DEVA OBIDA interview

All the answers are mainly given by Artem Bachturin unless otherwise specified.

1. Hey! First of all, for those who have missed your band before: What does DEVA OBIDA is all about?

Hey! If you didn’t care much for Russian Metal, then let me tell you: Deva Obida is a band from the Northwest of Russia, Murmansk, not far from border with Northern Norway and Finland. We live on the coast of the Arctic Ocean and have been creating heavy metal for 20 years, being impressed and inspired by environment, surrounding nature, history, folklore and contemporary music. All that we play may be defined with different words – Melodic Metal, Folk, Gothic etc. We’ve got several diverse album releases and serious videos which we’re proud of and that scored definite attention in Metal scene. That’s it in brief. Speaking about band’s name, that might be approximately translated as “Maiden Offense”. It relates to Russian folklore and defines a character of ancient Russian literature – swan-maid. That was a dark omen, saying that nothing good is awaited to happen right now. We started as a Doom Death Metal band with pagan ideology and band name totally reflected our activity and was (and still stays) rather original as for Russian-speaking band.

2. What can you tell me about DEVA OBIDA latest album “Rudiment”?

Well, you know, I might spend hours talking about new album, so let me focus on the basic things you should know. This album is a point where we somehow found our own sound after carousing around different genres. In 2014 we released single “Varaka” and realized that we caught the right sound which we feel home in and quite well accepted. The new album just became an evolution of right that sound. It’s Melodic Metal with a visible doze of Folk and everything we like in contemporary music, doesn’t matter, Metal or not. In the general we made a whole album of the music we’d love to listen to ourselves and I have a feeling that our preference will be appreciated by someone else, that’s why you and all readers of this interview need to check! “Rudiment” is very diverse album. All the songs are different enough, but there is an integrity.

3. When your fans can hear something new after “Rudiment”? I mean if there is scheduled some info about new album.

There are no exact terms and plans yet. We just released “Rudiment” and will be involved in its support and promotion in the nearest future. We are in a process of composing the new stuff but can hardly predict when it becomes the next release. I guess that won’t happen before 2021. As a matter fact, there may appear our first EP or one more single, not a whole album. We’ll see. We’ll find out something to keep our audience tuned.

4. Do you have enough of positive feedbacks about the album so far?

Nope, it’s definitely not enough, we need more! Actually, the promotional campaign has just begun with a certain delay, but still… At least, there were no negative feedbacks or maybe we just didn’t face them. If you give us your own feedback, we wold greatly appreciate it.

5. Polygon Records released your album, so how you can value your collaboration, will you continue with Polygon Records?

Our label’s activity was limited to putting our album in different digital stores. We expected more comprehensive course. We’ll be looking for a new company for our future releases and probably will re-release our previous works including “Rudiment” with it’s assistance after completion of a current contract.

6. You’ve been active as a band for more than 10 years, what helps you to continue with the music?

Right, really more than 10 years. The question of motivation is one of the main ones. We do this because we can’t live any other way, dreary as it sounds. Art and self-expression give us meaning of life. Our music is our legacy. The most parts of our lives passed being in right band. That’s the thing to be thought about every day, something keeping a fire inside, energy, the will to move on and evolve. In the beginning being in band increases every guy’s self-worth and conceit, from now he’s not only one of many, he’s in command, a prospective rockstar. Otherwise, with age there is an improvement of a worldview and music becomes the way and meaning of life. As you see, that’s not so hard to keep on playing in band in that scenario.

7. Quite a few people have been involved in DEVA OBIDA since its inception. How did you come to find a stable, permanent line-up of members?

More or less, it’s all relative. We live in a small town, there are not so many people we could play in band with, so we looked for musicians generally amongst fellas and folks that were aware and known by us. We are not only band mates, we are friends spending much time together. We’ve got common musical and cultural basis, we grew up at the same time within our local scene, having common guideline, role models and idols. We evolved together. That’s why we understand each other extremely well. Well, or maybe there are no other bands for us here to play in and we have to stand each other, haha!

8. Which song off of “Rudiment” would you choose to play if you wanted to create a new fan of DEVA OBIDA?

The fact is that whatever song we chose, that won’t be a hallmark for the whole album. As I said earlier, all the tracks are very various. I guess, “Zov” could deal with it better than the others. That’s the most diverse song, changing its feel throughout all its duration and developing its sound on the verge of genres. Taking single track, perhaps it’s the one to show Deva Obida to a new would-be fan.

9. Which was the band that made you go, “that’s it–I’m starting a metal band!”?

Our comparison with that band has already become our burden and we’ve just started to get bored of that. The comparison that’s not so correct, especially after listening to our latest album on the whole. However, the shade of that band probably will be chasing us for a long time and our status of Russian Amorphis will be on our back. Right, the band that mostly influenced on forming of Deva Obida, the band that has been affected our sound along our history are ingenious Finns – Amorphis. That’s the band that inspired us to start our own one by their melodiousness, experiments and lyrics and we pay tribute to these brilliant artists. However, it’s hoped that we are not just the clone of a great original, we make our own music, walk our own way and it’s definitely not Amorphis.

10. Any parting words for the readers of Metal Militia?

Support scene, attend gigs, buy official releases and bands’ merch when possible, expand your horizons, never stop and be curious about something new, express yourself in art and creation. All of us have so much opportunities to do it nowadays. All these things are main guarantee of long-living Metal culture and coming of the second golden age for all of us.

11. Thank you for your time!

Thank you for your concern and interesting interview. Best of luck to Metal Militia!