Stockholm, Sweden's Metalite have released a lyric video for the title track of their upcoming album, A Virtual World, out March 26 via AFM Records. Pre-order the album here, and watch the video below.
"A Virtual World" "Cloud Connected" "Talisman" "Beyond The Horizon" "Peacekeepers"
"The Vampire Song" "We're Like The Fire" "Artificial Intelligence" "Alone" "Running" "Synchronized"
Guitarist Edwin Premberg of modern melodic metal act Metalite recently sat down to discuss the band’s history, where they’re at now, and what the future should bring. Here RAMzine features those findings.
How did Metalite come about and is there a meaning behind the name?
Edwin Premberg: The name Metalite just popped up when I was planning the new modern sound for the project and the first song. Well, it’s metal and I wanted the sound to be l33t or 1337 (Which means “Elite” in the online language Leet used in BBS and nowadays online gaming.) That formed the band name Metalite which has the modern touch that perfectly fits the modern sound.
How could you describe your music style? Some people call it pop, and pop-metal is actually in fashion these days.
Premberg: I think, I just can say modern metal because I mix a lot of different metal styles like power metal, heavy metal, metalcore, thrash metal, hair metal, symphonic metal etc.
Mixing these styles together with a lot of modern elements like keyboards, effects etc makes the sound of Metalite. I have heard people say dance metal, Euro-metal, pop metal, electronic metal; but I don’t have a -word for it. It’s just…modern metal.
What was the pre-history of the band as well as your own background? Why a female-fronted band – Was that the initial idea or did it happen because you met original vocalist Emma Bensing?
Premberg: I had this idea about a modern metal project that would sound really melodic and have these melodic hooks that stay in your head. I wanted to bring the euro/trance-sound to the metal genre. In the 90s that kind of music was my favourite one!
At that time when I was about 15-16 years old I also started to learn the guitar and to play to bands like Green Day, The Offspring, Bad Religion etc with these kind of easy played songs then I got through Metallica and Maiden albums too. Later on the power metal bands got me hooked. I played the guitar a lot to bands like Gamma Ray, Axel Rudi Pell, Helloween, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, Nightwish etc. I felt that this was my kind of metal!
When I heard Nightwish for the first time I got hooked by the female fronted thing but it was for real when Anette Ohlzon joined Nightwish. A super melodic band with a clean female voice! I wanted to create a band like that but with a modern twist. I started to write the music and lyrics and ‘Afterlife’ was created. The sound needed a female voice and I had some singers testing the song in the studio. I found Emma and she wanted to try the song too. The recordings got very well and I asked Jacob Hansen for his services and he answered me at once that he wanted to help me. After we sent the song to different labels we got an answer from Emil at Inner Wound Recordings and we signed a deal for the Heroes In Time album just with that song.