Palantir is a power metal newcomer that comes from Sweden. As a matter of fact, just recently, there are many very good and promising power metal acts that came out from Sweden. Just remember Morning Dwell for example. Now, we have Palantir to present on Metal Sound pages. The band has a potential to offer, especially if you are a lover of classical and traditional power metal from glorious 90s I think that Palantir could be a fine choice for you. They have a new record out for Stormspell Records (SSR) so I guess that it’s a right time to present their work.
As a matter of fact you have a new record Lost Between Dimensions so tell us something about the newer record? Could you present it from your point of view?
Lost Between Dimensions took us almost three years to finish. It would have been done earlier, but some members from our original lineup decided to leave the band and that set us back a little. We carried on with it anyway and decided to record everything by ourselves because how hard could it be? Pretty darn hard it turned out. So yeah, there’s a lot of love and hard work put into this album and it feels amazing to finally let it go.
Please, also could you present the band Palantir to our readers since this is the very first time that we have a chance to have an interview with you?
Well, there’s only three of us right now; Fredrik: perfectionist and guitarist extraordinaire. Emanuel: our holy drummer and technician (he’s also the one with social skills). Me: I mostly make noises with my mouth and hope for the best.
There’s a lot of classical power metal in Palantir’s music. How would you like to describe your style of playing? Who’s the biggest inspiration for you personally?
We all have a very wide taste in music, but we all love the classics such as Helloween, Gamma Ray, Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Stratovarius, Kamelot etc. (the list goes on for miles). I know that Dream Theater is one of Emanuel’s absolute favorites and I don’t think it will come as a surprise to anyone that Fred is an Yngwie fan. DIO will always be one of my all time favorites, but during the recording of this album I’ve been really into progressive metal bands such as Ayreon, Voyager and The Devin Townsend Project.
As for our own style I think I would describe it as symphonic neoclassical power-prog or something like that. I don’t know, there are so many ingredients in this soup.
Would you like to compare Palantir’s style with some more prominent and popular bands? I personally sense much of old school power metal influences coming from Blind Guardian, Rhapsody, Dragonland and alike.
There are so many influences involved and we don’t really think about it when we write our own music. It’s hard to pick any one band that has influenced us more than anything else. We try not to compare ourselves with other bands too much, we just want to make our own music.
Palantir has just released Lost Between Dimensions a record for SSR. Do you have already some favorite bands amongst the ranks of SSR?
Rocka Rollas, Blazon Stone and Númenor are my favorites so far. I’m still going through the roster to find more gems.
What could you tell us about the cover artwork for the upcoming offering? Also, the same question could go for your lyrical base?
The lyrics deal with many different themes such as philosophy (existentialism in particular), history, sci-fi and love to name a few. So defining a shared theme and coming up with an idea for a cover that would include all songs proved to be challenging. Then it struck me; the one thing they had in common was that they didn’t have anything in common! So I came up with the idea of this cyborg, who I imagine could be the protagonist of the title track, and he’s literally lost in the multiverse between different dimensions and universes. All these orbs floating around are actually small universes who each represent one or more songs on the album.
One of the main reasons the lyrics are so different from each other is because they were written far apart in time and at the time when we wrote them we didn’t really have an album in mind so we just wrote whatever we felt we wanted to write. The cover art was finally made by a great artist by the name of Nicholas Kay, he’s done some really cool art and you should definitely check it out.
When it comes to Palantir do you have any live shows in mind soon? Are you active actually when it comes to live performances?
We used to play live a lot back when there were six of us. We are currently in the process of taking in new members so we will hopefully be back on stage in a not too distant future.
Since you have just released a record for SSR are there any plans for future band’s activities when it comes to a promotion of the latest offering? What sort of plans do you have right now in mind?
Right now we just want to get the album out to as many people as possible. We’re going to release the album digitally soon on all the major platforms and we’re super excited to hear what people think about it. Other than that I think we’re just planning to get back out there and hopefully our second album won’t take three years to record.
I would like to thank you for this interview and I wish you very best until the next time!
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