Wednesday, May 7, 2014

interview with avsky done by patrick

metal hails!!
here is a new interview with the old-school swedish black metal band avsky.if you are a fan of late 80's/early 90's black metal{before all the synths,keyboards and ugh atmosphere} then defintly take some time to read this interview and pick up the band's brand new cd "scorn" from the mighty moribund records.
enjoy and keep the flames of metal burning high!!!!
patrick annd winter torment web-zine

interview with T O vocalist,drummer for avsky done by patrick

1.hails TO. how are things in sweden this week? please tell the readers a little about yourself.
Everything ok over here. Not much to say about me, vocalist and drummer in Avsky.

2.when did you guys form avsky? how did you come up with the name of the band? does it have a special meaning? for the readers who have never heard the band how would you describe the music?
Avsky has exist since 2002 and we released our first demo in 2006. The bandname was an easy choice, it stands for how we feel and for what our music is about. Whit our music we are trying to go back to the roots of black metal, as it is meant to sound. We do it old school whit some new influence of our own.

3.3.avsky is a two-man band.when you formed the band did you plan to keep it a two-piece? have you searched for other members to join? if you had the opportunity to work with any musican past or present who would you love to work with?

When we formed Avsky we had plans for at least one more member, but we havnt found anyone thats right for us, so Avsky is and will stay a two-man band. But there is loads of good musicians that would be fun working whit. On our new record Scorn we have Nox from Craft doing some guest vocals, a cooperation that worked really well.

4.avsky recently released the new cd "scorn" how long did it take you guys to write/record the songs for this release?are you both happy with how the release turned out?

The songs were worked on just a bit over a year, and the recording went relative fast. When it comes to our music, nothing must be left to chance, so we wont release anything until we are 100% satisfied. Then going in to mix, that is the hard bit and took some time, so i guess our studioguy is a bit tired of us now haha. We went back to the studio loads of times to increase or lower the levels on instrument and vocals. Guess the chance for that is high when you sit home and listen to the record over and over again. You dont think its good enough, but the record came out to be better then we first had in mind, so we are extremelly satisfied. has response been from the fans and press?
We have had really good response on the record, both from fans and press. We knew we had made a good record so that just confirms what we already knew.

6.when you begin to work on/write new music how long does it usually take to complete one song?do both members work on music together or does one handle all the song writing?
It is so different how long time it takes. Sometimes you feel a huge creative force, those days we can finish a new song during one rehearsle, and then you have times when your just blocked. After each recorded album we normally get blank for a while but then it hits you twice as hard when the energy gets back. AE always do the riff and then we work thogether whit it. A good way to do it for us and AE is an amazing riff- maker so i trust him fully.

7.which is usually completed first the music or the lyrics? speaking of the lyrics what are some topics/subjects you write about?
Most of the time its the song thats ready first, the lyrics comes now and then, we cant write lyrics just because we must. But there is loads whitin us, so we will never be out off lyrics.

8.the band comes out of the mighty swedish metal scene.what is your opinion of the metal scene in sweden? who are some of your all-time favorite swedish bands? are their any new bands you think the readers should watch out for?
n my mind sweden definitely is one of the leaders whitin black metal. Bands as Watian, Craft and Arckanum proves it. Arckanum is one of my favorite swedish black metal band, you both hear and feel that its true.

9.everyone has their own ideas/opinions on what black metal in your opinion what does "black metal"stand for?
For me black metal is strength. An egocentric mind, to see yourself as a strong individual, not to be broken down by anyone or anything, and whit all means necessary destroy the scum that poison our earth. The hate and disgust only makes you a stronger person. I cant see anything in the new sdbm-bands (suicidal depressive black metal) that has to do with black metal. Black metal is nothing about feeling sorry for yourself. And that people have compared us, Avsky, with bands like that pisses me off. This i could discuss for ages but i will stop here.

10.coming back to the band for a moment you handle the drums for the band.when did you start playing the drums? are you self-taught or have you taken lessons?

I started to play drums at an early age, but didnt go on for very long. Then 8 or 9 years ago i took it up again, nothing planned at all. But it has proved going quite well so why quit. Actually all self-learned.

11.who are some of your influences/favorite drummers? do you play any other instruments?
Not really influenced by anyone. But sometimes i can start a clip on youtube whit the great drummer George Kollias, Nile, and just be amazed by his skills. Normally it just takes a minute of watching him til i start thinking about quiting the drums. He´s not human. I dont play any other instruments on a serious level.

12.besides playing the drums for avsky you also handle the vocals. when did you start singing? who are some of your favorite vocalist?

To be honest im not really sure how long ive been singing. But the first band i was handling the vocals in was playing in the late 90´s, so i guess it all started then. Been doing vocals in quite a few other bands that i wont mention here. There´s loads of singers i like, but to mention one of my favorites, Mikko Aspa i Deathspell Omega. you do anything special to keep your throat/vocals healthy?

just coffee and cigaretts.

14.we have reached the end of the interview. thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to fill out this you have any final comments for the readers?
Buy the new record and keep your eyes and ears open for our new project “Hyrrokkin” whit members from Craft and Avsky

to check out some of avsky's music or to order the new cd check out the bands "official" myspace page.
or head over to moribund records{band's label} to order the cd,shirts etc,etc..