Genre: Death metal / Thrash metal
Band members: Bass:Joni
1.How the band started?
Khiral’s history dates back to the end of 2008, when our bassist Joni, original drummer Pete and then vocalist Mari were looking for a guitarist. Matti found their ad on a musicians’ forum and became immediately interested in the style that Mari described as something with heavy guitar riffs and no specific stylistic limitations. Mari sent Matti a single melodic vocal track from which Matti made the band’s first song, before even hearing the first drum beat! The style at that time was still a bit more rock-oriented, but there were some metal elements too. Also, being brought up by his hometown’s vibrant punk and hardcore scene, it was only natural for Matti to bring some of the rhythmic elements of modern metallic hardcore into the mix. And that’s how it all started. Even though the “boys” noticed later on that they preferred the heavier stuff, whereas Mari wanted to proceed with a more melodic approach and ended up leaving the band, the genre-free style of writing music remained. The path definitely hasn’t been the clearest one, and there have been quite a few setbacks, but finally in 2016 we’re happy to see positive things happening.
2.Which band is your role model?
It’s impossible to name just one. Musically there are such interesting chameleons as Lamb of God, Pantera and Machine Head that must have definitely affected our songwriting, since those guys have done it the hard way and created their own style. But then again there are those “old schoolers” such as Behemoth who really have shown their capability to adapt to the 2010s, not just musically but also by demystifying all that rock’n’roll bullshit that used to be the norm before the internet and social media. And of course, to be honest, being part of the generation that’s grown up with early Metallica, Megadeth and Sepultura must have left its mark too.
3.What do You think about today’s metal scene?
It’s nice to see that not everybody’s playing old school, and there are totally new subgenres being born. Of course there’s still plenty of room for those old school bands as well, and from an artistic point of view it might be even harder to make traditional thrash/death/black/younameit metal and still differ enough from other bands.
4.How would you describe in one sentence your work?
When the easiest way is not good enough, haha!
5.Why did you decide to play this musical direction?
It was never a real decision, or at least nobody said it out loud. Perhaps it was just natural to start playing heavy riffs and beats, and to mix styles as the band consisted of people with quite different musical backgrounds. At some point we just settled to the fact that we can’t put a label on our music, but let it speak for itself instead. We’re still evolving and hopefully will always be.
6.Where would you most like to play a concert?
Anywhere with like-minded audience who’ve come to search for musical inspiration instead of just beer and pizza. Yes, we know, in Finland every band has to play at least one gig in a crappy pizzeria with a handful of people yelling at you to turn it down.
7.Do you think that the metal festivals are enough visited?
What is enough depends on the organizers and their sense of realism. In Finland there seems to be a metal festival almost every summer weekend, but the gut feel is that there’s still plenty of audience considering we’re a relatively small country and the tickets are not that cheap.
8.What are you listening to the most right now?
Of course the old time favorites will always stay on our playlists, and not just from metal, but also stuff like Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Alice in Chains and Faith No More, just to name a few. When it comes to new music, we tend to be quite picky. You no longer get that easily interested in bands whose style is too close to another one’s, unless they’ve really found their way of doing it by their own rules. For example we have these young talents like Lost Society, who make old school thrash metal, but with exceptional attitude and energy. Guess you could throw Brazilian Nervosa into that bucket as well.
9.What would you say to your fans?
Hold on guys and girls, we’re coming! It’s been over four years already since our last show, and what we remember of that gig is that it was a full house but nobody dared to get 5 meters closer to our apparently intimidating frontlady, haha. We still had a blast! Well, the situation was unclear for a long time after Tiina left the band, but in 2016 we decided that we have to do this now or never. And we’re NOT going to limit this thing to places at a driving distance, so beware, we might be visiting even Your neighborhood shortly.
10.What are your plans for the future?
We want to play gigs, because that’s where you really feel alive, and there are not too many things you can do with your clothes on that feel as good as presenting something you’ve put your heart and soul into. Also, we’re releasing a few more songs in the near future, maybe an EP. Current two released singles Orphanage and UltravioleNt are free to listen and download on the internet, and that’s basically something we 30+ guys have had to realize, that you can’t nowadays hide your music behind the copyrights and share it to only those who’re willing to pay for it. Physical copies tend to have mostly sentimental value for the people of our generation, and almost none for the younger, but let’s see. We might even surprise ourselves and release an album, because it’s certainly not about the lack of material.
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