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Edge Of Haze combines elements of metal music with progressive composition, deep atmospheres and strong melodies to create a unique aural blend. Force and serenity.
Dynamics and atmospheres. Modern sound and an open-minded approach. The keywords above describe especially well what Edge Of Haze is all about. Formed in 2010, the Finnish four-piece has released three albums to date.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Eero: As of late the biggest piece of news has certainly been the release of our new album “Deluge” which came out November 12th! It was really cool to finally release the album after a few quieter years due to mandatory military services and such. The next big things will be the release of our second music video from the album and an album-release show in Helsinki, both to be announced soon! We also have many plans for future releases already and it shouldn’t be too long when we’ll release some new music again now that we’ve gotten up to speed again.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Eero: The band in it’s current form has been together since 2011 but before that me and Janne already had some musical endavours in our early teens which then evolved into what Edge Of Haze is today. We even went to a studio and recorded some songs at the age of 11 and 12 and those are some rarities that even I don’t think I have anymore.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Eero: The girls and the money. No but seriously, the main motivation is and always has been purely the love for creating music. Everyone in the band contributes to the compositions and the arrangements and I think we’ve all loved giving birth to new songs from a very early age. It’s one of the best feelings when a song of yours reaches a listener who then gets chills from it. And of course playing live is pretty damn fun too.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Eero: Most of us have attended music schools from an early age and played classical instruments there. I played classical double bass for a long time but over the years realized that I couldn’t play my favorite kind of heavy music with a big ass double bass so I pleaded my parents to buy me a guitar, an electric bass and a Metallica – Black Album bass note book. Now being a little bit older I realize that the classical background can still be heard on some of our new stuff as we’re really keen on mixing orchestral and choral parts with the distorted guitars. Akseli and I are actually still studying for a master’s degree in music in the Sibelius Academy of the University of Arts in Helsinki.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Eero: This is actually a really great question as for us one of the main focal points is to create visions inside the listeners head. When I’m songwriting I’m picturing a mini-movie inside my head: some inspiring place or moment that I want to tell about with music and words. We’ve always loved the cinematic storytelling aspect of songwriting which you can hear pretty clearly from our previous album “Illumine” which is a concept album from start to finish. It tells a story of a person escaping from a dystopic, highly controlled city into the wild.
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals?
Eero: Our goal is to play more shows and definitely perform abroad. As much as we love our home country the music scene for a modern progressive metal isn’t too big in Finland, so it would be a great next step to play our first show somewhere else in Europe for example. We also have a shitload of new material written that we can’t wait to put our heads around and publish to the fellow music-lovers out there.
XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
Eero: Our goal is to someday be able to create music and travel new places and somehow, even though the music industry has changed a lot, make a living out of it. The most important part though is that we could someday reach all those who love music like this around the world, share our creations with them and hear what they think. We’ve got a few passionate people following from Colombia, the United States and Brazil for example and it’s so cool that the universal language of music can speak to people from across the world. We’d love to be the messengers in that.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Eero: Shit, this is a tough one. I will say writing new songs ’cause then you get to play them live for an audience, heh.
XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Eero: Our themes vary from drug obsession to rising waters and climate change to dying loved ones. Usually the setup for our stories come from a pretty dark place. Life isn’t always about death and destruction so we try to keep the spectrum wide and that’s why want to also tell stories like “Unlearn” (from our previous album) which is all about breaking free, starting over and having trust in yourself.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Eero: Heh, I gotta say no. Some crazy stuff has happened for sure but I’m almost certain I would start losing friends pretty quick if I told them here as they can be quite embarrassing… This one story I can tell, which is from shooting our first music video for “Black Lakes”: We went to a field to shoot some clips of the whole band playing. The field is close to a farmhouse and I’m actually pretty sure we were trespassing on their lands as well. We started putting our gear together and Janne realizes that he has forgot his drum seat to our rehearsal space. At this point the sun is already setting and it was like November so it doesn’t take long before everything is pitch-black and cold as hell. We figured we had no other option but to make an alternative drum seat for the shoot. We saw that near this farmhouse there was a barn and quietly went in there to look for something to sit on. For some reason there was a buttload of bricks inside the barn so we started carrying them back to the field and that is eventually what Janne sit on during the shoot. It was definitely shaky and collapsed a few times but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. If you pay close attention to the video you can see the brick chair in there.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Eero: Hmm, well this one isn’t that strange but rather sweet, one fan of ours asked us to play in his wedding.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Eero: Our parents have always been very supportive of our music and are always awaiting for our new releases which is super cool. They’ve also taught us that it is pretty hard to make a living out of music and that it’s good to have a back-up plan and something that you can get a steady income from. While living from making music is the ultimate dream it is good to have something else on the side so that we can fund our future releases and keep on progressing.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Eero: From our new tracks I’d say “Hallucine” is my favorite one to play live, it has such a fun groove and some pretty challenging parts to keep you on edge. From the older stuff I’d say “The Pyre” and “Crushed” because they always seem to get the crowd going and are lots of fun to play live too.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Eero: It’s really hard to name just one so I’ll name two that have probably affected our creating process most and made at least me and Janne think seriously about writing music. Those would be Katatonia and Swallow the Sun and they both struck us hard back in 2009 when Katatonia released Night is the New Day and Swallow released New Moon. Those are still some of my favorite albums of all time.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Eero: I’d love to tour with Devin Townsend just because he seems like such a cool guy. Katatonia would be a dream and then to get some more up and coming energy in there the danish prog-quartet Vola would be on the bill as well. So Devin Townsend Project, Katatonia, Vola and Edge Of Haze on world tour. Fuck, hopefully one day that would be a reality!
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Eero: Releasing three albums on our own that we can be proud of and seeing them get positive feedback.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Eero: For a long time I was gonna apply to study geography in the university, so maybe a researcher of some sort. I also love making soundtrack-like music so making music for films would be a dream too.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Eero: We run almost all of our instruments DI straight to the mixer which has worked great for us. Sometimes I have an amp on stage too but that is usually just for my monitoring and to get some of that good rumble on the stage when you hit a low note.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Eero: It’s kind of a double-edged sword right now. There are many smaller great bands trying to rise to the surface and have their breakthrough and it is great that nowadays you can also do that without a record label due to the power of internet. On the other hand it is hard to make yourself stand out from the sea of unsigned bands. Sometimes I find myself really frustrated with the today’s pop scene too as it seems that many artists are just doing songs to have a “meme” out of them or something. But of course, you can never know where the new classics are coming from and a lot of great music is still made today.
The most annoying thing at this time in my mind is that the attention span seems to have dropped really low and people don’t seem to have time to listen to albums anymore. A great single is always a great single but a great album in my mind can always give you so much more than just one song.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Eero: Haha I don’t know if it’s a surprise or not but we’re really down to earth, chill and goofy people. We like hanging out also when we’re not making music and we usually go to restaurants, bars or bowling together. We like sports a lot too, I watch a lot of basketball and Janne and Akseli are big fans of football (not the American one).
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Eero: An unique mix of atmospheric metal music with elements from prog, death metal, rock and pop. Music where Swallow the Sun meets Periphery and Hans Zimmer.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Eero: Thanks for the listening and giving great feedback on “Deluge”! If you haven’t heard the album, it is on Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunes etc. plus we still have a few physical copies left that you can order from our Bandcamp-page. Be sure to stay tuned to our future gigs in 2018 and feel free to hit us up on Facebook if you have anything on your mind! And finally, have a great new year!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!
Eero: Thank you for having me and all the best to 2018!