CIVORTEP: New Perspective


Behind Civortep stands Stefan Petrovic, a Pittsburgh based musician who explores different styles with his project. The debut EP ‘The Return‘ was released earlier this month, and it brings seven tracks of Progressive Metal, Death Metal, Djent and even Hip-Hop put together into a multi-faceted release. 

Stefan talked with Prog Sphere about the project’s mission, message behind ‘The Return,’ future plans and more.

Define the mission of Civortep.

My mission is to draw the listener in and attempt to bridge my perspective through the dynamics of my music and raise an emotional response.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your debut album The Return and the themes it captures.

I wanted it encompass quite a broad range and styles of the metal genre, but I also wanted to bridge my love for hip hop into the vocals, and in The Return I feel that I captured that approach successfully, or at least got my foot in the door.

What is the message you are trying to give with The Return

I wanted to highlight the coming shift in awareness and how even though it may seem like the world is in a constant state of chaos at the moment, it is needed to shed away the failed systems that have dominated the societal experience for the last ten thousand years and make headroom for the new ways of life that will grow from its ashes.

Civortep - The Return

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

I tracked everything on Mixcraft 8 as I refined the song structure until I felt that it was complete.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

This is one thing that I made sure I was successful in doing. You can tell a mature band by the way the energy is maintained through transitioning of parts, and I spent quite the amount of time making sure that the energy was maintained and was consistent throughout each song.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

I would sit there and improvise for hours until I came across a riff or a sequence that stuck with me, after finding it I would record it. Then I would resume the process until I had a decent amount of material to build from. Then after the song was completed I would go back and fine tune each riff until I got it to the point where I felt it was complete, and this was definitely the trickiest and most painstaking part of the entire process.

How long The Return was in the making?

It took me about 6 months to complete everything on the album, although “Carbon 7″ was a song that I wrote years before with the help of my old band member Jeff Russo (currently in Improvidence) and I felt that it would be nice and fitting to bring it back and include it in the release since it was based around the same topic.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

Allegaeon definitely played a huge part in my influence at the time.

What is your view on technology in music?

In our current day and age, the two are inseparable and if there was no technology there wouldn’t be as many solo artists like me capable of putting out their vision in such a productive and simple way.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

Absolutely. I want it to inspire people and to help them overcome the darkness which we all experience but not many have luck in overcoming, and that is truly the greatest enemy any person will face in their life.

What are your plans for the future?

Definitely more music, I’m working on a full length hip hop album at the moment of music being all produced by me, with a few friends collaborating on this project. The release period is unknown at the moment since I am pretty much doing it on my own, but everything sees an end eventually and I plan to have it complete by next summer at the very least.

The Return is out now and is available from Bandcamp. Follow Civortep on FacebookSoundCloud and YouTube.

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