Interview: metalcore quartet HARMED on new single EVERY ME, Music Moves Europe Talent Awards 2020, EUROSONIC festival and more.
SICK AND SOUND presents to its readers an interview we had with Hungarian metalcore outfit HARMED.
Hailing from Budapest, the quartet has been knocking around since 2017 with vocalist Levente Spicze, guitarists Balazs Keresztesi and Gabor Toth and drummer David Szieber. They are currently signed to Famined Records and debuted on the scene with EP From Day One released in 2017.
HARMED are back in 2019 with single JESTER, unleashed in January and most recent release EVERY ME, out via an official video on October 4th, 2019. They have been nominated for the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards 2020 and will be part of ESNS Noorderslag – Eurosonic festival.
Our editor-in-chief Alex took the occasion to sit down and have a chat with the band to discuss their meaningful concepts, influences and dark musical style. We discovered more details about new singles EVERY ME, JESTER and how the writing process has changed since debut EP FROM DAY ONE. The band has also been opening up on their feelings and expectations as regards upcoming EUROSONIC festival and Rockmaraton Fesztivál in 2020, as well as challenging situations and future plans.
- Hello HARMED and welcome. “We are all harmed from day one” and the concept of “sharing light on the dark side of the human being”. Let’s discuss these statements that represent a staple theme across your music.
Hey, thank you for having us. We’d like our listeners to decipher this message and develop their own ideas of what these mean to them.
- In what measure are those concepts reflected on your blistering and dark musical style and what main elements contribute to build this wall of sound?
We like to incorporate atmospheric elements to our music that evoke a feeling, this way our music can make a direct connection with the listener. For us this is the most important part.
- What kind of influences in terms of bands and genres have you explored before sticking to metalcore or serving as a current inspiration for your writing process?
Lately we are inspired more by the experimental side of music, whether it’s electronic, movie or a game soundtrack, as well as the chaotic side of hardcore/metal. If we are strictly thinking about metal we love and look up to bands like Slipknot, Deftones, Nine Inch Nails, Korn and so on!
- On October 4th, 2019 you unleashed your new single EVERY ME via Famined Records. Let’s share the details of the song, its lyrical inspiration and video.
We are always doing our videos/recordings ourselves, as we have a strict vision of what we would like to see and it’s better for us to work this way. The lyrics and the song are about how differently one person can be viewed by others, and how different the person is on the inside than what others see on the surface.
Watch HARMED – EVERY ME (Official Video):
- This single is following previous JESTER, released earlier on in January. Those are part of a new run of singles coming after your debut EP FROM DAY ONE dating back to 2017. So how have your writing process and sound changed since your previous materials? How far have you wandered to explore new soundscapes or conversely, how important is for you to stick to your signature sound?
I would say the basic idea and concept is the same, but the process and how differently we view music and inspiration has evolved the sound a fair amount. It’s not necessarily different, but we finally think we can nail what we wanted to do on the EP.
- HARMED have been nominated for the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards 2020, congratulations. What are the hopes, feelings and expectations behind this amazing achievement?
Thank you! We are truly honoured to be included in this roster and we only hope for the best, as we always do.
- You will be playing ESNS Noorderslag – Eurosonic festival in January and Rockmaraton Fesztivál in July next to Crystal Lake, Ensiferum, Get The Shot, Harakiri For The Sky, just to name a few. So how are you getting prepared to melt faces and what bands are you looking forward to sharing the stage with?
We try not to differentiate any shows and just do our absolute best on the smallest or the biggest stage as well. We enjoy being on stage and we enjoy being on stage together, so it’s always fun. Absolutely looking forward to Crystal Lake’s set, Harakiri For The Sky is an amazing band as well, so we are generally looking forward to these festivals!
- Any challenging situation experienced as musicians so far? This can be anything from recording, songwriting, touring?
Touring can be really challenging mentally and physically as well as a newcomer. We had to learn from our mistakes and we learned the hard way, but all these little speedbumps made our urge stronger.
- If you had the opportunity to feature 3 mainstream metalcore or deathcore musicians for new materials who would they be?
If we had the opportunity to have someone feature on our release we would think outside the box and want the artist to have a different mindset. We would probably choose someone from a totally different genre to make things more interesting, for example Trent Reznor, Post Malone or Perturbator.
- What else can we expect from HARMED for the latest part of 2019 and how you guys are going about the promotion of your new materials? Shows, anticipations, sneak peeks on a forthcoming album.
We still have a bit of surprise for the end of this year, and maybe some good news for the start of 2020, so keep your eyes on our socials!
Thank you for your time HARMED. All the best for your music and upcoming run of shows. We’ll keep on supporting you into Europe and US!
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