The Parallax is a four piece progressive melodic death metal band from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. They released their debut full length album, Obliquity of the Ecliptic, worldwide physically and digitally on October 23, 2013. It includes their 23-minute epic track The Reformatting. The album has been received well, and has taken notice in Canada, Russia, Japan, the USA, and many countries in Europe. It can be downloaded for free on their Bandcamp. They released their music video for ‘Seventeen’ on January 9th, 2014.
Guitarist and vocalist Antonio Moreira answered the Progstravaganza Questionnaire. Check it below.
How did you come to do what you do?
Well it all began when Sean and I (Antonio) were in high school together. We both took an interest to music and the concept of coordinating a band. Of course not nearly as much thought was put into it in the beginning because we were both relatively new to our instruments. But after years of trial and error with other musicians we found Derek and Sorin. Both are very solid musicians. Meanwhile I worked on writing ‘The Obliquity of the Ecliptic’ and here we are ready to start a new record.
What is your first musical memory?
My first real memory was from when I was about 2 or 3 years old. We had an old electric organ at the old home and my mother taught me a melody and it stuck with me and I would play it for relatives when they would come over. A few years back my family came across some footage of me playing it which kind of interesting given my current interest in music.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
The instrumental component is definitely inspired by some of my favourite musicians and I find my interests evolving as I am exposed to different types of music. The other huge portion of my inspiration for a significant portion of the instrumental parts is drawn from orchestrations. Some of my favourite music is from film and video games which is usually the place I go to for inspiration when it comes to writing lyrics. I admire complex film scripts that involve a lot of emotions and that can build off simple concepts which is why ‘The Obliquity of the Ecliptic’ is more then just a journey its also the growth of a character, her struggles and her attempt to be triumphant.
What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?
The album it comes from is a concept album, it is actually the title track, and it is the mid point in the album where the main character finds the man who killed her father. She is introduced to the lynx and lion whom in her dreams are depicted as her saviour, however the exact opposite seems to be true. The story takes a dark turn and becomes very lyrically heavy, describing her downfall into Schizophrenia. The song leads right up to the point where she is captured by the man who killed her father.
Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?
Absolutely, I draw out full layouts before starting pieces. I know roughly at which points I want the track to be slower and more emotional and which parts are to be instrumentally and technically heavy. I then go on to write one or two riffs to pick which two tempos I want to work at. Often times the center of the songs come first and I work my way backwards to the beginning to write the intro. Then I finish off the end of the song. And finally I pick which spots I want to splice in intense progressions and keyboard/guitar solos.
What is your method of songwriting?
Typically I write large portions of the song on my own time with the lights dark, a good film on or a great film score. Once I get a few riffs then I focus with nothing else going on. We also have been writing a couple pieces together as a group but we do not sit down and try to write together. It is just not our preferred method. So I make a few layouts, write in a couple parts and then everyone else digs into the layout and picks sections and transitional points to write in. As of right now we have a great track almost complete without lyrics that we all collaborated on using this method.
How do you see your music evolving?
I think our next album is going to have a few shorter tracks and a little more rhythmic activity. I love complex leads but I also adore really tight riffs that let lyrics sit perfectly over top. I think it’ll be a little faster and a bit heavier, without taking away our love for very thick leads and vocal melodies.
What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?
Work your ass off and don’t give up. Make sure you keep those who care about you close to you, people whom are very supportive and enjoy watching you evolve as a musician. Also don’t settle for musicians to play with just because you are good friends because that may also prove to be a weakness. I got lucky with Sean, being best friends yet thriving towards the same goals through thick and thin. We went through 17 people to arrive at Derek and Sorin and I don’t regret one single decision. The 4 of us make writing easy and playing in the pocket easy for one another. I’d also suggest that you lock yourself in your room everyday and play, play, play.
What are you looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to a second album and some good shows that we have coming up. We may be writing a track to release with a music video. I don’t have much information on that yet, but time will tell.
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