Those who know their geography will know that Moldova is a small country to the East of Romania and yet whilst their flags are similar, they both speak Romanian and share the same name for their currency, do not by any means confuse the two. Whilst their neighbours Romania have had the pleasure of bringing out Negura Bunget as flag-bearers, it's now up to Infected Rain of Moldova to shoulder the responsibility of being flag-bearers to the Moldovan Metal scene.
Here is a band who has been around for the past 11 years and yet only now has a record label picked them up, it should have happened a lot sooner. None the less, having signed with Napalm Records and gearing up to release their fourth album 'Endorphin', it's fair to say that this quintet are not resting on their laurels as Lena goes on to explain when speaking to GMA...
"There are no good opportunities to play and share our music... It is really challenging to be a musician in Moldova in general."
Things are looking good for Infected Rain, with a record deal with Napalm Records and subsequently a new album coming out, all of you must be chuffed to be where you are at now?
"Yes we are really happy and excited for what is there to come."
Some of your new fans will not know you have been around for 11 years, will you look to re-release your three previous albums '86', 'Embrace Eternity' and 'Asylum'?
"It is possible but, it is not in our closest future plans yet. We just want to create new stuff."
You're heading out in November and December on tour with Eluveitie and Lacuna Coil, how does it feel to be in the presence of metal greatness?
"We are super excited about it. Both bands were always good to us and I think it’s going to be fun to share the stage and the whole tour experience with these great people."
Not many metalheads will know about metal in Moldova, do you feel you have become the flag-bearers of the scene? What can you tell us about the scene (festivals, support for metal, etc)?
"Unfortunately Moldova is not really famous for metal. We do have a lot of talented musicians and bands but, unfortunately there are no good opportunities to play and share our music. We don't have any support for the young musicians, no clubs or festivals to perform at. It is really challenging to be a musician in Moldova in general."
How does it feel to be working with such a highly-regarded vocal coach in Melissa Cross?
"I feel super honoured! We are old friends now. Melissa is not just a vocal teacher, she is my mentor. I love her with all my heart and I consider myself lucky to know her."
Would you say that your style of music is best called 'Modern Metal' or do you have a preferred way of describing your music instead of genre-tagging?
"Honestly I really don't like to put our selves in a box. We like to be free to compose and write without following any tools of specific music ganders."
With the end of 2019 in the not too far distant future, what can fans expect from Infected Rain up until the end of the year and into 2020?
"We are going to surprise everybody with our fresh new album that is going to see the light on October 18th. Right after that we are going on a big European tour supporting Eluveitie and Lacuna Coil. During this tour we are planning to visit 43 different cities in 20 different countries. Super excited about that!"
Are there any greetings, thank you's, etc, that you wish to send out to fans, friends, etc?
"We are absolutely grateful to all the people who support us, for their love and constant encouragement, is a proof that what we do is worth doing. We regard our music not as a marketable product, but as a way of doing what we love and sharing it with all the people who are willing to become part of our world. We would never have been able to be where we are now, to be who we are without our faithful fans and we are proud to say that we have always been and will always be true to ourselves and to them."
Since their inception in 2008, Moldova's Infected Rain have been making waves across the European continent with their unique mix of Nu Metal, Melodies and elements spanning many other styles of metal. Their music video 'Me Against You' shifted their attention to a more natural and original sound and as such, their premier release "Asylum" carries on that unique sound that the quintet mustered over the five years. As they plan on expanding further outside of the Eastern European corner of Moldova and Romania, GMA shifted it's usual interview style to accommodate a new type of interview that involves free-thinking questions and answers as you can see below:
If you were stuck on a desert island and were only allowed one album, what would you choose?
Vladimir – 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Lie
Vidick – Korn – Untouchables
Sergey – Metallica – Black Album
Lena – Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
Eugene – Rush – Hold Your Fire
Who in the band is considered the party animal? What is the craziest thing you have done?
Sergey is the craziest one of us at parties we go to. Once, whilst Vidick was driving the car, he was riding the roof of the car, he wanted to get some adrenaline rush and he got it because a police officer stopped the car… It’s a long story.
What hobbies outside of music do you as a band have?
Soccer, Tennis, Sex, Boozing, Dancing.
If you were in charge of the world for a day, what would you do?
Vladimir - I would save all the people from diseases
Vidick - I'd give myself the ability to fly
Sergey - I'll offer a beer for everyone
Lena – I’ll make all drugs disappear
How do you unwind after a gig? Do you watch a movie?
Party all night long
Your music video 'Me Against You', how was it to ride motorbikes?
We actually never rode any motorbikes that day, but it was such an amazing experience just watching the professionals doing their job.
What do you hope to achieve through Infected Rain?
Infected Rain it’s not a way to achieve something, it’s a way to say something.
If you could meet any famous person from any point in history, who would it be?
Lena – Marilyn Monroe
Vidick - Albert Einstein
Vladimir – Alexander Pushkin
Eugene – Kurt Cobain
Sergey – Nicola Tesla
Finally what are your phobia's? Your worst fears?
Vidick – Height & Insects
Sergey – Fearless
Lena – To be alone
Vladimir – Snakes
Eugene – Anybody playing with my drums