Interviews About Albums: Iron Wings - Ritual Of Rage (2022)

1. What can you say about this new EP/CD?

Our new CD is the brightest representation of the group's work in recent years. We would like to say that this is also our best performance so far. All the songs are like small flashes that together form a dynamically growing and developing musical story. Also the thematic core of the album - the art direction "Symbolism" both musically and in the lyrics reflects our vision and interpretation of modern events through this prism of "Symbolism"

2. What is the meaning of the EP/CD name?

Like the symbolism itself. The title of the album "Ritual of Rage" symbolizes everything that has been happening around us for the last few years. How narrow is the line between peace and riots, freedom of expression, and censorship? How fast can our dearest become our enemies? How corrupt and vulnerable our society is. How we feed the beast inside of us and let that out without thinking about consequences. In short: this "ritual of rage" inside ourselves, can set us free or destroy us. It all depends on how we manage it.

3. Which one is the composer of the CD/EP?

All the lyrics and music are band vocalist work. But of course, without bandmates participating in the music writing process it just won`t be done. Starting with writing the base riffs and structure of the songs, then showing to bandmates, telling/showing them vision and ideas of the all music instruments (guitar and drums) parts, and then we work with arrangement together. All of the band members are equally involved and important like one big clock mechanism. We altogether are those who make the wheel run.

4. If you have to pick one song, which one would you pick?

Ohh... it is really hard. All songs have something that gives drive and energy. Depend on the day, mood, or even, the time of the day. Right now could say "The Raven".

5. Is there a special message in this EP/CD? If there is what it is?

We would like to think that everyone can find something in it. A symbol that gives the listener a new perspective and makes them think. All the songs are full of symbols, and quotes that represent all of humanity. The beautiful and ugly side of human nature. The dark, greedy, distorted perception of humans and the fight against that. Fighting with your darkest thoughts and your demons to be free mentally and physically.

6. Are there some lyrics that you´d love to share?

We would like to note some of them. Like a symbol/paraphrases from the title song "Ritual of rage," the last chorus is made from famous quotes. "The path to paradise begins in hell" is from Dante. "The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our soul" is one of the founders of symbolism in literature: Edgar Allan Poe. Then "the god of war has gone over to the other side" that is from a monster, tyrant, war criminal, and dictator Adolf Hitler. Also last chorus from the song “Apathy”. The part: "There is only one god, and you betrayed him. There is only one last chance, but you didn’t deserve it." Like a statement, that the only god you could ever betray or left is yourself. You are the one who can make your own heaven or hell. Also, some lines from the song "The Raven" are like a “be free into thoughts and memories, wake up now, remember my words! Stand up and fight for the truth!”

7. Which inspirations have been important for this album? Like musically or friends, family, someone you'd love to thank especially?

Most of all, the inspiration came from all global and inside happenings in our everyday lives. Of course, not the happiest news are those who give the feeling to write such a type of song. But at the same time all friends, family, and of course bandmates who stand with you, help you, are big inspirations to move forward, speak out loud about all the issues that oppress and affect modern humanity through music, and convey this message to our listeners. And one of the biggest inspirations is our listeners and supporters (fans). Without your energy, we could not move forward. So thank you all, our friends, all around the globe! You rock!

8. Something to add?

We want to do good for the world and we want to help people from Ukraine. The new album, which can be purchased at our Bandcamp profile in physical format and digital format, will be available throughout May for a special offer - when buying the physical or digital version of the album, half - 50% - of the proceeds will be direct to support Ukraine. Purchasing the physical format of the album "Ritual of Rage" as a thank you for supporting Ukraine, we will give away the previously released album "Dzejnieks" as a gift.

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