Interview by Connie Bach
Zala, where did the name “Act of Hybris” come from?
I am impressed with the way you used classical instruments where the guitar would normally play. For example, at the start of your first official video, Tinka plays the flute where there would be a guitar solo. Why did the band, as a whole, decide to do this?
With all that knowledge and expertise it would be a waste if we would use only instruments that are expected to use in this kind of music. We feel every instrument is equal to others and is therefore used as often as needed.
The final line-up has been playing together since 2004. All most of the members have classical training. What brought all of you together as a metal band?
Everybody in the band obviously has an edgier side that only metal or hard core music can fulfill. So why wouldn’t we express our energy and minds in form of a music we feel invigorated by. We didn’t start as a band with boundaries of a certain genre, it took some time to find out what feels right.
Your voice has a lot of power. You could have sung in operas. What influenced you, personally, to choose this type of music?
I am doing all my best to become an opera singer. It takes a lot of effort and years of discipline and training. My wish is to sing in Milan’s Scala one day but then on the other hand I would like to perform in front of thousands of people with Aperion and rock their heads off. I don’t know, I simply love expressing myself in different types of music. We will see what life has in store for me.
Aperion has performed at several large, Slovenian rock festivals, such as Rock Otocec. As a symphonic metal band, what goes into getting ready for a show?
We take the stage very seriously and have become known as a strong live performer. We believe that everything has to be perfect for a good show, from sound and light, dresses, choreography and definitely the energy of all bend members. We also have a strong group of friends, a backstage team that you usually don’t see on stage but take a big part in our performances.
How has international recognition influenced you as a singer?
Since the recognition of Aperion as well as the album has successfully crossed the national boarders I am very pleased about all the positive critics we have received so far. As a singer it lets me know I’m on the right path. I never was humble when it comes to my goals and dreams so this gives me extra will-power and energy. I also feel obligated to continue all the voice training in order to perform even better in the future.
Moving on. Many singers say a band is like a second family. Would you agree? What would you like to say on their behalf?
Your band is a group of people with whom you share very special moments and feelings, and therefore you become very attached. Strong emotions are involved in the whole process of creating and performing so you feel like they are a big part of your life. As no group can avoid moments of disagreements neither can we but the funny thing is that’s the time you actually realize how big their part in your life is.
Zala, it’s been wonderful talking with you.Thank you for your time, and I look forward to more unique releases from Aperion.
Thank you and to all our fans for believing in us!
Review By Tony Cannella
From Slovenia, Aperion plays symphonic power metal with operatic vocals supplied by Zala. The band has just released their debut “Act of Hybris” and it contains 13-songs and 47-minutes worth of dramatic metal music with strong symphonic leanings. Aperion has quite a big line-up. Featuring 8 or so members, the band not only includes the usual guitar, bass, drums but also manages to incorporate cello, flute and violin as regular instruments. Another thing that struck me about the band is the vocal chops of Zala. Of course the opera thing has been done quite a lot over the last few years and they are all great but Zala has a real depth and power to her voice and does not rely on her operatic style all of the time. There is no doubt that “Act of Hybris” is a solid album from start-to-finish but my favorites would have to be: “Source”, “Ocean”, “Maya”, the pretty ballad “Fairytale Mind” and the up-tempo violin heavy instrumental “Fe+”. The track “Dajte” is another one that definitely stands out. This song is half instrumental (it has sort of a polka vibe to it, really!) before Zala’s vocals join in half way through. Incredible song! It would be difficult to go through “Act of Hybris” song-by-song because each track is different from the last. Just suffice it to say that “Act of Hybris” is a fun and interesting listen and is worth checking out if you are into the operatic, symphonic metal thing. Admittedly I am very partial to this kind of music. On “Act of Hybris”, Aperion has created a sort of musical journey and the destination is very rewarding.
Rating – 95/100
- Fairytale Mind
- Black Flies
- The Truth
- Fe +
- The Concept
- Zala Hodnik- Vocals
- Crt Birsa – Guitar & Vocals
- Samo Dervisic – Cello
- Tinka Muha – Flute
- Martin Bezjak – Viola
- Ziga Birsa – Didgiredoo
- Dani Telebar – Bass
- Nejc Kolar – Drums
Style switcher only on this demo version. Theme styles can be changed from Options page.
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