Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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Anyone who follows the blog should need no introuduction to this band and their music but for those who still do not know they are one of the best up and coming new bands flying the flag for metal. I was fourtnate enough to have the opportunity to ask the bands guitarist/manager Pirat some questions. So sit back and enjoy.

TPOTR - How and when did the band get together?
PIRAT - The band was formed by a group of buddies: Ksiądz (g), Loco (g) and Gleba (d)  in 2007. At first just for fun and to improve skills as musicians. By the announcement, Amov joined the band. Afterwards there was the desire to play own material and performing for the audience. So, that’s how Of No Avail started. During the more than five years, band had a lot of personal changes. Today, we play in a completely different line-up. Only Ksiadz and Amov  stayed from the original crew . I replaced Loco, Coolis from Gutshot have taken the bass, and Młody is our new drummer. We hope that with the current line-up we will play as long as possible.
TPOTR - I don’t know about your previous line-ups but the band as they are now fit together as musicians like you have been playing together for years such is the flow between the instruments which is evident on ‘Persecutoria’ Did you spend a long time sitting on these songs and tweeking them until they were just right?
PIRAT - Persecutoria have been recorded in an old line-up, when I had been only the manager of the band. But guys sat with these tracks for a lot of time, maybe not on tweaking up the details, but before the material was recorded, was played out a lot at the rehearsals and concerts. I think, that around the time of the recording of the EP, you could wake them up in the middle of the night, and they would play the songs perfectly.
TPOTR - Did the band write the songs as a whole unit or did you write separately and then bring your ideas to the table?
PIRAT - Our songwriting process goes more or less like this: people with the idea ​​write the song or at least a basic framework at home. When finished, they show it to the rest, and if it’s accepted by all, working at the rehearsals begins. We attach a great importance to the drums, so that they are not solely used for a rhythm keepin’ but most of all, to give a solid kick to the whole song. During such a work it happens that any other suggestions come out such as: whether to change something with the guitars, add or remove a section of a song, etc. When it comes to vocals and lyrics, this is the only Amov's job. Rest of the band doesn't interfere in any way.
Personally, I hope that soon we will start writing songs by jammin' together, definitely it’s very educational when it comes to playing and composing skills, I'm sure it is great fun, and of course, it may take us into completely different areas of creating music
TPOTR - Who were your influences starting out?
PIRAT - Modern melodic playing style of In Flames, As I Lay Dying and Heaven Shall Burn was the main reason why the ​​guys picked up the instruments. I think that it's more or less resounds in 'Persecutoria'. After changes in line-up, one can expect new inspiration. Ksiądz expanded his musical horizons to Deathcore (Suicide Silence, Emmure, Parkway Drive, etc.). Młody is a big fan of Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold. I worship various styles of death metal, from oldchool, towards the melodic death, ending at the technical and brutal . We hope that will be heard in the future releases .
TPOTR - So ‘Persecutoria’ is only a glimpse in someway into the the bands music with all the influences you mentioned what direction would you like to see the band go in?
PIRAT - You could say that. In the first place we always create for ourselves. We have to like what we play, there must be a pleasure in playing. About the direction in which band is going ... Surely Of No Avail will continue to create melodic metal, whether it's death metal, metalcore, or even deathcore, that is what even we do not know. There is a new line-up, new influences,  pretty nice mix may come out of this . For sure we will try to differentiate songs. Write ones that are faster, more aggressive, with more blast beats, but also slower and crushing-by-heaviness ones. Maybe some instrumental or ballad ... Ok, maybe we’ll just let go on the ballads part hehehe
TPOTR - Coming from Poland do you feel any pressure to live up to the leagcy of great bands to come from your country, in fact you hail from the same town as one of my all time   favourite bands Vader?
In Poland there’s a lot of great bands, representing the global level, both well-known worldwide, as well as the underground. We never had the intention to conquer the world, as the mentioned Vader, or Decapitated and Behemoth. Of course, we like to play music and if there would be an opportunity to play abroad,  we would probably do it. So, we don't feel any pressure, but a high level of bands in Poland commits us to play and compose as best as we can. And about Vader ... For us, this is no longer just Olsztyn band. Vader belongs to the whole world now J

TPOTR - Onto the demo and I was suprised you called it a demo because it is so fullyrealised and professionally done. How has the response been so far?
PIRAT - Only at the beginning we were calling 'Persecutoria' a demo. This is our first material and it has a demonstrative function, that is why we called it a demo. With it, people can see what to expect from Of No Avail on stage. As we decided to print a small run on CD's and give it a graphic layout, we started to call it an EP instead of a demo. This decision was made also because of the sound of this material. It was produced by Michal Grabowski from Feto In Fetus and one have to admit that he produced it with very solid sound. So far, the EP collects very positive reviews. The lowest score that we got was 6/10, but the content of this review wasn't so bad for us. In total, we did not expect that response would to be so positive.
TPOTR -  Do you think you will record any of these tracks again for a future full length album?
PIRAT  I think there is no need to do that. These songs are of good quality, sound and what’s most important I think, they are complete - we do not feel any need to make changes in them. Secondly, we have many ideas, and I think that the till the time to work with LP comes, we will have so many of them, that it will be enough to fill the entire album.
TPOTR - When I first heard of the band name it really stood out from all the demos I received who came up with the name choice and what does it mean to the band?
 The band's name comes from the title of Heaven Shall Burn song. From what I know, Ksiądz suggested it and everyone liked it. As we can see it was a bull's eye :D. All in all, we are not applying any philosophy to this name. For me it simply sounds good, maybe gives a bit of reflections about useless efforts. Hope, that we are not a prophets of our music career :P
TPOTR - Have you had and label interest so far?
PIRAT - So far we haven’t received any offers from the labels, but We did not strive for it. We didn't send any promos, because We felt that the material and We ourselves as a band were still too immature to bother publishers. The feedback and the reviews of the EP changed our thinking so we’ll probably try to interest labels with our band, but we will rather do it with the next EP, which is already in plans.
TPOTR - What are your hopes and plans for the future of the band, do you have any plans for a full length any time soon?
PIRAT - Our first hope is to keep this line-up as long as possible. History of Of No Avail has many changes in the line-up. It can be said that from December 2011 to December 2012 with short breaks we had no complete line-up. Throughout the 2012, we played only three concerts. That's why it is so important for us. When the line-up keeps stable, we can play a lot of rehearsals, concerts, and work on new songs.
As I wrote earlier, we would like to record another EP with a new line-up, with new ideas, to interest potential publishers, and of course, for the fans to have more material to listen to. As new EP will came out, we will surely want to do a professional video. But mainly for ourselves. You know, the new experience and a souvenir for the old age :D  So, we may still have a long way to LP, but surely we will not sit on our hands :)
TPOTR - I for one look forward to hearing some new material from you soon and hope to see you playing long into your old age. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you would like to add.

PIRAT - If all goes well, you might not have to wait too long :) It was a real pleasure for us to present ourselves in “The Power Of Riff Compels You”. Greetings to all the readers and We invite you to freely download our EP straight from Torn Flesh Records catalog. If you like our music, Like Us on facebook and be always up to date with what is going on with Of No Avail. Come to concerts, buy CD's and support bands \ m /!
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Of No Avail:

Amov – voc
Ksiądz – guitar
Pirat – guitar
Coolis – bass
Młody - drums

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