings with her a level of musicianship and professionalism, which was previously lacking; which to all of us is a breath of fresh air. (Laughs)
“We felt the name best reflected the lyrical content and overall concept of the EP.”
Q: What are your favourite tracks off the EP and why?
My favourite tracks from the EP are: Acta Est. Fabula, a song written about a religious war, in which Grutle Kjellson lends his talents with guest vocals and spoken word, and, In The Absence Of Will. The fastest and heaviest song on the EP, also in which Mares makes her vocal debut.
Q: When do you see a new Rise of Avernus album being released?
A full-length album will follow sometime in 2016. We can’t give you an exact date as it is currently still being written. But rest assured, if you enjoy Dramatis Personae, you will love it.
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