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Q : First, I have to say that we’re very glad to interview Forgotten Tales on this Episode of our webzine. Why does it take so long for releasing new album? You’ve been gone for 6 years. What happened?
Marty : Thanks for the invitation. There were a lot of changes within the band during this time. Cedric just left the band one year after the release of All the Sinners so we had to reconstruct the team before continuing the composition. Then after, it was Fred’s turn to quit. He had a lot of projects going on and didn’t have time to give us then. After that, with a new drummer and a new keyboardist, I returned to writing. Then I realized that the new keyboardist was not the one I wanted to work with so I went back to Fred and convinced him to join back the band. Now everything was in place to continue the album. It took me a lot of time also to gather my ideas to make the best album I can. It was not always easy but it worked.
Q : Is it hard to gather the old member of Forgotten Tales back together? How often did you rehearsal? Don’t you afraid that the fans will forget you?
Marty : My musicians were just waiting for me to finish the album. When I did, we began rehearsal very seriously. I think true fans always come back no matter how long it takes and they never forget. That’s what we’ll see very soon.
Marty : He wasn’t happy anymore with the style of music Forgotten Tales played. He was more into new metal and alternative metal. I wasn’t sure I would be able to replace him at that time but when I met Mike, I knew he was the right one for the job.
Q : Please tell us your way to compose the song. Did the music and lyrics come first? Or you just jam together? Do you have any material before enter the studio?
Marty : When I enter the studio, almost everything is done. I keep backing vocals and some arrangements for later. When I compose, I always start with the lyrics followed by the music. I have to know in what mood the song will be and the text is always guiding me. I must say that when I’m stuck in a part and I don’t know how to continue, I ask my musicians for help then we jam until we find the right stuff.
Q : Can you tell us the different between previous album and “We Shall See The Light”? Anything the fans can expect from it.
Marty : On We shall see the light, I wanted the music to be more intense than the two others so I put the guitars louder, the vocals more aggressive and in front of the mix. I also accelerated the beat on a couple of songs. The texts are darker too so it adds to the intensity.
Q : Which band has an influence on Forgotten Tales the most?
Marty : I’m inspired by metal of the 80’s mixed with classic and progressive. Vinnie Moore is the one who inspired me the most on guitar. I was also a big fan of Helloween in their beginning. I think that all these facts combined have something to do with what I compose now.
Q : Have you ever been compared to Nightwish before? Since the band that has female vocalist with Soprano have always been compared to Nightwish. What do you feel about this?
Marty : I heard comparisons but all positive actually. People are happy to hear a female singer who doesn’t have a classical voice like most of the others.
Q : Did the previous album success? Did it sell well in Japan, America or Europe?
Marty : In Japan, Canada and South America, it wasn’t bad but not enough to get rich. We also had a few distribution deals here and there in Europe. We are confident that this album will do better. We’re in a good mood right now.
Q : Do you have a touring plan for supporting this album?
Marty : There’s nothing scheduled for now but we’re working on it.
Q : How’s the Power metal scene in Canada like? Which band from Canada is great in your opinion?
Marty : In Canada, it’s kind of underground. It must say it was better between 2000 and 2006 because a lot of bands from Europe came here to play. We did opening acts for most of them like Nightwish, Gammaray, Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica and a couple more. I can’t think about any other power metal bands in Canada but there are great bands from other styles like Annihilator, Martyr and Unexpected to name a few.
Q : Canada is quite famous for Extreme Metal such as Cryptopsy, Kataklysm, Voivod or Blasphemy. Are you a friend with these guys or your scene is separated from them?
Marty : I know these bands but I never met them since we’re rarely playing on the same venues. They also have their own crowd.
Q : Does the member in Forgotten Tales have a daytime job outside music? Does the metal musician in Canada can work as a musician without daytime job?
Marty : In Canada, you don’t get rich by playing underground music so we have to keep jobs until something serious happen. Fortunately, it is passion that makes us keep playing and making records.
Q : Finally, please say something to the fans in Thailand who have been waiting for “We Shall See the Light” for 6 years and thank you for making this interview happened.
Marty : Hi fans, thank you for being there. Without you we wouldn’t exist. We hope to pay you a visit someday in Thailand.
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