Our magazine has interviewed the
now well-known St. Petersburg heavy metal band "Metka".
This band has managed to take its own niche on Petersburg
metal scene in a relatively short period of time. These
guys can be easily put on a par with such bands as the
"Citadel", "Atomica", "Morrah",
"Sopor" and the others, or even higher. The
interview took place at their rehearsal base. In general
the musicians themselves have been equally interesting
as their music. Basically, the questions have been answered
by a guitarist Zack Eswee and a vocalist Vladimir Vetyukov.
Drive: We will start with a trivial question:
why do you have the name "Chernaya Metka",
and how all this have started?
Vladimir: The name has not just been that
from the very start. Originally we were called "Black
Label", because Zack has written a song with
that title. And this was our first song.
Zack: And for a couple of years we were known
as "Black Label". But in 2004 we decided
to take another name - "Chernaya Metka".
Since 2001 till 2004 we had english name and sung
in English. But then decided to do everything in Russian.
Drive: And why did you decide to change it
to the Russian?
Vladimir: Well, it's not a good idea do to
something in a foreign language. Russian people do
not need this, as well as those who are from abroad.
It is better to sing in Russian so that at least somebody
would be interested in our music.
Drive: Thus, you make the emphasis on the
Zack: Actually, we focus on everything. Usually,
people think about us in this way: "Ahh.. Cheranya
Metka... This is probably something like Aria...".
Personally, I'm listening to a russian music very
little. So "Metka" doesn't have roots of
such russian bands as Aria, Black Coffee...
Drive: Perhaps people often associate you
with "Alisa", to be exact, with their album
"Chernaya Metka", is it so?
Zack: By the way, there was a problem with
this name because of that fact. We also thought if
it is worth keeping, because we were afraid that people
will associate us with "Alisa".
Joe: And so they do..
Zack: Finally, we tried to imagine some names,
we gathered together, trying to invent something.
In the end, nothing was invented, so we decided just
to leave as it is.
Vladimir: The truth is, people demands a cover
on "Alisa" from us. They cry: "Play
something by Alisa!". Now we are going to give
them what they want! We are rehearsing one of their
Drive: What song, if it is not a secret?
Vladimir: Well... a secret ...not a secret...
Zack: Yes, of course, this is not a secret:
"Krasnoye na Chernom"!
Vladimir: I like russian rock. It is because
of russian rock I began to listen to music. Yes, that
is how it was. And then I got acquainted with the
foreign music. That is why I love both western and
russian rock music equally, I like "music"
as heavy music, and I like "verbal music"
as the musical minimalism. I like both versions. And
I have many friends who love both heavy music and
intellectual rock. Usually it is very difficult to
reconcile these views in front of other people. For
example, I have to explain to fans of Russian rock,
and not only Russian but also of Western intellectual
rock ("Doors", "Pink Floyd"),
that that the metal music is not such a stupid music,
and it too can be very interesting and intellectual.
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