Our Souls Evolve's Ismael Mossadeq Gives Us the Origin Tale

Our Souls Evolve is a metal band that is not like all the rest. These guys have played shows like others have, written and even recorded and released material but their source of style and sound is different. Guitarist Ismael Mossadeq talks about their style and plans.

1. Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Our Souls Evolve, and how long the band has been together.

Ismael: Hi, I'm Ismael and I play guitar in Our Souls Evolve. The band has been active for about a year and a half now.

2. Tell us the brief history of your band.

Ismael: We are 5 guys who are passionate about metal music and wanted to contribute to the crazy local scene in Montreal .

 Our first goal is to have fun and also give to other people what music brought us!

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there?Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Ismael: Like I said, we are based at Montreal, QC, Canada. The metal music scene is really huge, some bands travels from Ontario just to get a chance to be heard here. If I would recommend local bands I would say : Justified and Shape the above. Two different style but you get the goose bumps every time their music pop out on your ipod!

4. What type of band are you?

Ismael: People have labeled us like a progressive ambient djent/metalcore but we rather be called deafening Canadians dudes!

5. Why did you want to name the band Our Souls Evolve? What does it symbolize and represent for the band?

Ismael: While one of our guitar player(Sergio) was listening to his favorite song by periphery, there was a line that he really liked. At the end of "Jetpack was yes" you can hear "A soul evolves as one", which inspired our band's name. We see life as a cycle in which we change as a person ether in a good or bad way and that's how we evolve in life.

6. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

Raphael: For me my major musical influence is Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) and non-musical influence would be Charles Baudelaire.

Sergio: For me my musical influences are Periphery and After The Burial.

7. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Ismael: The name of each songs really tells you the subject. It's about evolving, questioning yourself, the manipulators of society, trying to find paradise and being afraid. They all have a common thing, being human.

8. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

Ismael: In general, Sergio writes the main thing (guitars, basic drums, basic bass) and then he would send it out to the rest of the band, they would teak it or rewrite their parts; then Raphael writes the lyrics on his own.

9. What's your take on Origins as a whole?

Ismael: It's how we started, a picture of us in that period of time and each song as his different "vibe" to it  so it makes it special and fresh through out the entire EP.

10. Who produced Origins and what was it like working with them?

Ismael: Three members of the band are parts of a young recording company called "Microgroove media". Sergio produced, engineered and mixed the EP. Charly plays bass with the band and was the assistant engineer. Since we do everything by ourselves it was pretty easy to go about things. It's was a long process but was worth it.

11. Is there any story or concept behind the Origins title?

Ismael: Like we said earlier it's how we started, it's our origin musically.

12. Who did the cover art for Origins and how much input did you have on it?

Ismael: Again, under the umbrella "Microgroove Media" (we do recordings and graphic designs among other things), Sergio created the artwork. That mofo writes the music, produces it and then creates the artwork for it!

13. Select two songs from Origins and what inspired the lyrics.

Ismael: Origins: I (Raphael) played Halo 4 and in the story theirs Cortana ( an A.I.). Who is questioning her self as an Artificial life form, so I decided to write a song about that.

Afraid: Sergio wrote most of the lyrics on "Afraid" so he will be answering this one:

The lyrics are really personal on this one, I've always struggled on writing lyrics but i finally had something to say. Pretty much it talks about a girl and my feelings for her. We had a good relationship up to the point when I wrote the lyrics but we were not together. I couldn't bring myself to expose my true feeling because of the fear to make her go away. I always "over think" things, and could see many outcomes to our relation if I had done so. Some goods and other simply terrifying. I was afraid to loose her.

14. Do you have any new music in the works - in terms of a follow-up to Origins?

Ismael: We actually have 5 songs completed for the next EP already! We are probably going to add 4 to 5 songs for the official release.

15. What are your dreams and goals?

Ismael: We hope that our project is going to get us as far as we can. Ruling the Canadian scene would probably be our official goal.

16. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?

Ismael: Every person who like progressive music should give it a try! We released our album for free to give a chance to anyone to listen to it. We did everything on our own with a minimum budget, and worked our asses off!

17. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Ismael: You can go on every media platform (Facebook, reverbnation, YouTube, etc.) and find us! (under the "Our Souls Evolve" name). You will have the opportunity to buy some cool stuff on our official website : www.oursoulsevolve.com in the following weeks like shirts, earplugs, necklaces soaked in our blood or some home made sugar maple!

18. What plans do you have for the near future as a band?

Ismael: We plan to go on a little Ontario- Quebec tour this summer! It should be a 8 towns tour so wish us good luck!

19. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Ismael: The ambiance we like to create in the songs that make them unique. We put a lot of effort into it even if it's in background. We also hid the coordinates to a million dollars worth of valium in one of the tracks, you're welcome!

20. Any final words of wisdom?

Ismael: We would like to thank you for the time you took and the interest in us. Download our album, we'll upload you some love!

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