New Zealand’s experimental metallers Shepherds of Cassini are one of my favourite bands on the current scene, and it would not be right not to have them covered through these pages. That’s why I talked with Vitesh and Omar.
What made you go for the name Shepherds of Cassini?
V: Brendan’s idea.
O: The name certainly reflects our interest in astronomy.
How do you usually describe your music?
O: Experimental post-progressive.
What is your writing process like?
V: We bring material in the practice room, which could be riffs, rhythms, potential arrangement. As a band, we then jam through all the different ideas, re-arranging, re-writing etc until songs are formed. Songs are then continuously tweaked, revised and go through multiple versions until they stable-ise into something we’re happy with.
O: The great thing about the writing process is that we jam out all the ideas presented by us. We don’t judge new ideas before jamming them out despite how different they are stylistically. Otherwise this could eliminate the possibility of writing something great.
Who or what is your inspiration, if you have any?
V: Me personally:
Experimental art .
O: Musicians that I’ve met here in the Auckland music scene.
What is your favourite song on the new album “Helios Forsaken”?
V: Too hard for me to answer sorry.
O: Mine always shifts between the 6 tracks depending on my mood. To be honest I love them all equally but for the time being I’ve been listening to Helios Forsaken on repeat in the car on the way to work.
What makes “Helios Forsaken” different?
V: Different to the first album you mean? It pushes the boundaries even further.
O: More cohesive and our chemistry is certainly stronger on our second effort. We’ve grown together musically and it really showed when we wrote the songs for our second album.
What should music lovers expect from “Helios Forsaken”?
V: A psychedelic-space-prog journey from the dark and menacing, through the hypnotic and exotic to the surreal and beautiful.
O: An album that offers a variety of moods and emotions.
What kind of emotions would you like your audience to feel when they listen to your music?
V: Whatever emotions come naturally to them that they enjoy feeling.
O: That’s a very tough question to answer. It’ll be great if the album is played to reflect the listener’s mood at certain time and place.
Which do you like most, life in the studio or on tour?
V: Probably life in the studio; both experiences have been a lot of fun. I’ve yet to tour with Shepherds.
O: In the studio for me so far. I have yet to tour with Shepherds as Vitesh have said but I’m sure it would be fantastic. Only then I would have a definite answer.
Pick your 3 favorite albums that you would take on a desert island with you.
Greenfog – Bruce Farm
Heart Attack Alley – Living in Hell
Hide & Tallow – WAtcher and the Goatherd
Earth – The Bees Made Honey In the Lion’s Skull
An Emerald City – Circa Scaria
Acrassicauda – Gilgamesh