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Formorket Interview August 2017 AB

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Formorket features for the very first (and also the last) time in the Scrolls Of Darmoth pages. S, the band’s mastermind will guide us on a small journey through time, revealing some of the band’s secrets ( and not only). Here we go:

1. First of all, tell me please what has been going on in the Formorket camp recently, because in the past years you have been quite silent. What can you tell us about the newly released second album?

S: It is just a while ago when things started to built up again from their pieces. We were never an active band and we never acted like that. Formorket was always a particular representation of things we were inspired by in Black Metal. Its presence is also quite unexpected at this time of flight. We experienced a lot during these cursed years but there was no real reason to step out of the motionless shape. This band was settled in the shadows. Our semi-nonexistence was overwhelming for me but we felt things must be declared crystal clear. Once we decided that we will kill our past we also sorted out that it will be done as a self definition of a lifeless form. As a final wish we wanted to focus our blackened spirits and return back to the roots.
This was the one and only inspiration for the last album of Formorket as we were so devoted by starting our own fires. It was spontaneous and raw at each level of degrees. Following our inside phantoms there was everything settled as well as our hungry passion to the early days of Black Metal. We’ve written all music and lyrics in July 2017 and immediately after this intense songwriting timeframe we were already in the studio to record the album on its entire. There was no time to linger. On-demand and inspired decisions lead by the inner flames did their sinister job during the minimalistic postprocessing period as well. Everything heard and seen are formed by our hands. And as there are no words left, we are eagerly wait our final hours…

2. On the 18th of August, you will participate at the 9th edition of the now famous Inner Awakening Festival, which will be held in Budapest. As far as I know, you haven’t played live in ages. What does this performance mean to you and how do you approach it?

S: Our last appearance on stage and in all forms will be at the ninth Inner Awakening Festival. The circle will be broken that night when we poison the waters live as a final wish. It is going to be the third gig during the fourteen years. In 2016 when our end was already carved into stones we returned back and with an ex temporal lineup we marched the night with Age of Agony.
The most important for us is to destroy our surface to the public and do the opposite in our inverse shape. This show will be the crown of our Death, and our words will be the prayer at the dying flesh of the band. On stage for that hour we will dance with the shadows at the most complete cast and this will lead us through the dreadful hour. It means everything and nothing at the same time.

3. Formorket is not the typical metal band which rehearses, signs a contract with a label, releases an album or a single, goes on a tour and then repeats the cycle over and over again.
Instead you took the other approach: the minimalistic “hiding in the shadows” of your own peace (piece) of mind. Has this way of doing things your way been a fruitful one? Are you happy with how the band evolved in these 14 of activity?

S: Formorket shall be considered as a regressive band so to say. It has its own inevitable walk back in the time for its reason. Therefore it couldn’t be that type of bands since its very early days. We moved when we wanted to and we all kept our past in the mist as you said. Looking back to Black Metal as a primary influence was always the same thing that it was then and now for me in heart. It was always a regression, our monument to a movement of something magical, unseen and untold. Being initiated into the black metal was the entry point of this band. There is no joy or will to success but the unfolding darkest threads are. I can’t imagine this to happen otherwise.
Our fourteen years on the scene was more like a constant inactivity. We appeared when it was time and returned almost immediately. Waves emerged at the most suitable momentum, and these were ours. Now our returning to this while is more intense than ever and we celebrate Death with this until it takes. Our world under the banner of falling will collapse so soon.

4. Many may wonder why, after such a long pause (10 years after your 1st full length and 7 from the Ep), you have decided to release one more album and then call it quits in a grandiose way, on stage at Inner Awakening. What was the main reason behind this decision and how hard was it for you to take it? After all, you have invested a lot of blood and sweat into this band and the disbanding announcement came out quite unexpectedly.

S: The sequence of milestones we march through are heavily bundled together. When we confirmed our last rite we also felt that it shouldn’t be a nostalgic and calm return but condign to what we did and so actual. It was yet untold and we had no space to really underline we want to express with our devotion. How else could it happen? We are deliberately destroying ourselves on stage as well as channeling a nameless power from an unknown source which consumes us. The only difference finally is that it is going to be unhealed.
I’ve never counted the effort I spent on anything. When a certain decision is made, I hardly look back, I am too headstrong to appeal. Instead of seeing me personally falling ill I poison myself!!! It is not a point how much did it cost, it is unimportant how many hours did it take because Death does not count these either! Nonexistence always engaged us so well and finally we are complete to step far beyond the thresholds…

5. Besides Formorket, you and Ga’eheln are active in another great band, Svoid, which even if has its roots in black metal, has a quite different approach than Formorket. How did you cope with this duality, this difference between the 2 bands and the 2 genres they play? But is it about genres and styles, or about the inner fire which is strong enough to burn with multiple flames?

S: Even they have strong similarities we always had a completely different space in our heart to approach them individually. Both have an extrinsic platform, certain levels of freedom and core, the essence itself. When Svoid was expanded from the roots of Formorket, the main reason to differentiate them was the known boundaries of its progression. And this is how they oppose. The limitless, timeless floating is exactly the negated I always wanted to express with Formorket.
All factors and concepts of the spirit and how we interpret these all meet at a point, but how particularly we experience them and transform into something we’ve built are really different things. Therefore the separation itself is not an issue at all. I have only one inner fire that will set me as a person free from everything surrounding me. Both bands are perfect examples at a point. At the very end they are inevitable sources of searching which is aimless without finding.

6. The Formorket sophomore album has an aura of the glorious past around it. A past which is terribly missed by some, mimicked by others, but nevertheless invoked quite seldom when it comes to black metal. Your decision to disband Formorket and the feeling of old this new album has go hand in hand? Is this your tribute to some great times which will never happen again?

S: Formorket was always in respect of a dark past which changed this world. I feel very strongly about what was it all about. Overall it was a short time frame and also a delicate substance which reached its Death fast. There is no need to achieve this. Increasing its depth is no longer possible. With Formorket we raised a cenotaph for the early age of Black Metal. This is a howl to the great and primordial times. As you already pointed out, we lit the torches of Formorket so rarely. It was almost eons ago when “Cult of Generis” was released and a return into the haze followed its path. How others phrase Black Metal has nothing to do with my motivation, but upholding this level of isolation must be considered as declaration as well. Outfit-only approach, patterns, entertainment and fashion estranges me so well and instead of taking part of it I set back. It’s a pathway towards liberation at so many levels and there is no need to be affected by anyone else from the outside world which is false.

7. Listening to the 7 tracks, I couldn’t help to notice the raw, but good sound which emanates all along the 30 minutes. How were you able to invoke so many ghosts from the past on such a short notice?

S: I felt so close to this album and its songwriting phase from the very beginning. It was spontaneous and just in time. When I started to play some riffs it was already a result and the essence of all of my meditations and certain foundations I am into for so many years in mind and spirit. First it was a walk into something invisible as we never did anything similar before in terms of creative process. It was expanding firmly and the only thing we did is to follow its extent. The songs and their structure outlined based on our inspirations during these rehearsals so we were able to draw the context and its boundary for every single track well and detailed. It was a creative flow but it doesn’t mean that it is the same every time we set up like this. Sometimes I feel empty but at its purity it is so heartening to experience.

8. I was blown by the production this album has. While still “primitive and pagan”, you somehow managed to capture your very soul into this record, making the songs very organic and very much alive. How on earth could that happen and what special tricks did you use, if any? Was it magic?

S: From the first second we knew already how it should sound like. We used our instruments, infrastructure and knowledge for everything we did on this record. We also went back so much in time during the recording process. For me using tools only which are available is literally overwhelming. There was no trick at all when we shaped the sound, it was relied more on what we did and knew already about it by heart. The production, mixing and mastering was also something we were responsible for, which simplified our assignment so much. We kept everything closest to the core intentionally. We are both creative elements and working together is built on a clear understanding of each other for a long time.

9. Once the festival is over, Formorket will cease to be. Is it hard to think at it that way, or you’re satisfied with what happened during this period of 14 years?

S: It is a declaration already. The last chapter we are out with reflects that and it is marvelous to capture in mind. I am not sure whether I can describe it that much as I feel like. What we did so far are manifested through us as artists and our various interpretation is going to lead us far beyond. For this we are ready and what we have already behind the surface shall and will be kept apart from Formorket. It is singularity.

10. In the late 90’s and the early 2000’s, the black metal scene was saturated with new bands which tried to copy the ones before them. Many of the old bands were trying to reinvent themselves, some succeeded, some didn’t. Then came the “religious black metal” phase, which reignited the old flame and from there on, to this day, the scene has been invaded by a myriad of occult bands and musicians, one more “evil and satanic” than the other. Don’t get me wrong, among this huge number of copycat bands, there are still some, both old and new, who really make a difference. But as a musician who has been a part of this scene for quite a long time, how do you see what’s going on these days, do you feel you can still identify yourself with this movement, or the magic has been dead for quite some time now?

S: I relate myself so much to the aspiration I feel about the magic of Black Metal. It is a major influence, an attitude if you like. But the relentlessness I am using as a key motivator is not something which is unique in this genre. Each time and age had and still have their own venom and potential to stay and keep outside. Marching by my lurking will is more important than the templates that the scene means today. It suits more to destroy everything at its top. I am not in charge, I have nothing to match with. I have more to tell through this link we established than through under the weight of other pressures from the outer space. It is very simple and straightforward which has nothing to do with me in the scene. Instead of probing I break down the chains and secure the point of entry and no return on all degrees. This is how it becomes no holds barred.

We have reached the end of the journey, both with this interview and with Formorket. I want to thank you for your time and for the willingness to share your thoughts with me. I really hope that the last chapter of Formorket will be memorable. As always, as a guest, you have the last words:

S: Oppose to go on wild as this world turns out of itself.

For Doom the Bell Tolls – Interview with Bathsheba – May 2017 AB

Since I put my hands on Bathsheba‘s latest release I thought about making an interview with them. I was so much into the music and the atmosphere present on Servus that first I wrote a review for it and then I wanted to know more about the band and how this cursed piece of art came into being. Then, all of a sudden, strange things happened in my life and Servus became my companion for many darkened days and nights. It’s music has cured me and infected me at the same time, so addicted I was with this vinyl which I span many many times.

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When asking Bathseba if they wanted to do this interview, Michelle (vocals) accepted instantly. I sent her my questions, fearing they will not be good enough. But when she sent me the replies, I was amazed by her answers. I can honestly say that this interview is one of the most personal and in depth encounters I have ever had with a musician/band, since the beginning of ScrollsofDarmoth.

Read the interview, press the “Play” button and immerse yourselves in the magic that is “Servus“. Enjoy!!

1. Bathsheba appeared as if out of nowhere, first with a demo (Demo MMXIV), then with the MLP (“The Sleeping Gods”) and this year with this impressive album. Please tell me how you guys decided to start this band and what were your expectations, if you had any, concerning the band, the scene etc.?

M: End 2013 Jelle called me to ask if I was interested in making a band with him. He was thinking Pallbearer, Wounded Kings etc. He had a friend, Dwight, who would be playing guitar. I am not really into that kind of music but I know how open minded Jelle is and what a great person and drummer he is too. I know him from the tour we did (Grand Magus, Sardonis, Serpentcult) in 2008. So I was up for it. We started rehearsing early 2014. Raf was a friend of mine and he was immediately up for it too when we asked him. So Jelle and Dwight were more into the traditional doom while I was heading for a sludge black metal direction. So I guess we made a good compromise! Our expectations were just to have fun but do it well and see what would come on our road. We had open minds about it and although we were realistic we also had dreams.

2. What does Bathsheba mean to you, how would you describe this band to someone who doesn’t know you at all? An alien, for example 🙂

M: Good question. I would say that BATHSHEBA is the embodiment of the musical expression, emotions and thoughts of four different individuals. BATHSHEBA is inspired by burden and frustration and thus carries that sound with it. But with that it also carries the beauty of darkness, if you listen well. It’s not for all but either you get it, or you don’t.

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3. The album name and the cover are quite simple but eloquent. What’s the connection between “Servus” and the woman on the cover? Does it have something to do with religion?

M: Servus means slave in Latin and refers mainly to the enslavement of life’s suffering. Being completely crushed under that weight and unable to move forward or backward, therefore you have to surrender at a certain point. The character on the cover is praying, suffering and loses herself. When losing yourself you can get lost very far. You can find yourself again or versions of yourself that are either beautiful or unbearably monstrous. You can look at it from a very earthly point of view but also a religious and even an esoteric one. The artwork was done by Olivier Lomer (www.dissolvtion.com) whom you might know from the bands Emptiness and Enthroned. I explained a bit what I wanted and we let him work his magic. He was spot on I think. He also has a very particular own style which I adore.

4. Besides the music, I find the lyrics on “Servus” very powerful and extremely well written. They have an “occult”, almost religious touch, but they do not carry an “open” evil message, it’s rather concealed and can only be discovered by reading between the lines. Since I assume you are the one in charge with writing them, please tell me where did you get the inspiration from when you wrote them?

M: You describe it very well. The inspiration is mainly from life, death, pain, suffering, that sort of emotions and personal experiences. But I am very much inspired by a book called ‘The Story of my Heart’ from Richard Jefferies who was a naturalistic writer and brought out this book in 1882. We have something in common: We look at people/situations/… in that naturalistic way. As if it were water, fire, trees, air,.. How life is made, how we are made. I understand life better that way. For instance if you are blocked in your emotions it means you are like dry earth. Unmovable and unable to grow anything in it. And you need either air to make things lighter or water to make things moldable and softer. Everything that happens in life you can somehow draw back to basic elements and that makes everything more simple. I always look to closely, make everything too complicated so this is a good help to me. I am also inspired by Solomon’s writings. They are about more esoteric subjects that live in the spirit world. You can draw that back too, just the other way around. When you take things that are bigger than you and look how those forces work and place yourself in a bigger sphere somehow. That was the biggest influence; to take that higher force that is much more than you and place yourself in perspective with it. It makes you feel small and insignificant while on the other hand the burden and bleakness on earth feel unbearable.

5. If we look at the patterns, doom metal is the privilege of male singers but recently many female fronted bands have appeared on the firmament. But unlike most of these bands (which are great, if you ask me), you took a different, heavier approach. Your style is closer to bands like Shape of Despair, rather than Blood Ceremony, for example. Was it planned from the start to play this sort of cursed doom?

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M: Yes exactly. I’m glad you say that. I was never interested in making that doomy occult rock. It’s well done but it doesn’t grab me. It doesn’t touch me in the way that I want. I told that when I entered the band that this occult rock would never be a thing for me. I have to feel it, in my bones and I apparently can only be touched by more heavy, obscure or avant-garde music. It doesn’t always have to be heavy to be heavy if you get me. But I very often find music too happy in my ears and then you lost me. To name some musicians or bands that really touch me; Bethlehem, Ved Buens Ende, Dodheimsgard, Sigur Ros, Thom Yorke, Ennio Morricone, Arvo Pärt, …

6. Initially there were 2 guitar players in Bathsheba, but now there’s only Dwight. Do you think that adding another guitar to back Dwight up might make the sound heavier, or are you happy with how things are going right now?

M: We are sometimes still having that discussion. I prefer to stay as we are because it works. Another person would somehow always be ‘the one who joined’. I prefer small groups and practically it’s easier to have fewer people, also don’t like people in general. I’m very fond of the line up now and I hate change. But I am only 1/4th of the band of course. I would love to have a dear friend of mine, who is a great musician, to play with us for a gig or add some guitars on a song. Maybe for the recordings we will add some extra’s but I don’t think we will have a 5th fixed member.

7. Your voice is really special, allowing you to switch between a harsh, sometimes “schizophrenic” tone to a clear one in the blink of an eye. How hard it is to take care of it, do you practice any special exercises to protect it?

M: It’s not hard to switch for me between these voices. I feel the need to try new things and go further so I think it would be good to protect my voice better and to have some kind of ritual to practice and so preserve health for my vocal chords. On the other hand I hope I won’t lose that spontaneity that helps me in making vocal lines.

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8. For those who did not have the chance to see Bathsheba live yet, tell me what does a concert represent for you? From what I saw on YouTube, you seem to be in a very special mood while playing, like someone else is taking over your body as you perform. Do you do something special to get into that trance-like state or it just comes naturally? How much does a show consume you?

M: The live atmosphere is described as ‘introvert, aggressive and full of frustration’ and I think that covers it well. I feel there is something inside that needs to get out. I don’t really think about what I’m doing at that moment. It’s not a performance as in I haven’t prepared it. It’s more a spontaneous process and I like to keep it that way. Playing live takes much from me because It’s a fight against keeping things inside and letting things go. I love it as well because it takes off some pressure. After a show I am really not in a communicative state and I preferably just go home or to a hotel to get back to a better state of mind. I tend to move in a certain way it seems. It just comes, I can’t just stand still. I have to feel it. I suppose in a way it’s a bit of a trance when you just surrender to that moment. I hope I can surrender more and more.

9. What kind of books do you read? Do you draw your inspiration also from literature? Have you read “Bruges la Morte”, by Georges Rodenbach?

M: That sounds like an interesting book. I have to say I don’t like to read romans. I prefer to read about history, space, nature etc. To name some books that inspire me: “The story of my Heart” by Richard Jefferies which I mentioned before, I love to read “The Book of Lies” by Crowley, I am very much inspired by “Compendium for Ritual Plants” from Marcel De Cleene and Marie Claire Lejeune. This last book is actually a book about herbs. In this book the medical purpose of plants is described. But also the traditions and rituals that came with those herbs. I love books like “The Bible through Judas Eyes”, books about Nostradamus,… When writing music or lyrics I sometimes just looks through my books of minerals, plants or mushrooms to help me make words clearer.

10. What is music for Michelle Nocon and how would you describe it? Did it change your life?

M: There are two things in life that drive me. That’s not love or friendship, money or health. It’s music and nature. I’m not a social person. Either I’m doing music, or I am in nature. There is nothing else for me here. Music definitely changed my life. It always understood me as I understood it. It can make my mood swing in just a second. It brings out the best in me and the worse. It heals me and kills me at the same time and it’s therefore my biggest addiction. I don’t need to be famous or big, I just need to be free and free to make the music I want to make. All the rest that comes with it is trivial.

11. The spoken intro and outro of Servus are very interesting, they both express an anti-religious statement, so to speak. Is Bathsheba’s message the same?

M: Thanks for bringing that up. I can’t really say we have a message. We don’t make music to get a message across but rather to express ourselves. When that gets picked up by someone, that is great of course. It’s more an expression of the bleakness of life. You can believe in anything you want, or in nothing. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Life is suffering to me. I can pray to a god or pray to a demon, believe in nothing at all or believe in some afterlife and karma. It is what it is, indifferent to what I believe or feel. On the other hand I do believe we can somehow create our own reality. But we don’t seem to do very well. So the suffering is on.

12. Since I bought the vinyl, I listen to it on repeat, it is unbelievably addictive. Did you summon Bathsheba during the recordings so she might conquer the hearts of all men? Are you happy with the way this album turned out?

M: Thank you so much! I think I did summon something when making the demo. It felt like something inside me changed when I was making this album. And I am very grateful for that. That something changed me, matured me, beat me, cured me. And I hope it beats the shit out of you all, cures all of you and then beats the hell out of you again. Because that’s how it should be. I think music should really touch a person. I am not a person that is satisfied or happy about things I do. I am not someone who easily says I liked what I did. But I am kind of proud of this album. It’s the first album that I can listen to, the first time I like my voice and I unleashed something inside of me that I know can grow even further. And I hope we can keep growing as much and wide as we can.

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13. “Ain Soph”, the second track, stands out from the other songs, mainly because of the very cool blast beats and of that psychedelic saxophone. Who came up with the idea of having these 2 (atypical) elements in your music?

M: I wished for a black metal vibe somewhere on the album and at a point they send me a first try out version of Ain Soph. So I was in for it and immediately made a vocal line on it. Then when the song was “ready” we found there was something lacking on that particular part in the song. So I started looking for samples and thought a crazy freejazz sax sample would be great. Then Jelle said it would be cool to have a real sax player. Then I remembered I knew Peter Verdonck (Wound Collector) and he once said he really wanted to do something together musically because he loved what I had done with Serpentcult. So I thought I’d give it a try and ask him. He was immediately up for it. In the studio when Peter tried his crazy sax solo’s we were all so enthusiast. He had 3 different versions for the two solo’s. He recorded every part in one hit and we chose the one we liked best together.

14. Who exactly is “your ” Satan you talk about in the “Manifest”? Is it your own Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hide?

M: Exactly. You could say that two bad sides of yourself are having a duel. It doesn’t matter what you chose and where you turn, you somehow always do bad. You’re somehow always confronted with that evil. I also had a relation that was quit destructive at that time so my inner world was somehow reflected in that relation.

15. Speaking of “Manifest”, I know it’s not you who played it, but how did Dwight conceive that beautiful guitar solo? It is absolutely haunting and it gives the song a superb feeling of loss and despair.

M: That song goes way back. It was already on the demo in 2014 but it got a serious upgrade. The guys were jamming that ending until they had a structure but in meanwhile Dwight was doing a solo and he just made it as long as he needed it to be. So we let him do his thing and then they worked around his solo with the structure. Dwight got inspired by the main musical theme of the song which has that feeling of loss and despair but also something majestic about it.

16. Your last name reads the same even backwards, like a magick word. Does it have a special meaning or it’s just pure coincidence?

M: The C of Christ in the middle! I’m the chosen one apparently. It’s my dad’s family name but since I don’t have any connection to my family I’m seriously thinking of changing my name. I love the thought of not belonging anywhere.

It seems like we have reached the end of this interview. Thank you so much, Michelle, for accepting this, it really means a lot to me. I wish you all the best, both on a personal and professional level and who knows, maybe one day soon I’ll see you guys play live somewhere. As always, I leave the last words to you:

M: Thank you so much Matei for giving us the opportunity to tell more about the band, our music and ourselves. Come say hello if we cross each other. I would like to express my gratitude and may that nihilism take you.

Contact Bathsheba:

https://bathshebakills.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/bathshebakills/

Scáth Na Déithe Interview – February 2017 AB

Quite a long time has passed since the last feature was published in Scrolls of Darmoth. Many events took place, some of them of great importance on a political level (at least for some of my fellow Romanians) and the others which were strictly related to my personal life. Overall, these events prevented me to write/create anything. In other words I lost the inspiration for a while. There’s no point of writing something just for the sake of it, when all you have in your mind are empty spaces.

I had this interview in mind after writing the review for the album “Pledge Nothing but Flesh“, but I could not compose the questions anymore. So I decided to wait and let things fall back into their own pieces again and last week the muse came back with the stolen inspiration. I was finally able to send the questions over to the Irish band Scáth Na Déithe, who, through the voice of Cathal Hughes, was very kind to answer them.

I thank them for the interview and I urge you to listen to the album first, then read the interview. You’ll learn many interesting things about this band and the country it comes from. Crack open a cold one and enjoy the reading.

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Hi Cathal, apologies for the lateness of this interview. I wish it were ready sooner, but independent issues prevented me from finishing the questions in due time. First of all, thank you for accepting this interview for Scrolls of Darmoth and second, congratulations for the impressive album that is ‘Pledge Nothing but Flesh’, which was released one month ago. Let’s roll!

SoD: I have to ask this question, as I am extremely curious. What does Scath Na Deithe mean in the Irish language and who exactly are you guys? Please introduce the band a bit to our readers.

CH: Scáth Na Déithe roughly translates into English as ‘The Shadow of the Gods’. We wanted a name that would reflect our intent to take a large influence from Irish folklore and traditions. There are two of us in the band, myself Cathal Hughes and Stephen Todd. I live in a small village in the north of Dublin called Rush and Stephen is from Co. Tyrone.

SoD: Scath Na Deithe is a young band, but the music on your releases begs to differ. Did you guys spend your “apprenticeship” in other bands, or this is your first and most serious project you have been involved in?

CH: We have both been involved in numerous projects; we came to know each other through playing shows together in different bands. We have both released music with other projects in the past so we have had a lot of experience in writing and recording music, but this is the first band were we have created music together.

SoD: Until now you have released a demo tape (“The Horrors of Old” in 2015) and the first full length, “Pledge Nothing but Flesh”, which came out in January 2017. Both releases are DYI, independent. Why is that? Is it easier that way or it’s difficult to find a decent label willing to support a young band these days?

CH: The EP was released independently because it was the very first material we were releasing so we were planning on attracting the attention of labels with that release. We had some offers for cassette releases but they ended up falling through, so we self-released a limited cassette edition of the EP last year. We tried to gather some label interest for the release of “Pledge Nothing but Flesh” but we didn’t receive any offers that were well suited to us. We have since confirmed that a cassette version of “Pledge Nothing but Flesh” will be released this March on Metal Defiance Productions. We purposely take an extremely DIY approach to the recording and mixing of our albums. We do this because I really feel that we require a very specific type of production to reinforce the feel and aesthetic of our music.

SoD: Your music is not something which I can call happy nor very easy to listen to. On both your releases you have created a suffocating, sinister and addictive atmosphere which the listener can easily be sucked into, if not careful. Where does your inspiration come from? Is it something related to the famous bleak Irish weather, is it the world you live in or it’s just you, as persons?

CH: It comes from many places, but yes for sure the darkness of the Irish weather and the landscape we live in have a huge impact on the music we write. The main source of inspiration for the actual music itself is very hard to pin down, I would say I am moved to write music by books I read, the images or feelings they can evoke, more so than by listening to music. Of course listening to extreme forms of metal have a direct impact on what we write, but rather than being able to list off a few bands that we are trying to emulate, it is very much the mindset that listening to extreme metal pulls you into that inspires me to write.

SoD: Besides the 2 instrumentals, the 4 songs on “Pledge Nothing but Flesh” are very long, lasting more than 10 minutes each. I don’t think that their length is an enemy here, because the despair which permeates from those tracks cannot be unfolded in just a few minutes. Was this something you planned from the beginning, or it just happened in the process of writing and then you decided to go with the flow, so to speak?

CH: From the start our goal for this album was to have long track lengths for the exact reason you mention, the type of atmosphere and emotions we are trying to convey can’t be properly expressed in shorter songs. I treat the arrangement of a song like a story, it should rise and fall, take you on a journey through different emotions. Our vision for how the album should progress was clear while it was being written, it is an album of two halves, the first half is meant to convey pure rage and aggression, and the second half to be more somber and reflective. The second instrumental track is there to give contrast to the harsh tracks that go before, to give the listener a brief departure from the weight of the oppressive atmosphere of the music, and to lead you into the second half of the album.

scath-na-deithe-the horrors of old

SoD: While the vocals have a very death metal vibe, the riffs and the drumming combine genres, reminding me of Dead Congregation mixed with Ataraxie and with a serious touch of black metal. What music are you guys listening to, when not involved in Scath Na Deithe? Do you listen to (extreme) metal at all?

CH: I am a huge fan of Dead Congregation so thank you for the comparison. Yes, we mostly listen to extreme metal, lately I have been listening to the “Hero” album by Bolzer, Kyrpts, Imha Tarikat, the new Teitanblood EP, The Ruins of Beverast and the latest Blaze of Perdition album. We both listen to a lot of the same bands when it comes to extreme forms of metal.

SoD: The fact that this album has been mastered in the famous Necromorbus Studios (Watain, Armagedda, Funeral Mist and many other great bands) could have enhanced the sinister atmosphere contained on this record?

CH: Absolutely, Tore did an amazing job mastering the album and got us the exact result we had hoped for. He has done great work for so many amazing bands so we were very excited to have him master our album. It was his work for Tribulation that attracted our attention initially.

SoD: While reading the lyrics from “Pledge Nothing but Flesh”, I could not help to notice the topics have nothing to do with the occult, devil worship and other subjects one can find in so many songs/albums these days. Instead, they are more anti life, so to speak, like each of the 4 tracks is a hymn to death and what lies beyond. Why did you choose this lyrical approach and who’s in charge with writing the lyrics and the music?

CH: I write the music and lyrics, which are greatly inspired by Irish folk stories and traditions, but rather than simply recount what happens in these tales I want to channel the emotions they convey or the lessons they teach, and apply their imagery to create a world of our own within the lyrics. For example, the song ‘This Unrecognized Disease’ is inspired by the true story of a woman called Bridget Cleary, who is often referred to as the last witch to be burned in Ireland, but the term ‘witch’ is a misleading take on what happened to her. Her tragic story is entwined with the Irish fairy traditions, and the very real fear and superstition that people in Ireland held about the fairies. I won’t go into the details of what happened to her here, but I would really encourage people to research her story themselves. For the lyrics inspired by this story I wanted to imagine the overwhelming fear and isolation she must have felt in her final days of life, and try to convey these emotions in the lyrics.

SoD: In the past years, the Irish scene has seen quite a revival, when it comes to extreme metal bands. (Zom, Vircolac, Coscradh, Malthusian, just to mention a few). Where do you see Scath Na Deithe in this picture? Do you feel like you belong?

CH: The Irish scene has seen an explosion of bands making a name for themselves, both at home and internationally. It’s not really up to us if people decide to hold our music in the same regard as those bands, but I hope that we will carve out our own place among the well regarded Irish extreme metal acts. As it stands currently for such a small country and small metal scene all the bands really do have their own distinct sound and approach to their craft, and I do feel that we can make that same claim about ourselves, in that sense I would say we belong.

SoD: Last year, you were supposed to play at the Dark Arts Festival, but eventually that did not happen, as I have mistakenly mentioned in the review I wrote for “Pledge Nothing but Flesh” (apologies for that misleading info). Do you have a live line-up, can we expect some concerts or even a small tour in the future, in support of the new album? Or you are not that much into touring and you just want to keep it as simple as possible, with only a couple of local shows?

CH: We have never ruled out live shows and we had a full line-up prepared for that show but we were unable to play due to the same reason we are not able to commit to live shows at present; it is simply work commitments that are getting in the way, which unfortunately can’t be helped.

SoD: The cover of “Pledge Nothing but Flesh” was done by Luciana Nedelea (Luciana Nedelea Art) and it turned out amazingly great. I think that drawing suits the whole concept of the album extremely well. How did you get in touch with Luciana, after all?

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scath-na-deithe-pledge-nothing-but-flesh

CH: I had seen some of her art being shared on social media and had been an admirer of her work for some time. We contacted her directly and explained the general concept behind each song and sent her over all the lyrics, that was the only direction we gave her. We wanted to see what the reading the lyrics would inspire her to create and were blown away from the very first idea she sent back to us. She really understood what we were trying to create through our music and was able to represent it perfectly in her art. She is truly an amazing artist, an absolute professional to work with, and we cannot recommend her highly enough.

SoD: Officially Scath Na Deithe is a duo. How hard or how easy is for you guys to write, record and play the music in this format? Have you considered adding another member to the ranks, or you’re happy with the way things are going right now?

CH: Writing the songs comes relatively easy to us, considering their length. We usually focus on one song per rehearsal and at the end of that rehearsal record ourselves playing the song start to finish so when we came back to rehearse a song before recording it for the album we would be certain of what we had decided on playing. We had a potential bass player but he was unable to commit so we decided to go ahead as a duo, for recording this isn’t an issue for us.

SoD: There is a strange noise which connects the first track, the instrumental “Si Gaoithe”, to the final part of “Search Unending”, the last song on the album. I am almost sure I can hear someone’s footsteps slowly walking, but where exactly, I don’t know. I find this idea of linking the 1st and last song very original and interesting, it’s like an ouroboros is connecting the dots on this album and completes the circle. Was that something intentional, or it’s only my imagination playing tricks on me?

CH: Yes, you are correct, we wanted the album’s end to be linked back to the beginning, completing the journey. The sound is actually supposed to represent someone working in a field. The title ‘Sí Gaoithe’ translates as ‘fairy wind’. I should probably clarify that the Irish fairies are nothing like the nice, kindly creatures that the word is usually associated with, the word fairy was placed by English speakers on what the Irish called the Sídhe. They are extremely dangerous and had inhabited Ireland long before people had, until they were forced to live beneath the earth. The tradition of the fairy wind is that people who would stay out late working their fields would be swept up in a great wind and carried away to the other world were the Sídhe lived and a changeling would be left in their place to torment their family. As I mentioned before, these superstitions were taken very seriously in rural Ireland and there are many recorded cases of people, both adults and children, being killed because they were believed to be a fairy who took the place of a real person. So the sound you are asking about is there to represent someone out working alone who is swept up by this fairy wind and taken through the journey of the album before returning to were they had begun.

SoD: It seems we have already reached the end of this interview. I want to thank you again for your time and as usual, my guests have the last words. Feel free to add whatever you like. Cheers!!

CH: Thank you for taking the time to compose these questions and a massive thank you to anyone who has listened to our music or supported us in any way. Sláinte!

To find out more about the band and their releases, visit their Bandcamp and Facebook pages.

Liber Null Interview January 2017 AB

I like to discover new bands which really have that special something, like essence or personality. And if they add something of their own to the music, well, that works for the better. This is what happened with Liber Null, a new band which I discovered last year, after they released their first full length “I – The Serpent” through the French label Osmose Productions. I liked that album instantly, because of the atmosphere and the power contained on those 6 songs. (listen to the title track and you’ll be amazed).

I was very curious to find out more about this new band so I asked Psaalm (vocals) and Ades (guitars and bass) if they wanted to answer some of my questions. Below is the result, which sheds a bit of light in this darkness that is Liber Null. Enjoy!

Liber Null appears for the first time in Scrolls of Darmoth and I thank you very much for accepting this interview. Last year you have released your first full length and I’m really curious to find out more about this album and what’s behind the band’s concept. Here we go:

1. Why the need for another black metal group? What has Liber Null to offer in this already saturated extreme musical scene?

Psaalm: We did not think about “offering” and we do not care about the saturation of the scene. Me and Ades have been in contact for several years, I always respected him as a talented guitarist and thought that gathering our common visions of Black Metal could have created something new, something worth the effort. The goal of crafting new art is the “need” you’ve asked about.

2. Liber Null was formed last year and in November you released the first full length via Osmose. This album was a big, pleasant surprise, but it came out of the blue, so to speak. What were your expectations regarding the band and the reception of the album by the media and public, considered you did not follow the “traditional” way of releasing a demo or a 7” EP before the album came out?

Psaalm: Me and Thorns already worked with Osmose Productions with bands such as Frostmoon Eclipse and Fides Inversa. We greatly admire the work of Hervé Herbaut through the years in helping Black Metal to shape itself as we know it today and so, when the album was ready, it was our first choice to propose it to him. Osmose is treating us amazingly, and we look forward to a long collaboration.

Liber Null-logo scrolls of darmoth
Liber Null-logo scrolls of darmoth

3. If the other two band members (Thorns and Psaalm) are already quite known due to their activity in Frostmoon Eclipse and other bands, you seem to be a bit of a mystery. Who exactly is Ades and what is his musical background?

Ades: ah well, I listen to and play music. You would think this is a given, if not an understatement for someone in a band, but you would be surprised at the amount of “musicians” who do very little of that. What I mean is that I listen with keen ears to music as a whole and try to take out of it its brilliance and translate it into what is useful to me. You might find a fantastic sequence or structure in the least expected song categories. I never saw myself as an artist but rather an artisan: I create musical structures which I deem solid and the more the tools I have at my disposal, the more sophisticated the result will be without losing the integrity of the structure itself. To bring this into Liber Null, I have a fluid approach that takes from many genres I appreciate, I strongly believe in challenging the dogma and I try to hint it in the musical message. Obviously, this band is a joint venture of talents and the musical message, whilst still strongly bearing my mark, has to be agreed upon by everyone and thus it falls into a somewhat more rigid grid.

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Ars Diaboli – An Interview with Luciana Nedelea – January 2017 AB

At some point during 2016 I came across Luciana’s artwork and since then I wanted to do this interview with her. I instantly fell in love with her drawings/artwork, with the way she manages to create art for tortured souls. Her style is dark, creepy and it gives you an awkward sensation that someone’s gonna creep right behind you and something really bad will happen to you.

Luciana Nedelea, ScrollsofDarmoth’s first guest for 2017, is no stranger to the underground extreme metal scene and in this very interesting interview she reveals some of her (dark) secrets.

Read and enjoy!

1. Who is Luciana Nedelea, in the 1st place? I am pretty sure few people in Romania would have heard about you, myself included, if it hadn’t been for the internet. Please introduce yourself a bit to ScrollsofDarmoth and its readers.

First of all, thank you very much for this wonderful opportunity to talk about myself and most importantly my work, I really appreciate it! And indeed, the internet was a blessing for me and it helped me connect with people all over the world.
As you well know I was born in Romania, north Transylvania, I am 27 years old, and have studies in 3 different fields: music (violin since the age of 7), art and archaeology/ancient history. I am currently a lecturer at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, and am also involved in different projects and pursuing a PhD in archaeology, ancient history and classical studies, and I hope to finalize my thesis in early 2017. The main subject is the Roman Empire and the roman province Dacia, with a special focus on a legionary fortress called Potaissa (economy/ancient pottery/the lifestyle of the roman soldiers).
In between my studies and other duties, I devote almost all my free time to art and working with musicians and artists from all over the world, which mostly means a lot of sleepless nights and sacrifices, but it is all well worth it and I wouldn’t trade it in for anything else.

dead-womans-ditch-album-art
dead-womans-ditch-album-art

2. When did you start drawing and when did you realize you wanted to do this for a living? Do you have any special artistic background?

I have always known that I was meant to create things and that I had a very artistic spirit. I also believe that it is very important to listen and to follow your calling and instincts, because we are all born to follow a certain path and design. If you ignore it, chances are that you will live a very unhappy life, and there is no one else to blame but you.
As a kid I would always draw on anything I would get my hands on, but it all really began after having a very strict and disciplined life starting with the age of 7, when I first went to a music school and did that for over 8 years. It is there where I had my first contact with artists, because it was a mixed school (art and music) and I was truly fascinated and attracted to their world. Even though I had very good results with music/violin, at the age of 15 I decided to switch schools from music, to art, which I then continued for the next 4 years of my life.

3. What media do you use for your artworks? What is your favorite? Have you ever used real blood when painting?

I mostly prefer acrylic and ink, and if it was up to me I would only use black and white for the rest of my life, because I think it suits me, my style and the themes which I love to depict in my work.
I have never used blood so far, though I must admit that it is a very attractive idea to me, and it’s been in the back of my mind for a while now, but since blood has a very special meaning and it is something very personal, I would rather wait and use that at a time when I can devote myself entirely to art and creating art for myself and not other people. It is however a very popular subject at the moment in the metal scene and a lot of artists use blood to create artworks, even for bands/their merch. For myself, blood creations enter more the sphere of the sacred and I wouldn’t just spill it on paper, paint something very common and that’s it, there has to be a bit of preparation and thought that goes into it, but that of course is purely my point of view.

in-the-heart-of-the-woods artwork
in-the-heart-of-the-woods artwork

4. Over the years you have developed a very interesting style, which has become your trademark. It is dark, morbid, with a pronounced touch of evil. Is this something the bands want from you or this is how you imagine things while listening to their music?
People that think alike, get together. I try mostly to work only with people that are educated on certain subjects and that aren’t amateurs. I would never paint something I wouldn’t be interested in, that wouldn’t speak to me, or something that would be against my beliefs.
It can be very morbid indeed, because humanity itself throughout history was morbid and I get my inspiration from it, but my focus isn’t on coming across as evil, or pertaining to any cults, organizations, or anything alike. My art is mostly a manifestation of my thoughts and belief systems, and it does touch the area of occultism, understanding the meaning of life and reaching out to other worlds. This is where my studies in the field of archaeology come in, because I do use a lot of my knowledge related to ancient cultures and history of religions, to create my artworks, and mostly a lot of the people that contact me do want advice and guidance on certain subjects and they trust me with it.

Luciana Nedelea Album Art
Luciana Nedelea Album Art

5. Do you need a special setting for creating your artworks? Do you isolate yourself from the outside world and create your own magic atmosphere? What do you like to listen to while you work?

I work at home, which I transformed into my own little temple. I love to surround myself with antiques, books, candles, incense, anything that will remind me of the beauty of times when people still took pride in enjoying a quality lifestyle and also being more in touch with the ‘other world’, grateful and never forgetting where your gifts and inspiration come from, and also giving back to ’it’. This is something that works very well for myself.
I mostly like to listen to atmospheric, ritualistic/sacred/folk music from areas like Asia Minor and Levant, to which I always felt a very strong connection to. Other genres that I love and live for are black metal and classical music, but in general I do listen to a lot of music, as long as it is quality music.
I also enjoy watching horror movies, crime/mystery/paranormal documentaries, etc. while working on art.

6. Can you mention a few artists (painters, illustrators etc) that may have had a strong influence on you?
I try not to be influenced too much by other artists because my main goal is to be able to stand out one day with an own style, which is however very difficult to do these days. If I was to name a few contemporary artists that I truly appreciate, those would be Santiago Caruso, David Herrerias, Kristian Wahlin/Necrolord, Alex Grey, etc. Regarding classical and modern painters, as a teenager I started out by studying and copying the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Durer, Bruegel the Elder, Caspar David Friedrich, Munch, and others. I also love Theodore Gericault’s morbid anatomical studies. Of course there would be a lot more to discuss, but I will keep this brief.

Luciana Nedelea Album Art
Luciana Nedelea Album Art

7. Browsing through your portfolio, I was amazed to discover how many collaborations you have/had, mainly abroad. I have to be honest here, many of the bands you work with are quite unknown to me, even if my horizon is rather large, haha. How do you get in touch with them? Do they pick you or you pick them?

I started working with bands 3 years ago, and have worked with hundreds of bands so far, from all over the world. Indeed, most of these bands belong to the underground scene, or are bands that just now start out, but I also worked with very known bands like Dark Funeral, Ad Hominem, Ghost Bath, Nightbringer, Mare Cognitum, etc.
Most bands get in touch with me through my Facebook page, email, Instagram , or through references from other bands. I never contact bands or ask them to work with me, it isn’t my style and I prefer it when bands reach out to me because they like my work and feel that it speaks to them.

elagabalus-t-shirt-design
elagabalus-t-shirt-design

8. Have you had, until now, a collaboration with a Romanian band? Would you like to work with one?

I worked only with a few Romanian bands, but I am very happy to have had the opportunity to. I made the logo for Clitgore a few years ago, created several T-shirt designs for them, patches, bags, stickers, poster designs and the logo for Transylvanian Death Fest and other festivals/concerts in Romania. I also recently worked with a very talented young man that just started his new project Death In Reverse, for which I also created the logo and the cover illustration for his first EP ‘The Snow Forgot Its Color’, which is being released by Flesh Vessel Records.

9. What do you think a good artwork/cover/drawing must look like? Many bands use nowadays lots and lots of occult symbols, Latin texts and illegible logos. Is this a good thing or has it turned into a big cliché? Do you think in these cases music becomes less important than the packaging?

This is actually a very big issue these days. There are a lot of bands out there, especially in the black metal scene, that simply use image and certain ritualistic aspects related to ancient cultures, only to get the attention of people that are easily impressed, people that do not read and would rather watch a show and lie to themselves rather than putting some effort into research and doing things for themselves.

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harvest-gulgaltha

Over the years and after working with so many people, and please excuse my language, I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s way too many idiots out there that hide behind what seems to be decent bands. I am against the whole new wave of bands that perform fake rituals on scene just for the sake of it, and pretend to be wise men that are somehow entitled to be worshiped. The scene is simply plagued with gimmicks, with people that do not read and are trying to find easy access to things that aren’t meant for lazy people, and I suggest that they read Apuleius- ‘The Golden Ass’ and take the moral of the story to heart. I also noticed that a lot of people when they contact me for artwork don’t know what they want or how to describe their work, what they stand for, and would love it for me/the artist to do all the work and to come up with something based on their lyrics and music, or sometimes nothing at all, or just a vague description. Some are very confused about what they want or think that if they tell me ‘draw me something occult and evil’ they described everything and are being very clever. These, are people I do not work with.

10. I assume that in order to work in this field, you must love music very much. How does music inspire your day to day life and your artistic life?

As I’ve already mentioned earlier, music has been a very big part of my life, I play violin since the age of 7, won several competitions throughout the years and have also played in the local orchestra when I was younger. I adore music and I couldn’t imagine a life without it.

11. What are your passions besides drawing? From your works one can assume you are very much into the occult and the dark arts. Do you like (and have time) to read? What books are you really into?

That is correct, I am very much interested in occultism, history of religions, ancient and early medieval history, art history, archaeology, philosophy, and I try to make everything work as one. I don’t see them as separate interests, everything I do in my life is connected, and they will create an end product by the end of my life. I don’t have as much free time as I would like, but I make time for everything I love and I am very serious about everything I do, and ready to devote all my effort and passion to it. Therefore, the books I read at the moment (besides the tons of books for my PhD) are mostly ancient and classical texts related to magic, defixiones/curse tablets, divination, religion, in the original languages if possible, and lately I’ve been very interested in Gnosticism and have been gathering information on most of the Gnostic gems that have been published and translated to this date.
Different to these subjects and more accessible to everyone, I’ve been reading books on serial killers, unsolved murders like The Hinterkaifeck case from Germany, 1922, and unsolved mysteries such as the Dyatlov Pass Incident (I have a small collection of books on the subject, which I can recommend to anyone interested).

12. Besides the album covers (for cd’s, tapes, Lps and shirts), you have artworks, standalone pieces which seem to reflect your feelings/moods (“Procession”, “Wandering Death” etc). They depict desolate, black and white landscapes, and the feeling is one of doom, of implacable end. Where do you take your inspiration from for these gloomy drawings?

Those are indeed artworks which I create for myself and I like to share them with people that have the same love for desolate landscapes, death, mystery, other-wordly manifestations as I do. Mostly they are images that I get in my head and I can’t really explain where they come from, I guess it is just a part of my personality.

kalmankantaja-album-art
kalmankantaja-album-art

13.You are featured in Darkadya Book vol II, alongside other famous artists like Thorncross(Chris Moyen), Christophe Szpajdel, Denis Forkas etc. Congratulations, for an artist this must be both an honor and an appreciation of your work. Please tell me more about this appearance and how you were selected in this “all-star” team.

I was very, very lucky to be a part of this book, which is now sold-out, and indeed as you’ve already mentioned many big names that activate as artists in the metal scene were featured in this second volume, and also let’s not forget Mark Riddick which was the special artist of the book. It all started when I was contacted by the Darkadya book editor, Lariyah Hayes and asked if I wouldn’t be interested in a collaboration, which was definitely a huge surprise for me and I couldn’t refuse the opportunity.
I also won the Darkadya ‘ Fan choice’ black star awards, which was another big surprise..I never expected so much positive feedback.

14. It is said that many people did this: musicians, composers, alchemists and even priests have, at some point during their life, made a pact with the devil in order to gain something. Would you do the same if you had something big to gain?

In my point of view and from what I have experienced so far in my 27 years, there is a pact and a very strong connection between us and everything around us and the energy that connects everything living and not living, since the day we are born, or items are created. You are given something, and must also return something at all times. We are all a part of what constitutes ‘god’, the ‘higher being’, the sacred, and the sacred is a part of us, we help ‘each other’ to continue evolving, and we are all one big living organism…you, me, the next planet, galaxy and so on. You are also given gifts, and this helps not only you and your spirit to evolve and move on to the next level, but also to create more energy which emanates from you and is sent out to help it grow. The thing is, that you can’t just relax and take what is given to you without being aware that something is helping you, without being grateful, and without doing certain movements/sounds (rituals if you wish) which in connection with our thoughts are sent out to that specific energy, as a small thank you. You are like a small dot in a network, that has to pulsate, to be aware and to be active. The Devil, Demons, Gods and other creations, are only manifestations of energy which are mostly connected to a certain sphere of creation, certain subjects that most people focus their attention on throughout centuries, etc, and you can tap into those specific energies that build up over time. Some people are more aware of these things and use it in their favor, some aren’t. This is how you get those so called ‘pacts’ which are either successful, or go really wrong if you abuse it.

cadaver-synod
cadaver-synod

It seems we have reached the end of our interview. I want to thank you again for doing this, Luciana, it means a lot for me and for ScrollsofDarmoth. As usual, my guests have the last words, so this is no exception.

Thank you so, so much once again for your patience and for this opportunity, it means very much to me and I wish you and your readers a wonderful and prosperous new year!

God Curse Us, there’s No Light!! – Witchsorrow Interview – November 2016 AB

Just before the show Witchsorrow played at Doom Over Bucharest on the 26th of November, I sat down with the band and talked a bit about their music, influences, concerts etc. The discussion was so interesting that, after 30 minutes, I didn’t realize it was almost time for them to prepare for the upcoming show, otherwise they would have missed it.
They delivered one hell of a doom metal set-list, in the purest British tradition. (You can watch the video review here.

I am deeply honored for this, Emilywitch, Necroskull and Dave Morellhammer are really amazing people and it was a huge pleasure interviewing them. Thank you guys very much for accepting it!!

Enjoy the interview.

Venefixion Interview – Only Death is Real – November 2016 AB

Venefixion is a new band but what they play is old metal of death. France has always been a fertile ground for death metal, bands like Mercyless, Loudblast and Massacra, to name a few, have made their name in the underground many moons ago. But things have changed over the years and a new wave of death metal bands has risen from the putrid French underground and bands like Hate Supremacy, Malekhamoves, Cadaveric Fumes, Demonic Oath, Necrowretch, Venefixion are spreading their toxic waves of rotten metal over the world.

After the release of Venefixion‘s debut demo, Defixio (review can be read here), I really wanted to find more about this band and their music so here’s a very detailed and interesting interview I had with F. Goathroat (vocals).

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venefixion-logo

First of all, congratulations for releasing “Defixio”, such a powerful demo tape. Second of all, thank you very much for accepting this interview for ScrollsofDarmoth. Let’s roll.

Thank you for giving some credit and interest to VENEFIXION. Also thanks for the kind words about our demo tape that got released last year (already one year it got released as I answer your interview).

I. Venefixion is a very young band even though all of you are no newcomers to this scene. You play in bands like Demonic Oath, Cadaveric Fumes, Necrowretch, Ritual Temple etc. How did that help Venefixion integrate in the French scene? Did the French press (magazines, fanzines etc) pay a particular attention to the band, especially after releasing this short but outstanding demo tape?

This question is interesting; we actually did not get much interest showed up or anything from any « french press » except one -for free- fanzine that got really enthusiastic. The rest is just void. The scene actually supports us, I mean people involved in French bands famous or not did, the audience is quite shy we will say (at the moment as our first show did not take place yet), a few webzines have contributed to spread it nonetheless and our first interview was with a French webzine though. A couple webzines, a couple fanzines from our country and friends from bands supporting us. Other than that, we got reviews in many different countries, interviews in small, big fanzines and then starts the big magazines. France as a whole was not really supportive. Even if we all have other bands, we have to make our proofs with VENEFIXION and this is more than normal to me. To end your question, we got an OK interest from medias in general but nothing huge (this actually tends to slightly change) and if we were Swedish or German, let me tell you it would be kind of different for us regarding the impact we could have, but so it is and for us the path will be a little harder it seems…

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