Saturday, October 11, 2014

Interview with Black Cult done by Patrick on 10-11-14

Here  is  a   new  interview   with  Black   Cult   from  Croatia   who  play  a  great  style  of  black  metal.The  bands  debut   cd   "Neo-Satanism"  through  Black  Plague  Rec. and the  Russian label
"Satanath records"  so  you  should  be  able  to  get  a  copy  from  one  of  these  great  labels.

Interview  with  Morbid  vocalist   of Black Cult   done  by   Patrick

1.Hails Morbid  how  is  life  going for  you  in Croatia? When  did  you  first  discover  metal  music?

Hails Patrick!
I'm doing just fine down here.I first discovered metal in my primary school, when I was about six years old.
First bands to meet my ears were W.A.S.P., Iron maiden, Guns N' Roses and Ac/Dc. I remember it like it was yesterday. Those were my favourites back then.

2.Who  were  some  of  the  first  bands  you   listened to? Who  are  some  of  your  current  favorites?

Like mentioned above, those few bands opened my doors of perception for the rock and heavy music.
Later I had a grunge phase, then some gothic doom, and later on a death and black metal era so to say.
I still listen to most of my best bands from each era. Nowadays I still listen some bands that I've started with,
but mostly I like to discover new music and bands. Not necessarily only metal.
I mostly listen to underground music at the moment. When it comes to black metal and extreme metal in general
I think that the new Behemoth, Deathstars and Dark fortress are amazing, passionate and honest albums which is a rare  thing nowadays in the metal music scene.
When it comes to more underground bands I listen a lot to Djevel and Tortorum.
Aside all of that, Combichrist and Hank III is what I might force in my car often.

3.Black  Cult  started  out  as a  two man  band  with  yourself and Insanus  how   long  did  you  stay a   two man  band?

The idea was to keep it a two men band but since we started having plans for live appearances we needed   the whole band.
Not long after finishing with the album mix we decided to call upon few individuals that we thought would  get into what we wanted to present with our music.
The full line up was formed in early 2014 and that's when we started with our first live shows too.

4.When  did  you  guys  decide  to  add  more  members to  Black Cult? What  is  the  current  line-up  of  the   band?  For  the  readers  who have  never  heard  Black Cult   how
would  you  describe  the  bands  music?

Like I said already above we decided to add more members so that we can perform our music live as well.
The current line up is the one and only original line up so far. Consisting of the most prominent names from  the croatian black metal underground scene.
We play true black metal with all it's best influences how we think it should sound and appear nowadays.

5. Black Cult   has  released  their  debut  cd   "Neo-Satanism"  through  Black Plague Records.
How  did you come  in  contact  in  contact  with  Mike and  Black Plague Records?

We released "Neo-Satanism" for Black Plague records/Metallic media, but also for the Russian label
"Satanath records" so it was a co-release for three labels.
We came in contact over email, they really liked the material and decided to put it out.

6.How  long  did  it  take to  write  the  music for  the  new  cd?
Does the  whole  band  work  on  the  music  or does one or two  members  write  everything?

Insanus did all the music, mix, mastering and I wrote the lyrics and did all the vocals.
Saathaen, our lead guitarist laid down the solo part on "Damned souls Imperium".
Insanus had all these ideas and riffs that he recorded over a couple of years.
Once he decided to record the album we did it one by one in less than a year.

7.Who  usually  writes  the  lyrics  for  the  band? Where  do  you  all draw  inspiration  for  the  lyrics?
I write all the lyrics.
The inspiration comes from many sources. Mostly personal philosophy, experiences and studies.
On "Neo-Satanism" it was in general about pure misanthropy and Luciferian philosophy.
It was a fundamental statement of the early black metal so we wanted to keep it real and old school
when it comes to lyrics too.  

8.Does   Black Cult   play  "live"  very often or  do  you  prefer to  work  in  the  studio?
Who  are  some bands  you  have  shared  the  stage  with?

We prefer both, but when it comes to live appearances we choose the place and time.
If one of those two terms does not fit to us we won't be doing it.
We are not a band that will show up at every given opportunity.  We are also not a touring band.
We played only with local underground bands so far and are very supportive of the underground scene in   general so we don't have ambitions to share the stage with more popular bands.
We like to do our own live ritual and have things under control.

9.Are  their  any  shows or  tours  coming  up? If  yes  where  will you  all be   playing?

So far we have a few Croatian dates confirmed again, but we are working on some dates outside our homeland too.
Keep an eye on our offical web pages if you want to be updated.

10.What  does black  metal  mean  to  you?

It's pure magic and one of the best musical expressions ever.

11.Morbid  you  handle  the  vocals  for  the  band  when  did  you  first  become  interested in 
singing/screaming? Do  you  do  anything  special  to  keep  your  throat/voice  healthy?

When I was 15 years old I had my first band where I played a bass guitar.
Some years later me and Insanus formed my other band "Gorthaur's Wrath". I've been into it for a very long time.
I do some Zen of screaming warm ups before the shows or rehearsals. It helps a lot to keep the voice strong   during the longer period of time.
Other than that I don't do much at the moment other than usual rehearsal, the more often the better.
It's like with any other kind of exercises.

12.Who   are  some  of  your  influences/favorite  singers?  Do  you  currently  play  any  other  instruments?

From the early days it was Dead (Mayhem/Morbid) and Legion (Marduk). Nowadays there are many but I always keep to my
roots.   Sometimes bass or rhythm guitar but not much. I mostly try to cover some old Misfits songs for my own pleasure.

13.Morbid are  you  or  any of  the  members  of  Black Cult   currently  working  with  side-bands 
or  solo  projects? If  yes   please  tell the  readers  about  them?

We all have "original" bands or side projects, yes.
Insanus played in Castrum, Unholy Inquisition, Svitogor, Hibernum, Ashes you leave and Gorthaur's Wrath.
My original band is Gorthaur's Wrath, I also played bass in Unholy Inquisition, BlackDivision and had another black   metal side project back in the days called "Mysterium".
Saathaen comes from Ashes you leave and was also involved in Heathen Mysticism.
Azaghal (the rhythm guitarist) played in Unholy Inquisition, Hibernum and Gorthaur's Wrath.
Lesovik (the bass player) was in Nekrist, Gorthaur's Wrath, Voloh and is still in Kult Perunov.
You can dig up some of those bands, I think you would find them interesting.

14. Black Cult     comes   out  of   Croatia's black  metal  scene  what  is  your   opinion  of 
Croatia's  metal  scene?

The scene is really big and there are lot of bands but also a very big fan base for all genres of metal.
The clubs are growing lately, so the promotion is there as well.
Still if you wanna grow really big you gotta go out and try to play as many EU shows as possible.
The band can not survive only in Croatia, as it's such a small country and unfortunately metal is not so popular in the mass media
like in some scandinavian countries for example.
I'm not saying we have to be on national tv, but some label, radio or magazine support would be highly appreciated.
Unfortunately it's not significant enough, so we have to do it all by ourselves but it works that way.
It did for all those years.

15.Who  are  your  all-time  favorite   Croatian  bands? 
Are  their  any  new  bands you   feel  the  readers   should  check  out?

There are not so many Croatian bands that I could call all-time, but let's say "Castrum" and "Death of folk"
could be the ones from the metal scene for me.
You should definitely check out Kryn, good friends and a really great band. Not black metal but still really strong  and original music.

16.Thank  you  Morbid   for  taking   the  time  to  fill  out  this  interview.Do  you  have 
any final comments  for  the  readers?

Thank you Patrick for the interview and your support!
Check out Black cult's debut album "Neo-Satanism" and keep the flames burning!!!