Homerik takes on an unusual role in Metal music. At the helm is our core trio: composer/lyricist Kenneth Candelas and lyricists Andrew Petriske and Obed Gonzalez. However, what lies within each piece is much more than that. Homerik’s debut album is better described as a major collaborative effort by friends and colleagues in and around New York City.
This union of talent has produced pieces such as "Song of The Night: Part I,” which is made possible with the orchestrated force of guitars, drums, bassoon, piano, brass and strings–all complimented by the mystifying soprano and alto vocal work by Carla Candelas and Nilsa Astacio. Combined, they make a chillingly beautiful narrative of a girl with recurring nightmares of abuse and neglect.
Not only does the work show its fruition from the friendships of Homerik’s members, it also celebrates those who have been a great influence but are no longer with us. Among their other works are “An Angel of Darkness” featuring the majestic pipe organ of the Riverside Church in New York City, and “Into the Pits of Oblivion" & "Unforgotten Kin”, inspired by Mesopotamian lands. A lot darker by contrast, they revolve around those lost friends; their memories kept alive within the heavy metal overtones of Cory Boyle’s skittish guitars and Anthony Espinal’s (of Divergence) razor sharp riffs.
What’s more is not just how talent comes together, but really how Homerik is more of a melting pot of different cultures of musicianship. While Ken derives his inspiration from Metal, the group is certainly not shy about exploring other genres. "The Balance of Power" is among one of the songs with an international taste; it focuses on two dragons, the representations of Yin and Yang. The song itself has an Asian essence, in relation to its subject matter. It isn't alone, of course, in its cultural twist - "The Ire of Green" is one about indulgence, enjoying oneself, and simply having a good time, with an Irish spin to it. Meanwhile, “Wendigo” places oneself amiss the haunting scenario of one running from a hungry, relentless cannibal deep within the African Congo.
Homerik went through great lengths to produce their debut album. Over the course of two and a half years, the duo worked equally as hard on the music as they did on the content of their lyrics. “Curse of the Black Nile” features soprano Anita Hilaly, singing in Ancient Egyptian. Translated from verses in the tomb of the pharaoh, Unas, this Egyptian piece screams loudly about isolation and the desire to remain undisturbed. “Bread and Circuses” is a political statement against tyrants, sung with the passion of a persecuted gypsy, as Forsakken's Brittany Diaz finishes off the album in “The Legion”, where we experience the overthrowing of that corrupt government.
What Homerik seeks to accomplish is an opening statement to others. Unsatisfied with mainstream Metal and the massive number of "regurgitated" Metal, Homerik wants to invite others to look into the possibilities of Metal music. To see how such a brutal and extreme genre can become something so beautiful in a new, unique way.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Homerik. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
We are a brotherhood before a band. Homerik is about positive reinforcement in an otherwise negative world. The color that paints a grey existence.
Homerik, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Band?
Our music is very cinematic and is a great escape to your daily life. We hope to experiment with ambisonic and virtual reality experiences.
Who is your inspiration in life Homerik? How do you keep inspired?
We inspire each other. A great support system is essential to growth and prosperity. Our musical influences come from artists like King Diamond, Hans Zimmer, Nightwish, Epica, Behemoth, and many more.
We all make mistakes Homerik, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Band , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Sometimes you need to step back to move two steps forward. Try not to mix business with personal feelings. That never comes out the way you intended it to! Also, constantly reevaluate your circle. If they're not a part of your process, they should not be a part of your success!
Homerik , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Band, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
We provide a level of excellence unique to us. We take a massive amount of time to meticulously curate our music, making sure that our fans and potential collaborators will enjoy our creations for a lifetime.
Please tell us Homerik, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Band?
We planned our debut album's release for over a year, and took over three years to make the project happen from scratch! It's all about planning the next thing... and we've got a lot planned...
Homerik, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
We try to always be open-minded. Sometimes, the other guy has a better idea than you! It's important to let go of ego in a creative space. That's when the magic happens.
Homerik please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Band. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
Our release of course! After three years, being able to see our product in tangible form is incredibly humbling.
Homerik, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Whenever we get together, it's almost a sort of ritual. We ease into the process, sometimes it takes hours for us to get the creative juices flowing. But, we stick with it. There are many nights without sleep...
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Band?
No rest for the wicked.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Models to show off our swag? Sponsorships? Endorsements? Hey, they're all great, and we are open to all kinds of opportunities.
Cover Photo Photographer: Idan Menin @idanmenin
Additional Photography by Homerik @homerikofficial