here is a new interview with italy's ars macabra .the band mixes in a good dose of old-school
swedish and norse black metal with some newer elements mixed in.fans of
old-school cold,dark black metal will want to check out this band as soon as possible!
patrick and winter torment
interview with sathor guitarist for ars macabra done by patrick
1.hails sathor! how are things going for you in italy? please tell the readers a
little about yourself.
Hi, things are going let’s say ok so far if you are able not to be involved or being affected by
The shitty Italian society and people, keep my music world for myself and that s enough
I am not that kind of person that want to talk about myself or appear who is not.
am quite fed up of lame “black metallers wanna be” that seems to hate
the world and then every morning they wake up and lick others people
asses as everyone else do....so speaking is always easier...
2.when did you all form ars macabra?
how did you come up with the name of the
band does it have a special meaning?
The bass player
did, it means Art of the Macabre from the Latin language..... for the
readers who have never heard the band how would you describe ars macabra
Well.. see..we already use a media of communication that is already there and it is our music itself
Words on music are always unnecessary ...you listen..then all the rest will come from there..
But analyze too much is always irrelevant...
3.you recently sent me your newest release "hate induced trance" how long did it
take the band to write/record the songs for this release?
a year, it was a little tedious at times but we took the time we need
it...needless to say that you can spend all the time you want in the
studio and never come out of there satisfied there is always a
compromise first of all with the budget then we the patience and stress
you build up during recording , in the end songs can lose all the
natural feeling they had that you used to perceive when you were
are you all happy with
how they turned out? Yes I am
4.i know ars macabra has some other releases availble.can you please tell the
readers a little about the other ars macabra releases?
We recorded “Daemonolatria Hypnotica” in 2004 and some copies should be available from the original label that printed it Elegy Music
are these releases still
availble for the fans? They should.
you have any other merchandise available for the fans? We had T-shirts
but are sold out we plan to print some more eventually for the new
release and when we will play live expecially and most of all cause are a
compensation of our musical message, the t-shirt art is done by me and
is not just a “fan” product , I can’t stand commercialization and/or
excessive fetishism on gadgets or collectable items I think has not much
to do with music but with compulsive attachment to objects which is
5.has the band begun writing new material for a new release soon?
Yes we have quite a bit of songs and material
do you know
how many songs will be on the next release? No I don’t think usually on numbers but we will put out what we consider the best
do you have a release date set? No yet
6.when the band begins working on new music how long does it take to usually
take to complete a song?
that I wrote a song in one afternoon and some of them are still some of
the best we think are, some other months and sometimes they still miss
something, so its music its not a factory with time schedules (thanks
does the whole band work on music or does 1-2 members
all the song writing? I am the more productive but in the end we all
contribute and shape the songs in all the arrangements that the most
7.who usually handles the lyrics for the band? what are some subjects you all
write and sing about?
I write the lyrics, the subjects are mainly of the occult and magic related to khaos theory
Hopefully to just give some inputs on that field not certainly being pedant or too cryptic
When there is no reason to be.
8.does the band play live very often or do you prefer to work in the studio only?
We would do both steadily but playing live is not easy and is not well seen unless you are already
name that have some sort of appeal, there anymore interest in listening
the music itself but go to the concert of that band cause that band
“is” cult or has a relevant name on that scene but nobody anymore go to
shows cause the music itself, I can notice and feel very uncomfortable
going to shows especially metal in Italy
by people comments etc. are really embarrassing sometimes they comment
on the musician’s look or technique instead of enjoy the music or let
their self go with the listening ....its ridiculous...or just lame as
the worst commercial music
in its conception and attitude has never been so lame like nowadays , is a fact.
who are some bands you have played with?
Oh I don’t care remember them now, some very good some others ok its interesting playing with all different kind
if you could set-up a "dream"show/
tour who are some bands you would like to play with?
Whoever is relaxed and enjoy the event and it is taken not taken by its ego trip its playing its not
A chance of showing off exaggeratedly....nervous and unsure kids are a drag
9.the band comes out of the mighty italian scene.what is your opinion of the
scene in italy? Its good in the end but there is lack of cohesion,
there are better bands than in the past but there is no collaboration
and sane nationalism everything seems to be disconnected,
Promoters, local promoters/labels etc still need to mature and acquire more professional skills
Not only on the technical side but also on the music taste side..... professional zines in Italy are a joke
10.who are some of your all-time favorite italian bands?
bands from the hard core scene back in the 80s were very genuine and
full of energy, Raw Power, Negazione on the metal side
are there any new italian bands
you think the readers should check out? I will recommend Grimness,Blasphemophagher, Stryx, Operation Genocide
11.everyone has their own ideas on what means. so i was interested in your
opinion what does black metal stand for?
think has been said too much about it and express something verbal
again or express my thought about it considering the average of who
could approach black metal today make me keep my mouth shut....
12.well sathor we have reached the end of the interview.thank you for taking the time to
fill out the interview.do you have any final comments for the readers?
the moment thanks you are doing a great job with your reviews and
interviews, then everybody who is gonna dig our music is cool...
to contact ars macabra go to the bands "official"page for more info.