Please give us an introduction to Warseid! I understand that ‘Where Fate Lies Unbound’ is your debut album? What is the history of your band?
We are based in Madison, WI and have been together since summer of 2008. We started as a three piece with a very specific focus on folk metal, but as we grew over the years and gained more members we branched out into different genres and really stopped encompassing any particular one. We released a few demo’s and an EP before ‘Where Fate Lies Unbound’ but they reflect a very different musical style than what we have been writing since. ‘Where Fate Lies Unbound’ is what we consider our debut.
The album is self-released, yes? Why the decision to release it this way? With the quality of the material, I am surprised that more than a few labels have not approached you…
Yes, WFLU is entirely self-funded. We decided to release this way because we want to, as a band, have 100% control of the process. We haven’t made a strong effort to contact labels at this point, but with this new release we fully intend to reach out to labels and examine offers.
The bio accompany your promo mentioned a desire for Warseid to ‘raise the bar’ on ‘Where Fate…’ from previous demos. What does this mean, in relation to your past efforts and as a band?
For one, all of our previous demos were of poor recording quality, so we wanted to raise the bar with that, obviously. I think everyone does. But what we really meant by “raising the bar” is that we wanted to set a higher standard when it comes to our song writing. That is, we wanted our sound to be of much higher caliber than typical song structures found in most metal bands today. You know: “intro/verse/chorus/etc.” I guess we want to raise the bar by not having any single part of a song we write be uninteresting.
How does Warseid plan on raising the bar again after such a staggering debut such as ‘Where Fate…’? How does the band stay fresh with writing songs and performing live?
We have a lot of new songs in the works and we are very happy with the way they are shaping up. They are more dynamic than WFLU but they maintain the same feel. We are incorporating more complex symphonic parts, particularly with stringed instruments, and much of the material presents a faster, more powerful sound. One thing we won’t do is sit on a particular sound. We are continuously evolving musically. The biggest thing we do to keep live shows interesting is continue improving our sound. Our songs are evolving (even the recorded ones) so you hear something a bit different each time, and we like to have fun. Sometimes we even switch around the band line up!
What is the live aspect of Warseid? How would you describe a Warseid show?
We take our music very seriously, but we don’t take ourselves seriously at all. We play to the absolute best of our ability, and we have fun doing it.
Is your material better suited for the studio or the stage? Why?
Recordings provide us the opportunity to present our music in an ‘ideal’ form which is wonderful. You get to hear each song and instrument as it was intended, but it doesn’t have the same organic feel that you get from a live performance. Our songs also continue to evolve after we record them, so you never quite get a final version on the disc. I guess it depends on your preference as a listener which sound you prefer.
There is an exceptional amount of musical ability poured into this release, from shredding guitar solos, tight-as-a-drum rhythm sections and a great sense of song progression and writing. What was the goal of ‘Where Fate…’ when you began laying out all the pieces?
Our goal was to create a concept EP that was interesting compositionally and lyrically. We exist to write music, and we wanted to fulfill that purpose. That’s really all there is to it!
From where does Warseid derive musical influence? The music has obvious ‘folk’ influences and the lyrics of ‘Farewell’ are telling of your passion, but I must ask, as it is uncommon for USA bands to contain such subject matter.
Our original influences are the darker ‘folk metal’ bands such as Moonsorrow and Thyrfing, and we take influence from them still, but we are inspired by a great number of groups and genres from black metal to classical music. It’s difficult to say exactly where our influence is focused at this point.
How long were these songs in ‘writing mode’? How much did the change when entering the studio with producer Cory Scheider?
The four parts in WFLU were being written for about a year or so. I think over a year? I remember when we had just begun writing Shackles Through Sand and that was around February 2011. So yeah, about a year. When we finally got into the studio in May 2012, a few riffs were altered a bit, some runs, and there was a lot of on the spot writing to fill in some space that we didn’t realize was there until we began recording. In the end, though, what was recorded was very close to what we had written in the previous year.
What was the recording process like? Did you obsess over details or was it more of a ‘live’ album?
We always obsess over details. It takes us quite a long time to finalize most parts of songs because we go into a very long reiterative phase. Everything has to be spot on, but at the same time, perhaps paradoxically, we also want that feeling of authenticity that “live” sort of albums create.
Tell me a bit about the cover art and how it fits into your vision of the album!
The album artwork is special to us. We hired Marta Sokolowska (http://weremoon.deviantart.com/) to do the artwork, but we didn’t tell her what to create. Instead, we gave her the lyrics and asked her to come up with artwork based off that.
What does the near future hold for Warseid?
Hopefully great things! haha. Currently, we’re booking a small winter tour around the Midwest with some good friends of ours, and writing new material. That’s the our state currently: Warseid is cyclical. During the fall and spring months, we’re all busy attending colleges, but during the winter and summer months, we try and play live as much as we can. We also have some big plans for next summer, and a full length is somewhere on the horizon. A lot is on its way down the pike.
The last words are yours!
We appreciate you taking the time to interview us!