23th March 2019
MM: How pleased are you with your new Album “Man of Sand” and whats the feedback been like from fans and the media so far?
Efreeti:I'm super happy with the album overall. It has lots of things I love, and shows what kind of music I represent very well. So far I’ve only had positive feedback. I dont think anyone has been putting it on repeat yet, but in the end I’m happy that I have an album that I enjoy myself.
MM: The Video for “Its Inner Pain” is interesting and looks a bit cold!! How pleased are you with it and can we expect any more videos soon?
Efreeti:I think the actors will confirm it was very cold! Considering my resources I’m very happy with it. There are always things you want to change in hindsight of course, but nothing major. I hope to release videos more frequently this year, with a few lower production, and have one higher production in the background. The level of production doesn’t always translate accuratly, but the goal is to give people more entertainment, and hopefully putting extra work in a video will make it more interesting!
MM: if I was totally new which two songs would you play me to introduce me to Efreeti
Efreeti:Id start with Saffarid Dynasty from our first album Chapter One, and Smile of Death from Man of Sand. Both are long epic songs that really show what efreeti is about, and I’m really proud of both those songs.
MM: The Album cover is interesting what does it signify
Efreet:There are 3 elements to pay attention to. First you have the man. He represents a stranded character left alone for years. Secondly the lamp. It represents curiosity, greed, adventure, feelings. And thirdly, the Efreet lurking behind the man, pulling his will like a puppet, but its only there by the mans will to use the lamp.
MM: Can you tell us your plans tour and festival wise.
Efreeti:We dont have any gigs booked at the moment! If you're interested in hearing us live, feel free to shoot a message to firstname.lastname@example.org if you're a venue. If you're a fan, let your local venue know about us!
MM: What can we expect from Efreeti live?
Efreeti:We try to set an interesting atmosphere, and emphasise on power and mood. If I was able to I would refurnish the venue to transport your mind to another time and place, but practicality and money is a thing. I do it to the best of my ability with the resources I have.
MM : What do you like best about touring:
Efreeti:I have never been on tour! But it looks like a great way to meet like-minded people, and share a great experience.
MM: How do you rate the importance of being seen live and meeting fans whenever possible?
Efreeti:It really depends on the goal. I do really enjoy making people feel good in a live setting, and I know a few people every concert have a really impactful experience. But at the moment I think having an online presence is as rewarding for myself. I might focus more on booking live shows if we ever become more known and are able to sell out small venues.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why?
Efreeti:Id say Trondheim Metal Fest 2013, both Gojira and Anaal Nathrakh were really amazing at that festival, and gave a really amazing experience!
MM: Can you remember the first time you played live and how it felt.
Efreeti:I believe our first show was at a local youth club. We had fun, and the people were supportive but I'm pretty sure it was terrible, but at least we tried and shared the awkward moment together! With that said we did have some sick riffs early on. Hopefully it translated somewhat!
MM: Which are your Two favourite albums of all time and what they have meant to you personally
Efreeti:One of the first albums I got into after falling in love with metal was Keep Of Kalessin's Kolossus. Its a technical masterpiece with lots of intensity, varied vocals, melodies, amazing riffs. Such a great album throughout! The other one id like to mention is not even metal. Maybeshewill's "I was here for a moment, then I was gone" speaks to me on so many levels. The production, buildups, melodies and progression are soothing yet intense and impressive all the time.
MM - Where would you like to see Efreeti in the next five years, both as a band and as musicians?
Efreeti:I just hope to grow as a musician, and give the world some interesting music and videos. I hope Efreeti will be able to show up at some festivals at the future, and if it makes sense at some point, id also love to go on tour with some other bands I respect.
MM: Can you tell me why we should buy “Man of Sand”
Efreeti:From my biased perspective I’d say its a different sound. If you like metal, and want to support this specific sound, then you may want to buy the album - simple as that. No one owes us anything, so buying an album should be a selfish act of "I want to listen to this", not the other way around. Of course, being enabled to do what I enjoy is great, but not a given.
MM: Four Words to describe Efreeti
Efreeti: Doomy atmospherically death metal ? Do you have any Final words for our readers and your fans: If you made it this far, thanks for your interest! If you havent yet, please check out Man of Sand. You just might like it!