DROPS OF HEART (from l-r): Vadim Nizamov (guitar), Igor Barschevskiy (guitar), Denis Fahrislamov (vocals), Artem Gabbasov (drums)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Russia is not often a country many would associate with having a strong metal scene, but Drops of Heart are one of the outfits determined to prove those doubters wrong.
Hailing from the city of Ufa, sandwiched between the Volga River and Ural Mountains, the four-piece have been impressing many in their homeland these last couple of years with a modern, deeply atmospheric sound containing harsh vocals, catchy melodies and Russian character.
The band spoke to me recently, following the release of their maxi-single ‘Starlight’.
How did the band get together initially?
Some members of the band had played together before. For example, our drummer Artem and guitarist Vadim have been playing together since they were school friends. And in 2013, three years after the disintegration of the first Drops of Heart line-up, vocalist Den decided to restart band activity. In that time, he was the singer in the band while Vadim was the bass player. So that’s how it started.
How did Drops of Heart come about as your name?
It’s a very ordinary story. One of Den’s favourite songs has a very similar title. Also, our name perfectly shows the essence of our music – through our songs, we give you a part of us, no matter how trite it may sound.
Which bands/artists have served as major influences on your music?
We love very different music and this fact certainly affects our songs. It’s definitely Scandinavian and Finnish melodic metal (In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Insomium, Omnium Gatherum), post-rock and post-metal (Maybeshewill, This Will Destroy You, Mono, Alcest, Deafheaven), some black and death metal (Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Anaal Nathrakh, Fallujah), modern metal and metalcore (Parkway Drive, Architects), a bunch of neoclassical music, ambient and soundtracks.
What is the band’s approach to songwriting?
We have two composers in the band – our guitarists Vadim and Igor. They write music at home, show drafts to the band, and each of the members improve their parts. We don’t have a lot of songs composed by the whole band.
Where would you say the inspiration comes from for your lyrics?
From everywhere and especially from actions and thoughts of other people and ourselves. Anger and depression without any reason, wasting of time, strength of will. We don’t want to show only a dark or optimistic side of human life – it’s a very versatile thing and we are trying to say as much about this as possible.
How is the experience of playing live?
Live performances are one of the most important things in a band’s life. Unfortunately, we don’t have many possibilities to spend a lot of time on the road, but we try to compensate for it with studio recordings and releases. And if we are on the stage, we lay ourselves out to the audience.
What have you got lined up in the near future?
We’ve just released a maxi-single and after that, we’ll be starting work on an album. Huge work awaits us, so all our forces will be directed exactly there.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
After the release of the album, we want to spread it over the world. We really hope that people in many countries will be able to appreciate it despite the Russian lyrics. And, of course, tours.
‘STARLIGHT’, THE NEW MAXI-SINGLE FROM DROPS OF HEART IS AVAILABLE NOW FROM iTunes, GOOGLE PLAY, BANDCAMP, SPOTIFY & AMAZON.
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