Gilian Adam, an iron-fisted, ultrasonic guitarist, stands at the helm of one of Slovenia's most exciting metal bands today. The classic revival sound at its peak, Vigilance is poised to release their first full-length, Queen of the Midnight Fire, which is an excellent adaptation of the NWoBHM movement 30 years ago. Of course, the band included a number of Easter eggs in their music and dark modernity slips in, too. The Metal Advisor talks to Gilian about the upcoming album, and how he and the rest of Vigilance teamed up to unleash one hell of a record.
I've been waiting for new music from my favorite Slovenian metallers for quite some time now! Great to finally interview you!
So, it's been two years since the release of Vigilance's first EP, Steeds of Time. How has the band progressed since then?
Have the band's goals changed? Is Vigilance still primarily focused on a heavy/speed/NWoBHM sound?
In the beginning, everything spontaneously took the NWoBHM/speed metal direction and, in a way,
we are still very much inspired by both genres. But as we jammed the tracks that were to become
the new album, we noticed how we sort of brought in a darker vibe. it was really unintentional, but
we liked it and decided to "ride" that wave of inspiration. And it worked.
And, of course, your first full-length showcasing this more mature sound, Queen of the Midnight Fire, drops on May 14th. Is there a release show scheduled?
The show will be held on May 18th and we'll be playing the whole new album live.
How would you say the record is different than Vigilance's previous efforts?
Personally, what surprised me most was the record's production. It seems slightly rawer than Steeds of Time, and the guitar tone is thinner and more articulate. Did you produce and mix the album yourselves?
Absolutely--the intricacies on the record all together top your last release! I noticed raspy vocals on "What Lies Beyond...," too. Why did the band decide to experiment with harsh vocals?
Nice album artwork as well. It's a bit mysterious and occult-like. How does it fit with the album's theme?
well with the music.
How long did it take you to write and record the record? Obviously, you've been hard at work since 2011, but when did things start to fall into place?
How does a typical writing session go? Is it a one-man affair, or does the entire band pitch in?
Sounds like everything just fell into place. What are you happiest about with Queen of the Midnight Fire?
Do you have a music video or another promotional piece planned for the album?
And only because I'm curious: can you describe your place in the Slovenian metal scene?
Well, damn. I guess I'm the underground media, too! Any last words or shoutouts? Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions!
Stream a song from Vigilance's upcoming album here: http://vigilanceofficial.bandcamp.com/album/queen-of-the-midnight-fire
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