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Interview with The Chant


The Chant... This band truly deserves that we focus on it. With a music at the crossroads of Anathema, Katatonia and A Perfect Circle, the Finnish band has just join Lifeforce Records.

Now, this is the time for Metalship to meet Jussi (guitar), just speaking about the A Healing Place release.
Ready for a long interview Jussi?


Metalship : Hi Jussi! How are you since your previous album?

Fine, thank you for asking. A lot has happened since “This Is the World We Know”. The biggest change is, that there’s seven of us now. Pekka Loponen (guitar/vocals) joined the band after the release of TITWWK.


Metalship : Let me start with a rather classic question: could you tell us a little more about the creation and the career of your band until today?

We’ve been playing together for a long time. Before Pekka joined the band, the line-up had not changed from 1999. Actually, I’ve played together with our singer Ilpo since 1993.

After a couple of demo recordings, which gained a lot of positive feedback in the Finnish music media, we decided to record our debut album “Ghostlines (2008, Shadow World Records)”. Again, we had really positive reactions from the Finnish media, we even had a single on the radio charts for two months.

Second album, “TITWWK”, was released in 2010 via Full Metal Music. Unfortunately, the label went bankrupt just as we were about to release the album, so the promotion of the album was very poorly done.

We really started planning “A Healing Place” in winter 2010/2011 and we went to studio in September 2011. After that it took about six exhausting months to get the album done.


Metalship : The Chant is a mysterious band name... Could you explain its origin and what should we understand through it?

I’m sorry to say this but there’s no magic behind the name. I remember us talking that the band name should be short. Then somebody came up with The Chant.


Metalship : The Chant is now composed by seven musicians. Being so many can be sometimes an issue to play together, isn’t it?

Yes it is! It’s really difficult with the schedules. When have band practises there’s somebody missing almost every time. But this is the path we’ve chosen and we’re going to stick with it.


Metalship : You just signed with Lifeforce Records for a European distribution. I guess it’s an important stage for your career, but how was born this collaboration?

After the problems we had with the release of “TITWWK”, we decide to pay everything ourselves this time. It was an easy choice to release “A Healing Place” via Secret Entertainment here in Finland. Secret Entertainment is a small label and we knew exactly what we were going to get.
After AHP was released in Finland on May 30th I contacted Lifeforce Records. I already knew the owner Stefan and I asked him if he knew which labels we should contact. He wanted to hear the album first and immediately liked it. We have always tried to get our albums properly released in Europe and it’s finally happening now!


Metalship : A Healing Place is your third release. What can you tell about it and what’s your favourite song on this album?

I think we all have different favourites but I have to say that “Spectral Light” surprised us all. It changed a lot in the studio and maybe that’s why it sounds so fresh.
But still, we would like people to listen to the album as a whole. This album is all about the overall atmosphere.


Metalship : You mix Atmospheric Rock with a little touch of Progressive Rock. What are your main influences and which bands inspired you?

We’re influenced by everything – music, movies, art, literature etc. I think we’re influenced by all the music we listen, from pop to extreme metal.


Metalship : A Healing Place was recorded at CCCP Studios and Southcure Studios. What about this choice?

If you want your album to sound good you have to record the drums properly. That’s why we decided to record them with Mikko Herranen at CCCP studio. We knew that the recordings would last long so we decided to record all the other instruments in my home studio. Six months in a commercial studio would cost a lot.


Metalship : How do you compose your songs? Is it the work of only one member or nearly?

The songs are composed with acoustic guitar and piano. The effort we make when we arrange the songs is vital. We do the arrangements together and that takes time, but it’s also the reason why we sound the way we do.

On this album I have composed all the songs but it really doesn’t matter who does them. We, together as a band, make the sound.


Metalship : There is a saxophone on different songs. How came this idea?

We just wanted to have some extra colour on the album and didn’t want to use the obvious choices like cello for example. Saxophone is not a traditional instrument in this kind of music so we decided to go with that.


Metalship : Once again, your lyrics have been hard worked. Can you briefly introduce the theme of each song?

On this album the lyrics are more personal than ever before. We don’t want to explain what they are about. A Healing Place is not a happy album.


Metalship : There is a non-album song, "Hearts Full of Snow". Do you plan to include it on a limited edition?

Yes, there will be a limited edition, which contains two bonus tracks: “Hearts Full of Snow” and “Stillness”. The limited edition will be sold digitally only.


Metalship : The artwork is quite mysterious... Who made it, and what’s its meaning?

Kalle Pyyhtinen (Utudesign) made the artwork. As with the lyrics, we don’t want to spoil the pictures by telling what they are about. You can make your own interpretation.


Metalship : To promote your album, do you plan to realize a videoclip?

Hopefully yes. We’ve got one video project going on at the moment but we’ll have to see how it turns out.


Metalship : It’s very difficult to find your old albums outside Finland... Will you make them available outside your borders?

We’d like to but that’s really not for us to decide.


Metalship : Now, let’s talk about concerts. How would you describe your band on stage?

Atmosphere is the key thing for us on stage and on the album. There isn’t much of headbanging on stage, we just concentrate on making the music sound as good as possible.


Metalship : Do you have plans to play outside your country? Maybe in France?

Nothing confirmed yet but we hope so. There’s seven of us now so it’s not cheap for us to travel… to France for example.


Metalship : What’s your opinion about the French Metal scene today?

To tell you the truth I hardly know any French metal bands... Gojira is good but that’s the only band that comes to my mind...Sorry!


Metalship : What are the news for Hanging Garden and Rapture?

Hanging Garden is releasing a new album really soon. The album is being mixed as we speak. Rapture is not that active at the moment I’m afraid.


Metalship : What are your last top bands you discovered and what have you mostly listened to recently?

I just bought my first Baroness album (Yellow and Green) and it’s great. Lately I’ve been listening to the new albums from Smashing Pumpkins, Sigur Ros, Paradise Lost and Tragedy.


Metalship : Thank you guys for this long interview! I leave you the final word!

Buy albums and go to concerts!


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