FOREVER STORM   HEAVY POWER METAL FROM SERBIA Band Questions answer by Stefan KOVAČEVIĆ    
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? My name is Stefan and I am a frontman of a metal band called Forever Storm. My brothers in arms are Milos (rhythm / lead guitar), Vladimir (bass / backing vox) and Vuk (drums).   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? The name has a symbolic to it – it represents metal music which comes as a storm and it will last forever hence the name Forever Storm.   Where and how was the band founded? The band was founded in our hometown of Kragujevac at the end of 2006.   Have you played in other bands before? Yeah of course. My previous bands which made their own music are IronicA and Alek, there were also a few cover bands. My first band IronicA was founded in 2002. We were a bunch of elementary school kids who wanted to play metal but didn’t know how (laughter)!   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? Basically Milos and I were high school friends and we were crazy about Iron Maiden, so were hanging out all the time. The two of us started to plan the band creation after which Vladimir came along as he was friends with Milos. The three of us were a perfect match because basically we all liked to listen to classical heavy. Then came Vuk. He had a different style because at the time he was listening to Slipknot, Mudvayne etc. but since he was younger than us he had to follow. After few years of practice and making our own music we were all a perfect fit.   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them? The lyrics on the first two albums were basically about the life’s injustices, the anti-utopian view of the world. The third album will be the first conceptual album and it will cover the theme of the Great War (World War I) and Serbian ancestry that took part in it.       Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? First of all there is Iron Maiden, we were crazy about their music back at the time (now also). We listened those great solos and melodies on repeat all the time. Then there were some other bands like Metallica, Savatage, Dream Theater, Hellowen, Gamma Ray etc. Our sound would be a specific mixture of Maiden’s melodies and Metallica’s heaviness and Gamma Ray’s power.     Why should people listen to our music? We have something true to offer. We do not compromise or sound to the requirements of modern times and metal production. We play from the heart and mean it.   Tragedy your last album is now almost five years old again. Are you already working on new songs and when can you expect a new album? We are working on the third album for about five years now. We are planning to rehearse the songs till February. Hopefully we will be officially in the studio at the beginning of April and will finish the recording and production by the end July/August.   Tragedy your last album was released by mexican label ebm. How did you get in contact with the label since then and how satisfied have you been with your work We got in touch with them via our manager for Europe Dejan Ilic Ilke (longtime supporter of Serbian metal scene) and we were pretty happy with the teams they given us. The album was released at the end of 2013. after which we promoted the album across the region.   How do you like the old album Soul Revolution today and would you like to change it? We like it still, because it was the album which put us on the map of the metal world. Hey, there is always some things that could have been better, but that was our stamp at the time and we are proud of it.   What was your first concert as a fan? and what memory do you have of it? My first bigger concert experience was Metallica in Belgrade in 2004. this was a totally new experience for me since all I saw till then were some small shows of local bands and some Serbian rock bands which played on smaller festivals etc. I remember that they promoted Saint Anger on this tour so I was not glad to hear those songs, but after Battery, Master Of Puppets and Creeping Death I felt like I was In heaven even though I couldn’t see most of the show because the crowd was wild all the time.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? One of our biggest and most successful shows was on Wacken’s Metal Battle in 2010. We won the third place among 28. bands from all over the world so that was something to remember. Also one of our favorite shows was the Soul Revolution album promotion in 2010. in a packed Le Cinema club in our hometown. We played a lot of festivals like Zajecarska gitarijada in 2007. - this was also one of our bigger shows. We also played on Exit fest (one of the biggest festivals in Europe held in Serbia). The bigger bands we played with are Alogia (local metal heroes), Kerber (local rock legends) and Blaze Bayley (former singer of Iron Maiden). We played with a lot of local rock and metal bands, but to name a few: Trigger, Nightfall, Magma, LUR, Violet, Burning Circle, Antologija, Alister, Atlantida, Deadly Mosh, Rain Delay etc.   Have already resulted in friendship? Of course, with a lot of bands we are friends till this day.   If you'd like to play live and if you would like to? Don’t exactly get the question but I will answer as I understood it. Yeah we like to play live, it is the essence of being a metal band and we would like to play a Europe tour so much but this is something which needs a lot of finances and logistics.   With what do you earn your money except with the music? Basically we do not earn a lot of money with our music, all of the money which we earned till now we invested in the band so you could not say it is enough for living. We all have some everyday jobs which pay the bills, for example I work in a car transport company.   How important are social media for you as a band? They are but we haven’t invested a lot of time promoting our music when it comes to paid promotion. Most of the times we are writing post on our social media pages and promote our work to the people we already have on our page. One of our main popularity peaks was the live show called Rat Bendova (Battle of the bands) which was aired on OBN television in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2010. After this show we got a lot of fans from the region. There was also a champagne by our record label EBM after the release of Tragedy – they sent the album to a lot of webzines and websites which did a review which got us some new fans also.     What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? I would like to continue making music which I love and to share it with the world. It would also be great if we could organize a European tour after the release of our third album.   What do you think about the Serbia metal scene in general? The scene in regards to the bands is great, we have a lot of variety when it comes to metal and rock styles. But much of the problem is that metal music is the unpopular music genre in our country so it does not get the recognition it deserves resulting in small audience, especially on local shows. Festivals are a bit better but there is still a lot of space for improvement. But this is unfortunately something which is up to the media to change or we should make some kind of working union in order to push metal higher.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Of course: Trigger, Dot The Eye, Magma, Alogia, Rain Delay, Alitor, Quasarborn, Chaousim, Alister, Deadly Mosh, Larska etc. Visit this great site - https://www.serbian-metal.org for more bands and music.   PERSONAL QUESTIONS!   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I grew up in my hometown Kragujevac. My childhood as I remember it was pretty good, even though I was growing up in a war torn country (Yugoslavia) at the time. But I never felt I was missing something. My family always had enough for some modest living and my father and mother were always teaching my sister and me to be grateful on what we have.   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown? The school was good, high school especially – made a lot of great friends there. I was a fair student, had good grades most of the time but I also liked to have fun so sometimes I was not in class. Not particularly a clown but a bit of the clown so to say. My friends liked me because I knew how to draw and I was drawing their art class projects all the time. I draw a lot of Eddies on school property (tables, chairs) because I was a big fan of Maiden at the time.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? Did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? They were pretty supportive because they saw that I was really in to it. I was practicing my guitar for half of a day, playing till me fingers bleed like in the song Summer of ’69 (laughter)! I feel that I could done more with my music, but I cannot be unhappy. It is good to be able to be more than just someone who will live their live till the end and leave nothing behind, I am happy because I know that our music will last, hopefully long after we are gone from the face of the Earth.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? I already am so to say, because I have my own music studio which is called Blacksmith studio. I am recording music of other bands and playing couple of instruments (guitars, keyboards) for some local pop and rock artist.   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? I don’t like big cities, a lot of tension in the air (as well as the pollution), this is why I returned to Kragujevac after finishing the studies in Belgrade (Serbia’s capitol). I like to visit my grandpa’s house in the mountains from time to time and I like to visit nature sites and cultural sites around Serbia and the region for relaxation.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? I am passive as they come when it comes to sports. I can easily say that I am not a fan of sports of any kind, but I sometimes enjoy a football or basketball match when the national team is playing.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you? Don’t get this question (laughter!).   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues)? My family and friends are supportive most of the time.   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? I don’t like haters at all. If you don’t know to give a constructive critic, than don’t bother writing anything at all. It is one thing to criticize and a totally different thing to hate something/someone, it tells you a lot about the person.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? Depends how you use it. Problem is that there are a lot of things out there and it is hard to differentiate the quality content from the noise of everything else if you do not know where to look. Of course it is a blessing when it comes to free and paid promotion for bands.     What would you personally like to do in your life? Besides making and listening to music I like to spend time with my family and friends, to get to know and learn different things. I am especially interested in learning about my country’s history in these last couple of years, mostly because I need material for the lyrics of the third album.     Which question would you like to have answered and why? Why is humanity so desperately running towards its demise, and when I say humanity I mean the people who are running the show (oligarchs, masons and corporations)?     Serbia My county and pride!   Austria Been to Vienna a couple of times, great city!     Iron Maiden or Metallica Iron Maiden   Gamma Ray or Savatage Gamma Ray   Women Can’t live with them and can’t live without them (laughter)!   Jelen Pivo One of the best advertised domestic beers and at the same time one of the worst beers when it comest to quality! I prefer Zaječarsko!   Beer or Juice Beer of course!   Serbian bean soup One of the best meals ever invented!   Holiday Yes, thank you (laughter)!   Family The most imporant thing in the world!   Drugs Weed ocassionaly, but nothing else! If you need drugs to produce art, just stop pretending, you are not that talented.   Soccer Not into sports   Movie or Series Series. At least in the newer age they bacame a better medium than the movies.   Your top 10 all time faves The order will be random Iron Maiden – Seventh son of a seventh son Gamma Ray – Heading for tomorrow Savatage – Edge of thorns Threshold – Subsurface Evergrey – The inner circle Metallica – Master of puppets Megadeth – United abominations Mercenary – The hours that remain Bon Jovi – Slippery when wet Europe – Out of this world   top 5 in time ! Testament – Dark roots of the earth Europe – Start from the dark Evergerey – Hymns for the broken Alter Bridge – Blackbird Firewind – The premonition   The closing word is yours? Live life like you mean it, don’t let it pass you by while you’re making plans. Learn, love, lose it is all a part of it. And of course drink your beer! Cheers and my metal save us all! 
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