A1. Our band was formed in June, 2009 by by the members of different local bands. We’d all been the perticipants of various local formations for that moment but we wanted to try something new. As a result, we decided to express ourselves through implementation of Technical Progressive Death Metal act. Then we saw that it was good and agreed to continue together :)
Q2. How would you describe your musical sound?
A2. Just metal :) That’ll be a hyperbole if I say our sound is unique but sometimes i think that’s sick enough: we’ve mixed Technical Progressive Death Metal with some elements of Classical Heavy, some notes of fusion etc. We don’t cause ouselves intentionally, just make what we want, free and easy.
Q3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
A3. Lyrics are chain of stories about civilization that went a wrong path of consumption, stupidity and greed and as a result harvested all the consequences one may imagine: wars, horrible epidemics, starvation, voilence outbreaks and so on. Those stories are innuendo for all of us as we see the same tendentions nowadays.
Q4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
A4. The name of our band (Aruna Azure in the very beginning by the way) was a figment of our guitar player, Max War-M. The main idea was about distant human-like beings living in another galaxy. They destroyed themselves one day, and humanity is repeating their path nowadays. My function was just to make a coherent chain of happenings and classify them in short stories that became a base for lyrics.
Q5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
A5. Really best shows are ahead, I’m sure. Our stage performance is a dialog with audience and detached immersion into alloy of melodies and some visual affirmations. We always do our best to let people know that thay see a really good band which may tell them a lot. Certainly, we let all the energy, all the fury and sadness explode during the show. Maybe there’s no magic behind our tunes at all but nobody stays indifferent as well.
Q6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
A6. We’ve got some plans to show our album alive around September or maybe October 2013. But details will be clear a bit later.
Q7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?
A7. There’ll always be three basic options for evaluation: “Positive”, “Negative” and “Neutral”. Fortunately or not but I may say that Aruna Azura is warmly accepted by audience principally. There are some parallels and comparsions of course but that’s a necessary evil for rather young band like ours.
Q8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
A8. There are other musical projects where we participate (eg. The Unhallowed and Deva Obida) which are all-sufficient and full-featured bands. Nevertheless, there’s nothing to lose for Aruna Azura in time or line up aspects. So, our band is fully armed along with that.
Q9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
A9. Our future direction and style may become a surprise for ourselves. We’ve never tried to adhere to rules of making music according to some canons, just do what we like. By the way, we’ve started a preproduction recording process for our next release not so long ago. In my opinion that’s something different from our debut album.
Q10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
A10. Well, there’s a really great range of names and styles that i’m listening to nowadays so i can itemize them across several pages :) But I guess I may specialize some of them: Black Sabbath (kinda trend, yep? :), Megadeth, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Motley Crue, Paradise Lost etc. made our course one day. Nowadays we prefer to listen to different styles, not only metal at all. There are so many talanted musicians regardless of what they play, from flamenko up to grindcore, from lounge up to the most dark waves of powernoise, IDM, drum’n’bass and industrial. I just may say one thing: almost every day I find something new, something special and I’m really pleased that music goes on and never stops it’s evolution.
Q11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
A11. Frankly speaking, music is not the only one in our lives. We’ve all got regular jobs and other interests of course, such as winter sports: our region lets us enjoy skiing and snowboarding for almost 5 months a year. We’re not sedentary beings. Especially our drummer, Alex T.Age, he’s a real travelling fan. Also I’m in process of writing a novel and who knows maybe one day that stuff will say hello to a world.
Q12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
A12. I’d like to say to everyone reading this message: just be fair with yourselves, remember who you are. Realize every moment of your life is special and remeber: we aint got 1000 years to live so some mistakes may be irrevesible. Love music like it loves you. Stay tuned!