CalatrilloZ are a operatic metal/progressive rock quintet hailing from London. Indie Guru are working with them trying to get them more exposure – which is something this band certainly deserve as they have created their own inspiring creative sound which is enthralling, exciting and intriguing! Once you give them a listen you will succumb to their charm and awe..
To try and uncover the mysterious and ever intriguing enigmas that comprise the unique and adventurous act that is CalatrilloZ I questioned front man, Zahyin on their latest happenings and events..
For those who haven’t had the pleasure of listening to your music, how would you describe your sound?
Our sound is a storytelling blend of different styles under a Metal Umbrella. Maybe an operatic blend of Symphonic Metal and Progressive Rock. Its heavy, but very melodic, and the rhythm varies a lot. Everything works towards being epic and meaningful!
What made you decide to come up with a concept for the band and can you tell us a bit more about it?
It was not actually a decision. More of a happening. As I started writing the songs, I realized they went different places, but with a common element. The lyrics where all metaphors, and there was a very strong storytelling vein to them. I saw this character, Zahyin, as the perfect anti-hero to live those tales and tell them, and so I started weaving the world around this bitter time traveller, and finally came with the Grand Saga of the Evil Marionettes.
In the world of Calatrilloz, Zahyin and his troupe search for five marionettes ( string puppets ) infused with the souls of General Demons; a legacy from the great war between heaven and hell, that took place before humankind came to be. This gang of antiheroes run against time to stop the demons awakening, and thus save the world ( if they are good guys) or take control (if they are bad guys).
And so Calatrilloz the band came to be. Zahyin and four characters of the tale, telling their story through music on a stage.
Make sure one doesn’t miss the criticism of our society hidden in the metaphorical lyrics!
As part of your concept and to add to the mystery surrounding the band, you say you hide your true identities and speak through your characters, with that in mind what interesting things can you tell us about your character?
Zahyin is a time and space traveller. Wherever and whenever he wishes to be, there he is. A boy thrown into manhood by a life of difficulties, a bitter man with a set objective in mind. Zahyin is a man burdened by his own sins, a man that saw the end of times, and decided to change the destiny of mankind, on his own terms. Consider him a cold killer, a merciless strategist. He is also extremely charming and cunning; he is a man who literally saw it all.
You have recently released two new singles, ‘Lords Of Misery’ and ‘A Glimpse At A Fool’s Destiny’ and you have said you will be releasing a new single every month with 8 songs in total, how happy are you with how the songs been received so far? And what made you decide to release the songs like this?
Answering your first question, its hard to break through. The world of music today is taken over by moguls with money, looking for a quick profit than long term quality. That being said, everyone that listens the singles like them, even critiques come out nicely.
The reason to release single by single is explained by the reality of music in these days. Lets say I record an album; I have a big bang and lots of promotion, but soon the album is old news, and nowadays thats two months maximum of exposure. Now, if I release single by single, each of them with their own big band, I got a chain reaction, and a concept album being the end target. Thats the main reason, another is because of our concept soul. Its easier to focus on a story at a time ( a song ) that release everything at once and try and fail to make sense of it all.
Zahyin live in action putting on a theatrical masterpiece!
I hear you are working on a music video for ‘A Glimpse At A Fool’s Destiny’, which you have released a short teaser video for, how is it coming along and can you give us a insight into this fantasy tale come to life?
Now I must confess, A Glimpse at a Fool’s Destiny is the song for a fantastical videoclip, but my ideas will be kept hidden till I have the chance to output them!
What has the song writing and recording process has been like with the new material?
Some of these songs had demos recorded of them. So we can call them half new, with some actual new songs coming ahead.
Carina, the fact is there was a Calatrilloz before, different from the CalatrilloZ we have now. Before it was careless, four minds trying to move forward by pushing each in a different direction, a gruesome Frankenstein. This time, its different. A Mozart spirit landed , and each melody, each bar, each riff, each second of the song was planned. It felt like writing epicness and majesty. A pleasant appearance with a witty core, elegance and boldness in each and every phrase, not a moment of unintended emptiness.
It felt like my soul as a composer was getting finally satisfied.
You are signed with Glory and Honour record label, how are things going with them so far?
That is something good to talk about. Glory and Honor is no longer our label, in fact it never was. The idea was when the singles came out, we would promote them together. But in between the deal being signed and the singles being released, my world came apart three times in a year, and the whole thing got delayed. Now its no longer a reality.
You are getting a lot of attention and success recently, such as closing deals with promotion agencies, how does this make you feel? And what have been some highlights so far?
I have two ways of answering this question, one like a self promoting looser, making big waves out of a glass of water, or a grounded strategist, seeing things how they really are. Will go always for the second one. This companies invited us to take part with them, but they do come with a cost, nothing comes free anymore, there is no more investment in a world yet to be.
Its thrilling to know that finally we are doing what we should have been doing from the very start; a professional approach. The results are just the beginning, and I am not even close to be satisfied. I will push more and more and bleed water from stone. The real game for a second in the spotlight is yet to start; but I tell you something, once I step in, it will spread beyond imagination.
To anyone who hasn’t yet witnessed your live performances, what can attending fans expect from the show?
Ohhh, that will change your idea of a live show. CalatrilloZ dont make speeches, we don’t have beer breaks. From the moment we step in, till the moment we step out, its a show, and the characters of the tale are playing it out for you. Openings, interludes, special effects, the costumes, make-up; no one wants to play after us. They all look lacking.
In other words, I will be giving what I would like to receive; I don’t want to see a couple of dudes playing their music, on their jeans or t-shirts. I don’t to know how they would sound like for the rest of the show in the first five seconds of their first song. Being predictable has its space in American Idol, of X-factor. I want to be surprised with each and every song. And that’s what I am giving in a show. You won’t know what is coming next.
Is there anything yourself or your mysterious character would like to share with us or add?
Yes, and this is important. In this world today, if you like something, shout out loud. There is no way a band like us will break through the barriers imposed by the Pop moguls, if we don’t get the face book likes, the FREE downloads, fans joining the mailing list.
I not asking for money, just for 5 secs, once, to click a like button, to download the Free song, and to vote for us whenever its needed.
Cost you nothing and means the world for us. Or, prepare yourself for a decade of Justin Biebers and shit just like that. Nothing that comes easy can be good!
What else is in store for CalatrilloZ in 2014?
I am yet to find out. We have the eight singles, that will converge in the concept album. a number of Saga videos, telling the stories of the characters, and who knows, maybe soon I will be playing in a stage very close to you.
Interview by me originally done for Indie Band Guru which can be seen here: http://indiebandguru.com/calatrilloz-interview-with-te-time-travelling-progressive-metal-band/
Check out a review of their two latest singles: