Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Arya.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
ARYA: We’re Arya, an Italian band based in the seaside city of Rimini. We first started playing together in 2015, and we’ve had a complicated and troubled history full of drama and lineup changes. Nonetheless we’ve already released three full albums and an EP, and will release another new album shortly. We’ve always followed a DIY attitude, taking care personally of the recording and release process of our music, as well as the promotion and booking process and the production of video content. Our headquarters are located under our guitarist Simone’s house, where we’ve rehearsed and recorded our music for years.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
ARYA: Our music has always originated from the contamination of many different genres. Each one of us has always brought his own taste and references to the songwriting process. In the beginning we started as a wannabe “djent” band influenced by bands such as TesseracT and Periphery, but almost immediately we started incorporating elements from sludge, black metal, hardcore but also jazz, shoegaze and indie rock. Among the bands that have continued to inspire our music as years and members went by and despite the evolution of our tastes I could name Karnivool, The Contortionist and Deafheaven.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
ARYA: We’ll be releasing our fourth full length album ‘For Ever’ on October 20. It’s by far the heaviest and darkest record we’ve ever made, and it also tells a very personal and depressing story that happened to us shortly after we had released our previous album Endesires. There are frenetic tempo and dynamics shifts, both screamed and clean vocals, many different moods and influences. Some songs are already available on our Youtube channel, but if you use Spotify you could pre-save the album from here, it really helps us.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
ARYA: We’ve always followed a very “essential” approach: we’ve never used devices that more and more metal bands use today, such as backing tracks, self-switching multi-effects, synchronized lights and so on. We don’t even use a click track. That’s because we’d like to present ourselves to the audience as sincerely and directly as possible, without any kind of barrier as well as protections against our mistakes. After all even mistakes contribute to make a performance truly unique. Probably anyway we still make too many of them.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
ARYA: It’s hard to tell: my short-term hopes are our new album ‘For Ever’ will be received well and will give us some new fans; I also really hope to finally find a stable and dedicated lineup that could allow us to plan concerts and tour around Italy and Europe. We’re constantly working on some kind of new music, and even if we absolutely don’t need to rush the future songwriting process, I hope the next years will bring new and even better Arya music to the world. It would be awesome become better musicians, to inspire people and other bands, like we have been and still are inspired by others, and to meet more talented artists along the way! What I know for sure is that we’ll never become rich and massively popular because of the music we make!