Farzad Golpayegani, on his Iranian Prog/ Metal music and his new album.
Z.Z: Those who would like to know you as an artist, can read your biography on your website (https://www.farzadonline.com/) or read our older interviews with you on zirzamin’s archives (Here), but let me start by asking you how it’s going with the recordings of your next album “Three”? F.G: It’s about 2 to 3 years that I have started working on this album and due to lack of time and the amount of works involved, I’ve not been able to finish the recordings yet. There is nothing much left on mixing and mastering. I think the album will be ready in a month. But I can’t say anything firm about its release yet. I prefer to complete the works and then look for a suitable channel for the release. But I will have some parts of some tracks on the https://www.farzadonline.com.z.z/ The next album includes only 3 compositions which are 17 min in length, each. Is it because you wanted to give a more Progressive profile to it?
F.G: Yes, if the album wouldn’t have been Progressive, I could have increased the number of tracks to 15. Two of the songs (14 and 39) contain a lot of variations, they transform a lot and have depths. Also in track “47” I have sang little bit in it which has become an interesting piece of work. I also have one hidden track which is a replay of 10 Metal songs melted down together and played in my own style.
Z.Z: Do they have that touch of the Iranian music as always or is it pure western Prog/ Metal this time?
F.G: The style of this album is Iranian Progressive Metal and many of the bars have a very Iranian and Eastern characteristic. Actually the Metal part of this album has been increased compared to the previous works. Also more Eastern tones and Metal is heard in this album. For instance, the acoustic guitar, which was tuned in a special way to sound like an Iranian instrument, is accompanying the guitar in most of the songs.
Z.Z: You have also composed some improvisational tracks (Improvisation 1 and Improvisation 2). Tell us about them?
F.G: I, accompanied with my band, conducted a few improvising sessions in a studio. It was a very good experience and we had some good results out of it. My goal was to record our improvised work after some sessions and make an album of it. In fact it would be like a “live” recording which would be performed in an improvised way. We also did this but the recording conditions were not that great and the drums did not sound good. Our drummer left the country as well so we were not able to go to studio anymore. It is my intention to work on those tracks again in order to release them.