"In 2005 MAITREYA recorded the debut album New World Prophecy in the bands own studio/rehearsalplace RECLAB. A record combining elements of thought, aggression and strength presenting a future vision of the world."
THE MAITREYA BIOGRAPHY
- We never decided from what time Maitreya was formed. It just happened... (Linus Melchiorsen)
It all originates from the metal music scene in Linkoping Sweden, when Martin Fogander and Nils Holmqvist met up at Linus Melchiorsens home to discuss the buildup of a studio. The three guys had previously been members in the same powermetal band called Powerdise a couple of years prior to this, and were all keen on doing this project together. There were no plans at this early stage to start and produce songs together at all. Linus was already a vocalist in a stoner band called Demental at this point, and he saw the opportunity to start a studio to be great, not just to learn more about the technical aspects of it, but also as a great place for his band to benefit from.
The studio project started up in early 2004 and soon, due to various problems, Demental decided to split up.
-When Demental layed down to rest I never even considered to stop writing songs. For me it is simply a call that I can not live without... (Linus Melchiorsen)
The studio project started for real as soon as Johan (Goomba) Nilsson, an educated sound engineer joined in. It developed to a better equipped studio, and Goombas knowhow about sound was something that both Martin, Linus and Nils were very interested and excited about. The co-operation with Goomba was something they all felt was productive and showed results they never could imagine, both in the perspetive of sound and the production of songs. The studio was named Reclab and some test recorings were made. Nils unfortunately decided to leave the companionship with Reclab because of a move to another city.
The test recordings carried on and started to sound more aggressive. Linus tried for the first time in his life to sing growl vocals, and added that to the recordings.
Linus had written some material back in the Demental days, that was much harder than the stoner act could use, and now he saw the perfect oppurtunity to record these songs with Goomba and Martin. Though nothing of this material came to be released on the New world prophecy album (except a different version of Leave this place), Martin and Linus felt that this sound was something they simply had to continue to develop.
New world prophecy
Martin and Linus started the same year, 2004 to write and compose the complete New world prophecy album and due to an equipment upgrade in Reclab, the recording process started ten months later to early summer 2005. Martin, Linus and Goomba were completely alone in the recording process except for a hired musician; Stefan Isebring (fomely in Spiritual beggars) to add some odd instruments like psalmodicon, citter, hurdy gurdy etc. All guitars, keys and clean vocals were preformed by Martin, and all drums, bass and growls were done by Linus. The complete production was recorded, engineered and mixed by Goomba.
-We never saw Maitreya as a simple studio project. Though we were mere two members, we have always seen this to become a complete band... (Martin Fogander
In search for members
Previously, before the recoring of the debut album New World Prophecy a few auditions with drummers and guitarists had been made, but it never resulted in any new member of the duo. Linus and Martin tried a longshot and mailed a drummer they've seen on the internet, who played in a band called Terminal Function. It showed out that this band actually existed far away from Linkoping and because of lack of time, he had to decline to Maitreyas offer. Soon the guitarist in this band (Mikael Almgren) contacted Maitreya and informed Martin and Linus that he was in search for a band to play in. Maitreya suited him fine because he had recently moved down to the region. He also informed Martin and Linus that he knew a drummer, Lars Soderberg who ironically lived a block away from Martin. The duo became a quartett and in the coming months they started to rehearse the New World Prophecy album to be able to play it live, though it never happened with this line-up:
Linus Melchiorsen, Growls and Bass
Martin Fogander, Guitars and Clean vocals
Mikael Almgren, Guitars
Lars Soderberg, Drums
The new lineup
Due to a decision to move back to his home town, Mikael left Maitreya. Before Lars made that decision as well, he contributed with finding a bassplayer Vanja Hadzic (in an add) and guitarplayer Enes Sabanovic who was a former friend at his work. The first rehearsals with this new lineup was with Linus on drums, but because of Linus skills behind the microphone and to sustain the sound of the band, a search for a new drummer started. Vanja had a friend in his school, Jonas Olofsson who was an awsome drummer and without hesitation the band immediately tried him out.
-Finally when Jonas entered the band, we felt complete not just only in the sense of the line-up but in the sense of finding our sound... (Linus Melchiorsen)
Linus Melchiorsen, Growls, Backing vocals
Martin Fogander, Guitar, clean vocals
Vanja Hadzic, Bass guitar
Enes Sabanovic, Guitar
Jonas Olofsson, Drums
Maitreya going live
The band started to book gigs in early 2007 and it felt like a liberation for all five to finally allow the music to connect with an audience by playing live. Because least and definately not last, Maitreya is as much a live band as they are an album producing metal act.