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Vocalist Angelica Rylin Of The Murder Of My Sweet Discusses Debut Album "Divanity"

Created by drummer Daniel Flores and fronted by vocalist Angelica Rylin, newly formed Swedish act The Murder Of My Sweet just released their debut album “Divanity." Several tracks from the album can currently be heard through the band's MySpace page. Commenting on the name of the album and the sound of the band Rylin stated, "We wanted a name that could capture the elements of the sound and the lyrics and the film noir vibe that we want to create and so we came up with this hybrid of words like diva, divine, and vanity, simply Divanity." Rylin explained to me the process of recording the album in Daniel Flores' own studio, the sound of their music, and discussed writing a new song with former In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad.

xFiruath: What is your personal history and music and who are your biggest musical influences?

Angelica: Well, of course I have always been interested in music and singing and I used to hold small concerts for all my lucky neighbors when I was little but it wasn’t until 2001 that I started working with a vocal coach and realized that I could sing not only for me but hopefully as a professional and make a career out of it.

xFiruath: Are you working with any other bands outside of The Murder of My Sweet right now?

Angelica: No. The Murder of My Sweet has my 100% focus right now. I want to make the most out of it and do the best I can when I’m involved in something and right now I wouldn’t want to do anything else either.

xFiruath: Can you give me a brief history of how the band members met up and formed The Murder of My Sweet?

Angelica: Daniel Flores is the main founder of The Murder of My Sweet. It was on his initiative and ideas that we came together and became a band. He knew the other guys from projects he had been involved with earlier and they are all great friends. In late 2006 they started up what was to become The Murder of My Sweet but I wasn’t recruited until September 2007 when Daniel, after a few wrong turns with other singers, came across my name and got my phone number from a mutual friend of ours. I met up with him in his studio, Sound vs. Science, and that was it. We were both really surprised and excited about how it sounded and how fun it was working together. I had to be in the band.

xFiruath: Where did you record the new album “Divanity” and who did you work with in regards to mixing and production?

Angelica: It’s actually Daniel Flores who recorded and mixed “Divanity” in his own studio Sound vs. Science. It’s been a huge advantage for us to be able to go down to the studio when ever we felt like it and not have to save our ideas until we had booked studio time. Also we had the chance to develop our own sound as the album progressed. How ever we did go one of Sweden’s best sound engineers Mats “Limpan” Lindfors at Cutting Room for mastering of "Divanity."

xFiruath: How would you describe the sound of the music to someone who hadn’t heard your band before?

Angelica: Some have come to call our music cinematic metal or cinematic rock and I think that’s quite close to what we do. We play rock music with lots of strings and keyboard arrangements like the ones you would hear in movies and score music. It’s not gothic in my opinion although some people think we are a gothic band just because we are a female fronted band. We have a more modern sound whit a bit of electro in it as well.

xFiruath: Is there a story behind the name “Divanity?”

Angelica: We wanted a name that could capture the elements of the sound and the lyrics and the film noir vibe that we want to create and so we came up with this hybrid of words like diva, divine, and vanity, simply “Divanity.”

xFiruath: What do the lyrics deal with on the new album?

Angelica: There are lots of different stories between the songs. I get inspired by our everyday life, people that I meet or situations that I’m in. Of course love is a big topic that is present in many of them. I think writing an album without any songs about love would be really hard. It is something that many people can relate to and there are so many layers and sides to it. Some songs, like “Revolution” and “No Evil” are more like a shot out or a wake up call that I want to present, go do your own thing! Make yourself happy!

xFiruath: This is probably a difficult question to answer, but is there any particular track or segment on the album that sticks out in your head as your favorite?

Angelica: Well, that is a really hard question to answer. We wrote more than twenty songs working on “Divanity” and only twelve ended up on the album so we have already done some huge selections trying to narrow it down. But I guess I would have to say “Death of a Movie Star.” It was one of the first songs that we started to write and the last song that we finished. We wanted it to be as huge as it could be without going to far for the easy listener. It’s a tough balance but I believe we made it. I am also really attached to “Valerie.” I think it’s so sweet and catchy and sad at the same time and I really love the piano that goes through the intro all the way through the song.

xFiruath: What’s up on the horizon for The Murder of My Sweet? Do you have any tour dates planned or are there plans for new recordings or a music video?

Angelica: Our main priority right now is to promote “Divanity” and start playing live again. We just recently signed with the German booking agency ITM (Primal fear, Lordi) and we’re hoping to play at some festivals this summer and perhaps tour in Europe. A big dream of mine is to come over to the US and tour there. Some new songs are in the making as well. We wrote a song with Jesper Strömblad (Ex-In Flames guitarist) a couple of months ago which turned out very cool and hopefully we can write more songs together for the next album. We have lots of cool things going on. I hope you hang in there and follow us this year.

xFiruath: In your spare time outside of your work with The Murder of My Sweet what bands or albums have you been listening to most often lately?

Angelica: I have to say this, and I have been saying this in many interviews lately so people will probably think I’m obsessed or something, but I love Thirty Seconds to Mars. I’ve got their song “Kings and Queens” as a ringtone on my cell phone even. I don’t have a lot of spare time right now but when ever I get a chance to listen to my MP3 player they’re on.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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