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?
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!!!