Yea, yea, I know, this really isn't electronic underground music or industrial related at all. But, hell, I like to sometimes dive into other genres when I find myself curious enough. Anyway, Urn is a gothic/folk metal group based in Orlando, Florida of the United States. With their upcoming album "Epiphany" on the horizon, I talked to guitarist and lead singer Dominic regarding the album, their signing to Dark Moon Records, and their future plans.Aug 25 2015
You guys have been around since 2000 and I can only imagine it's been a journey. With your next album due out in August, have you noticed a change in style or improvements in the way you write/sing music as URN?
Dominic - "I’ve always felt that a band that’s worth its weight will typically see some form of improvement or progression from one album to the next. This recent album had a little more collaboration with its development, something that I was hoping for for quite a long time."
The last major release you guys have had was "Scribings of a Forgotten Soul" in 2009. It's been about 6 years since then, and now you're unveiling "Epiphany". Were you working on the album throughout that entire period or was there a bit of a break?
Dominic - "We toured extensively for two years for 'Scribings' so we really in earnest didn’t begin to work on 'Epiphany' until about 2011. However, around that time we elected to focus on other aspects of our lives and our families. I myself left Chicago for Florida later in 2011 to be with my family more. We did some touring in 2012 and decided to take a little bit of break the following year."
What really influenced the music and lyrics on "Epiphany"? Was it another band or musician, or personal interests or relief that brought the album to life?
Dominic - "As the title would suggest, it was an intense exploration of self-discovery and self-realization. On an individual, personal level I was transformed dramatically as a person and a great deal of this album’s lyrical content were my emotions dealing with the vigorous changes that came with that process. A reflection on lessons learned if you will."
What can fans expect to see on the album? How many tracks, the length of it all, any cover songs or collaborations, etc.? What should they be looking forward to?
Dominic - "We have eleven songs on this album and they are all original. In fifteen years, this band hasn’t done a cover song and most likely will not be doing one in the near future. What URN fans can look forward to is that we heard their voices and we delved more into our Celtic side of the band as we incorporated more non-traditional rock instruments such as violin and 36-string lever harp which really helped enhance the arrangements on many of the songs."
How was writing the album altogether? Was it a surreal experience or did it have more downturns than upturns at some points?
Dominic - "Our albums in the past, I did the majority of the writing, but with this album we did try to make it more of a collaborative effort. Each of us come from similar, but different backgrounds and we also came from different ways of how we go about songwriting. As a result, there were periods where we struggled with the new process. I’d say that Liam and Chris work a little better together, but in the end we all seem to have learned each other better that moving forward we’ll be more harmonious."
Obviously, I'm sure you guys have listened to your own material a million times over by now. What do you personally think of the album yourselves? Are you proud of what you were able to accomplish?
Dominic - "I honestly feel it is our greatest work to date. I’ve been proud of each of the albums in the past, but this one in particular I have a certain type of pride that I’ve not felt with the previous releases. This is in part that we did take a much different approach to the overall process of the album’s creation."
Now, you've also signed to Dark Moon Records. How did that occur? Did the label approach you or did they approach you?
Dominic - "Corvis Nocturnum of Dark Moon Productions who wanted to expand his multi-media operations into the music industry approached us. Fortunately for us, he has been a long-time friend and fan of URN and he was really wishing for another URN album and put a great deal of effort into making this all a reality."
And how has it been being attached to the label? Have they been very supportive of you so far?
Dominic - "The support that they have shown is immense. Albeit, there have been some financial struggles which almost anyone in this time and this world has been encountering, but the cold truth is, if it wasn’t for Dark Moon coming and expressing their support to the extents that they have, URN probably never records this album or ever again for that matter."
And what's next for URN? Are you planning any tours or live shows? An EP or two down the line somewhere?
Dominic - "We have been honored to have partnered up with Bloody Disgusting to have world premiered our promotional video for 'Cast in Amber' the first single off of the new album. So we launched that last month and have already seen incredible feedback. We have a regional tour coming up in September and we have already filmed another video for the title track of this album. As far as another recording in the future, we certainly feel that we would like to, but let’s see where 'Epiphany' takes us."
Is there anything I may have failed to mention that you wish to discuss at this moment?
Dominic - "We are working on a re-launch of our flagship website www.urncentral.com. It will be a complete overhaul from the previous version and will be more interactive as well."
Lastly, I thank you for this interview and wish you much luck.
Dominic - "It is we who thank you for giving us this opportunity to share a bit of ourselves with your readers. We deeply appreciate all that you do for the music community and the support that you’ve shown to us!"
The unfortunate thing about the "drama" that started is that it created an environment where people were choosing sides on if they liked the first album or the second. Our idea was just to give the fans a different angle to Die Sektor and we still loved all our fans from the first album. We were not trying to make people choose sides. Just make some new tunes for people to bump in the cars or whatever.
Die Sektor, May 30 2011
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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