Interview: introducing Portuguese metalcore act DHARMA and discussing in detail new EP OBSOLETE.
SICK AND SOUND presents to its readers an interview our editor-in-chief Alessandra had with DHARMA blistering metalcore outfit from Lisbon, Portugal. After debuting with their first EP DREAMCATCHER back in 2014, the band released their sophomore EP OBSOLETE on June 21st, 2019 along with video for single Elements Of My Mind.
We are now catching up with the band of Nuno Rodrigues, Marcelo Franca, Diogo Vicente, Ana de Barros and Marta Brissos to get to know the band any better and explore their sound in depth. We discussed the lyrical inspirations and songwriting behind their new record, talked about a few songs and more.
- Hello DHARMA and welcome. Would you mind introducing your band and your journey to our readers? What’s the meaning behind your name?
We are a 5 piece band from Lisbon, Portugal. Our journey begins in 2013 and after a few setbacks we finally have a solid lineup and released our 2nd EP. To us the name symbolises balance and the journey as individuals to find the best versions of ourselves.
- Let’s talk about your soundscape: metalcore. I would love to know more about your point of view about metalcore in Portugal, how popular it is and what challenges or opportunities are offered in your country to break through.
Some years ago, the scene was more active. Right now there are not many national bands still playing and it’s not very easy to find places to play live. We hope we can overcome these obstacles and that more opportunities arise.
- Your opinion on how important it is for you to find a balance between heaviness and subtle melodic instead of going for straight aggressiveness and what features are central in your sound.
As our name suggests, we try to find a balance. We, as individuals have very different musical tastes and backgrounds and we think that is reflected in our sound. We attempt different approaches in heavy music but always keeping in mind our own musical identities.
- Dharma released their sophomore EP OBSOLETE on June 21st, 2019 following up debut EP DREAMCATCHER. How has your sound progressed and what is truly different for this album as opposed to your previous material?
As a band, we have evolved throughout the years into a more refined sound. Since the beginning, our lineup has changed and with it, the influences it carries. This has made us evolve into a more mature and diverse sound.
- What were the most challenging aspects working on your new EP?
Definitely dealing with the changes in the lineup and getting to a place where we could solidify our own ideas and reflect that into our sound and the way we exist as a band.
- What main lyrical themes are discussed and what’s the vision or message that Dharma wish to get across with Obsolete EP?
Personal experiences, religion and society, technology and its implications in the way we view the world around us.
- Along with releasing the album, you have also unleashed another video for single ELEMENTS OF MY MIND. This is an intricate and beautiful song with a semi-acoustic intro, arpeggios, clean vocals and loads of harmony within the heaviness. Let’s share more details about this track and the mindset behind choosing this song as a representation of your album.
Because of the song’s intricate complexity we believed it was a good example to show what we can do as a band and it’s a good sample of our heterogeneous musical spectrum.
- I also would love you to share a few details about songs INOCHI:AGARI and WATERFALL.
Inochi:Agari talks about several different aspects of religion and about life after death; Waterfall talks about growing and losing a bit of our innocence as life unfolds.
- What’s the typical writing and creative process when you guys sit down and work on new materials?
Until now, the creative part has been centred around one of our members with several inputs from the rest of us. We change ideas, sometimes a riff, sometimes a lyric or a beat.
- What else do you have in store and how are you guys going about the promotion of this EP? Let’s share any news, shows or further plans.
We have our EP release show on the 14th of July. We promote the band mainly through social networks. We now want to play more live shows (in Portugal and outside, invitations are welcome!) and start working on some new material.
Thank you for your time Dharma and all the best with the promotion of Obsolete EP. We are longing for more music to be dropped by you and supporting you into Europe and US!
DHARMA – OBSOLETE EP full tracklisting:
1. The Beast
3. Paradise (feat. Anger)
7. Elements of My Mind
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