Q1: First of all, you were born in Israel. From jazz, classical music, to metal, recently Israeli artists are leading the music scene. How does your being born and raised in Israel affect your music?
【ORI】: The Israeli music scene is extremely diverse, having a lot of great artists in many genres and styles. This means you are very likely to encounter a show by a great band that does something a bit different than what you usually listen to. Such a scene really complements our style of composition, as we love taking even the tiniest bits of inspiration from music that is sometimes completely unrelated to us stylistically.
Q2: How did Mental Fracture come to be? Where did your band name come from?
【ORI】: In 2010 Ori, Yogev and Hai were performing in a school band in Rishon LeZion. We felt that we have great chemistry. Ori was experimenting at the time with writing original music and arrangements. Inspired by bands like Dream Theater, Opeth and Porcupine Tree, we thought it would be cool to form our on progressive rock band! Philip, who studied at the same high school as Yogev and Hai, joined the band and we started composing “Genesis” and “The Mind’s Desire” together (Which were released on the 2019 EP). Although we have collected material for many years up to this day, life got in the way and we couldn’t be an active band until now, 12 years later, when we have finally released “Disaccord”.
Q2: MENTAL FRACTURE 結成の経緯を教えていただけますか？
【ORI】: 2010年、Ori, Yogev, Hai の3人は、リション・レジオンのスクールバンドで演奏していたんだ。僕たちは、素晴らしいケミストリーを感じていたよ。Ori は当時、オリジナル曲の作曲やアレンジを試行錯誤していたんだ。DREAM THEATER, OPETH, PORCUPINE TREE といったバンドに触発されて、自分たちでプログロック・バンドを結成したらクールだろうと思ったんだ！
そうして、Yogev, Hai と同じ高校で学んだ Philip がバンドに加わり、一緒に “Genesis” と “The Mind’s Desire” の作曲を始めた（これは2019年のEPでリリースされた）。今日まで長年に渡ってマテリアルを集めてきたものの、生活との両立はなかなか難しくてね。なかなかバンドとして活動することができず、12年後の今、ようやく “Disaccord” をリリースすることができたんだよ。
Q3: What is the metal/rock scene like in Israel? What’s the hardest part of being in a metal/rock band in Israel and the Middle East?
【ORI】: Israel has an amazing metal community with a variety of sub-genres. Prog is one of them, with bands like Orphaned Land, Subterranean Masquerade, Scardust and many more. The audience here loves sophisticated music and loves to get wild on live shows! The hardest part, for every musician, is to be noticed and reach this audience.
Q4: Your melodies are really attractive and engaging. Regarding the Middle East, I’ve had interviews with bands like Orphaned Land. Riverwood and Myrath. They were very oriental in their music, sometimes incorporating Middle eastern folk instruments. There is a definite oriental flavor to your music as well, would you agree? Why are Middle Eastern melodies so appealing to the world?
【ORI】: The bands mentioned really opened our minds about oriental music, as it may not appeal to everyone on its own, when incorporated in metal music it can really touch the metal audience. We are definitely using this flavor in our composition, although in a subtle way.
Q5: I have interviewed various Israeli artists, Orphaned Land, Scardust, Subterranean Masquerade, Nili Brosh, etc., and most of them mentioned their prayers for peace. Israel is a country where war is right around the corner…could you tell us your stance on the Israeli-Palestinian issue and the recent Russian aggression?
【ORI】: The Israeli-Palestinian issue is really complicated. Too complicated to the point that trying to explain any side of it in such a short format would not do it justice. We are experiencing a conflict nearly every year and each time it happens it enlightens how stupid our reality can be. The only thing we can do is to hope for peace. We are all human beings after all and we do not deserve to die for one’s political ambitions or in the name of god. Our hearts are with the people of Ukraine.
Q6: I asked about the war because “Disaccord” seemed to me to be an album about the division of the world and its horrors. Can you tell us about the artwork Chess and the concept of the piece?
【ORI】: “Disaccord” is an album about the division between a person and themselves. Every song is telling a story about a person dealing with their cognitive dissonances. The artwork shows a chess board with only white pieces, and with the king fallen down, which symbolizes a person check-mating themselves.
Q7: Still, “Disaccord” is a really great album! I’ve rarely heard progressive music as emotional as this one! Musically, we can hear influences like Opeth, Camel, Porcupine Tree, Rush, etc. Could you please talk about your musical roots?
【ORI】: Thank you! We take what we like from every musical artist that inspires us. It creates a musical language that really moves us emotionally. Ori was classically trained on the piano, so you can hear influences in the melodies from Chopin and the drama buildup and climax of Rachmaninoff. You can hear the melancholy from Camel and Porcupine Tree and the complexity and fierceness of Opeth, and also jazzy harmonies inspired by Snarky Puppy and Esperanza Spalding. The album was self produced, mixed and mastered by Ori and Yogev, so the sound of the album is the sound of the band.
Ori はクラシック音楽のピアノ教育を受けてきたから、ショパンのメロディーやラフマニノフのドラマの盛り上がり、クライマックスに影響を受けているのがわかると思う。CAMEL や PORCUPINE TREE のメランコリー、OPETH の複雑さと激しさ、そして SNARKY PUPPY やEsperanza Spalding にインスパイアされたジャジーなハーモニーも聴くことができると思う。
アルバムは Ori と Yogev によるセルフプロデュース、ミキシング、マスタリングだから、このアルバムの音がそのままバンドの音だと捉えてもらっていいと思うな。
Q8: I recently interviewed a British prog band called Azure, and they said “We See ‘Prog’ As a Genre Where Anything Can Happen, Whether It Be The Dramatic Fantasy Storytelling And Guitar Harmonies Of Iron Maiden, Or The Slithering Shred Melodies Of Steve Vai, Or Even The Sugary And Bouncy Energy Of The 1975”. So, What does “prog” mean to you?
【ORI】: For us, “Prog” is mind-bending music that moves you emotionally and breaks your brain logically. It can incorporate any genre.
A mediterranean metal masterpiece, where each song has a musical narrative and climax, and shows that metal can make you feel very happy too. This album really opened my mind to oriental and jewish music.
Similarly to our album Disaccord, this album discusses psychological and emotional issues of humans. Musically, it has an enormous amount of content, heavy riffs, among soft parts. I believe Magic Pie is one of the most underrated bands out there.
An incredible album with unique production and sound design, Gavin Harrison plays very dynamically and has a signature
ユニークなプロダクションを持つ素晴らしいアルバム。Gavin Harrison の非常にダイナミックな演奏と特徴的なサウンドデザインが秀逸。
HADORBANIM “FIRST AFTER THE SECOND”
I was really inspired by the groove of this album. Its compositions and arrangements are top notch.
MESSAGE FOR JAPAN
We love Japan and its culture and we hope to perform live for you one day! Apart from enjoying the most commonly cited cultural exports (such as games/anime/culinary styles etc.) some of us have recently discovered and fallen in love with Japanese Math Rock.