13 November 2016

Band Profile: Impaler

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first blog post of the Band Profile series. The very first band you’ll get to know is a north-based metal band called Impaler.

 (From left to right) Lazar – bass, Alem – guitar, Boris – vocals, Stefan – drums, Dzemil – guitar

Impaler is one of the newer Rock School bands and it has already set a very high bar for their peers. By playing powerful metal covers and a growing number of original songs that share the same power, their performance is a clear reflection of that. It’s undeniable that this band has some of the most talented Rock School students that have played in various bands before, but apparently starting to reach their full potential in heavy metal. Saying that the band members are true metal-heads could sound like a cliché, but, attending one of their rehearsals and interviewing them, the term can be applied by their way of approaching this genre, which has nothing to do with the superficial views of it and 'being metal' for the sake of showing off – these guys view metal as a way of life, which directly translates in their songs. Check out the interview with Impaler’s Boris and Alem below:

1. When/how was the band established and how did you come up with the name Impaler?
Alem – The band was established by the fact that Dzemil and I had the wish to create a band where we would play something that we love, which, in this case, is metal.
Boris – (regarding band name) Those were the methods of torturing of Vlad Tepes the Impaler which gave us the idea. Painful deaths followed by agonizing pain, screams... In some sort, our songs are kinda connected with that. We equate with Vlad Tepes because each any every one of us contains the dark side of personality. We wanted a name that engraves in anybody's minds and makes them think.
2. What are the musical influences that inspire the band?
            Boris – Pantera, Slipknot, Tool and Slayer.
            Alem – For the ideas, I'm mostly influenced by old school metal and rock bands such as Iron Maiden, Motorhead, etc. Not much for the sound in this case.

3. Alem, what instigated you to start playing guitar and is that something you’ve always wanted to do?
             Alem – I have listened to so much music and asked myself why I wouldn’t do something similar. Yes, I’ve always wanted to do that.

4. Boris, considering your performance mostly consists of Growl and Scream, did it take you a lot of time to practice this type of singing and what would be your advice for those who want to do that?

           Boris - I am the worst adviser in the world. A lot of influence on me had the music that I listened to. The raw energy, anger and message that followed, all of that convinced me to picture myself as a musician and artist. So, I tried, and it slowly sounded better and better as the time passed. It was, and it still is hard, but it's all part of learning and expressing emotions and thoughts.

5. Describe the creative process of the band (for example, how you start working on a song).
             Boris – Someone comes up with an idea for a riff and then we make agreements.
             Alem - In general, we all give ideas for everything: lyrics, music, etc. We sit down together, experiment a little bit and make it work.

6. What are your views on the music scene of Mitrovica today?
         Boris – (view) doesn't exist.
         Alem – Miserable. In the music scene nowadays, there are only a few bands who work, but for the wrong reasons, they only wish to be seen.

7. Alem, for the first time this year, you have played in a mixed band during summer school in Skopje (Proximity Mine). What did you learn from this experience that you could apply to your work in Impaler?
         Alem – From the mixed band, which is an excellent band that I love very much, there’s not much I could apply to Impaler, because in Proximity Mine we experiment with styles – we incorporate the diverse style of each band member into our work. But, I have learned that those other styles can also have an influence on me, besides metal.

8. Boris, what are your views on the whole concept of mixed bands and summer school in Skopje and would you like to try it out?
            Boris – I like the concept and I would like to try it out.

9. Besides having live gigs, what are the other ways you promote your band?
         Alem – We are still a young band in order to have some special ways of promoting, but for now we make stickers and we plan to do T-shirts, posters, etc. Also, we use the social media.

10. What are the plans for the future of Impaler?
                Alem – We are doing our own songs; the plans are to publish an album, to play bigger festivals, etc.
               Both - In order to reach to as many people as we can with our music and in order for each of them to find some feature, thought or even torment in our songs - we want us to be the voice of those who don't have a way or courage to express themselves; to those who revolutionize  and rise; to those who undertake something.


Corey Taylor (Slipknot) or Jonathan Davis (Korn)? –  Corey Taylor

Original songs or covers? – Original songs

Singing in the studio or singing at a gig? – Singing at a gig

Ballad or faster song? – Faster

Video or audio? – Video

Metallica or Motorhead? – Motorhead

Rhythm guitar or solo guitar? – Solo

Playing a gig or attending one? – Playing

Gig on the inside venue or outside? – For now, the inside

Female or male vocals? – Both

Photos taken from the official Facebook page of Impaler.

Impaler on social media:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/impaler_band/

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