Portuguese tech death-metallers The Voynich Code released their debut album Aqua Vitae earlier this month. Laura spoke to the band to chat about their debut album, their inspiration and guilty pleasures.
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Your debut LP, Aqua Vitae, is due for release this May. What can people expect from it?
Changing this to: Your debut LP, Aqua Vitae, was released 10 days ago. How's the feedback so far?
It's been great! This album is slight different compared to Ignotum. It's heavier, technical and faster. We also had more time to write this album. We did everything without any pressure, recording at home, paying a special attention to the detail and composition.
Vinnie and André wanted to explore new vibes in this album, most of the riffs are really technical. We pushed ourselves to the limit in terms of solos, leads and keyboards. This album is also super special because we had 3 guest spots: Jake Luhrs of August Burns red, Ed Garcia of Vitalism and Andrew Patterson of Lunaform. They are all super friends and had a directly influence in our writing.
To end this we also had Euler, our drummer, writing with us for the first time. He's amazing and he opened so many doors for us in terms of drumming. Now we can play with basically any type of technique from blast beats to groovy patterns and you can see that result on Aqua VItae.
Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind the record?
We can definitely say the inspiration came from old school bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, Through the Eyes of the Dead, All Shall Perish and those bands we used to listen in 2007-2010. All these bands are famous for crushing riffs and beautiful/melodic solos.
We tried this approach with Aqua Vitae... there's no basic chug chug anymore and we played with lots of ambiancestrying to give all songs a special vibe.
For Nelson this is a very personal album... any lyric is a brief explanation of his dark past moments... a real struggle with depression, anxiety and all the stress people suffer nowadays especially in metropolitan cities. It's funny to see how many people liked the lyrics and sent messages to us talking about it. We wanted to touch people's heart and show them there's always a chance to be happy and live to the max!
Are there are bands or artists that have really inspired you, on the new record or in general, & why?
Besides the old school bands we mentioned above we can definitely say all 3 guests had a directly impact on their songs.
On Delusion we knew we couldn't write an extreme heavy song otherwise it wouldn't fit Jake's vocals style. We ended writing a very complete song in terms of structure and melody. You have a song full of crushing riffs, with a powerful lyrics and choruses. Jake also added his gang chorus, something we never tried before.
On King for a Day we knew it we would need to make it heavy. Andrew is a beast and his vocals are amazing. King for a Day is a song focused on groovy and low tuning riffs. On the end we have a djenty breakdown and Andrew added his vocals there. It sounds amazing, his pattern is super different from what we are used to listen.
On Behind the Mirror we pushed ourselves to the limit. Most of the riffs and drums are super technical and the keyboard composition completes every aspect of the song. We did a calm part for Ed Garcia, exploding later in a faster riff while he continues his solo. Ed is great, you can basically identify his style from miles away and he's also Brazilian just like Vinicius and Euler. We felt it was a perfect match to have him on the album.