Here is a new interview with the up and coming Canadian black metal band Kafirun who recently released their new demo "Glorification Of Holy Death" I believe it is available in both cd and digital copies.
Enjoy the interview and expect more reviews and interviews very soon
Interview with Kafirun done by Patrick
1.Hails Hanephi when did you first meet the other members of Kafirun? How did you all come up with the name of the band? Does it have a special meaning?
We all knew each other for many years from our local metal scene here in Vancouver BC. When I came up with the name Kafirun, my intention was to create something dark and violent. I wanted this band to have a potent and cult like presence in order to build a unified and strong foundation, where we can express the true darkness that dwells in our souls without the interference of the mundane outside world. The name itself is a statement, as it means infidel, disbeliever which is derived from the Quran.
2.What is the current line-up for the band?For the readers who have never heard Kafirun's music how would you best describe it?
Our current line up is Hanephi (myself) - Guitar, Luzifaust - Vocals, Hypnocrotizer - Bass. Corpus Vile - Drums is no longer with us. Unfortunately he had to move to another part of Canada. But we have a new drummer who has recently joined the band and our flame is even stronger now. I think our music can be described as dark, violent and morbid. Readers will have to listen and decide on their own.
3.Kafirun is getting ready to release their new demo "Glorification Of Holy Death" how long did it take the band to write and record the new songs for the demo? Does the whole band participate in the writing of the music or does one member usually write everything?
Actually we have already released the EP a few months ago. It was only digital release through our bandcamp page. A few days ago we also released a limited amount of discs. This is also available through our bandcamp page. Packaging of CDs are all hand sealed with sealing wax and stamped with Omega symbol, the end of all light ! Hails to the ever devouring darkness and god of emptiness! I would say we had spent about a year to write and record the tracks. Lyrics written by Luzifaust and myself. I write the music and we arrange things all together. Hypnocrotizer and Luzifaust write their own parts and we execute everything as a unit.
4.Who usually takes care of the lyrics what are some subjects/topics you all write about?
Our lyrical themes are quite personal. In a way, they are esoteric and clandestine. Exploring what’s beyond of human experience. Worship to the god of emptiness and ever devouring darkness. Destroying the delusions of the mind and murdering the enslaved soul to purify the self and unleash the true potential of chaos through the rebirth of the self.
5.How has the response been from the fans? What about the press?
We have been receiving really strong and positive feedback from fans and underground press world wide. Both releases have gotten excellent reviews and praised by black hearts world wide.
6.Does Kafirun ever play "live shows or do you prefer to work in the studio? Who are some bands you have shared the stage with?
Little bit of both. We have played only three shows so far. We do not want to play too many shows in our local scene but we are open for playing in other parts of the world. We do intent to spread the dark plague through live manifestations and recordings! We have played gigs with Gorguts, Abigail Williams, Hostium etc. so far.
7.Are their any tours/shows planned for this year? If yes where will the band be playing?
We are going to be playing with Knelt Rode(USA) in a couple of weeks. There are some ideas at the moment for us to set up a tour. Planing is in very early stages at the moment but we do want to play over Europe in the future.
8.Kafirun comes out of Canada's black metal scene what is your opinion of Canada's black metal scene?
I think due to size of Canada as a country, it is a bit hard to have a strong Canadian BM scene. Seems like bands from east to west cost they don't even know anything about each other. Also touring is harder, due to long distances and time spend on the roads. Sure there are more established bands yet they are more in the war metal, goat metal side of Black Metal. That's being said, there are very good and impressive bands here. I think things will grow stronger in time!
9.Who are your all-time favorite Canadian bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
From the old days Infernal Majesty, Blasphemy, Cryptopsy, Annihilator. There a few bands from our local scene that I support. Hostium, Nordwind, Firecult.
10.Hanephi you handle the guitars for the band when did you first start playing the guitars? Are you self taught or did you take lessons when first beginning?
I started playing classical guitar as a hobby in my early teens then started to play bass in my very first band called The Sarcophagus(TR), then got a electric guitar and kept playing. I took a few lessons here and there for different techniques. But I find it more exciting when I just learn things on my own. Methodical education is not my favorite way of learning things.
11.Who are some of your influences/favorite guitarists ?Do you currently play any other instruments?
My influences are darkness and death and death is for me returning to the state of non being. A concept can't be comprehended by our senses and our way of thought process. Musically I have one too many influences to state here. I play keyboards here and there. Trying to invest more time into it though.
12.What does the term Black Metal mean to you?
To me Black Metal is the sound of darkness and a reflection of the ugly truth that mankind is afraid to face. His own inner ugliness and his poisonous ill-fated existence. Unfortunately like everything else, even the purest ideas and art forms are watered down and mocked, so they all become a product of comfort and entertainment, a joke perhaps. But there is the soul of this music, which is impenetrable and does not care about the feeble fucks world wide. The genre is evolving and becoming even more obscure and I do like that.
13.Hanephi are you or any of the members of kafirun currently working with other bands or solo projects? If yes please tell the readers about them?
We do have other musical projects and artistic endeavors including painting, tattooing, graphic arts etc. but we want to keep Kafirun strictly separate though.
14.Thank you Hanephi for taking the time to fill out this interview do you have any final words for the readers?
I appreciate the interview and support for Kafirun. Here is a couple of links for fans to find out more about the band, purchase releases and have a listen to our music. The new CD is available at our Bandcamp pageGlorification of Holy Death, by KAFIRUN