Siberian Prog Metal
12/7/2017 – Tomsk, Siberia doesn’t seem like a hotbed of guitar hero activity. But one man is working to change that. Evgen Tsibulin is an up and coming prog metal virtuoso with something to prove. On his latest single, Disquieting Time, he aims to to do just and plant his flag on top of the instrumental metal scene. Alongside his band mates, Alexander Logvinov (Bass), Vladislav Titov (Drums) and guest guitarist Sergey Golovin, Tsibulin crafts together a masterpiece of metal. Consisting of odd meters, B.F.G. (big fucking guitars) and whole truckload of well honed song writing, Disquieting Time is worthy of a listen and a purchase.
Evgen Tsibulin: My goal with that song was to show to the world what music I want to write now, in this moment, and what my new album is supposed to sound like. Of course, I’ve got a plan to record a full album next year and this song definitely will be added into the whole album. Maybe some things will be changed at that time, but currently I don’t know exactly what that might be. The thing that I’m sure about is, that people will hear this song in the complete record in the future.
ET: I created this song in a nonstandard tuning. This is ‘drop D’.
ET: Thank you for kind words about my playing. In these latter days, during my practice routine, I mostly focus on songwriting. Sometime ago, I learned some techniques of other guitar players and that helped me to improve my technical and other skills. Also, in these latter days, I’m practicing a lot on classical guitar. That’s helps me to grow as a composer and even impacts to my technical abilities as well. Of course, I’ve got some exercises for different kinds of techniques, but I don’t play them very often. When I’m creating a guitar solo, first and foremost I’m trying to make it more musical. But, of course, I’m a metal guitar player and sometimes I want to shred! If I do it, I try to make a challenge for myself with creating a new and quite difficult lick, work on it and then move forward till I reach the result which I hear in my mind.
When I’m practicing, I mostly practice on classical guitar. I’m also playing jazz music and making my own arrangements for my favorite rock and even metal songs. That’s more fun than playing classical music sometimes.
ET: Siberia is a vast and mysterious place. In my hometown, we’ve have lots of students and other people from around the world. I’m glad to know that they are satisfied to be here. Despite the fact that the weather is pretty cold people really enjoy it. We also have a music community, bands, festivals, gigs, social media and talented musicians. Yes, we’ve got bears, but they aren’t walking around the city with vodka and a balalaika! ☺