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A Dirty Dozen with VILLE PYSTYNEN from GRAVEN SIN – November 2023

| 2 November 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Pristine new Finnish band Graven Sin stomp proudly on the shoulders of giants with their ravishing debut album, Veil of The Gods. Immaculate Heavy Metal, expertly delivered with stunning finesse and elegant Doom perfection, Veil of The Gods is a classic in the making. Rarely has a new band sounded so timeless, serving up a godly platter of first-class Heavy Metal, that Graven Sin seem chiseled in granite to sit side by side at a table with the greats from the very get go.” We get guitarist Ville to discuss new music, influences, and more.

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Well, Veil of the Gods is our debut album and we come with no real past to the band itself, despite each of us having decades of musical work behind us. I’d imagine the first plays through most listeners will not catch all the influences that lead to this album becoming what it is. The obvious hints at Candlemass and Dio/Martin era Sabbath are the easy ones to pick up on but the rest, we’ll leave it for everyone to discover.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I was born into it with a father who already was a record collector and listening to a wide variety of real music made by real people as he would say it, mostly talking of classic 70’s progressive bands though. He would be the one to give me my first record player in ‘84 with an album titled Powerslave from this little band everyone might know and that started it all. It wasn’t until I was 15 that I wanted to pick up a guitar and start writing songs by myself.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Oh yes, absolutely! Iron Maiden! I can’t name a specific song but they changed my life, inspired me to learn English to understand what their lyrics were about. They were the first but by no means the only one, later years would prove that yet Maiden started it.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I’d say Kai Hansen. He is the only guitar idol I ever had, not only because of his talent in playing but his song writing. I still think he wrote all the best songs Helloween had in the 80’s.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

As typical as it may be it’s one or the other, listening to music, playing videogames, watching movies or reading a book. When I’m at home I prefer to be at home, renew my strength and patience as I’m quite the introvert.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Epic metal with an emphasis to atmosphere and emotion, timeless and leaving you wanting to hear it again. So far haven’t seen anything said about our debut that would have given anything to react to in any other than a positive way.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Who cooks is whose home we’re at. Ironically enough in Graven Sin we have never met each member in person and we can’t talk of a typical metal band so hard to say how hanging out would be, hah.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I believe the last time it happened was hearing this Serbian band called Claymorean. Quickly became a fan and soon after a friend with the guitarist Vlad, who also did the guest solo on “From The Shadows” on our album.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part is being able to put emotion and dreams into form, both music and lyrics. I have always hated any type of music that had nothing to say or relate to. Being a musician is a dream job, everything else I ever did over the years just felt like making ends meet when being forced to do so.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Ah, can’t really say what that would be. In general I’ve grown tired of answering all and any questions regarding politics. Music should never be political or have anything to do with it but be that one escape from reality taking us into other spheres and worlds in our minds.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Yes, I would definitely skip having ever been involved in anything that had any kind of political agenda to it. Even if such a thing happened two decades ago the shadow of it still haunts me to this very day.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

That would have to be Thy Mighty Contract from Rotting Christ, one of the most inspiring and influential albums ever written and also one of the most inspiring and influential for me still today after 30 years of listening to it.



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