-Interview- Prayed And Betrayed (11/23/14)

Jyvaskyla, Finland melodic metal band Prayed And Betrayed gets interviewed and talks about the Finnish metal scene, their after parties and their upcoming plans.
From: Jyvaskyla, Finland
Sounds like: Melodic Death Metal

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Prayed And Betrayed” and is there any meaning behind it?

The first idea of the band emerged in late 2011 when Antti and Panu were just jamming and trying out some riffs. The actual band was formed at summer 2012 when rest of the members were found. As the band started to make material the style started to shape. The first EP were more or less traditional death metal, but after that the band has developed their own sound. The latest EP could be described as modern/melodic death metal, and this is the path that the band is happy to go along. The bands name itself doesn't have that much of a deeper meaning. That just sounds cool and goes very well with our lyrical themes.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music? How has the response to the "The Abundance Of A Sickened Mind" EP been since its release?

There are lots of things going on in our songs. We mix different things like evil sounding leads, killer riffing and technical solos, everything blends in nicely and different sections keeps the songs interesting and you wont worn out the songs with just a few listening. There are many elements to pay attention to. Guitar leads, versatile drumming and all the instruments in general.

3. How would you describe your music to the average listener?

Fresh sounding modern/melodic death metal with technical and brutal impression in the songs. Memorable songs with nice hooks, impressive technical performing and also some catchy groove.

4. What can people expect from your live show?

Lots of energy, blood and sweat, great metal experience and awesome after party!

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

This is a very hard one since there are like million bands to name.. But lets say Hypocrisy, COB, Kataklysm. Those are bands that gave us lot of inspiration when creating this band.

6. Any crazy show stories?

Haha, well nothing too crazy within the shows, things usually get out of hand afterwards.. But there's always some little things going wrong. For example couple of shows ago Otto tried some epic jump and landed face first on the drum set, it took him a while to get back on his feet but he managed. And our latest shows at the moment almost got cancelled since our singer went to a ditch with his car.

7. What’s your take on the current state of metal?

We think that metal scene in general is doing well. Excluding the obvious fact that CDs sales are constantly decreasing. There are many interesting bands out there. At least here in Finland there are new bands coming non-stop. The scene is actually very crowded and it makes it harder to stand out. But it's definitely not all bad. It is relatively easy to get gigs here since there are always someone to play with. Here in Finland metal music is luckily pretty mainstream so lot of venues takes metal bands, and actually prefers them.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in the Finland both locally and country wide?

See the answer above about the Finnish scene. Locally here in Jyväskylä there are huge bunch of metal bands, many of those are even quite big. For example Ghost Brigade, Lost Society and Frosttide are local bands that are doing well now.

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

You got to accept both of those since there is nothing you can do about it. Of course it is reasonable to show the artist your support and buy their material/merch/go to shows.

10. What’s next for Prayed And Betrayed?

We are done with our gigs for this autumn and we will be focusing on making some new stuff. But already early next year we will start touring Finland.

11. Any shoutouts?

Check out our music if you haven't already, come to see the shows (it's really worth it) and subscribe us on Facebook! Thanks to everyone who already did this! See you soon!