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Interview With Elysian Divide

Bio (Take from bands Facebook page)

Elysian (adj): Relating to the feeling of paradise, bliss or delight

Divide (noun): A division, separation or divergence

A world coming down from the incursion of nu metal, juxtaposed with the pop-friendly feel-good factor of cliché pop bands with heavy downtuned guitars is where female fronted Elysian Divide draws a line in the sand. While everything that was original is celebrated with come-back tours of our ancient metal ancestors, Elysian Divide seeks to redress the balance and do something a little more unique.

Drawing on a range of divergent influences from Slipknot to Belphegor, from Evergrey to Delain, our sound aims to create something new and beautiful yet retains the angst against a world beset by the banal and ludicrous. Somewhere between heaven and hell is where you will find Elysian Divide.

Formed early 2016, our songs have been painstakingly honed to accomplish our mission. Armed with our individuality and musical influences, we have come together to merge our creativity into the sonic landscape you hear before you.  

Band Members:

Atashi Tada - Vocals,
Jon - Guitar,
Leigh - Drums

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N. A. Foy: How would you describe your sound if you had a brief moment to describe it to someone in an elevator? 

Elysian Divide: I asked the band the question and the first reply was Jon with "The enlightened agony of expected disappointment :D."

N. A. Foy: Haha I like that.  Do you have an approximate time when you plan on releasing your debut album?

Elysian Divide: We are nearly done with all the parts for the recording, so just finalising some small bits and pieces and should be ready to release around end of September. Very excited about that!

N. A. Foy: How old were you when you decided to pursue a career in music and were there any particular musicians or singers that inspired you?

Jon - 11, Skid Row and Guns n Roses featured heavily in my listening. It was really Scotti Hill's solo tone that got me into playing guitar. In fact, it was the intro solo to 18 And Life when they performed at Donnington 1992 that got me. I was a massive Sepultura fan too back in the day, and most of my gear buying decisions were influenced somewhere between Skid Row and Sepultura. 

Leigh - Started playing drums at the age of ten. Inspired by early Metallica, Megadeth etc. Moved on to heavier more melodic influences and my playing style followed. I like to hit hard and keep things relatively simple with a few twists and surprises along the way!

Atashi - I decided to be a musician at the age of 6, went to the "dark side" at the age of 13, and early Apocalyptica as well as Marilyn Manson and Sandra Nasić from Guano Apes were my main sources of inspiration. :)

N. A. Foy: What are some things you like to do for enjoyment when you are not doing music?

Jon - My second love is keep fit and exercise. I am a personal trainer outside of my day job and enjoy helping people reach goals. I also mess around a lot with electronics, particularly Marshall tube amps, digital electronics and other little projects.

Leigh - I have a huge interest in the occult, mainly witchcraft and herblore. I am a carpenter/joiner by trade and love building and creating anything from wood. I also love my garden and my fish. How metal am I!!

Atashi - I am a huge animal lover and environmentalist, constantly being involved and exploring possibilities to help different local animal organizations. Also, I recently discovered a new passion of directing and organizing video shoots. In my other free time, I love having new tattoos done and cuddling with my cat Hugo.

N. A. Foy: If you were stuck on an island but were able to listen to music, which three CDs would you want with you?

Elysian Divide: Looks like we would sit on a different parts of the island, each listening to their own three CDs :)

Jon: Skid Row "Slave To The Grind", Napalm Death "Order of the Leech" and Emperor "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk"

Atashi: Marilyn Manson "Mechanical animals", Antimatter "Fear Of A Unique Identity" and Slipknot ".5: The Gray Chapter"

Leigh: The Birthday Massacre "Hide and Seek", Type O Negative "October Rust" and Omnium Gatherum "Beyond"

N. A. Foy: How about some favorites. What is your favorite color? Number? Foods? Movie(s)? Book(s)? Or any other favorites you want to mention?

Atashi: My favorite colour is obviously black but when it comes to my tattoos I prefer all colours together, I guess in this way I am trying to compensate my constantly black outfit 🙂 My favorite book is "Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov; it's a novel about the Devil visiting Moscow, really mysterious and funny as well. I'd strongly recommend to anyone!Favourite movie - Pulp Fiction, I can watch it endless number of times and never get bored - I love how that many plot lines all come together at some point 🙂 I am clearly Quentin Tarantino fan!

Jon: Colour: depends on what. Guitars, any colour but black. Cars: black. Ladies underwear: red or black. Levis: 511s in Glastonbury, Biology or Rock Cod. Number: Arithmomania with number 4. Films: In the Mouth of Madness, Withnail and I, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Lethal Weapon 1. Food: Turkey, salmon and peanut butter not in the same dish though.

Leigh: Favourite colours, I have many but if I had to choose, probably green and purple. 
Favourite numbers, 7 & 12
Food, love it all but Mexican; Spanish and Italian are favourites. 
Books - I only read non-fiction books. Anything that interests me, especially, nature, witchcraft, history and culture. 
Films - hard to say but I love a good action such as Die Hard. I also have a soft side and love a good chick flick as well as comedies, especially Adam Sandler films, and old classics like The Great Outdoors, Ghostbusters, Planes, Trains and Automobiles. 
I could go on but I'll stop to save your sanity!

N. A. Foy: What is the main message that you want to give your fans as an example as a band? Is there anything else you'd like to add before we finish? 

Elysian Divide: Redefining female fronted metal, riff by riff by motherfucking riff. We pride ourselves on not being classed along with the stale, soulless metal that gets churned out these days under whatever trendy banners are associated. There is still plenty for the old school to teach us which is the reason a lot of us got into metal. We aim to bridge that gap then put a stamp on whatever comes next. Our goal is simple. Learn, adapt, react, recreate, repeat.