OCTOBER 28th 2011
MetalTitans got an exclusive chance to do a written interview with Vancouver's own, Scythia. We spoke to Dave Khan(vocalist/guitarist) about their new album, "...of Exile", but also about their inspiration and how life on the road truly is for them, a band who is beginning to make a name for themselves. Dont miss your chance to check out Scythia at their next show here in Vancouver BC. on Nov. 19th at the Rickshaw Theatre. Check out Interview Below !!!!
1) Now, when you guys toured some cities across Canada over the past couple weeks or so, how was that experience been for you guys, compared to the time before this?
Beautiful. We are starting to get the hang of touring so our shows are seeing higher attendance. Not to mention, repeat fans who are singing with the first album from the first time we came through.
2)While touring, are there certain things you miss about being home, and certain things you love about being on the road?
The freedom from routine is a big plus for being on the road. In fact, it even outweighs the lack of nutrition and rough lifestyle that we all experience. I'd say that the touring experience is one of great joy and fulfillment for us in Scythia.
3) You guys have released “Voice of the Sword” last Friday, how have the fans been responding to the track so far?
Mixed. Not as frothing at the mouth as For the King. It seems to garner a better response when we play it live.
4) Now your newest record, “…Of Exile” , what kind of ideas or thoughts inspired the creation of this record? What inspired you for guitars and vocals?
Clearly, this was unresolved notions of fantasy that were making their way out of collective unconscious. I feel like we have made our fantasy metal statement and people can expect a different theme on our future releases. Guitar playing is heavily influenced by bands like Dream Theatre, Symphony X, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Angra, Children of Bodom and Yngwie Malmsteen. Vocally, I love Iron Maiden, Steve Grimmett, Deep Purple, Royal Hunt and Aeterna (yes, they are a local band but Ruddy's pipes are awesome!).
5) The cover artwork that has been online so far, what was the inspiration behind it?
The main themes in the album. Suppose you'll have to listen to it or read a review to get a decent synopsis as I'm a little too sleepy to do a decent job right now.
6) Now you recently came upon newer stage gear, involving armour and thick leather plates and arms gauntlets, which, this company also made the gear for Tyr, Dimmu Borgir, and numerous others. How did this working relationship come about?
Morgan (Oboe Player of Death)... She used to play oboe at Renaissance fairs for Digger (the leather-smith) to draw people to his booth. In return, he made her the piece she wears. However, Terry and I had to turn a good coin to get ours made.
7) You guys have shared the stage with some pretty big names like Warrel Dane, Vreid, Necronomicon, and more. That being said, is there bands you would die to tour with, but haven’t had a chance to yet?
It would be fun to tour with Turisas... Oh god, it would be like Halloween every night of the tour!
Thank you Dave for doing this interview for MetalTitans, before we finish, is there anything you would like to say or send to the fans?
Thanks for embracing our zany and unconventional approach to music. The fans are what remind us that the sacrifices of DIY music are worthy. Also please feel free to pick up our album at the following links and like us on Facebook.