Lapis Lazuli is a Symphonic Gothic metal band from Sweden that has been around since 2005. What begun as a project for Timo Hautamaki (Keyboards and Vocals) is now coming to a full circle after a series of changes of name and line up. Now Lapis Lazuli present us with A Loss Made Forever their new album.
The album opens with Ascension an instrumental track that lays down the melodic intentions of the band, continuing with A Loss Made Forever a song that show the excellent work in keys by Hautamaki and the great voice of their new singer Frida Eurenius. The Silence is a great piece that shows a perfect fusion between classical music and metal in the most simple way to create symphonic metal. Home is a track a bit more dark and with a more electronic touch that shows the diversity and flexibility of the band. Serpent (Black Sun) is a more modern piece with a new intro that rapidly changes to a face paced song. When Dreams Collide is a song with a bit of classical progressions and tempo changes that fits perfectly with Frida’s voice. The album closes with Dragged Into Shade a very melodic song that presents a duet between Hautamaki and Eurenius in an excellent collaboration.
The album presents an innovation in the way to do symphonic gothic metal that without leaving the traditional structure experiments with modern sounds that are adapted to show the vocal and musical potential of this emerging band. The Age Of Metal had the opportunity to talk to Timo Hautamaki and Johan Karlsson about the band, their new album and the currying state of the band, and this is what they told us:
AOM : What is Lapis Lazuli?
AOM: What are your influences?
AOM: What is the idea behind A Loss Made Forever?
AOM: Who produced the album?
AOM: how has been the response from the public to Frida as new vocalist?
AOM: How do you see the Symphonic metal scene today?
AOM : What is the proposal of Lapis Lazuli to the symphonic metal scene?
AOM: Are any touring plans for Lapis Lazuli any time soon?