Some months ago, I was contacted by Aline Happ and was surprised by her Brazilian Symphonic Metal band that just released the first album (review here). Here is the interview with Aline.

Hello Aline! When have you discovered Heavy Metal? Which HM bands did you hear first?
Hello! Thanks for the interview! I discovered Metal when I was 11, I started to listen to Linkin Park. When I was 13 I discovered Evanescence and several metal bands (especially female fronted metal bands like Nightwish and Lacuna Coil). My parents and I discovered a lot of metal bands together. When I was a child they already liked some rock bands and they used to listen to Rolling Stones. I liked especially the song Start me up.
When did you get the idea to create a band?
I’ve always like to sing. I’ve watched all the Disney Princesses singing and it was amazing. Another inspiration was the movie Willie, the wale that sang, haha. When I started to listen to metal like Nightwish, Evanescence, Within Temptation (by 13) I wanted to have a band. I used to have some, but they were not professional, so in 2012 I founded Lyria.
What are Lyria's main musical influences?
We have a lot of influences and we mixed all of them. It is funny because we created our own style mixing different ones. Each member has its own influences so I can list the bands Black Sabbath, Metallica, After Forever, Nightwish, Evanescence, Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil and many more. =)
For the first album, you had many collaborations. When did this project start and how did it progress in time?
I founded the band in 2012 and wrote Reflection, after this I wanted to record an album. In 2013, Eliezer and Zig joined the band, so 2014 was the time to record the album. Our producer recorded part of the guitars, a friend of mine did the same in some songs, my husband helped me in some lyrics, so it was very nice. It took us a week to record the album, it was really crazy.
When did you decide to go on crowdfunding? Did you previously send any demo to a record company?
A friend of mine talked to me about crowdfunding and I liked the idea. We had nothing to lose, so why don’t try it? I didn’t send any demo. =) So, we started the crowdfunding campaign in May, 2014 to record the music video and release the album. I record a video for the crowdfunding and started to post about it. We did not know what to expect. It was fantastic how the fans got involved with the project. A lot of people were new fans that listened to two songs on youtube and wanted to help us. We are very grateful. I love to stay in touch with those people.
Congratulations, you succeed with this crowdfunding! I know several failure cases. What do you think that were the reasons or tricks for success?
Thank you! It is important to give something good to people. You have to do everything with love and true and don’t kid with the people’s trust, if you promise something, you have to do it. It was surprising, but it was not easy. It demanded a hard working task promoting the campaign, looking for people that could be interested, etc. And people noticed that we were really involved with the project so I think they believed in us. Sometimes I almost did not sleep. =)
Catharsis, the album name, is not the name of a song. Why this choice?
All the lyrics talk about bad moments and about overcoming them or they are advices. Catharsis (from the Greek κάθαρσις katharsis meaning "purification" or "cleansing") is the purification and purgation of emotions—especially pity and fear—through art or any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration. (Wikipedia) By listening to this album, I hope people can feel stronger, renewed and free from negative feelings. So, this is a catharsis.
How do you see the Metal scene in Brazil? There are so many good bands but more on progressive, power or thrash, I'm not aware of any like Lyria.
Brazil went through a long period where rock and metal were forgotten. I think this is changing a bit. This year, for example, several artists will perform here, in festivals or touring. There are also prejudices. Many people associate metal to noise because they don’t know the style. Sometimes I show our music and people get surprised: "But is it metal?! I liked it! ". Another problem is that some people think that national bands are poorly produced. Many people prefer to listen to consecrated bands and that’s why many groups invest only in cover songs here. But every show we do, we get more fans, and I love to be in contact with them. And people in general are wonderful, they want to give you support. So I can see that besides the difficulties, Brazil can be very receptive.
What are Lyria's future plans?
At the moment, the main idea is to create a good schedule of concerts in Brazil and later, abroad. We are also looking for a place in the festivals.
Any chance or conversations taken for Lyria to play abroad?
We really want it! But unfortunately we have to delay it a bit, cause of the high costs. But of course it is in our plans! ;)
Do you want to leave a message for Sounds from Apocalypse readers? And Portuguese fans?
Sure! Hope you liked the interview and enjoy our work. If you want to listen to something new, here we are =) You can find us on; and I also have my own page, =)
Aos portugas, um abraço dos seus colegas de idioma. ;)

Thank you Aline for this interview and all the best to you and the band.

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