- Hey guys thanks for taking the time to chat with us here … Tell us a bit on how you came up with the name of the band?
If you look for the word Cronaxia in its original language, which is French Chronaxie, here’s what Wikipedia tells you about it: “Chronaxie is the minimum time required for an electric current double the strength of the rheobase to stimulate a muscle or a neuron”.
2. The band was first formed back in 1997 give us a brief explanation on how the band was formed.
Cronaxia was born by the hand of two friends, Maia (drums) and Filipe (guitar) in early 1997 and we spent the next two years rehearsing and looking for members to complete the band’s line-up.
After some tryouts with close friends and other players, Renato (guitar) entered the band in May 1999, followed by Alfredo Cassis of D’ Evil Leech Project (vocals) in February 2000 and Carina Martins of Putregod (bass) in February 2001.
With this complete line-up, more rehearsals and a set of nine songs, we made our first live appearance on May the 3rd 2002 in one of Ginjal’s metal nights, alongside Portuguese metal bands Disharmony’s Den, Bleeding Display and In Tha Umbra.
3. Your first album was an EP 10 years ago. How has the writing process evolved over the 10 year gap between the first EP and your current Debut album?
The main difference is that we have a better conscience of our own limits and of what playing and recording is all about. There is still much to learn, but we believe that it helped in the making of “Collapsing the Outer Structure”.
4. The new album brought in two sessions artists Rolando on drums and Alex on bass how was it working with them?
Both Rolando and Alex of Portuguese band Grog were first choices to record the album. We know Alex since 2001 and he even played with us for some time back then. Alex is a really easy-going and cool guy, so the bass sessions went like a breeze and he made some really amazing basslines for “Collapsing the Outer Structure”. We are very pleased with is contribution.
Rolando is someone that we admire and whose career we follow for years, and, since the departure in 2015 of our all-time drummer Maia, he became someone that we really wanted to be playing in our record. Rolando recorded that drums in a single weekend; it was a blast and a true lesson to witness!
5) This new album Collapsing The Outer Structure is out Sept 7th 2018 when did the writing process begin for it?
Two songs on the record are older than the writing process and have evolved naturally over the years. We haven’t included them in our 2008 EP because that’s what we wanted to do at that time, an EP. In terms of writing, we can say that the first riffs and constructions appeared in 2010.
6) How did the recording of this new album differ from your previous EP 10 years ago?
It was a completely different process: for a start, we have worked with another producer, Paulo Vieira (ex The Firstborn, Perpetratör) and things just flowed in a really different way. Paulo’s everlasting patience, constructive thinking and commitment towards Cronaxia made the recording process a much smoother ride and our recording objectives became more at hand. Plus, and that’s also a difference, ten years have passed, we’re wiser…
7) How did you come up with the album title “Collapsing The Outer Structure” and artwork?
The concept behind the band deals with sci-fi, futurism and post-apocalyptic scenarios, and “Collapsing the Outer Structure” comes as a deconstruction of the shape of the known existence in a metaphysical form.
For the artwork, we wanted something minimalistic and desolated that showed the death of things and an ancient and clean rebirth, so we contacted an artist that draws with regular office pens, Samuel Malaia, and showed him our vision. He first came up with the android face and the rest is history! (as a side note, we can tell you that the original artwork is an A2 papper size in black and white. All the coloring and further CD layout was done by other artist: Hélder Soares).
8) What track is your favorite to play live?
From the songs within the album, we have only tried “Embryonic Reanimation”, “Plasmatech” and “Dimension Ratio” live, so that’s our experience for the time being. In terms of expectancy, we believe that “Collapsing the Outer Structure”, Continuous Signal” or “The Core Condition” will work fine live.
9) The band does have the two session artists on this new album do you plan to find new bandmates to play live?
No, for the moment we’re not considering to find new bandmates; we have mixed the drums and bass guitar as a backing track and will use it to play live.
10) Where was the new album mixed and mastered?
The album was mixed and mastered by our producer Paulo Vieira, as we say in the CD, in “other undisclosed locations”. Thus said, most of this part of the work was done in an on the go studio!
11) Are there any new up and coming bands that you are really into these days?
Yeah, these days we are into Ulcerate, Fallujah, Ghost, Aeternus and Gojira.
12) Do you think pineapple should go on pizza?
Hell no! And we also have a list of some other stuff that shouldn’t go either: corn, tuna, banana, eggs and codfish (they even make a famous Portuguese recipe named codfish with cream, put it inside a pizza and call it “Codfish with Cream Pizza”. Disgusting).
13) Lastly if a zombie apocalypse hit the world ..who in the band would get bit? And why?
Naaa, no one in the band would get bit, we are protected by the cross of Satan! (Gary Oldman Romanian accent).